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Old 01-04-2019, 04:33 PM
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I put this in retirement because most of these scam calls were targeted towards older Americans. It looks like the Indian phone operators posing as Microsoft tech support, Medicare specialist, or other phony titles are finally being arraigned by the authorities. Has anyone had calls from these people?

New Delhi police have arrested 63 suspects in the last two months working and operating 26 call centers that were engaging in tech support scams, posing as tech support staff at Microsoft, Google, Apple, and other major tech companies.

The raids on Delhi-based call centers have taken place over the last two months, Microsoft said. Police first raided 10 call centers and arrested 24 people in October, and then raided 16 other call centers and made 39 more arrests this week.

Microsoft said its staff received over 7,000 victim reports associated with the 16 call centers raided this week, from over 15 countries. Users reported paying between $100 and $500 for unnecessary tech support services and products.

After Microsoft complaints, Indian police arrest tech support scammers at 26 call centers
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Old 01-04-2019, 04:37 PM
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Yes my husband got one to do with cash for our house and my husband asked why someone from India was interested in buying his house. Otherwise we have a scam blocker on our phone and it’s rare we answer unknown numbers.
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Old 01-04-2019, 05:22 PM
Location: Pennsylvania
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one called and started giving me the microsoft sales pitch. Told him I have a mac and he shifted to a mac sales pitch with no hesitation.

dang, they're good at being bad.
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Old 01-04-2019, 06:27 PM
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I got a call from "Microsoft Support" After a pause I said in a bewildered voice, "But I don't HAVE a computer".

They hung up.
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Old 01-04-2019, 08:18 PM
Location: Lakewood OH
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The MS Support calls have been going on for years. I got one once and after the guy went through his spiel about what was wrong with my computer, I told him thanks, I would have my friend who worked in IT take a look at it for me. Of course the guy immediately hung up.
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Old 01-04-2019, 08:25 PM
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It never stops. Calls from orientals, folks with an India accent and so on. I am polite, tell them 'no' and hang up and then use my phone service to block further calls.
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Old 01-04-2019, 08:26 PM
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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I have gotten the Microsoft scam call several times over the past few years. They want remote access to your computer so they can "fix" it. Ha!
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Old 01-04-2019, 08:56 PM
Location: Worcester MA
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I've gotten Chinese ones. I don't know what they're saying and I block the numbers, but kept getting them for awhile.
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Old 01-04-2019, 09:04 PM
Location: Australia
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We all get them constantly too. People fall for the tax department scam all the time. But people can be very gullible, as if the Australian Tax Office would demand back tax to be paid with iTunes vouchers etc. if I am ever in any doubt I say to just post me a letter about this. Which a government department would do if need be.

I actually feel a bit sorry for people with an Indian accent with genuine business. I almost hung up on a person who rang to inform me that my new glasses were ready for collection.
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Old 01-04-2019, 09:05 PM
Location: Silicon Valley
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Yes, I've gotten them, too. I have just stopped answering any calls from numbers I don't recognize. The frustrating thing is they will even leave voicemails, then I have to delete those. But, anyone with a legitimate call from someone I want to hear from, will leave a voicemail.

I've also noticed that if you answer one of these calls, you start getting a lot more calls, even if you just hung up on them. It's like your number gets prioritized if you ever answer.

I am just amazed at how many gullible people there are, though. Especially, because these types of scams are in the news fairly regularly.
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