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Old 02-24-2016, 12:48 PM
 
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I guess the 50,000 plus employees and contractors who work for the NSA are just sitting around wondering what to do.
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Old 02-24-2016, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Gulf Coast
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I think too many of these crimes are never investigated. I get the calls on my cell phone and have no idea how they got that number. I will admit the first call I got my BP went up a couple numbers and I felt scared. For about half a minute. I have all those numbers in my phone address book under Scam1, 2, 3, and now I'm up to about 12 and will have to stop doing that. If you put a phone number in a search engine, lots of inquiries come up and people reporting what the call was about. It's a shame really that the world is so dishonest.
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Old 02-24-2016, 01:36 PM
 
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[quote=Pat Answers;43131565]...... If you put a phone number in a search engine, lots of inquiries come up and people reporting what the call was about. .....quote]

Exactly. There is no issue tracing these spam calls and spam emails. The government just want to ignore them....at least until the viruses cause major damage. We even seem to tolerate the recent case of blackmail and somehow no one expects that the government is capable of anything.
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Old 02-24-2016, 02:00 PM
 
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I think too many of these crimes are never investigated. I get the calls on my cell phone and have no idea how they got that number. I will admit the first call I got my BP went up a couple numbers and I felt scared. For about half a minute. I have all those numbers in my phone address book under Scam1, 2, 3, and now I'm up to about 12 and will have to stop doing that. If you put a phone number in a search engine, lots of inquiries come up and people reporting what the call was about. It's a shame really that the world is so dishonest.
OMG - too funny. I labeled mine Scam #etc., too! But now I can block them easily.
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Old 02-24-2016, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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so I'm reading this thread and "Steve" from Microsoft calls (with lots of bullpen noise in the background). I called him a name which corresponds to a certain maligned body part and hung up!
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Old 02-24-2016, 05:26 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I think when people get older is a problem. I told my husband not to answer either. This sets up a habit so when our cognitive decline through old age will not affect us.
Maybe it's partly that, on the part of folks who lived in simpler times, to whom the idea of a scam is unheard of. Or someone who really thinks the IRS may be after them and hasn't figured out that if this were the case the IRS would not contact them this way. Who knows? But the scammers must hook enough suckers who go along with their demands to make it lucrative enough to continue...

Now that I read this thread, my husband got a message on his cell phone today from one of these IRS scammers. I probably have too but didn't answer the phone and deleted the message without reading it.
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Old 02-24-2016, 05:28 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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OMG - too funny. I labeled mine Scam #etc., too! But now I can block them easily.
The thing is, the same scammers change phone numbers as often as the rest of us change underwear.
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Old 02-24-2016, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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I just got another IRS scam call. They are going to start a law suit against me. Since when did the IRS ever bother with law suits?
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Old 02-24-2016, 07:07 PM
 
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I'm not quite over the hill yet, but I expect to be soon-ish. So what I've set up NOW (not waiting 'til it's too late) is that unless the number is recognized, it doesn't ring.

I will have a landline that I will give out when a phone # is demanded, but it will be set never to ring unless the caller is known. The cell, only my son and a bare handful of people will have that number. It is already set to reject hidden phone numbers and I have about 60 numbers that are auto-rejected. They're all scam numbers and apparently one of the hospitals I was in and out of gave my phone # out to bill collectors (before we even got the bill!) and from then on, I was getting tons of calls from alleged bill collectors despite not having any outstanding bills. Most of them were making threats about my student loans, which were in abeyance at the time. ALL scammers.

So I won't even give that cell number out to doctor's offices or anything at all. I also won't give out my e-mail address anymore, I don't care what the excuse is. I had to shut down all my old hotmail accounts recently because one of the local businesses had given it out so it ended up on many many spam lists.

I don't know what technical options will be available to me in 10 years or so, but nobody is getting through to me that I don't already know. Everybody I care about also has my son's contact info. If they change their number or something, they can let him know and we'll reprogram accordingly. Otherwise - you're not going to ring MY bells unless you are pre-approved! LOL!
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Old 02-25-2016, 12:28 PM
 
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I ran out of room to block numbers so I've been rotating them on my phone. Some scammers have dropped off the radar and no longer call but others are relentless. I also got the fake IRS call.
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