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Old 08-29-2016, 09:46 AM
 
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The fact it wasn't a pop up box and was instead a full screen "takeover" is what threw me.
I've not see something do that, might be full screen flash. Did you try hitting the escape key? Alt-Tab should also get you out of it.




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One last curious question -- does a person's IP address have some sort of indicator regarding which internet provider is used? The fact that it said "Comcast Customer ...." made me think ummmm because I do have Comcast.
Yes, they would know exactly who the ISP is and could even give you fairly accurate physical location.
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Old 08-29-2016, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Amelia View
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I've not see something do that, might be full screen flash. Did you try hitting the escape key? Alt-Tab should also get you out of it.
Didn't try Alt-Tab, but did try Esc - nothing happened.




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Yes, they would know exactly who the ISP is and could even give you fairly accurate physical location.
Figured as much! Thanks for confirming.
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Old 08-30-2016, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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The site you were visiting has been hacked and you were redirected to a scam site. Had you called the phone number presented to you, the scammer on the other end would have tried to convince you to install remote-control software and give him a credit card number so he could 'fix' it...and *then* you would have been screwed, blued and tattoo'd...and paid for the privilege.
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Old 09-21-2016, 01:29 PM
 
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Originally Posted by mawipafl View Post

One last curious question -- does a person's IP address have some sort of indicator regarding which internet provider is used? The fact that it said "Comcast Customer ...." made me think ummmm because I do have Comcast.

At least all this was just a brief annoyance and I didn't have any real problems, and have had none since.
Yep your ip address traces to the provider. Go to What Is My IP Address? IP Address Tools and More You can use a VPN to hide your ip or browse using a site like https://hide.me/en/proxy. Don't pay attention to their how to change your IP as most providers now don't let you do that. I had an ip that had me in Barcelona and everything google was spanish. AT&T wouldn't change my ip and it took me several months to get Google to fix it.
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Old 09-21-2016, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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I had something similar happen on my Mac. The screen was frozen and wouldn't let me exit and of course instructed me to call "Apple" tech support at some random 800 #.

I turned off wifi, rebooted my computer, scanned for threats and programs, cleared the cache and was all clear.

A few weeks later, my sister called to tell me that she fell for the same scam. She called the "Apple" tech support number (who happened to be Indian) and gave them remote access to her computer and her credit card number.

I thought she was pretty tech savvy and would have recognized that as a scam, but she didn't. As long as there are people out there that keep paying up, they will keep trying!
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Old 09-22-2016, 03:35 AM
 
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Im sorry they got your sister but I AM GLAD they didnt get you
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Old 09-23-2016, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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I keep getting- there's a problem with your paypal account. It will be suspended until you blah blah blah. Problem is that I don't have a paypal account.
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Old 09-24-2016, 12:02 AM
 
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Yup its all scams.............. I get those as well!!!!!!
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