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Mack
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07-22-2002

Saturday, May 05, 2018 - 2:06 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Mack a private message Print Post    
Got the Apple iCloud scam call today. I’d heard about the scam before so knew what it was. Basically it’s a recording saying they are from Apple and my iCloud account has been hacked. I hung up but read about it on the Internet. Some versions ask for a credit card to fix the problem while others go as far as to ask for your Social Security Number so that they can “verify” if you’re the correct owner. Of course neither Apple or iCloud have or require your SSN.

Mack
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07-22-2002

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 6:04 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Mack a private message Print Post    
Saw an article this morning on an individual/company hit with a $120M fine for making something like 86 million robocalls. Whether or not the government thinks they’ll actually collect the fine I find it interesting they went that high. I don’t know if it is representative of the kind of money they think was scammed or if it’s that high just to prove a point. By the way the scam was supposedly a call from a well known hotel chain or Internet travel agency offering a free or greatly reduced vacation. Truth was they wanted you to respond and then they’d try to sell you a timeshare or other vacation packages. I did learn a new term called “neighbor spoofing.” I’d never heard or seen that before but it’s when the robocall comes from your area code so it looks like a local call.

Kitkat
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08-23-2008

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 11:19 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Kitkat a private message Print Post    
We have had the "neighbor spoofing" in our area for sometime now. It does pose a real problem when you are expecting a call from a known person, but the call comes in as "unknown".

The June 2018 issue of Consumer Reports has an article: "Protect Yourself From These 7 Scams". Several of these were new to me. The 7 are: (1) Smishing and Spoofing, (2) Shimmer Scams, (3) Facebook "like" farming, (4) Tech Support Fraud, (5) White label ticket scams, (6) Ransomware, and (7) Online Charity scams.

Karuuna
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08-30-2000

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 11:30 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Karuuna a private message Print Post    
I like how the phone companies are fighting back against these spoofers.

I've been getting many calls that say "illegal scam" or "likely fraud" as the name of the person calling. :-)

Juju2bigdog
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10-27-2000

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 9:05 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Juju2bigdog a private message Print Post    
I have been getting "neighbor spoofing" calls for about three years. It is just incredible the number of calls I get from Everson, WA, a town of about 500 people out in rural Washington.

I occasionally answer unknown caller calls when I am home. I do not say hello, however, because I have figured out the robo-calls that are not blocked by NoMoRobo are voice activated. I just say nothing, and they eventually hang up. Or, if it is somebody I know actually calling me I say hello when they start yelling, "hello" "HELLO!!"

Grooch
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06-16-2006

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 9:17 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Grooch a private message Print Post    
So that's why there's never anybody on the other end when I get those calls. I never knew they were voice activated.

Makes want to try it out and see if it's true. And get a bullhorn ready to blare if someone does get on the line.

Mack
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07-22-2002

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 6:28 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Mack a private message Print Post    
I haven’t gotten the “illegal scam” or “likely fraud” caller ID yet. Most often all I get is “unavailable” and occasionally “blocked” or “private”. Once in awhile a robo call will actually hit a real number and I get a person’s or business’ name. They used my number at least once and I got a call from a really unhappy guy telling me never to call him again.

Sadiesmom
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03-13-2002

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 8:53 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Sadiesmom a private message Print Post    
ha! I got several calls from my own number. I always wonder how they fool the computer that way.

Juju2bigdog
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10-27-2000

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 11:48 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Juju2bigdog a private message Print Post    

quote:

I like how the phone companies are fighting back against these spoofers.

I've been getting many calls that say "illegal scam" or "likely fraud" as the name of the person calling.


I have NEVER seen that on my Comcast caller ID, which I love, by the way. Maybe Colorado has some sort of law that causes that notification to display?

I would love for our phone company to do the same thing.

Sadiesmom
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03-13-2002

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 11:19 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Sadiesmom a private message Print Post    
I got the same thing on my caller id in NJ.

Kitkat
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08-23-2008

Friday, June 01, 2018 - 10:22 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Kitkat a private message Print Post    
A "heads up" about another scam.

A Scam targets Catholics. Can you do a favor for a priest?

"the emails contain fake requests from priests asking that iTunes gift cards be sent to another address so they may be given to someone in need."

"scammer use the pastor's personal name, but with a fake Gmail address, not the parish address."

"the card can be sold online for less than face value."

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/A-scam-targets-Catholics-Can-you-do-a-favor-for-a-priest-_168718001

Strategist
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07-01-2014

Monday, June 04, 2018 - 12:25 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Strategist a private message Print Post    
I just want to give you a heads up that I just had my first ever conversation with a hacker, who took over the Facebook Messenger account of one of my colleagues. Brenda gave me permission to post the complete message so that you are aware of how this scam works (sorry for long post.)

Here goes:

HACKER (pretending to be Brenda)
Brenda is waving at you!
Hi

ME
You accepted Brenda's request.

