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Spotted a scam?  Tell us about it.  Our scam-tracking map gives you information about the latest scams targeting people in your state.  You’ll also find first-hand accounts from scam-spotters who are sharing their experiences so you know how to protect yourself and your family. Go to the Scam-Taking Map>>

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"...AUSLOGICS!  Supposed to be from HP, and Microsoft!  IT has all this stuff in it, like boost speed, and clean up files.  BULL!  Don't get taken like I did!....".

 

Could you be more specific? How did you get 'taken'? You're calling this a 'scam'. It did not speed up your PC, or did not do proper defrags or registry cleanup?   

   I've read mixed reviews on this product, so I'm curious about your experience....

 

Also, the product was developed in Australia and is not from Microsoft or HP. Who told you that? It has been 'certified' by Microsoft, but is not their product. I don't know that the 'certified' means much of anything.


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I shopped on a app  called Wish shopping made fun. Their are very misleading. You never get where think you are ordering. And they don't stand behind their products and you won't get your money back. When I reported it to the BBB. They said they were out of business so they thought anyway. But just told them, that me and my daughter just got ripped off by them. 

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@k72347s wrote:

I shopped on a app  called Wish shopping made fun. Their are very misleading. You never get where think you are ordering. And they don't stand behind their products and you won't get your money back. When I reported it to the BBB. They said they were out of business so they thought anyway. But just told them, that me and my daughter just got ripped off by them. 


I'm not sure you understand what you are accessing. Wish is purely an app created by some software engineers about 5 years ago. It is a 'bargain hunting' site that allows you too look at hundreds of different stores and untold number of products. Essentially, it's an online shopping mall.

 

   Here is some info on them.

 

".... in the instance of Wish.com, nearly all of the emphasis is placed on ‘cheap,’ basically to the exclusion of ‘fast’ and ‘good.’ So, although you’ll be getting rock-bottom prices, you’ll have to wait a very long time to receive your order, and in general, the product(s) will probably be of less-than-stellar quality.

On top of this, should anything go wrong with your order, you might experience difficulty getting in contact with the original seller (remember, Wish.com only acts as a storefront, but doesn’t sell items directly). And if you need to get Wish.com involved, many customers have complained that they weren’t much more help....".

 

   You need to research apps before loading/using them and understand what you are getting. Wish doesn't guarantee much of anything, and you are on your own dealing with the hundreds of companies they search on. You need to research the company you are placing an order with before you order anything.


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I play worxzy with friends and started talking to a gentleman on there. He was very charming and wanted ust o start talking. I didn't feel comfortable giving my phone #. He suggested we talk on hangout. He described growing up in an orphanage, his wife died from cancer and his son was sick with an incurable disease. I was immediately suspicious, but I continued to talk to him. He said he was working on an oil rig and wasn't able to talk to me per phone. Remember, he had already ask for my phone #. Eventually he wanted me to send a $100 iTunes card so that he could call me. Be Careful who you talk to on social media. He still trys to send me messages.

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Last week, posted a craigslist ad to sell a new-in-box pedestal sink that was wrong size for our small space. I listed my cell phone number; as my email doesn't link to cell phone (old type cell phone) and I wanted faster responses to ad. Got a text from an interested party who wanted my full name and address so he could 'mail a check or money order'. Why would you mail a check for an item you must pick up in person? Not to mention, I'd never take a check (even money orders are forged). Another red flag is that he offered me much than I was asking 'in order to hold it for him"- which also was silly since that put item in price range where he could just buy it at a home store, no bargain for him. I texted back cash only, pay when you come look at/pick up item. Now, here's where the scam got interesting: he wanted to call to 'talk about it' and texted that since something wrong with his cell, he'd use Googlevoice to make call (essentially using his computer to make a phone call); but that I'd have to press 00 to "accept" his call. He then immediately called. That just didn't sound right to me, so I didn't answer (my computer was at that moment doing a slow 'installing updates'; so I could not check on-line about reports of similar scam). He then texted again and told me he'd call again and I should enter the 00 after I answered. I texted back that if he were local, which I had to assume for an item like this, he could text to set appointment and pay in cash when he came; I could email him photos but that was the arrangement. When I did go online to research, I learned this is a known scam where the scammer takes control of YOUR telephone number and can make calls on your number through googlevoice. Your entering 00 tells googlevoice to set up an account on your number (as if you had initated the request- it calls your number and you verify the request by entering 00.) He would have been able to use MY phone number to call & scam other people, to make out of state toll calls; and possibly even to make international or pay-per calls (such as phone sex 1-900 numbers- my particular carrier plan would not cover internat'l or 1-900 but would allow out of state calls). Don't fall for the google voice "enter 00 to "accept my call" scam! It is tedious to go through the process to uninstall googlevoice and get your number secured again! (YouTube vidoes and other info on-line tell yu how to do that if needed)

