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Old 02-23-2016, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Its easy to be a perfectionist when someone else is doing all the work.
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Ive gotten a few calls myself. I may be old but Im not senile. Yet.

FYI. The newest scam is that now they are sending out fake emails from the IRS, other financial sites, and tax prep sites too. Some of them say they are from legit tax preparers like H &R Block etc. I have used H &R Block in the past so I can seek where a more trusting person might get sucked in.

We all need to make a mental note.
Don't click on nuttin. Even if you think you know where it came from.
If you think its legit then contact them direct.
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Old 02-23-2016, 10:18 AM
 
Location: On the road
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So the same government that is going to "vet" Syrian refugees and protect us from terrorists cannot even track down con artists using phones? Yup, that's our government inaction.
If they DID use the technology needed to track down this type of stuff, you would be complaining about THAT. It's not that they cannot, but that it would be a violation of your privacy if they did.
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Old 02-23-2016, 10:36 AM
 
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If I don't recognize the number, I don't pick up the phone.

If it's important, a number that doesn't have a name attached to it, in my cell phone can leave me a message ----- and guess what ----- 90% of them don't --- fancy that

As far S e-mails, they get deleted without being opened. Once in awhile I call the local government and my tax accountant to see if anyone really is looking for me, and as I suspected, nobody legitimate is
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Old 02-23-2016, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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If I don't recognize the number, I don't pick up the phone.

If it's important, a number that doesn't have a name attached to it, in my cell phone can leave me a message ----- and guess what ----- 90% of them don't --- fancy that

As far S e-mails, they get deleted without being opened. . .

Exactly my approach. Tho I am sometimes tempted to answer and have fun with the scammers or salespeople, I know that will just verify that they can reach someone at my number.
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Old 02-23-2016, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Fayetteville, NC
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We all need to make a mental note.
Don't click on nuttin. Even if you think you know where it came from.
If you think its legit then contact them direct.
This is an important point. Don't click any links from unknown sources or emails. It could lead you to a very well crafted lookalike phishing site that looks almost identical to the 'legitimate' website. Once on the bad site, you may unknowingly get malware installed on your computer.

Rule of thumb: If anyone is trying to get you to pay right now or else there will be dire consequences, or they try to get you to pay via cards you have to purchase, or send a Western Union transfer, or some other non-traditional means, they are probably scammers.
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Old 02-23-2016, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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You have been convicted of fraud in absentia based on your confession. Wire $10,000 to CapnTrips, c/o this website, or face arrest by the U.S. Marshall Service.

Send me your bank account information and I will transfer funds from my Nigerian bank account immediately.
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Old 02-23-2016, 12:06 PM
 
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Poetic justice:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0TwA2BsTAs
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Old 02-23-2016, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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Transfer them to "Accounting" along with a long, complex "case reference number" they need to remember. Accounting will then transfer them to "Legal", who after learning they haven't submitted a completed Form 27B/6 will refer them to "Compliance", who will eventually refer them back to "Accounting".
I did that to an auditor once. I knew where the info was, but I was too busy to show her at the time. So I sent her to the person who should have known and that person sent her to someone else and so on. I knew it would come full circle, but a day or two would pass and I'd have time to help her. Another co-worker stormed up to me saying I made her cry, but all I did was send her to the person responsible before helping her.
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Old 02-23-2016, 12:14 PM
 
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Another fun one (and there are many more of these on YouTube - enjoy!):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpvYJ7qw_wk
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Old 02-23-2016, 12:30 PM
 
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More brutally (in this case, not the IRS one, but its evil cousin, the Microsoft one):


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qIKbgIQkEw

Now, beyond these sorts of countermeasures, there is now an ap that will automatically call another number then patch it into the scam call. There is a "roboanswerer" who takes over from you and will drive the scammer completely bonkers.
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