HACKER
Hello how are you doing

ME
Hi Brenda,
I'm doing very well. Just keeping busy with [work] stuff. How about you?

HACKER
Good to hear from you,I'm doing great and extremely happy with what has been happening to me just wondering whether you have heard about the good news yet

ME
What's the news! You have me on pins and needles.

HACKER
Wondering if you have you heard about the health and human service of the health and government grant offer?

ME (finally cluing in that it's not Brenda)
What are you referring to, Brenda?

HACKER
This new program was established by the Federal Government with the conjunction of World Bank to helps people in the society to meet up their needs, i got $15,000 delivered to me when i apply for it and you don't have to pay it back, you can also apply too

ME
Never heard about it. Sounds interesting. Tell me more.

HACKER
The money is tax free which you don't have to pay it back .Do you know how to apply?
I will send you the agent info so that you can also apply...is that okay?

ME
Yes. I would love to hear about this.

HACKER
I was told to pay for clearance fee before the UPS can Deliver my Grant Money i choose $90,000 and the charges was $1000 that all i did to get my Grant Money delivered to my doorstep

The program is from the office of the Federal Reserve inconjuction with the UNICEF to serve as an economic aid to all member of the citizen

It so easy to apply , I still have the agent number , lf you willing to apply

HACKER (again)
??

ME

Brenda knows how to spell and has great grammar. I've been on the phone with her for the last ten minutes.

Hacker and scammer, you are a liar and a thief. You are a rotten excuse for a human being and you need to get a life. God save the lives of the people you destroy and God help you save yourself from a wasted life.

Dfennessey
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07-25-2004

Monday, June 04, 2018 - 1:02 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Dfennessey a private message Print Post    
my roommate got a message like that from someone she used to work with (or so they claimed) I told her she should call the person who this came from to find out if she sent it.

Strategist
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07-01-2014

Monday, June 04, 2018 - 1:08 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Strategist a private message Print Post    
I called Brenda and told her what had happened with her account. I also reported and blocked the messenger account.

Seamonkey
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09-07-2000

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 7:39 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Seamonkey a private message Print Post    
New scams on businesses



Mack
Member

07-22-2002

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 8:35 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Mack a private message Print Post    
Interesting read Seamonkey. Just this morning the local news had a report on phone scams and reported research says it is a $9 billion a year business world wide.

Seamonkey
Moderator

09-07-2000

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 11:24 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Seamonkey a private message Print Post    
I went to a community meeting mostly with business owners, and reps from our Fire and Police departments.

Apparently they actually could be used if they ask for photo id when someone uses a credit card.

And when a card is denied, if it is a fake, the number on the back reaches someone who oks using the card.

The Fire Department reports inspection fraud on businesses, where a person with fake forms arrives and threatens the owner that without a cash payment, they will be shut down. They particularly target Spanish and Vietnamese speakers.

Firebird05
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08-24-2001

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 5:33 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Firebird05 a private message Print Post    
I received a spam call yesterday from Henrietta NY.

They left a voice mail saying that something is going to expire (I could not make out the first sentence)
It when on to say that you will be taken under custody of local police, for four serious allegations pressed on your name, at this moment we would request you to get back to us so we can discuss about this case before taking any legal against you.

I checked on reverse white pages and it was flagged as extortion but said the potential for fraud was Medium Risk.
Apparently many others received the same call as I did on the same day.

Turns out that the first stuff I missed was about how I was in trouble with the IRS.

It made me laugh because first off it isn’t close to correct English.
Second because I’m an accountant and know for a fact that the IRS is not going to send the local police to get you.
The IRS does not arrest you, they send you nasty mail and will take your stuff if you dont respond.

Mostly they try to work out any issues they have with you.
They save arrest for the big fish and get them for tax evasion mostly when they have committed other crimes.

The number was 5854447148 so if you get this call just ignore it and block them .

Mack
Member

07-22-2002

Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 7:22 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Mack a private message Print Post    
In as much as this scam is probably being run out of India like the previous group blocking the number is of little to no use. They busted the last group a year ago in Mumbai, India and I was surprised at how much money they had been able to scam. At the time the estimate was running as high as $300 million.

Jimmer
Moderator

08-30-2000

Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 8:03 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Jimmer a private message Print Post    
Ya for a while I was getting recorded calls from this guy with a strong accent warning that I’d be in big trouble with the IRS if I didn’t call him back. I can’t remember his speech now (I heard it so many times on my voicemail that for a while I had it memorized) but it was kind of amusing.

Not funny though for people who are scared or defrauded by these scams.

Firebird05
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08-24-2001

Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 8:07 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Firebird05 a private message Print Post    
I agree Mack. I blocked them and they just call back from a different number. It’s hard to believe people actually fall for these scammers. They seem so obvious to me.

