Annoying Telemarketers/skam artists!

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  1. pawbaby

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    A while back we kept getting these annoying calls from somebody who kept saying they were from Microsoft. They would say that our computer was infected and that it needed to be fixed. I knew it was a scam and would tell them not call us anymore. They were so persistent and the guy or lady that would call had a thick east Indian accent so we thought the calls were likely coming from India but weren't sure.

    So one time they called back with the same spiel and Emilio answered and played stupid making them think that he thought they were talking about our actual house windows rather than Microsoft Windows. Gosh, the guy on the phone got so upset with Emilio that he started to swear at him and hung up!

    Later on the news I heard that this was a country wide scam that had been going on and that these people would at various times fool poor unsuspecting people and scam them them out of allot of money. They would tell get them to let them take control of their computers and then find out personal passwords and information. I had heard that they had scammed people out of millions of dollars of you can believe it.

    I thought this was the end of it until yesterday when I received another call. It sounded like a tape recording and they told me that My Internet ISP and router had been severely infected and compromised and that personal information had been leaked to foreign countries. Can you believe that? They said to hold on the line so that a technician could fix my problem. I quickly hung up on them, then awhile later that day they called back again. I figured out how to block this caller on our phones and thank goodness they haven't called back so far anyway. :agression:

    Have any of you had annoying calls that are similar that you'd like to share? :agree:
     
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    oh my, YES! We keep getting calls from Google, saying we needed to confirm our listing. I usually just hung up, since it always starts as a robo call. However, since they call our business every single day and sometimes more than once, I finally decided to talk to whoever it was that kept calling. They were very nice and said they would take us off the call list. Well, it hasn't happened. We keep getting these calls anyway. It is truly annoying!
     
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    Yes. We get them all the time. I just hang up on them. It is easier since they don't stop calling anyway.
     
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    Me too, get them all the time, it is so annoying. I told them once I don't have windows, and they went on and on - so never say anything now, just hang up and so yes, they call back.
     
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    I been getting these calls for a long time, depending in what mood i am in lol sometimes i toy with them, other times i speak very un ladies like...nothing seems to work anyway even if you block them they just use another number. I complained to my sip and Verizon put some kind of spam blocker on and it helped as gotten few lately. Cardholder services is another one...newest one they can fake ph. numbers so you think that its from someone that you know. We rarely answer our phone anymore. if portend they will leave a message.
    Soo annoying
     
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    Gosh, it sounds like these scam artists must call everybody. I'm surprised the authorities haven't tracked them down yet with stiff penalties. I feel so badly for the poor seniors who may be unsuspecting and get fished in and taken for lots of money.
     
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    I agree Cory. They rob poor seniors all the time. It is not right.
     
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    My G-daughter Alyssa got a voicecall and she called Syl crying and she told her that the IRS called and told her she had to come up with $$$$ within a hour or else she would be arrested and she was so scared until Syl explained...i had a similar call before, i just laughed and said ok come get me !!!
     
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    Me too!
     
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    I also remember getting phone calls around and near to our tax time last spring except they would say they were an officer from CRA ( Canada Revenue Agency). It's the same equivalent to the IRS in the US. They would give some sort of threat just like that. It was so tiresome receiving these calls and I knew right away it was a scam because CRA never calls people like that.
     
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    The other scam is computer generated. You may get a message saying your computer is infected and if you click the message, it sends you to a rep who then makes it sound like they can fix your computer online. Believe it or not, my husband fell for this scam and our credit card was charged a horrible amount, even before they started the work! I found out about it and got the charge reversed and locked the fellow out of my husband's work computer. I couldn't believe that he would fall for that, but these scammers really are good at making it seem plausible.
     
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    Thats been around for a while and fell for it but got wise and backed off before giving my caed number out.
     
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    Now I'm even getting these on my Cell phone. How the heck do they get your number??? I hate it, there should be something people can do - there is no privacy or respect anymore.
     
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    There is a number I called and got my phone put on the do not call list. It works, but you have to renew it every two years. I get very few calls from solicitors on my cell phone, but it has been longer than two years and now I am beginning to get more. I can't find the number to call, so I will probably look it up online and see if I can find it again.
     
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    Marlin just got a voiace-mail message telling him to call a number to prevent being prosecuted. In the message the number comes up as being from North Carolina, but in the phone number list on his phone, it says India. There should be some way to stop these people.
     
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    Here is what I did to keep solicitors from calling my number:
    The Do Not Call Registry accepts registrations from both cell phones and land lines. To register by telephone, call 1-888-382-1222 (TTY: 1-866-290-4236). You must call from the phone number that you want to register. To register online (donotcall.gov), you will have to respond to a confirmation email.
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    https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0133-cell-phones-and-do-not-call-registry
     
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    Just rented again !
     
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    I get all kinds of calls from the USA saying I won this trip or asking me to renew something. It's always either at lunch time or dinner time or when I am teaching. I wish I could do something about it.
     
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    I just called and my number is still on the registry. There is a place on there where you can report any bad calls. You must have the name of the company or their phone number. You can also report them on line.
     
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    Phone Scams

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