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Post# 946762   7/5/2017 at 06:18 (289 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

My answering machine picked up a call from 800-291-4814 claiming that my Windows License was going to expire. I did a Google Search of the number and it is a scam according to the link below. It is getting harder and harder to make a dishonest buck from people who think to investigate before running out into the street with their hair on fire.  

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Post# 946781 , Reply# 1   7/5/2017 at 09:05 (289 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Oh, I got a live call for something like this in March.  The person on the other end of the phone kept insisting I type in a command on my keyboard.  Well, I'd had a couple of Manhattans and Ray Conniff was on the Hi-Fi so I did my best to convince the person on the other end of the line that they had called 1958 and the only keyboard was on the typewriter at my office at the Eaton's warehouse on DeLormier in Montreal...    It was almost working until the dazed call-centre criminal's supervisor got involved.   My dinner party guests were amused at least!  

Post# 946784 , Reply# 2   7/5/2017 at 09:25 (289 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        
Oh Paul,

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That's when the fun really should have started. innocent

Post# 946791 , Reply# 3   7/5/2017 at 10:08 (289 days old) by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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I haven't had more than maybe 3 a robo / sales call in the 3 years since I got Ooma.   However prior to that I'd get numerous a week.  When I did I'd sometimes play along with them for awhile and then act all frustrated because it didn't seem to be working and then ask them if they could come over to help me out and maybe because they sounded sexy (male or female) maybe we could do such and such up in my bedroom.. that ended the call and tbh it's sort of fun.  

Post# 946792 , Reply# 4   7/5/2017 at 10:17 (289 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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Something I like is to ask the caller what color panties they're wearing.

Post# 946796 , Reply# 5   7/5/2017 at 11:31 (289 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Fortunately, I have caller ID and if I don't recognize the name or number, it goes to the answering machine where it usually ends as a hang up.

Post# 946808 , Reply# 6   7/5/2017 at 14:33 (289 days old) by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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A couple of months ago I had a similar experience. I was busy cooking dinner and had the TV on so the caller ID for my Comcast voice displayed the caller to be Apple, so I answered the call. Immediately, the recorded voice advised me that my iCloud acct. had been compromised and I should either press 2 to speak with an agent to correct the situation, or call a number that I copied down. I didn't press anything, suspecting a scam, and hung up.

I then went online and checked the number on the Apple website, both the callers number and the one I copied down, and they were both legit Apple numbers. I then called Apple and told the agent about the call. He advised me that this was a scam indeed, that these unscrupulous people used the Apple phone number in the caller ID so unsuspecting people would cooperate with their scam. He told me that Apple would never call like this, which already pretty much knew. He checked my iCloud and found no problems, which I also was certain he would tell me, since I really don't use iCloud.

Now in my area these crooks are using legit local phone numbers on their caller ID trying to get poeple to answer calls that they think might be for real. There is no end to what dishonest people will do to take advantage of the unsuspecting.

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Post# 946815 , Reply# 7   7/5/2017 at 16:34 (289 days old) by Iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        
Another way scammers get by

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We have had calls where they have spoofed the caller ID and the call was showing it was coming from my cell phone.  It was Rachel from Card services--B!!!!



Post# 946821 , Reply# 8   7/5/2017 at 17:20 (289 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Had a call recently on my landline from a fellow who said he's returning a call, apparently a telemarketer call to him that spoofed my number.  He didn't believe I hadn't made the call to him.  I hadn't made *any* calls all day, and I have no long distance service on my landline so *couldn't* have called him if he's not local.

Post# 946822 , Reply# 9   7/5/2017 at 17:42 (289 days old) by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

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I get calls all the time from the scammers, they always show a city and state for some reason but not usually a name. I don't answer them.

When I did answer them - would get the Microsoft scammers telling me "something is wrong with my compootah". I remember one calling, caller ID said it was Microsoft from WA. An Indian lady said "You are having a computer problem and you are using Windows Vista. Right?" I blew into the phone and she blew back a couple times, I laughed and hung up.

Another time recently they called and said I was having a "network security issue". I said I had an Apple and blew in the phone at them. They said it was an interesting sound and I hung up. As soon as I did they kept calling and calling and blowing back until I left the phone off the hook.

I too have had the spoof numbers where it showed my name and number as the caller.

Post# 946825 , Reply# 10   7/5/2017 at 18:32 (289 days old) by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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When I had that incident with the Apple spoof caller it was on a Sat. On Mon. morn I called the DA's office, Fraud Division, reached a voice mail msg that assured me my call would be returned. I left a detailed msg, never rec'd a call back. Clearly, they don't give a sh-t. So if they don't, neither do I, I'm not calling back. And I'm not answering ANY calls unless I know the caller. If its so important to reach me, leave a msg and I'll call back.

It is really outrageous that these people can get away with using other peoples numbers and identity to carry out their criminal activities, an nobody cares to put a stop to it.