Karuuna
Board Administrator

08-30-2000

Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 9:09 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Karuuna a private message Print Post    
That's because they don't use real phone numbers. They generally steal them, and the phone number is spoofed. So blocking does no good.

I got a lot of those and the computer problems one. But honestly I find the most annoying the recorded credit card calls, that pretend I'm currently a customer and they're going to give me a better rate. I can't even play, since it's just a robot.

Mack
Member

07-22-2002

Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 9:12 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Mack a private message Print Post    
Haven’t gotten a call since they busted the first group early last year but agree it’s hard to believe people actually fell for the scam. The article I read when they arrested the leaders said they had run the scam in the US, Canada, and Australia. They had at least eight call centers in the Mumbai area and one some place else in India that I don’t recall. I always got a kick out of this heavily accented voice sometimes speaking just passable English saying they were Agent John Wayne or Steve Martin or George Patton from the IRS. 😀🤪

Firebird05
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08-24-2001

Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 9:57 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Firebird05 a private message Print Post    
Sometimes if I’m in the mood I like to play with them. One time this guy called, speaking broken English, for every question he asked me I said Why do you want to know. Must have made him crazy, he cursed at me a lot then hung up. 😂🤣

Ophiliasgrandma
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09-04-2001

Monday, July 02, 2018 - 5:49 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Ophiliasgrandma a private message Print Post    
How about saying, I can't hear you, can you speak a little louder. Then keep it up. That can be fun too.

Roxip
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01-29-2004

Monday, July 02, 2018 - 8:01 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Roxip a private message Print Post    
My 91-year old dad gets spam calls all the time. He just tells them that they have to speak to me and he can't tell them my number. I'm glad he is well trained...LOL! Bless his sweet heart.

Seamonkey
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09-07-2000

Monday, July 02, 2018 - 11:45 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Seamonkey a private message Print Post    
I use NoMoRoBo which blocks a large number of calls and I screen calls that don't display as someone I know.

Dipo
Member

04-23-2002

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 7:23 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Dipo a private message Print Post    
So interesting, this is the second time I have gotten a new card from BofA. This is what they said... We're letting you know your card may have been part of a compromise at an undisclosed merchant....

I didn't have any weird charges and have no clue what merchant had a problem.

Atcaroline
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08-13-2007

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 3:02 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Atcaroline a private message Print Post    
Dipo, this happened to me a couple of years ago with BofA. They would not tell me who the merchant was but I was able to get them to tell me when the fraudulent transaction occured so by process of elimination, I figured out it was a restaurant I had recently eaten at. The bank told me that often times merchants have employees who scan your card or copy the number down then sell the numbers to the black market. That is why I now have a separate card with a very very low limit for online purchases, restaurants or other places I think might have susceptible employees.

Kitkat
Member

08-23-2008

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 9:00 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Kitkat a private message Print Post    
I've had the computer and arrest warrants scam calls, but now had a new one. It started out with "you have won 5 million dollars from Publisher's Clearing House" When asked why they were not at my door, they said I would have to pay the delivery fee of about $250. Needless to say, I told him what I thought of him and hung up on him. Be Aware!

Sadiesmom
Member

03-13-2002

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 5:51 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Sadiesmom a private message Print Post    
well, in my town they are getting some bitcoin scam via e-mail.

Kitkat
Member

08-23-2008

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 9:07 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Kitkat a private message Print Post    
Our County Sheriff's Office just posted this on "NextDoor"

Scam targeting parents of high school age students

Hello P------- County parents,
A resident was recently called by a friendly and soft spoken woman. The caller advised that her son had completed some forms at school requesting SAT/ACT study materials. The caller said they would send the workbooks, CD's and other study materials out and if the CD's were returned in 30 days the company wouldn't charge the $216.32.

The caller requested a credit card number, but the parent had more questions. The caller gave her name and a 1-888 phone number and assured the parent to feel free to call anytime M-F between 10 am-4 pm. The parent became concern when the caller began finalizing a delivery date and a charge on the card. When the parent began challenging some of the facts, the caller abruptly hung up. After the call, the parent called the number provided and received a recording "that the number is unassigned".

Attached is a link to an almost identical scam from 2016- www.sandiegocan.org/2016/05/04/scam-alert-satact-scholastic-flunks-the-scam-test/

Firebird05
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08-24-2001

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 9:28 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Firebird05 a private message Print Post    
KitKat these scammers are true low lifes and despicable.
About a year ago a got a phone call telling me mother was in distress and needed to be transported to the hospital.
But I needed to pay with a credit card before that was possible. They said they were calling from Oklahoma where she lived. She did live there for a long time.
But she lived in Nashville 5 minuets away from me before she died 4 years ago.
I had some words for them that can’t be said here.

Colordeagua
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10-24-2003

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 1:56 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Colordeagua a private message Print Post    
Why do scammers think they can get away with that?? Because occasionally they do. That is sad.

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