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I received a phone call today......

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by on 05-31-2014 at 12:55 PM (8900 Views)
I got off the phone with a "microsoft help center " customer service assistant... Now unfortunately I didn't have time to play with them.....The call went like this .

This is a Microsoft engineer calling(strong Indian accent)we have notice irregular usage showing up on the mainframe over the last few months (alarmbells ringing upto last month for 6 months I was solely using a chromebook) I said excuse me I have AVG and Malwarebites installed in a new computer . The guy hung up on me LOL !!!!

So does anyone have, any being attempted to be ripped off stories to share? Do wish he had rung now and not a couple of hours ago so I could have played along for a bit (20/20 Hindsight lol)

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  1. Scooster67's Avatar

    I haven't had any strange calls, but if I did I don't answer them. That seems to keep the crazys from getting to me.
  2. libgoon's Avatar
    Hey Scoos How are you Keeping ?

    And reported
  3. Scooster67's Avatar
    Was just telling Aug about hitting a Dear a few weeks ago in my car. It could have been real bad, but we both walked away.

    well, I drove away and the Dear kept on going............
  4. libgoon's Avatar
    I just read that ... Thankfully you are ok !
  5. MSGAL's Avatar
    Lil Lib....have had 2 of those phone calls....both on my landline....Thank goodness, I still had enough sense to not give out the info they asked for.......buncha thieves....

    And very common around these parts....I know of many glad you are OK....
  6. libgoon's Avatar
    Yeah , It was on the land line too .. I am wondering if I registered my new lappy is why they got my number but I think it was a exercise. but it is a concern there are may ,not street smart people about the net.... My Mother is very innocent and would believe that it was a technician God love her
  7. InTheCone's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by libgoon
    Yeah , It was on the land line too .. I am wondering if I registered my new lappy is why they got my number but I think it was a exercise. but it is a concern there are may ,not street smart people about the net.... My Mother is very innocent and would believe that it was a technician God love her
    Good friend of mine has had numerous such calls on her land line, fortunately she knows better than to give out ant info.

    I'm glad you survived your run with the dear, Scoos! I almost hit a cow while driving across the state one night, that would have been bad.
  8. Landfall2004's Avatar
    Yes Lib, I had those calls maybe 3-6 months ago on my land line (I dunno, time seems to be running together right now.) Yes, they had an accent and could not believe that I did not want their help. Like you, I told them I have an anti-virus and I run Malwarebytes and I wasn't interested. Then I hung up.
  9. libgoon's Avatar
    I thought it was funny that they would try and pull that one its a pretty well known scam to internet savy folk , but to more innocent folk they might have success
  10. Landfall2004's Avatar
    You are right, it would be easy to fool the newbies. The guys that called me were very authoritative and insistent.

    And I think I asked them why they were calling from New Jersey and why I didn't get an EMAIL (Helllloooo, dead give-away.)

    I like to yank these kinds of peoples' chains. It's a sport!
  11. Ossqss's Avatar
    Ya! I have recieved some of those calls also. They just did not want to give me a number that I could call them back on. LOL!

  12. InTheCone's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ossqss
    Ya! I have recieved some of those calls also. They just did not want to give me a number that I could call them back on. LOL!

  13. libgoon's Avatar
    LMAO !!! Oss that image is just so explains it !
  14. Landfall2004's Avatar
    Lib, you SCOOPED them!!!!

    I printed the entire article b/c my newspaper won't let you on the site without a subscription..............

    Latest scam on Treasure Coast involves computer virus software
    By Lamaur Stancil
    Posted June 1, 2014 at 4 a.m.

    He’s told them “no” or hung up on them every time.

    Nonetheless, Steve Ferguson said he still gets phone calls from someone claiming to be a technician representing a well-known computer company who wants remote access to his machine for a diagnosis.

    It’s a widely reported scam that Ferguson became aware of, but the calls continue.

    “In the last year, it’s been at least 100 calls,” said Ferguson, of Sebastian. “You can hear a lot of voices in the background, so you know it’s a call center.”

    The phone calls have been made to numerous residents across the Treasure Coast.

    Similar to other schemes, the caller is claiming to be someone he or she is not. This one differs because there’s additional steps if someone falls prey to it, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

    The scam artist will say they’ve detected viruses or other malware on your computer to trick you into giving them remote access or paying for software you don’t need, the commission said. In actuality, the scammer is the one who will put a virus on your computer and then offer to fix the machine for a hefty fee.

    “It’s sad that they’re taking advantage of our older population,” said Becki Martin, officer manager at Computer Healthcare in Sebastian.

