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International phone scams
« on: August 28, 2018, 01:21:31 PM »
No doubt most of you folks have heard about scams through various sources.  One scam that has recently come to the attention of authorities is the following phone scam.  The call can come from anywhere in the world, but often seems to be originating in the Far East Asia countries.  The call is an automated robo call and asks to speak to the head of the household, then goes on to say that their "tech service" for our computer is being discontinued.  Then they offer a 'menu' of various choices to continue their call.  They also give a 888 phone number to call them back.  Once you call them back, then you are paying for an International call which has cost some people a lot of money.  I got two such call in close proximity to each other this morning.  Fortunately I was able to "block" the second call (from the same number) and I didn't call the first number.  Caller ID just says the number they are calling from, and not the name.  Just thought you might want to be aware so you won't be surprised if you happen to receive a call you don't recognize.
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Re: International phone scams
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2018, 03:18:28 PM »
This sort of thing is so prevalent nowadays that if I don't recognize the name or number I will not answer the phone, period !  If it is someone that is actually trying to get me they can leave a message.  Everyone I know or do business with is on my contacts list and if they call my phone tells me who it is. 
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Re: International phone scams
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2018, 03:39:19 PM »
I'm with Wally, if I don't recognize the number I don't answer. If they don't leave a message, I block the number.
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Re: International phone scams
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2018, 09:29:18 PM »
Caller ID is a beautiful thing and so is call-block! Anything that comes in on the cell phone is definitely a scam since nobody is supposed to even KNOW that number. The landline is a little more known, but even that one is not well-known. We are hermits - real dyed-in-the-wool HERMITS!   `8)
« Last Edit: August 29, 2018, 08:09:02 AM by Shanny »

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Re: International phone scams
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2018, 12:27:46 AM »
Same here, although lately the scammers have taken to somehow using phones with our local area code making just caller ID trickier. Wally’s right though, if I’m not sure, I let them leave a message.

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Re: International phone scams
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2018, 03:11:51 AM »
I get tons of spam calls, but I'm like you guys. Only those on my list get the Helllooooo.

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Re: International phone scams
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2018, 06:51:10 AM »
This particular number is very determined.  All total I received 5 calls from this number yesterday approximately 30 minutes apart.  Don't know if the cycle will start all over again today.
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Re: International phone scams
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2018, 07:23:27 AM »
I just learned how to block a caller on my iPhone.  Under recent calls just select the I next to the caller and select block this caller.  There are so many things I don't know how to do with this phone. 
Robo callers can just go through random numbers and don't need your number.  It is illegal but of course they don't care.  Now, using a computer they can show any area code no matter where they are calling from so you think it is coming from someone local. 
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Re: International phone scams
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2018, 08:11:05 AM »
My only complaint with our call-block, is that the phone rings once before it kicks in, and that's all it takes to disturb my nap!  >:(