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I received a call stating the person represented Microsoft and I had a refund coming because their equipment was down for a time and they were refunding part of the service costs.  I did not question them because they said they worked for Microsoft and gave ID numbers.  Anyway, I filled out the information they asked me  to do.  When I was doing this, I did not pay attention to the square where the refund amount was to be placed and it had a built in period which turned the amount of refund from $300 to $30,000.  When the caller saw this he started cussing and had a fit.  He ordered me to get to bank within the hour and change it at the bank and they would pay me $500 and to tell the bank I was sending this to a relative in Europe.  He said if I did not the authorites would think I stole the money.  Also, I was told to tell them I was sending this money to a relative in Europe.  It was quite a story and as I am housebound it took me several hours to get to the bank and I was scared to death.   At this point I was sure it was scam, but did not want to get in trouble.  I told the bank all the details and asked them to retract the entire transaction.  I do not know if they had a way to find out who it was, but I learned a very good lesson from this.  Hopefully, the bank reported the scam.  I also called the police, but they said it was something they did not deal with.   It is my pleasure to report this as I am 80 yrs old and on social security so I had little money to lose.  Hopefully this helps.  Unfortunately I am still getting calls with the same message, SO BEWARE.   Mildred - long-term AARP member.

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I got a call like that.  Said they were from the IRS in Houston.  I then asked why they were calling from a Wisconsin area code.  They hung up.  Aggressive morons.

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Re: Spotted a scam? Remedy Health Media arthritis publication scam

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Thank you so much for the great advice!

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Re: Spotted a scam? Remedy Health Media arthritis publication scam

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If they send you a collections letter send them a "drop dead letter".

It is a letter telling them you do not owe them what they are asking

and that according to the fair credit law they are not to contact you

again about it. 

 

Somthing like this:

 

Date:Name of Collection Agency
Mailing Address of Collection AgencyRe: Account Number

 

To whom it may concern:

 

I have been contacted by you regarding a debt I allegedly owe.  I dispute the account number referenced above and deny any liability.  Please cancel the account immediately.

Please cease any and all further communication with me regarding this debt immediately.

Under the regulations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act you may not contact me further once I have notified you not to do so.

 

Sincerely,

Your signature
Your printed name

 

Send it certified mail. You should not hear from them again.

However if they believe it is a real bill they can file suite and

will have to present you with evidence that you owe the money.

If you get served such a letter indicating they have filed suite

do not ignore it. You must challenge their complaint for which you

should seek legal advice. 

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Re: Spotted a scam? Remedy Health Media arthritis publication scam

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Several weeks ago, I received a white paper booklet about arthritis from Remedy Health Media on behalf of University of California--Berkeley. I did not order this booklet and did not want it, so I mailed it back to Remedy Health Media at their return address in Palm Coast, Florida. Since then, I have received two invoices attempting to bill me for the booklet. I am ignoring these invoices as the USPS informs me that unsolicited materials received in the mail can be considered "gifts." Has anyone else had a similar experience of being billed for unsolicited, unwanted material received via US mail, and does anyone have any advice for me? I am concerned that Remedy Health Media may turn this billl over to a collection agency.

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Re: Spotted a scam? Tell us about it. IRS scam.

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I love the idea of giving false information. What I did one time is I talked about God, Salvation through Jesus and the importance of pro-life. The caller simply said thank you and hung up. 

 

But the best response is to simply say, and clearly, "Do not call this number. Take me off your list." Then hang up. The longer you talk and leave the line open, the more points your number gets and the more money they can get for your info. JHU! Just hang up!

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I got an email the other day telling me my Kohls account was blocked looked suspicious so just deleted. It was an obvious phish attempt. 

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Walmart shopper they send you text then a check which bounces after you do the shop. I will never trust a secret shopper ad again! 

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I received a  voice mail from a 917 area code that I  was wanted for crimes that I was involved in.  Deletedcit.

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Re: Spotted a scam? Tell us about it. Donation fraud.

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My grandfather worked for the Red Cross back in the 50's as their advertising rep. Thought u might enjoy this ad!

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