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I suspect an e-mail request to receive my order from #amazon.com is a ploy to invite a virus into my computer. I will not open it / them (I get one every week). First of all, I have not ordered anything from Amazon. Secondly, this is not Amazon's contact address. It is HASHTAG-amazon.com, a clever way to open an e-mail account that might fool the greedy, unwary soul on the consumer side of the net. Don't fall for it. Any similar address is not kosher, and should be treated as suspicious. Don't even open them. DELETE immediately. 

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Re: Spotted a scam? Tell us about it.A Twist on the Social Security Phishing Scam..."Verifying Info

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A Twist on the Social Security Phishing Scam..."Verifying Information" 
 
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I have recently been reciving calls claiming to be from Medicare and asking for a verification of my information. I ask them, "Why don't you just tell me what information you have and I'll tell you if it's correct or not." This usually gets a response that they can't do that or they don't have it handy. The called ID never says Medicare or anything similar but I would recommend not complying even if it does since Medicare does not do business that way. The phone number sometimes appears as "Invalid Number" or else a personal account which is not toll-free as government numbers typically are. Occasionally I will string the caller along - if I feel like being crotchety - until I then cut in and ask, "Excuse me, Ed - it was Ed wasn't it? ("Ed" often has a very thick Asian or Eastern European accent). To which he/she responds, "Yes sir, what is it?" I then ask, "Does your mother know that your job is stealing money from people over the phone?" Nine out of ten hang up immediately, the cocksure ones typically begin to bluster at which time I hang up. If you are more polite than I am toward petty criminals you can just say at the very beginning, "Send me the information request to the address you have in your computer and I will look at it when the postal service delivers it." Postal fraud will put them in jail, no questions asked and they know that.

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I have received so many phone calls from across the US leaving me voicemails threatening me about my IRS debt and that if I don't call them back,  I will have legal consequences.  In the first place, if you owe the IRS anything you will receive a notice by mail and in order to verify it you give them a call, which I know that mostly everyone knows their number. I have sent these numbers messages stating that unless they want to be on Amercan Greed, they need to stop scamming people.  I also have been getting messages on my computer about viruses.  I made the mistake of calling them a few times, but since I am on a limited budget I told them that I couldn't afford what they were asking. After that experience, I reset my computer a couple of times and I just shut it off when I get a message like that.  It seems to me that they target older people and if you don't have anyone to warn you or if you aren't up-to-date on these scams you will be scammed.  You also need to watch out for those phone calls telling you that you have won a sweepstakes. Don't fall for these calls.  There are too many scammers out there that want to get easy money from anybody. I just don't answer the phone when I see an unknown number, especially when you see some from out of the country, ex: India, Egypt, England.Africa,etc.

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I think that's not true about what Nancy talking about cause there are so many scam on Facebook like that talking about you won a 100,000 and asking you to send money 4 the cause to the ups men to deliver it and when you send that then they ask for more for insurance fee when you pay then they come up with something else that a scam cause you never get the package it's a fraud don't fall for that 

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I am a 70 (+) year old senior who lives in the Los Angeles, California area. A scammer persistently sent notices to tell me the car warranty for my 2004 vehicle was expiring several years in a row.  The notices were sent via USPS. They persisted despite my reply that my car warranty duration was for FIVE years and I was not interested in an extension. This happened several years ago.  I dont recall if I reported the company.  The notices finally stopped.

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Be very careful if you get a "prize that requires taxes paid" or a variation on the "grandparent scam". The "tech support" scam is equally deadly. They all pre-position you for more intensive scamming.
Don't engage, just hang up. Engaging with them puts you on a sucker list for the money laundering "Jamaica scam".
My mother has dementia and was targeted in part because she thought she'd be clever and out talk the scammers before they hit.
She's lost thousands of dollars and can't be convinced it's not legal. 5 years ago she would have caught it.
Don't talk to them. Block the number if you can. Report it to you state AG.

And... please have the "living will/power of attorney" conversation with your loved ones. Fixing a scam when there's dementia involved will cost you or your loved ones about $10,000 in attorney fees, and hours of heartbreak. (Ask how I know. Never mind,  you get the picture.)

If you don't have older family members - be kind to your kids. Have the conversation.

If you are alone... make sure you ask your doctor to pay attention to the "post 65 mini cogs" and set up a living will for yourself so YOU will be safe from YOU if it comes to that.

With love and tears... K

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I just recieved a call from "Eric" (heavy accent) who claimed my name was one of 1500 people chosen to receive $9000 grant from the US Federal Gov"t Grant Dept. It is a free drawing and people who have no criminal background and no bankruptcy.  He gave me a Grant Confirmation code and a call back phone # which I needed to write down both. He asked me how I would like to receive my money and he listed cash/check Walmart gift cards and other options but I couldn't understand what he said.

 

He started to verify name and address and that was when I hung up.  I just decided no more info. He didn't get to any account numbers or c/c#'s.

 

 

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I made the mistake of clicking on a story.  Within moments I had a full screen message from Microsoft that my computer had been shut down and I was instructed not to shut it down.   That message tipped me off that this was either an invasion or a scam.   I am glad this happen to my desk top computer and not on my laptop.   I pressed the reset button and the computer responded with the normal screen and the internet was off.   I use a software to clean all the cookies and other stuff and then shut the computer down.   I waited at least ten minutes before turning the computer on again.   I then ran a scan with the antivirus software and the computer was clean.    This procedure may not be approved but it worked.   Now I will install Windows 10 Pro as an upgrade from Windows 7 Professional.  

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I got hooked into the scam where you get a big message on your computer screen allegedly from Microsoft saying your system is messed up and call the number on the screen. I was having problems with my computer so called the number. Some guy said he was with Microsoft and would fix my computer and for X dollars (I'm too ashamed to say how much) could set me up on a maintenance plan. I got suckered in!! I scanned and e mailed a check!! The good news is I woke up in the middle of the night and thought what have I done??? I went on line with my credit union and put a stop payment on the check! Thank god!! Got numerous calls from these bozos, 800 number of course, demanding money. I told them to put it all in writing -- that was the end of that! Called Microsoft who assured me they NEVER send messages like I got and that they get several calls every day from people like me. Close call!! Beware.

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I let my answering machine answer all my calls and just ignore the scammers.  I've gotten the IRS call many times and never replied.  I've decided to answer the next time and tell them to come and arrest me because when they send me to federal prison they'll have to provide medical care that I can't afford.  Sadly they haven't called in a while.  Probably have to wait until next tax season.

 

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