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Old 05-26-2014, 11:21 AM
Location: Florida
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As long as you're on this subject........If one of those pop-ups occur, do not even click the X to close or anything that says No Thank You or the like. Shut your computer down with the On/Off button.
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Old 05-26-2014, 12:05 PM
Location: Toronto, Ottawa Valley & Dunedin FL
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This is another kind of scam that focuses on seniors, and has nothing to do with computers, but the telephone and Western Union.

It's often called the Grandfather Scam I think. Someone phones you purporting to be your grandchild or grandnephew or niece. This works for kids in their mid-twenties probably. Their voices sound really stressed and hysterical, and they tell you something like, they have been arrested for DUI with a rental car, or been in a fender bender, and they are in jail in another city, and need bail. They have the phone number of a lawyer, but they also have the number of Western Union so that you can send the money to them electronically.

The kicker is that they don't want you to tell their parents! Because, of course, they would be in deep doo-doo if you did.

This happened to my brother. Luckily, he's cheap, so he phoned me. He said that he'd just spoken to my son, who was in jail in another city, and was being held DUI. This was a major panic attack for me, because at the time my son wasn't in close communication, and very well could have been in another city. But...he also didn't drive, didn't even have a license, nor did he have a credit card to rent a car. My brother was totally convinced by the phone call.

So, after nearly having heart failure, I assured my brother that this was a scam. I luckily was able to reach my son by phone fairly quickly, and he reassured me that he was, in fact, still in bed at home. We had a good laugh about it. I urged my brother to report the scam to the police, since it's apparently very common, but he didn't bother. He was completely taken in--just glad he's so cheap!
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