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Phone Scams

So I just received a telephone call from a gentleman who claimed to be conducting a survey on behalf of our internet service provider.

 

I asked for his name and number so I could call him back, and he declined. ("Well, but I'll be on the phone all day", he said. "Hmpf", said I.)

 

I then contacted our ISP and they said they have no such ongoing survey and would never conduct a telephone survey. 

 

Now, maybe this is just a competitor looking to see how happy folks are out here in the boondocks or maybe this was a phishing operation.

 

The point is this: protect yourself.

 

If someone calls you from out of the blue, claiming to rep this, that or some other company with which you do business, be suspicious. Get their name and phone number before answering question one. Then call the company --NOT the phone number you were given by the caller-- and verify the legitimacy of the call.

 

 

 

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Is there someplace to report numbers for scammers?  I just received a call, despite being on the do not call list, and they had the audacity to leave a message with a call back number.  I would like to report this to someone but do  not know where.

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I saw two payments from my checking account for the Apple store that were not mind so I googled apple.com and called the customer supposed number they had my information however they wanted to verify me before giving me my refund so they asked me to download the app quick support team viewer for the App Store which gave them control of my phone then deposit $792 into my checking account and then send $792 back to them supposedly less my refund. Now my checking account is over drawn and -$692 pending until my S.S. Check goes in my account. I filed a fraud complaint with the bank and Apple Cash. Now my life is upside down.

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I just had a phone call requesting that I have to call back to avoid legal proceedings against me. It sounded like a robot voice. Phone number was from 1-833- 778-7338. 

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I got the same kind of robo call. It went into my voicemail so I have the recording. I called them back and told them I knew Social Security does not makes these kinds of calls and that I was going to report the number to the police. They hung up on me.

The phone number is 

855-412-0222

Another number was also 

855-582-2663

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Says Soc Sec. 201-297-5554 as of. Oct 8 2018

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yes me and my wife have been gettingfraud phone calls during the day and night.

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I will not talk to anyone about surveys, charities, or any thing else.  If I get a Robo call, which is illegal, it is an automatic red flag that it is a scam.  I hang up on on them.  I hang up on most everyone.  

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I get Robocalls, Individuals with on first name based on information about medical malpractice monies and the name of the body part where there are malpractice.charities. Sometimes, the calling has an Indian accent.There are other calls, about Home security and fix your credit; sometimes female voice representing their names. I have dial *69 to trace the number and them down. After a while it gets tiresome. Now I just hang-up.
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I  get all kind of calls.  Yesterday, the Indian accent gentlemen said I was due a $150.00 refund.  I really could not understand his English.  He told me to get on the computer and he tell me how I could get my refund back for the overcharge.(Funny think I was on the computer and turned it off)  At the same time I told him to mail me my check and I hung up.

I just hang up.

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@de8960 wrote:

I will not talk to anyone about surveys, charities, or any thing else.  If I get a Robo call, which is illegal, it is an automatic red flag that it is a scam.  I hang up on on them.  I hang up on most everyone.  

 

@de8960 I got a huge belly laugh out of your last line. (Me, I usually just let the phone ring. I don't care who they are, if they knew me they'd email. :))


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I have to ask. I thought caller id was pretty standard in that virtually everyone has it. Am I wrong? DW and I get at least 3-4 calls a day from unknown numbers. We don't pick them up. We look at the number on caller id and if we don't recognize it, we don't answer. Once in a while, it will be someone who has a number we don't know. If so, they will leave a message.

   Do people not have caller id, or is there some compunction to pick up a ringing phone?


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There seems to be a compunction, on some folks' part, to answer that phone. I suppose many folks are lonely, and answering the phone gives them some "company" ... and that they're completely unaware that it's NOT company that they really want. 😉

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Scammers now have technology to show any number they want in caller ID.  Can really make you think it is your bank or your credit card company calling.  Be careful out there. 

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@rickeyc952510 wrote:

Scammers now have technology to show any number they want in caller ID.  Can really make you think it is your bank or your credit card company calling.  Be careful out there. 


OR numbers showing up as your local police or your neighbor, your church or yourself.  It is called "spoofing".

 

AARP recenly updated this article and everybody should read (and heed) it.
AARP Fraud Resource Center: ROBOCALLS 12/10/2019 update. 

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People have caller id but sometimes you just answer the phone without looking. 

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@retiredtraveler wrote:

I have to ask. I thought caller id was pretty standard in that virtually everyone has it. Am I wrong? DW and I get at least 3-4 calls a day from unknown numbers. We don't pick them up. We look at the number on caller id and if we don't recognize it, we don't answer. Once in a while, it will be someone who has a number we don't know. If so, they will leave a message.

   Do people not have caller id, or is there some compunction to pick up a ringing phone?


I cannot speak for anyone else, but we do not have caller ID. We have an unlisted phone and are on the do not call list, though. Our home phone rarely rings and when it does, unless I'm expecting a call, I ignore it. We've been working with Senior Games organizations in 7 states, so I thought perhaps there was an urgent development. Heh: no such luck.

 

I will say this, though: fraud prevention organizations apparently do not think caller ID is as pervasive as all that, for they instruct people to do exactly what I did. I've read that directive over and over again on this site as well as others. FWIW and all.  

 

 

 

 

"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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