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Scam and telemarketers -- A defence

Web posted on January 17, 2020

A sad but true illustration of how to get rid of a scam telemarketer telephone call.

A good friend of my significant other received such a call. They and certain other details will remain nameless to protect their privacy.

The exchange went something like this:

"Hello."

"This is the Canadian Revenue Agency. You haven't paid all your taxes this year and a warrant has been issued for your arrest."

"Oh, my. My husband didn't tell me about this."

"You can expect the RCMP to be at your door very soon to arrest you."

"Gosh, why didn't my husband tell me?"

"Do you understand?"

"I understand but I should talk to my husband."

"You must make payment immediately."

"Yes. Yes. I know. But I have to speak with my husband."

"What's all this about your husband? Is he going to pay?"

"No. He's with the (deleted) police force in charge of (deleted)."

Click.

That's certainly one way to frustrate and get rid of the unwanted intrusion in your life.

Maybe there's an easier way. Another friend has discovered a scammer call is keyworded in English. That is, if the recipient answers "hello," or certain other English word, the call will link with the scammer.

What she realized is that the automated system doesn't react to foreign language or gobbldigook.Haven't tried French which is our second language. Can't think these scammers would go that far but...

When I or my friend call her, she answers: "OOH-La." She uses it all the time and amazingly when a scammer calls the autodial hangs up!

A simple, effective way to avoid the irritation of these scam calls. I suggest you consider doing the same.

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An apology for being late in getting this column out.

Seems my computer crashed. Took me three days to finally find the cause.

It was Windows 10.

Apparently for the last 10 or more years there is a bug in Microsoft's updating software. The error is well-known and can be found with some ease on the internet.

It is tied directly to updates. I have now removed the automatic update feature so I can assess and individually update each file.

I have also started using the restore feature (which to be honest, I forgot about) so I can easily go back to the last point I saved and restore my system.

That's important. The solution provided on line is to do what is called a clean reinstall of Windows. While Microsoft states it will save your personal material on your C: drive, there's no guarantee any of your programs other than those distributed by Microsoft will survive.

Take heed and consider my dilemma before you try to open a program that will stall before opening and force you to restart your computer.

If you need it, here's the error message I finally received and may lead to getting my computer back in full operation:

"0xC1900101 0x4000D Failed in SECOND_BOOT with an error during MIGRATE_DATA operation."

That's it. Until next time.


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