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Old 08-23-2016, 06:21 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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Can't argue with your last statement, but ya know... is pretty common.
Knowledge comes from experience. Experience comes from a lack of knowledge.
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Old 08-23-2016, 07:57 PM
 
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I get calls from "Geek Support Live" all the time.. just ignore it and block it.
I prefer making a comment like "That's what is wrong" and telling them hold on while I go get the person who knows about computers. Put the phone down and go back to what I was doing.
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Old 08-23-2016, 08:00 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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A referee's whistle works a treat.
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Old 08-24-2016, 08:20 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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A referee's whistle works a treat.
Better yet, an airhorn. We have gotten the "Microsoft Security Key has expired" call several times, though we are all Apple, and almost every day get the IRS tax scam call from different numbers. Getting tired of blocking them all.
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Old 08-24-2016, 06:58 PM
 
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Now I've heard of ransomware viruses popping up on your PC telling you that your computer's files are no longer able to be accessed and will be erased unless you pay $$$$, but a phone call?


Without identifying herself or me, the caller -- obviously a robot -- told me (actually, my answering machine) that Microsoft has locked my PC because the license has expired. To have the license renewed, call (toll free no.). How do they know that the party they dial even has a PC? I guess they assume that the overwhelming no. of people do and that they use Microsoft and that a certain percentage of them will panic without checking their computer, choosing instead to dial the toll free no and release sensitive, private information. Sheesh.


The previous day, the answering machine received a message warning that the IRS has filed a suit against me and I need to call a certain no. What next?
I got the IRS call also but hung up
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Old 08-24-2016, 09:29 PM
 
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I've had these calls too. One guy was calling on behalf on my "insurance company" to tell me I was eligible for a reduced rate. "Okay, great, just apply as you normally do."

The other caller was telling me they were from "Microsoft" and that I had a virus, but that they can fix it. After telling him that I only had my iPad he tries to get me to go through steps that only make sense on a Windows PC. Idiots...

The odd thing is the insurance call actually knew my name and what car I drove, or used to drive anyway.
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Old 08-25-2016, 01:11 AM
 
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The worse one I heard yet was my Aunt got a call from her Niece who was in a drinking and in an accident in nearby state. She was talking funny because she hurt her jaw. They are pretty devious and were able to form the conversation to get info out of you, the first question my Aunt asked is this "Jane". The "police officer" then got on the phone informing her "jane" by name was going before the judge and would need X amount of dollars wired or he would be forced to incarcerate her.

My Aunt who is now losing her mind handed the phone to my Uncle who was smart enough to ask what her last name was. They didn't know but I have to wonder what would of happened if they had that information.

If you ever get a phone call like that ask very specific information.
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Old 08-25-2016, 01:48 AM
 
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Here's just one of the robo call scam centers
operating out of Nigeria...

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Old 08-25-2016, 04:09 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I got the IRS call also but hung up
I always call back and demand my refund.
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Old 08-25-2016, 06:23 AM
 
Location: St. Louis
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Here's just one of the robo call scam centers
operating out of Nigeria...
Looks like I have quite a few more people to infuriate.

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