    Martin’s shop, which has operated in Sebastian for the past 10 years, has had plenty of computers brought in with scammer viruses. Martin fields a couple of calls daily from people who have either been called by a scam artist or fell into their trap.

    “The people who come in are upset at themselves because they fell for it,” said Tracy Galentine, client assurance manager at the Sebastian store.

    Sometimes the scammers change the password on the computer with no way for another party to reset it without clearing the full computer.

    “It’s holding your computer hostage,” Martin said.

    She recommends anyone who has allowed remote access to a scammer to disconnect their computer from the Internet to prevent more intrusions.

    The Federal Trade Commission warns consumers to avoid the scam by not allowing access to your computer to someone who calls you out of the blue. You can’t trust the name that shows up on your caller identification service, either, since those can be rigged as well, the Trade Commission said.

    Treasure Coast law enforcement officials said only 1 in 700 scammers gets caught, because most of them operate out of the country and out of the jurisdiction of local law enforcement.


    The schemes come in various forms. Here are some that have victimized some of your friends, family and neighbors.


    How it works: Some Treasure Coast residents last year received mail from a company offering homeowners who had recently refinanced their homes a copy of their deed and property profiles for $83.

    How to combat it: Know your public records laws. Deeds are kept by your local Clerk of the Courts office and are available for free from any clerk’s office website or $1 if you need a physical copy.


    How it works: Reports have been made about automated teller machines that have holes drilled below the card reader. The holes would allow someone to install a device in the machine and get information on ATM cards used there.

    How to combat it: Officials advised ATM users to check the machines they use for tampering. If they find any, call 911.


    How it works: You turn on your computer and a pop-up ad appears from the U.S. Department of Justice, warning the machine had been locked because of illegal activity, such as child pornography. The ad also includes a photo of the computer owner. The only way to unlock the computer is to put several hundred dollars on a Green Dot MoneyPak card and enter the code from the card into the blank field on the screen.

    How to combat it: Never respond to such ads, which are generated from a virus. Keep your anti-virus software up to date. If you do come across a virus that locks your computer, a professional computer repair company can remove it.


    How it works: New Medicare cards are in the mail. At least, that’s what a scam artist will tell recipients of the federal program. They’ll also say they need your bank information or your Medicare number to make sure your account is set up for direct deposit.

    How to combat it: Never give your Medicare information out over the phone to anyone other than a physician or an approved Medicare provider.


    How they work: Third-party companies are offering “change of address” services to people who are moving. Signing up with them, however, results in an ongoing monthly charge of $17 to $24. You might also receive an unsolicited email about a shipment arriving at your local Federal Express asking you to click a link to print a shipping label for you to take to the store. The link, though, activates a virus that will search your computer for financial information.

    How to combat them: Deal directly with the U.S. Postal Service when setting up a change of address. It will only cost you a dollar.


    How it works: Be it Facebook or dating websites, scammers are creating fake profiles and gradually developing online relationships with people. Eventually, they will ask someone for money for an emergency.

    How to combat it: Verify the person really is who they say they are before you give them any money.


    How it works: Direct deposit is available for Social Security clients. But thieves have been obtaining personal information of Social Security beneficiaries and using it to attempt to open a “My Social Security” online account on the agency’s website. If successful, they use that account to redirect the deposit money to an account they control.

    How to combat it: If you receive a letter from the Social Security Administration that you have opened an online account and you did not, contact them immediately. You also can prevent the intrusion by setting up a “My Social Security” online account in your name before a scammer does.


    How it works: Residents will get a call from someone claiming to be a law enforcement official who has a warrant for the person. They will want payment over the phone to forego an arrest. Sometimes, it’s an unpaid traffic ticket they said needs to be paid. In recent weeks, some Treasure Coast residents said the callers have told them they’re wanted for tax fraud.

    How to know it’s a scam: Law enforcement agencies do not make phone calls for either serving warrants or seeking payment for traffic violations. Likewise, the IRS said it doesn’t use the phone to notify people wanted for tax fraud.


    How it works: Customers and non-customers for the power company have reported receiving bogus FPL bills in their email. The email demands payment as well as personal information. However, FPL officials said they never send emails threatening to close your account.

    How to combat it: The utility warns anyone who receives an FPL bill that demands personal info to ignore it. Also, delete any email asking for account numbers or passwords.
  15. NavarreMark's Avatar
    I had the exact same phonecall last week Lib. Told the guy that he was a crook attempting to do something dishonest and not to call me again.

    The scumbag apologized believe it or not.
  16. libgoon's Avatar
    LOL !!!

