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Old August 13th, 2013, 07:33 PM
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I received a phone call today .I looked at my called ID and it said unknown .I answered and a person said that there is something wrong with my computer .He asked me to turn on the computer and he would tell me how to correct the problem.I asked who he was and he hung up.
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I don't answer unknown numbers, but my recordings say "they've been authorized to help lower my credit card rate"...I don't have a credit card.
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Most of the phone calls I get, don't bother to even answer, especially unknown....Thanks for the FYI...
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Thanks for the info LF.

You do have to be careful these days.

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You have to be very careful.
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Old August 14th, 2013, 12:26 AM
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Caller ID does NOT need to be "unknown" to be fraudulent...
Con artists can "spoof" the number, which means they can hack the system to show a legitimate number from an unsuspecting and innocent third party.

A lot of the cons that involve calls from "Windows" actually result in "slamming". This involves annoyingly small but recurring charges (usually a few dollars) on your phone bill that cost more in time and effort to remove than the charges are actually worth. The cheats are hoping you wont bother, and if you do complain, they will tell the phone company that you "agreed" to the charges, and they have the phone records to back their lies up.

Check your phone bills...
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What scares me are the number of people that fall for this type of scam. There are a lot of them and these people prey on older folks.

The "credit card services" calls are similar. All they want is for you to give them your credit card number.

If people would go by one rule they would have no problems. If you didn't call them, then don't give out any information. Basically hang up.

I am also concerned with the number of people who will "click" on just about any "free giveaway" or contest. They think they will get an Ipad, Ipod, vacation or something else but when they are done filling out the entry form all they have done is given them their name, address, phone number, email address and sometimes much more dangerous information. I know a number of people who do this and, in the end, they end up with virus', hacked email accounts and identity theft. I have had to block a few friend's emails because they have been repeatedly hacked and send out virus/phishing emails and other "stuff".

If you do this and wonder why your email is often hacked and computer often runs slowly and acts up. There's your answer.

The question of: "Is this to good to be true?" is a good one to ask before clicking or giving out any information.

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Thankfully I have gotten smarter over the years about these things.


Now I am trying to educate Jim on what to do and not do. The one I fell for was Publishers Clearing House.

Some people think this company is there just to give out money, but what they don't realize is they have a huge business of giving out your info. Some of these companies they deal with are not on the up and up. I ended up having to deal with the Fl. police, and the local FBI. The investigation came back to PCH.

For awhile Jim's thing was signing up to win a boat, car, etc. This is another trap people get into.

Remember, you can go about your daily lives, with only calls from friends and family, but it only takes one time for you to be the most popular victim on the block.
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When I answer the phone, if there's ANY delay in the reply, to my HELLO, I hang up.
One that seems to be prevalent around here, is a recorded message that "The FBI has reported an alarming number of home invasions, and break ins in your neighborhood". I always hang up on that one as well, and they call just about every other day!
Lots of scam e-mails too. They all want your credit card info, or personal info. Some of them really look real, until you look very closely at them. I just got one yesterday, stating that there was unusual activity on my Chase Credit Card, and wanting me to click on a link. I DON'T THINK SO!

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Online when ever I fill out a form that gives my email I use a fake last name. Then if I get emails asking Mike Smith for information I know it's not from my bank etc.
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Unknown, Unavailable, blocked or private. Those I never answer. We have caller ID for a reason, to see who's calling. Telemarketers mostly. If you want to talk to us unblock your number.
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Yeah unknown numbers, especially not in my area code are usually left unanswered. The only reason I answer area code numbers is because it might be a job lead. This scam seems ill thought out though, so they must have a specific audience. Most people would know someone on the phone wouldn't know if there was a problem with their computer, let alone someone was willing to fix it for free...
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Lakers Fan, I have had that same phone call, but several months back. I believe I asked them for the IP address of the computer affected and they hung up! Not that I knew my computers' IP number, but I have two and I figured if they knew of a true problem they would know the IP address!!

The unanswered calls are usually computer generated. The computer dials numbers and when answered, a person at the company has to be available to take the call. If no one is available to take the call and do the sales pitch, all you get is dead air. I use to work for a company that had this type of telemarketing system. It was a legitamite construction company; however, they are no longer in business. I left the company a few years before they went belly up. I saw the writing on the wall! Ugh!
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Its a scary world that we live in .
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Its a scary world that we live in .
I don't consider this scary. There have always been people who try to take advantage of others. Be it selling snake oil cures or roadside bandits. It's just a different time and you just have to take reasonable precautions.

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