Post# 946826 , Reply# 11   7/5/2017 at 18:37 (289 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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I get calls from my area code and local exchanges. I don't answer but I use the White Pages reverse look up. White Pages will give you a "idea" if it's High or low risk.

I still won't believe it or call back. What about the elders that don't have a clue ???

I remember back in the 60s when I was a child and the phone (truly) rang (with bells) and it was exciting if your parents would let you answer to see who was calling.

Post# 946828 , Reply# 12   7/5/2017 at 18:46 (289 days old) by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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I do the same thing and get a lot of these calls too, which I don't answer. When I look in the reverse directory for these local numbers it almost always shows the number to be a landline with no or low risk of spam. Leads me to believe that this is the new scheme that is being used to bypass Nomorobo and other call blockers. And I have been seeing reports on the news that now these robo callers want to be able to leave ringless VM's and texts, which is even more annoying because at this time there is no way to block these VM's and a real PITA to go into VM and clear this crap out.

Looks like we are living in the new age of consumer be damned.

Post# 946829 , Reply# 13   7/5/2017 at 18:47 (289 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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I usually get a couple every day. Unless it shows up on Caller ID as a name and number I know, they hang up at the start of the answering machine. I have got my name and number and numerous ones from my same area code and exchange. How do these people always keep one step ahead of the law?

Post# 946856 , Reply# 14   7/5/2017 at 21:58 (289 days old) by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

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I just checked my voicemails and all sorts of crap from "Debt collectors" saying I need to call back ASAP before legal action is taken. Have no debts I'm aware of.

Post# 946858 , Reply# 15   7/5/2017 at 21:59 (289 days old) by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

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By the way, I was told not to call back these scam numbers as you may get a long distance charge on your bill.

Post# 946861 , Reply# 16   7/5/2017 at 23:08 (289 days old) by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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Honestly if you're using a traditional phone co. land line you're wasting a ton of money every month / year compared to Ooma . I pay about $4 cdn a month and a yearly $120 Cdn for their Premier service which gives me no robo calls.   N.America wide calling,  two phone numbers (my 2nd number that rings here is a NY state number ) call waiting, call display, voice mail,  call blocking, call re routing,  calls to/from smartphone or tablet for free over wifi.. tons of things for so little money. 

Post# 946875 , Reply# 17   7/6/2017 at 02:19 (289 days old) by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        
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Wah.  Wah wah wah wah Wah.  Wah wah wah Wah WAH!

Post# 946876 , Reply# 18   7/6/2017 at 02:39 (289 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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If I don't know the number, I won't answer it period.  I don't give out my cell number anymore either.  If something requires a phone number I give them the magic jack number.  That ringer is turned off and the machine also.  If they leave a voicemail it comes to my email and I can listen if I want to. 

Post# 946880 , Reply# 19   7/6/2017 at 04:45 (288 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Eddie and all...

Yes, I let them go to voicemail IF they leave a message. I too believe that they are buying up local area codes and exchanges too. What a shame we can't even answer our phones without the fear of getting charges $10,000 or more.

When will it end ? Or will it ??? Que Lastima.

Post# 947030 , Reply# 20   7/7/2017 at 14:36 (287 days old) by mikael3 (Atlanta)        

All our friends know that we do not answer the phone until we hear their voice talking into the answering machine.  That approach works quite well.  We don’t even need caller ID, which has become basically useless.

Post# 947046 , Reply# 21   7/7/2017 at 17:03 (287 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

The caller ID thing works very well if you are close to it, but if you have phones in various rooms and the answering machine is only in one room, the caller ID is very convenient.

Post# 947071 , Reply# 22   7/7/2017 at 20:34 (287 days old) by ClassicTVMan81X (Milwaukie, Oregon, USA)        
Facebook God Message Scams

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Please read the story in the above link... I believe the message I got here may apply to what the story says...
"😇This is for u 😊 Read till the end! I sent an angel to watch over you last night, but it came back and asked "why?" The angel said, "angels don't watch over angels!" Twenty angels are in your world. Ten are sleeping, nine of them are playing and one is reading this message. God has seen you struggling with some things and God says it's over. A blessing is coming your way. If you believe in God send this message to 14 friends including me, if I don't get it back I guess I'm not one of them. As soon as you get 5 replies, someone you love will quietly surprise you... Not joking. Pass this message on. Please don't ignore it. you are being tested and God is going to fix two big things tonight in your favor. If you believe in God drop everything and pass it on TOMORROW WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. DON'T BREAK THIS. SEND THIS TO 14 FRIENDS IN 10 MINUTES IT'S NOT THAT HARD. WHOEVER SENT THIS TO YOU MUST CARE ABOUT YOU"
(whatever you do, do not copy and paste the above message)


Post# 947075 , Reply# 23   7/7/2017 at 21:31 (287 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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I used to get these in the real mail. Nope, God is not saving me if I send and pay for postage to those 14. Never did and I am still just fine.

