My being laid-up with back surgery didn't stop the scammer attempts! Got back from the doc today to find a voicemail message in broken English: "From HP Computers - We are getting bad notifications from your computer. Call us back at 877-778-8984."
Being leery, [since during this past week I've also been told (for the 2nd time) that 'The IRS has filed a lawsuit against you', and 'A civil lawsuit has been filed against you. Either you or your retained attorney need to call us back. If you don't call us back, Good Luck!']
Instead of calling the Sheriff's Dept. or the FTC Consumer Protection, I called the Geek Squad at our local Best Buy... "That is the same scam that's been going around since last summer. Do NOT respond to them!"
Best response to unfamiliar phone calls or numbers is to let them go into voice-mail. And just like the 'Hold' button - 'IGNORE!'
Guess they must be making money off someone un-suspecting, or they wouldn't continue...
All calls to my land line are answered by a machine. Politicians, telemarketers, and other pests are given the bum's rush. Legitimate callers are invited to leave a message. You don't have to talk to scammers if you don't want to.
Steve's got it figured out. Even at work on my cell I have the scammers, irs fraud calls and extended warranty for a vehicle I traded off two years ago. The warranty lady said she was noticing that I need repair work on my 2013 ram. That truck I traded on a 2015 but yet she could see from MY LAST visit (30 days ago) to the dodge dealer. Really!! Beware of all the ridiculous calls!!! Tim
If you don't recognize the name or number just don't answer them. Simple. They're no doubt after your belongings.
I say hello, wait a second or two, if no answer I hang up.
All my friends, both of them, know to speak up.
To make a long story as short as I can and still tell it,
1 day I got 1 of those,"Hello My name is Matt calling from Windows computer ,you are having trouble with your pc right?"
Well, this was not the first time I had got 1 of these calls and the last 1 was told to go shovel cow ##&#.
Apparently this guy didn't get that message.
I decided to have some fun.
I said," You know you could not have called at a better time,I just upgraded from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95 and for some reason I can't get my computer to work right". "Ok Guud, we can help u!,iz your computer online?" "No,give me a minute and let me get connected, I just got a new modem last week that is a 50K baud modem, it should be alot faster than the 5K baud I took out!". " OK guud, let me know when u are online". "Ok hang on I just got the computer booted up,I am connecting now", "OK Guud" Ok,I got a dial tone". Guud, By this time my dad came up and was standing there wondering just what the heck I was doing.
I finally said, "OK I am connected, Looks like I got a 46k connection right now, boy is that going to be FAST". " OK guud,let me see what I can do to help you get your computer working faster".
I Finally said, "Hey Dum Bass, even as tight as I am on spending money on technology, I have windows XP, Windows 95 went out before your cow was born Dude!". And I hung up.
Yes I can be a jacka-- sometimes.
For several weeks my Email has been saying "your Hotmail is going to be cancelled" I don't know if it's a scam or not, so I ignored it, well today, I got 2 final notice messages, . we'll see what happens. Dave in Bellingham, Wa
There's one that has called my number 2 or 3 times. It sounds like a live male voice. He asks, "How are you doing today?" No mater what response you give he says, "Great. The reason I'm calling...." It's a very sophisticated computerized calling system. I still don't know how he plans to get all my money.
Boy, is he gonna be disappointed.
I never answer my phone if it's a number I don't recognize. I have had Caller ID since it was offered here.
JUST CAME IN OVER THE WIRE
Five suspects have been arrested for involvement in a growing IRS impersonation scam that has bilked an estimated $36.5 million from 6,400 victims nationwide, federal officials said Tuesday.
Nabbed Monday in Miami, Fla., the suspects are accused of making multiple calls in which they claimed to be IRS or Treasury officials, told unwitting victims they owed tax debts, and threatened arrests if payments weren't sent immediately, the office of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said.
The five allegedly persuaded the victims to wire payments via MoneyGram, Walmart2Walmart and other money wiring services.
And if I were in charge, those five would be standing before a firing squad right now!
I like this response....
Be wary of any email you receive that mentions an INVOICE. When itís opened it locks up your computer until you pay a ransom at which time the bandit may or may not give you the code to unlock it. Curiosity is a strong motivator when we receive an invoice from someone we havenít done business with. Iíve received two of these scams so far and have just deleted them.
Don't have the details, but my wife put a free service on our land line that bypasses all "robo calls". The phone rings once here and then stops. If it is a robo call, this service blocks the number and we never get the call. It's free. We are registered on the federal no call list, but it does little.
The computer error scammers from India have now figured out a way to get their calls routed through servers here in the US, so a fake number and a US city come up on the Caller ID.
We contacted our phone provider and they cannot do anything other than block all international calls, which is fine with us, but won't stop the ones that get rerouted through US servers.
The computer error guy always calls a few minutes after I open up emails, so there is some cookie in one of my emails that alerts them when I am online.
Careful with the smart responses as we had one guy call back at all hours of the night after I played along with him. I was thinking the more time he wasted with me, the less time he had to scam someone else. It backfired until I could get his number blocked with a feature on our phone service.
Their parents must be proud of their schosen profession.
I should have added this tidbit to my earlier post. If you have an external backup, you may want to disconnect it until you want to update your files. Plug it in, use it and then disconnect it again. This will at least give you some access to your files, etc if and when the bandits manage to lock things up. Welcome to Scam-a-Day!!
They're still out there, but some do get caught:
I just went to GR's link and i hope to get my breath back this afternoon!!!!!!!!!!! Bud.
Those Indian guys seem to enjoy me telling them I have to check on a beef brisket that I'm cooking.
I have wondered though, do the Indian guys that call us have a "list" of numbers of folks that offended them to patch thru more calls to?
The last time I got one of those calls the guy said that they had been notified, that my windows computer had been infected with a virus. To which I replied, sure has, it's now running a whole different operating system...Linux Mint. They usually just hang up after that.
Martin, thank you for that.
I've been using Puppy Linux since '09 or so. NEVER had a problem since on my computer.
My old HP XP desktop from June '06 just got retired due to an upgrade of hardware at this house. I was hoping to make ten years using that old desktop machine but am glad to have far more power with this '08 machine. :-)
The phone: Back when the old lady allowed caller ID (the more money we got, the cheaper we get so caller ID is gone), when we'd get a suspect call, sometimes I'd grab it and answer the call in German or French. They'd hang up. :-)
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Got one of those today about my Microsoft computer errors. then I asked when did I get a Microsoft computer ?? How come mine sez MacBook ?? CLICK
Been running different flavours of Linux since 95 OS/2, Mandrake, Red Hat, Susie, Debian, and Ubuntu!
Linux has come a loooonnngg way