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Registered: ‎07-10-2010

Re: Have you been scammed or have you spotted a scam?

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I received several barely intelligable recorded robocalls (a tip off) on my cell phone concerning my IRS returns. This, of course, meant that I could not ask questions before I called the phone number in the message. When I called I was given info about what I owed (partly accurate; I am paying back taxes). I was told that payments had been stopped (they had temporarily, but had resumed) and that officers would be at my door in 45 minutes to arrest me. Did someone read the IRS letter before I received it? I was starting to panic when I realized the scam and told the person I was talking to as much and that I would call the IRS. Fortunately I had not given any personal information. I cut her off mid-sentence and contacted the IRS. I was told that the IRS never makes such calls; it was a scam. I have sent an email to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration as per the IRS website detailing what happenned. I expect a follow-up call from them. Their phone number is 1-800-366-4484. They want info on these scams.

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Registered: ‎07-10-2010

Re: Have you been scammed or have you spotted a scam?

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I received several barely intelligable recorded robocalls (a tip off) on my cell phone concerning my IRS returns. This, of course, meant that I could not ask questions before I called the phone number in the message. When I called I was given info about what I owed (partly accurate; I am paying back taxes). I was told that payments had been stopped (they had temporarily, but had resumed) and that officers would be at my door in 45 minutes to arrest me. Did someone read the IRS letter before I received it? I was starting to panic when I realized the scam and told the person I was talking to as much and that I would call the IRS. Fortunately I had not given any personal information. I cut her off mid-sentence and contacted the IRS. I was told that the IRS never makes such calls; it was a scam. I have sent an email to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration as per the IRS website detailing what happenned. I expect a follow-up call from them. Their phone number is 1-800-366-4484. They want info on these scams.

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Registered: ‎09-17-2016

Re: Have you been scammed or have you spotted a scam?

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1. No outsider knows what is happening on your computer, unless the person has already hacked into that computer.
2. Microsoft "Windows" does not monitor anything on your computer. Microsoft only sends ads for new products they hope you will buy.
3. An IRS agent never uses that agency's initials in a phone call. They use the full name of the agency and a means to identify the agent who made the call to you. Requests for payments of taxes are made through US Mail, not phone calls.
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Registered: ‎09-19-2016

Re: Have you been scammed or have you spotted a scam?

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Yes, I caught one. I was called by a man saying he was a UPS driver and needed to deliver a package. We hadnt ordered anything, so I asked who it was from. He hezatated a few seconds and

said Publishers clearing house. Then asked if we were home. I said yes come on over. He hung up.

The reason I was worried was my caller ID said he was from Jamaica!!!!  I have an account with UPS

and called to check on it. The lady that i spoke with asked if he gave a tracking number, which he hadnt. She said good thing I called, UPS drivers will first Identify themselves then give you the tracking

number. No Number, call the police if someone does arrive shortly after you talk to them. DO NOT OPEN YOUR DOOR!!!!!! They want you mainly not to be home, but BE SAFE FIRST!!!!!!

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Registered: ‎05-11-2013

Re: Have you been scammed or have you spotted a scam?

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I was reading in comments on Lymphoma Society page,  and someone listed this "Rick Simpson site ie.phoenixtearsadim@gmail.com" explaining how hemp oil was cure for cancers and diseases of multiple sorts.  From one letter to the next,  they moved from Canada to US,  and were "selling" this stuff for a mere $530. They over-explained themselves on the legality of its sale thru postal channels...  #SCAM-ALERT

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Registered: ‎08-23-2015

Re: Have you been scammed or have you spotted a scam?

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I was trying to go on U-tube to look for information regarding a boat sinking in Chicago in the late 1800s I
think , when a pop-up came on my computer . It stated that I should call the number on the screen stating it was Microsoft.,about a virus or something on my computer and I should call the number on the screen .
I did not call the number because the same thing happen some months back when I was about to order something
off of E-bay .I talked to the man by phone and he was able from where ever he was to move the cursor around
my computer screen. and told me he could fix the virus and safe guard my information for a price ranging from
$200-$400 I think . I told him I might as will go get another computer. I did not take the offer! So for the next 3days I couldn't use the computer without that stuff on the screen. After that 4 withdrawls were made from my bank account. The amounts were small so the Bank replaced them, So It happen again this month.Saying I should call the number again ,this time I called my bank right away give them the information I got off the screen,, customer service suggested I call the number. I call Microsoft instead they said it wasn't them ,that I knew but I let them know that the scam was out and they were using their logo.
All I know is that Nothing came out of my account and the computer was only down for a day!
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Registered: ‎08-28-2016

Re: Have you been scammed or have you spotted a scam?