Post# 947077 , Reply# 24   7/7/2017 at 22:05 (287 days old) by GusHerb (Chicago/NWI)        

I don't give my number out anymore, I give anyone besides actual people I want to associate with my Google Voice number. So far nobodies harassing me so I just leave DND off but if it gets bad I can control it how I please.

My dad has creditors after him all the time as he's bad with money and in and out of jobs frequently and on more than one occasion now they've somehow gotten my number, so when strange numbers call I usually look them up with a caller ID lookup tool. If it's a collection agency I'll answer it the next time they call cuz they will just keep calling and calling, and I tell them I don't know anybody by that name when they ask. So far I've had no issue getting my number off their harassment list.

I do get a lot of wrong numbers from law firms and insurance agencies because my number is a vanity number that businesses like those use. Sometimes I'll even get wrong numbers from the 216 area code in Ohio because I apparently share the same number with a carry out restaurant in Cleveland excluding a 9 (my area code is 219). One time I got 4 consecutive calls from a guy with a South Bend number and finally left a VM wanting to make a reservation with some upscale restaurant.
Speaking of that I actually ended up with that number briefly when I was setting up service with Verizon because the less than stellar rep entered one wrong digit...

Post# 947079 , Reply# 25   7/7/2017 at 22:39 (287 days old) by mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

Many years ago we kept getting sales calls from a house siding company want to install siding on the house. They would call all the time. My Dad got fed up with it and told them to go ahead and come out to the house and give us a quote.
Salesman arrives and looks very puzzled, like maybe he didn't have the right address.

Salesman: I don't understand, Mr. Warren, your house is all brick. Why would you need siding?
Dad: You wasted my time, now I'm wasting yours.
Salesman walks off in a huff, threw his briefcase in the car and peeled out.

We never got another phone call from them or any other siding company for many years.
That's what you do to sales calls.


Post# 947085 , Reply# 26   7/8/2017 at 00:19 (287 days old) by dartman (Portland Oregon)        

Get them on my cell phone all the time. Latest one is your insurance provider has assigned us as your new health insurance provider, call for a 20 bonus. Why would my state medicaid expansion provide suddenly switch me from my state backed provider, and why would the new one give away 20 bucks to a supposedly state provided locked in customer. I don't get much on my cable based home phone and quite a few on email of course but my isp filters most of them and sends me a daily list to double check and white list the legitimate ones that get caught or delete the real spam and scams.

Post# 947086 , Reply# 27   7/8/2017 at 00:41 (287 days old) by spookiness (Alexandria VA)        

Unfortunately senior citizens fall for this all the time. My mom got compromised last year by a Windows virus scammer. She gave them the credit card # to buy the anti-virus protection, etc. Last month she got a call and told me her computer had the ransomware virus that was in the news. She unplugged the computer, was freaked out, and called some yokel bubba who tinkers with computers. I told her to cancel the appointment, the PC was old and not worth putting any money into. 3 weeks later when I finally got to it, there was no virus. She just thought it had a virus because thats what somebody on the phone told her, and there was chatter on the news about computer viruses. That said, it was an old unsupported version of Windows, which I'm wiping and putting on a very easy Linux installation that looks a lot like older Windows. All she knows to do is play solitaire anyway and look for stuff at Lowes. I told her never to buy anything online because she doesn't know what she is doing, but she probably won't listen.

Post# 947091 , Reply# 28   7/8/2017 at 02:16 (287 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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The most calls I get on the land line is from truckers that are lost with a load. Apparently my number is very similar to a major food distributor. I always pick-up when they are leaving a voice mail message. If I don't, they will continue to call. Mostly they are very polite. Especially the one's with southern/western accents. 

Post# 947160 , Reply# 29   7/8/2017 at 12:13 (286 days old) by cuffs054 (MONTICELLO, GA)        

I wish a lost trucker with a  load would call me...

Post# 947278 , Reply# 30   7/9/2017 at 08:13 (285 days old) by cornutt (Huntsville, AL USA)        

So yeah, caller ID is useless now because there are so many tricks the robocallers and scammers can use to put anything they want in it. The FCC is talking to the carriers about redesigning and reforming the system. We're actually thinking about dropping our land lines; it would save us about $100 per month. I might keep one line with absolutely no features so the alarm system can dial out, but there is a way to connect it to a cell phone too -- I need to look at some family plans from the cell carrier so that I can have a third number for the alarm system to use. Then we could just drop land lines. And AT&T's billing just pisses me off because they have fees on top of fees on top of fees and you can't tell what you are paying for.

Post# 947280 , Reply# 31   7/9/2017 at 08:24 (285 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

There are fees on any communications service.


My security system has a cell phone connected to it and if someone tries to yank it off the panel, not only does it set off the system, it it has a GPS feature so they will be found if they take it.

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