There’s another scam about, people.
Just got a call from someone claiming to represent Telstra, telling me that my computer was downloading corrupt and hacking files whenever I connected to the internet, and that unless I fixed it by the end of the day, my internet connection would be terminated and I’d be blacklisted for three months. The fact that my ISP is Optus was apparently irrelevant – Telstra has umbrella powers.
Not this little black duck, I said (less politely). Give me a phone no. I’ll look into it and call you back.
Then I rang Telstra.
Here’s the important bit.
DON’T PANIC (as I was tempted to do but didn’t) AND ATTEMPT TO FOLLOW THEIR INSTRUCTIONS. This would give them access to your computer, banking details etc, and also cost you ongoing amounts of money to ‘refix’ every six months or so.
I’m not usually gullible about these things, but the thought of losing internet access for three months is enough to curdle the most logical brain.