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Is this a new 'SCAM' ??


pentaxpete 9 552 1 England
28 May 2012 2:58PM
Just had a phone calf from an 'ASIAN' gent ( as usual ! ) who says he is getting a report that my TalktAlk 'IP ADDRESS' is 'Not Secure' and have I given it out to anyone -- well, we have had a lot of Talktalk trouble over two wqeeks where teh phone line was dead and the Internet was on and off but a techniciam who finally came said it was OUTSIDE and BT had to get a new line installed from the pavement --- now this new bloke KNEW my NAME, ADDRESS with POst Code etc etc but I had my suspicions and asked him ( When the line from India or Pakistan was not 'breaking up' ) " How do I know you ARE from Talktalk" ?
WEll he gave me his name as 'Daniel and an ID number and a Landline ( British Number ) so I have sent an e-mail to TalkTalk Customer service about this as 'Daniel' said he could 'give me a NEW IP ADDRESS' -- probably wanted to know the OLD ONE !first !! Any members here had this call ??

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collywobles 10 3.4k 9 United Kingdom
28 May 2012 3:11PM
Have not had a call but you have done EXACTLY the correct thing.
billydo e2
11 78 United Kingdom
28 May 2012 3:12PM
Yes it's a scam. It's been discussed on other forums.
ikett 4 372 England
28 May 2012 3:38PM
IP addresses for home computers are assigned on connection to your ISP on a random basis, only servers have fixed addresses. There is however a new trojan/worm/nastie that if a machine is on a local network wired/wireless, displays a pop up saying, "another computer on the network has the same IP address click here to resolve the problem".
Pretty cute this one, don't know what it actually does, but got through our company firewall but the hardwall out blocked it and wouldn't let us track it back, sent report to MS and Norton.
We're assuming it's a band width hack but not sure.
pentaxpete 9 552 1 England
28 May 2012 3:46PM
Thanks for QUICK Reply !! Mind a bit more at ease !!
thewilliam 6 4.8k
28 May 2012 5:21PM
The engineer who installed our wide-format printer chose a "random" IP address which just happened to be the same as one of the computers on the network. There was no way he could have known because the offending computer was off sick during the printer installation and someone hadn't logged the IP addresses.

We get frequent scam phone calls that start, "your windows computer is faulty ........"
KevSB 10 1.5k 5 United Kingdom
28 May 2012 6:00PM
IP addresses for home computers are assigned on connection to your ISP on a random basis, only servers have fixed addresses.

Incorrect

Ntl has fixed Ips, Ive had the same one for years
KenTaylor e2
10 3.0k 2 United Kingdom
28 May 2012 6:21PM
You seem to attract more spam than most.
I recall when someone sent an email that would repair your registry remotely.
ikett 4 372 England
28 May 2012 6:51PM
Interesting, as NTL became Virgin media in 2007, the company National Transcommunications Limited, was based in Ireland. But a US company.

If you do have a fixed IP address, one of our servers does, 30 quids worth of anti-virus software won't protect you.
KevSB 10 1.5k 5 United Kingdom
28 May 2012 7:31PM
I call it Ntl out of habit, your correct as its now Virgin, Although I still use my NTL mail addresses, and yes its a fixed IP, Bt also offer Static Ip

Home broadband users have the option of either a dynamic IP address, where new sets of numbers are assigned at regular intervals, or a static IP address, where your computer keeps the same address each time you go online
losbarbados 5 236 United Kingdom
28 May 2012 9:51PM

Quote:I call it Ntl out of habit, your correct as its now Virgin, Although I still use my NTL mail addresses, and yes its a fixed IP, Bt also offer Static Ip

Home broadband users have the option of either a dynamic IP address, where new sets of numbers are assigned at regular intervals, or a static IP address, where your computer keeps the same address each time you go online



That fixed IP is more by luck than design.

The ip address is allocated when your router connects to the WAN, and is leased for a fixed period (around 90 days is the norm) and that lease doesn't start until you disconnect from the internet.

Nowadays in the wonderful world of broadband everyone has an effective static ip, simply because no one disconnects from the www anymore so the 5 offer from O2 is a waste of money really
pentaxpete 9 552 1 England
29 May 2012 12:35PM
Just had am e-mail from TalkTalk and it WAS a scam !! The lady said TalkTalk do NOT telephone customers about their IP address in fact they assign a different one every time I re-boot the computer --- she has checked my account and my details are secure and she was pleased I did not give out any more details than the ones they already knew such as my Name, Telephone Number, Post Code, E-mail address with Talktalk.

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