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Old 03-23-2016, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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Hahaha...my mortgage company called me last week, about doing a HARP re-fi, I beat the guy up pretty bad (verbally) before figuring out that he was legit. He really should have mailed me first. I don't cut scammers no slack.
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Old 03-23-2016, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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I got a call recently. It started Hello Grandpa. It took me a second or two to realize none of my grandkids call me Grandpa. I asked what is your sister's name? He hung up.

I guess the scam is the kid is in trouble in Mexico and needs money sent to help him out.
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Old 03-23-2016, 08:21 AM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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I am too smart for those scammers so I never get scammed.

BUT here is what happened.

We use an out of state watch repair guy who is an expert on expensive watches but he is very busy and it takes a while to get your watch back. We have used him before so he is not a scammer.

We send the watch to him and get an email confirming he has the watch and he will send us another e-mail when he is ready to ship back. So far so good.

After about 5 weeks we get an e-mail from the US POSTAL service telling us they have a package to be delivered to us and attack a link to their website.

Here is where we got scammed.

I clicked on the link and my computer locked up with a site offering to fix my computer for $200.

I made a trip to my local post office and they had no package for me and informed me that,
The US POSTAL service does not use e-mail to contact you.

So I had to take my computer to a local guy for repairs costing $200 and was told by the computer guy that opening the link is what compromised our computer. It's a common scam.

About a week later I get an e-mail from my watch guy telling me he has just shipped my watch.
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Old 03-23-2016, 08:36 AM
 
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It's like the government... they aren't going to be calling you with type of stuff. That should be an automatic red flag. In your mind... just say no. Easy.
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Old 03-23-2016, 09:28 AM
 
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I love the phone scams that tell us our Payday Loan has been approved. What? My DH got those on his cell phone. Once he hung on long enough to ask them how much it was for and they actually gave an amount, then wanted all the information of where to send it. He said they could get that the same place they got his number and hung up.

The one I was almost stupid enough to fall for was the "police" saying they were issuing a warrant for my arrest for not just failing to show up for duty but also failing to show up for the court appearance about failing to show up for jury duty. I had not heard about it before. It came late afternoon ("office is closing and the officer wants to take care of this now") and a point in my life that I was already tired and stressed over several things. I asked enough questions to keep them going, to the point he called me back. At that point I knew it was a scam but said, "okay, tell me what I need to do, keep talking" and he hung up. The man sounded so mean and official I hate to think what someone who wasn't savy enough would do if I could even doubt it at the start.

Oh, then the "I'm from Microsoft and your computer has a virus one", my friend's husband in France actually fell for that. They thankfully didn't lose any money but it totally trashed their computer. Needless to say, she was not happy.
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Old 03-23-2016, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Tulsa, OK
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I won't answer any number that I don't recognize, then I go to this site and put the number into their search to see if others have gotten calls from it:

800notes.com

If you want, you can enter information about the call and what you know about it. I just checked a recent number I got a call from and there were 68 pages of hits from people getting calls from the same number. It's a real handy site to know about.
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Old 03-23-2016, 09:53 AM
 
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I won't answer any number that I don't recognize, then I go to this site and put the number into their search to see if others have gotten calls from it:

800notes.com

If you want, you can enter information about the call and what you know about it. I just checked a recent number I got a call from and there were 68 pages of hits from people getting calls from the same number. It's a real handy site to know about.
Yep, I use 800 notes all the time. Or you can just type the note on the google search bar and it will give you 800 notes and a series of other sites that monitor scam numbers.
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Old 03-23-2016, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Sylmar, a part of Los Angeles
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I get so many advertising calls I give 2 hello;s and hang up. For a call like the OP I hang up immediately.
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Old 03-23-2016, 11:36 AM
 
Location: SW US
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Back in the day this was me. Now that my husband is going back and forth from nursing home to hospital I have to answer all calls from my own area code. It is often a nurse calling from her own phone, which does not show up on caller ID.
Same thing has happened to me with Mom in hospice. Some of them have out of state phone numbers, none identify the person calling, so I have to pick up for all calls.
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Old 03-23-2016, 11:38 AM
 
Location: SW US
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Anybody get a call recently from "IRS" with a robo-call sounding message that you've been sued?

I've had two this year.
I had this four times in one day. Who would believe the IRS calls that often to warn them and ask for money??
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