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I hate to admit this to anybody.  I made my hubby promise that he wouldn't even tell our grown Children!!!  I am not a dumb person but these scammers got me not once but twice.  😞  😞  It all started when I got this warning page that my computer had been hacked.  It had MICROSOFT stating that DON'T shut down my computer and call this phone number immediately.  Which I did.  I called the number and a man answered my call.  He got into my computer and showed me where it supposable had been hacked!!  Of course, if I wanted my computer fixed I would have to pay 249.00 for cleaning it all up and they would keep an eye on it to make sure no one hacked it!!  So I used my debit card and paid the amount.  It took them or they pretended that they worked on my computer like 6 hours. Everything was hunky dory!!  Ok, then I was told that I was scammed.by my hubby but I denied to the end.  Then came the WORSE SCAM at all.  Again they tried a different way, and yes I fell for it again.  But, luckily I couldn't  get into my account at the bank.  I think someone was looking out for me.  If I would have listened to that voice of reasoning everything would be great!!  But...I fell for it again!!!  They ask me to go to Walmart and get ITUNE cards in the amount of 300.00 I DID what I was told all the time my hubby telling me it was a scam!! Nope, it couldn't be again.  I did finally GET IT!!!  After costing myself a ton of money that we could not afford.  But...if one person is saved then I will be alright.  By the way, if MICROSOFT is really hacked they will not put anything on your computer, they will shut it down.  Then you will call them to find out why it isn't working. Also, I still get calls every once and awhile but not many since I learned how to block a number and got my phone number added to a DON'T CALL number.  I would like to wish I had learned my lesson the first time but...I can say I HAVE DEFINITELY learned it now!!  Be on guard at all times.  It just might save you from being so ashamed about being not tricked one time but to get tricked the second time!!  

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so sorry - my best friend fell for it too. glad you know now, and don't be ashamed, I'm just glad they didn't get you in deeper. They have my mom for 40,000$ of her retirement and are trying to get to $77000 more. She still doesn't think it's a scam. We're stepping up to help. She isn't going to like it.
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A message appeared on my computer saying I had multiple viruses on my mac and needed to download their program NOW. Of course I didn't but I couldn't get away from them.  Their address is  US.dolor774KV.pw       I rebooted the computer but still couldn't get rid of it.  No matter what I typed it returned back to the fraudster.  So, as a last resort I typed "fcc.gov" and pressed enter.  Amazing that all of the fraudster and their web site VANISHED. 

 

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A month ago I got a letter invitng me to  work for an "IBM-USPS" project. The come-on was I would get $15 every time I mailed a package into a designated mailbox in my city for this project. Got suspicious when I googled the address of their office which was in Springfield, Virginia business area. IBM had an office there too according to my research.  Letter instructed me to call them at a 1-800 telephone number. I did not call the number because I suspected that their modus operandi was to ask for my SSN and other pertinent info so that they can mail a check when I finished the alleged job they want me to do.  I wondeer if they sent letter to everyone or just to seniors?

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"...A month ago I got a letter invitng me to  work for an "IBM-USPS" project...".

 

That scam has been around at least 7-8 years. All one has to do is search online to find out if what you suspect is a scam has been reported before.


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I sign up with Care for some part time work. I get many strange requests from people claiming to be out of town that want to send me a weeks pay advance to watch their children. Yet they haven't even met me. In some of them, they wanted to send me an over paymet that I was to send to some body. It always came by text message. Every time I called the number it wouldn't work. Be careful.

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The other day my cell phone rang and a recorded message came on claiming I can lower my credit card interest rate to 6%. I was suspicious but thought I'd see what it was about. When an Indian accent answered the phone I became increasingly more suspicious. When I asked which credit card is this for, he immediately hung up. He didn't know what credit card I had. He was calling to get one.

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Selling on Craigslist. If you try and sell an item on Craigslist you are likely to get emails or text messages first asking a few simple questions about the item and then claiming they want to buy the item right away but pay with paypal or a cashiers  check because they are out of town or state. These are all scams either they will send a fradulent email claiming that a paypal payment for $400 over your selling price is ready to be claimed just send $400 to release the Paypal payment. (email is not from paypal) or they will send you a cashiers check including an over payment for shipment. They say they will wait on it to be deposited before they ask you to ship them the product. Then they say they changed their mind and will pick the item up and ask you to refund the shipping price. The cashiers check will eventually bounce. Requiring in person pick up and payment in cash will thwart these kinds of scams however they still steal from you by wasting your time..