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I just got the same IRS Scam call actually I got two of them within a week

Get allot of calls saying there from Microsoft and my computer is infected and spreading the virus. Funny thing I to them my PC hasn't been on in a over a week. I often tell them they should quite trying to scam new users and older people trying to learn.

I often try to collect as much info as I can from them first so I can report them.

I'm a retired PC GUY so I hit them with some technical term and laugh as the rubble around and try to figure out what those terms mean. Can hear them trying to Google it.

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Registered: ‎11-02-2011

Re: Have you been scammed or have you spotted a scam?

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I have told them to just sue me. When they started I yelled just sue me like everyone else. Then hung up. Thirty years as a contractor for the Federal government taught me that they don't move without a memo or letter in triplicate. 😇

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Registered: ‎08-19-2016

Re: Have you been scammed or have you spotted a scam?

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Last Saturday night I received an email supposedly from my bank. I immediately called my bank. They sent me a secure email asking for the phone no that I was to call. I did that. Also they had my Starbucks password. On Monday I reported this to Starbucks. Satuday night I changed my Starbucks password. I have been advised that this scam has been shut down by the authorities. Never give out information to an email.

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Registered: ‎02-07-2014

Re: Have you been scammed or have you spotted a scam?

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This happened to one of my best friends. I am still mourning her death 15 months later from a broken heart! Her health wasn't good and she spent a lot of time on her pc , on various "lonely hearts" websites. She started emailing with one guy, who was supposedly a wounded veteran, who had suffered more injuries when his motorcycle crashed. The VA hospital wasn't forthcoming with PT, meds, knee brace and other support for the motorcycle injuries because they were not military related. She sent him a "small amount", as she put it so he could get a knee brace and his pain prescriptions filled. Now if any of you know about prescription pain meds, they're not cheap and she was living on Social Security & $$ from sale of her trailer. I later found out it escalated to clothes, a new TV, Christmas shopping for his nephews, etc. This info all came later, a few months before she died. He told her to stop talking to women she had met on the site, because they were jealous of their relationship & would say negative things about him. He was basically draining her bank account. She called me in November of 2014 & told me her cell was being cut off because she was in arrears & couldn't pay it. When I questioned how in the dickens this could happen, the whole, long, sad, story of how he had scammed her for $50,000+ , convinced her they were engaged, would be living together one day soon, all the things a lonely woman wants to hear, without her ever even holding her hand! We continued to correspond daily by email, using SKYPE or GLIDE sometimes. She didn't look well and was complaining of various elements. I called the facility she waa living in directly, I had her medical PoA. They started watching her more carefully and she seemed to improve. 3 days before Christmas, he contacted her via SKYPE and asked her to wire him $250 for Christmas dinner. When she told him she had less than $56 in her checking account, he disconnected without saying a word. When I  SKYPED her , Christmas Eve, she had a high fever, wasn't feeling well and wanted to go to the hospital. Over the next 5 months she was in and out of the hospital. I contacted her family from which she wS estranged, to inform them of her decline. Her mother & 2 siblings didn't really care. They moved her into hospice care while I was in surgical ICU 2,000 miles away. The Chaplain called and said it waa a matter of days. He put his cell to her ear so I could say goodbye. I asked them to inform her mother. Less then 30 hours later I received a call saying she had just passed, with the Christian music she liked playing and the Chaplain reading the Psalms she loved. Once I  could speak, I asked them to notify her family, as I only had Medical PoA, and everything about her remains, personal belongings, etc. was responsibility of her family. 

This whole long story is to point out what a long-term, lonely hearts scam can do. In her hospitalizations, the doctors could not find anything wrong, anything causing the fever, lethargy, total failing of her organs. I guess they teach what to look for when someone has a broken heart! I posted on her social media pages that she had died. A few months later, she received over 200 Happy Birthday posted on FB. I replied to everyone and let them know she had died. A few women contacted me, said she had written about me (we were friends for 44 years) & asked if the gut (by name) had anything to do with her death. When I explained what had happened right before Christmas & what followed, they said they had tried to warn her, but she wouldn't listen & had cut off contact with them. Please be careful of these "lonely heart" websites. They prey on men and women who are lonely and alone. I'm sure some may be okay, but anyone who cuts you off from other friends, has something to hide. Even if it's not $$, you may be in am abusive relationship, or another kind that you're not really comfortable with, and getting away is difficult. I miss my friend. She hid her feeding him her money, until she had no more! Please be careful. Not just your money, but your heart and life is on the line.