    I just felt it was something to let you all know about ... if It can happen to someone in rural Ireland ... they are bound to be targeting other places .... It just bothered me as our house is ex directory as too many sales reps etc were ringing ... and the internet is not provided by my phone provider so how did they get the number ????
  17. libgoon's Avatar
    LMAO !!!! I am going to receive 250,000 dollars as long as I give every identifier of myself and 830 dollars to these very kind people .....I am so overwhelmed by it all ... I have order champagne caviare and a new 20 grand tv excited !!!!!!!!!!


    NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM/BULK folder, it is because of the restrictions imposed by your Mail/Internet Service Provider, we urge you to treat it genuinely. How are youto have som today? Hope all is well with you and family? You may not understand why this email came to you. In regards to the recent meeting between the United Nations and the Malaysia Government to restore the dignity and Economy of Nations based on the Agreement with the World Bank Assistance Project to help and make the world a better place. We have been having meetings for the past 3 months with the Secretary General of the United Nations.

    This email come to those who are yet to receive their compensation/inheritance/winnings and who have been scammed in any part of the world, this includes every foreign contractors that may have not received their contract sum, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or Compensation payments that failed due to Government problems etc. The UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate you with the sum of $2,500.000.00 USD (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars). 100 Scam Victim people where selected across the Globe for the END OF THE YEAR COMPENSATION and Your name and email was in the list submitted by our Monitoring Team observers and this is why we are contacting you, this have been agreed upon and have been signed, so you are advised to contact Mr. Abdul Ali of the United Nations Compensation Commission, as he is our representative in Malaysia. Contact him immediately for your Compensation payment of $2,500.000.00 USD (Two Million Five Hundred Thous and Uni ted States Dollars) which

    Full Name
    your Residential Address
    Telephone Number
    Date Of Birth:
    Marital status
    Copy Of Your Int'l Passport/Drivers License
    Contact Mr. Abdul Ali immediately for your compensation payment:

    Mr. Abdul Ali
    Direct Telephone line: +601 (133) 266-125)
    Text Message Only: +601 (133) 024-262)
    Director- General,

    He is obliged to give you a call and treat your case with utmost urgency as soon as you contact him and fill out your correct details including all reachable phone numbers for him to get in touch with you via phone and email lastly you will be requested to pay the sun of $830 for processing/administrative fee.
    Here is your Winning Code: WIN8502014KMYV. Make sure you give him your winning code to confirm you as the right person.
    Good luck and kind regards,

    Making the world a better place!

    Mrs. Nora Binti.
    For more info on the UNCC, see:
    Home | UNCC
    Updated 01-03-2015 at 12:00 PM by libgoon (am a bit rusty trolling tempted to have some fun with this)
  18. libgoon's Avatar
    This one is even worse .... I think I need to get rid of my eircom ac too much of this is getting through

    Good Day To You!!!!

    It is my pleasure to write you for this little assistant. I know this message will make you feel a little apprehensive because we have not met before. I am in a deep need right now please I solicit and hope that this letter will not be considered of a disturbance to you and your family.

    I am Mrs. Beverly Conarton, an Ireland citizen I have been diagnosed with esophageal cancer, it has defied all forms of medical treatment, and right now I have only about a few days to live. I am a very wealthy woman, but was never generous; I have given most of my assets to my immediate family members.

    I have decided to give helping hands to charity organizations, but I cant do this myself anymore because of my health. I once asked members of my family to give some money to charity organizations; they refused and kept the money for their self, I have a huge sum of monies worth $2,500,000.00 in a fix deposit account with UBA Bank in Nigeria.

    And the money has been converted to a Universal certified bank draft and the International certified Bank Draft is now with FedEx courier company security departs for safety purpose, You will take out 70percent of this fund for your assistance and your effort, and invest the remaining 30percent in charity organization, but on a second thought it can be invested and use the profit to help the needy, if you have what you can invest it on.

    I want you to know that i have paid for the delivery fee and insurance premium fee, the only amount require for delivery of your $2,500,000.00 International certified Bank Draft to your postal address in your country is ($250.00 USD) only for security keeping fee.

    All you have to do is to contact FedEx controller Mr. Sidney Costa for delivery of $2,500,000.00 International certified Bank Draft to your door step.

    The following information is needed for delivery of International certified Bank Draft to your home address.

    1, Your Full Name:
    2, Your Delivery Address:
    3, Your Cell Phone Number:
    4, Your Age:
    5, Your Country:
    6, Your Occupation:
    7, Your Gender:
    Phone: +234 803 716 5537
    Directors Name: Mr. Sidney Costa
    Company Name: FedEx COURIER COMPANY
    Or email me for more explanation
    Email :

    Mrs. Beverly Conarton
  19. libgoon's Avatar
    some real sickos out there ....
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