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Yes those are scams and I am not sure if that is what people attempt to do when they reply to the listing on Craigslist and say you need to contact someone else that wants to buy the advertised item at a certain email address but I believe those are never or rarely ever a real buyer so my advice is to ignore any of those responses. That is what I have done and not sure what the intentions of those people are but it is one part of what is driving many people to not use Craigslist anymore, especially since Facebook has sale groups and the marketplace feature. That is what we tend to use for buying or selling anymore without issues so far, however, if you use that it's a good idea to check how long someone either selling or buying has had the profile because fake profiles usually aren't going to be very old or if you can see it (depending on privacy settings) have much for posts, friends, etc.  

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Got a phone call from "Unknown Caller" (which is what my caller id showed), the number was 876-788-7915.  Guy identifies himself as Dave Sawyer from Publishers Clearing House; he knows my name and my wife's name and our Zip Code and phone number.  He then proceeds to tell me I've won a 3rd place price in one of their giveaways ($185,000 cash + 2017 Mercedes Benz valued at $125,000).  Then he goes into this rambling spiel about taxes due to the IRS, and they have paid 2% taxes for me and I have 3% taxes I owe, but only 1% has to be paid before the IRS will release authorization to PCH to release my winnings - - so I owe $2,855.15 now.  (They're not very good at math; that's not 1%.)  He then said I should call my wife and tell her the good news; and he will call back in 5 minutes to give me more details.  When he called back, using the same number as before, my caller id showed "Montego Bay, Jamaica".  I did some research online and found this is a scam these people are pulling on older people.  They also have used another Jamaican phone number, 876-472-3689; so if you get a call from either number - - don't give them any personal information about yourself and DON'T send them any money!

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I just recieved a phone call from PCH, almost word for word as this one. They said they were from Jamaica NY.  They said they would be at my house within the hour to get my share of the taxes.  I told them to get a real job, and the cops will be waiting for them when they get here.

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People are signing up to play on Words with Friends and then once you start a game with them they try to chat you up and ask for money.  so sad even fun is not safe 

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I received three calls in the last two days from this number 315-660-6998. It is a recorded message and goes like this( this is officer so in so and you are listed in a lawsuit with the IRS and to call that same number back to prevent this from going to court) and the call ends. You try calling the number back and is been busy. 

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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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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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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 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 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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There is a phone scam going around in Pa and I'm sure other states also.They call to tell you your warranty is getting ready to expire on your vehicle and you can extend it for x amount.Don't fall for this scam.They called and told my B-I-L that his 1986 vehicle warranty was running out ,oops ,caught.I'm also going to notify the FBI of this scam.

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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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On social media it had been advertised a "free $50 ghft card " from Lowes for Mothers Day!! People are terrible!!!

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Invite all the FBI,IRS and similar types over to your house.  Just say your 3 German Shepherds don't like strangers.

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Everyone! There is someone here on facebook that is hacking accounts and messaging that a friend just won $100,000 and my name is next on the list. Then they send a link to contact them to get my money. Sounds like an email scam to me. I called the friend and they didn't know anything about it of course. BE CAREFUL OUT THERE.! Be sure to block and report them.

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You're friends on Facebook
Tue 2:27am
How are you doing?
Tue 6:20am
Good morning Nancy. I am well. Hope u r too.
Tue 12:00pm
I'm doing fine and good,I was just wondering if you have heard about the good news?
What good news is that?
I'm so happy i got $100,000.00 from The
Department of health and human service,deliver to me by UPS at my door step.They are helping the old,retired,disabled,employed and unemployed in the society,do you get yours too from them?
Tue 3:36pm
No, the young 20 something, black couple just next door go .39 cents. I suppose that was supposed to be mine.
Tue 5:07pm
I believe you should have gotten your money by now because i saw your name when my money was deliver to me,are you sure you dont get any notification about it
Nancy
Nancy called you.
Tuesday 5:10pm

Well congratulations on your new wealth. Nancy, I am less than decent for a video call.
Thanks.I guess what you have to do now is contact Daniel Robinson on his Facebook page now to get your money,that was who i also contacted for my money.do you know him ?
Sorry I do not know him.
Oh wait let me get you his page link to contact him now.
Anyway Nancy, I wanted to say that I had a wonderful time at the dance the other day. I didn't know you were such a good dancer.
Warning
This attachment could not be loaded.
Click on this link it will lead you to his page,add him up and message him that you want to know if your name still on the winners list.
I will check with him shortly. But I am headed out to the Log Cabin Meeting. Are you going to be there?
No,Let me know whatever you get from him. Best of luck
Chat Conversation End
 
 
 
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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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