My Dad got rattled by a telephone call that was a scam, but he thought it was for real.

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So he called me in a panic. This evening Dad [94] got a telephone call saying that someone saw his car go up to a bank and the person driving his car robbed the bank. Dad said he doesn't own a car. The caller then hung up.

But Dad was rattled, as Dad wanted me to find out who had bought his car.... well, his car was donated to a charity a couple of months ago and auctioned off probably for scrap as the car wasn't in good shape. Plus that has no baring on this, as who would know he used to own that car in the first place. I told Dad I still have his license plates, and the State knows the car was "sold" months ago. So don't worry.

Dad was still worried, and I don't blame him, if I got such a call I would be upset, too. Dad asked how did they get his telephone number. I asked Dad, did they call you by your name.... no... then this was a random call by a scammer. I bet if they had hooked Dad to believing this, then would ask for money to keep quiet.

I also finally got into my Dad's email, couldn't believe all the scams that came through. I can see how elders could get caught up in some of these things. Especially ones that pretend to be a bank or credit card.



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The last several months I receive numerous calls from local area code scammers on my old reliable "brick" cell phone and there's no way to block the number - if I wasn't at work I would answer with a loud horn - as it is I pick up and don't say hello and then shut the flip lid- since my number is listed on the FTC do not call registry I occasionally file a complaint
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Yup, I get 5hem too! IRS, GOOGLE Support, the latest was a teenage sounding boy, his first word was Grandma? I replied Yes, but Sorry, my Granddaughters don't know how to use the phone yet, so you must have a wrong number! He hung up, pathetic, as I see where this one might work on an unsuspecting Senior! Thank God my FIL doesn't answer the phone!
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I had those computer fix-it scams, too. Eventually they stopped calling, I think because my sig other pretended to be from another county with a loud thick Italian accent, in broken English [his family was from Italy so it was easy for him to pull off].
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Angie, I think a complete shutdown is the best option. Usually there's an "x" in the upper right hand corner of the pop-up, but I wouldn't even click on that. I too just shut down, run a complete scan, then reboot.

These kinds of intrusions are like spies - you never know where they are and when they'll start harassing you. I'd like to think I have some nominal level of privacy, but it's rapidly disappearing in this tech oriented age.

At least I haven't seen any drones flying over head in my area...not yet.
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I've had one or two of those calls. I responded by saying something such as "No. I don't need any help. Good-bye" and hanging up immediately. The last few days, I've also received scam messages (pop-ups complete with audio) on my computer, indicating that I have computer problems and that I need to call a certain telephone number immediately. There is no way to close the pop-ups. The only way to get rid of them is to shut down the computer.
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Jessie, I found that out as well; they became quite vulgar when I refused to give them access to my computer.

I tried to remember what Phoenix had written sometime ago, based on her mother's responses. It was really cute.

I still wish I could find my whistle, or had a loud boat horn or a submarine horn to provide them with some ear piercing sounds.
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If you really want to have a lively conversation, talk to those Windows or Microsoft scammers. After having a little fun, let them know what you think. Oh, what foul language comes out of their mouth. No part of the female anatomy is off limits to them.
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Garden I also google the numbers,, but I normally start by telling them I don;t have a computer... that leads to a moment of silence..
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One of the latest scams is calls from people pretending to be either MS, Windows or Dell tech support. The pitch is that they've noticed/observed problems "coming" from my computer, it's "infected" (not a term a tech support person would use), and alleging that they monitor my computer activity through my Internet connection and discovered this so-called "infections."

(I should have said I took my computer to the ER and got a prescription for antibiotics, so the infection is being treated and I don't need their meddling.)

If spyware had been installed, that might be true, but they wouldn't be calling telling me they're spying on me. From what I've read, spyware operates silently.

What they try to do is get control of the computer, telling me that I need to enter certain keystrokes, combinations, etc. so they can remotely access the computer. They became very aggressive when they first called b/c I was a bit unsettled that Dell would have called to report "infection."

And therein lies one of the hoax flaws: they claim they can monitor my computer to see problems but need access to it to solve the problems.

Dell in fact does this when I call for Tech Support, but it's only after I log onto a Dell site and authorize them to use remote access for troubleshooting.

I've received about 5 of these fake tech support calls. These people have my name and know what brand of computer I use. In discussing the issue with Dell, I learned that they had been hacked, and someone had apparently stolen names of clients. The voices thus far are male, with Indian accents.

It changed to a Middle Eastern accent when another one of them called and I told him what action he could perform on himself. Then the calls became obscene ones.


FF, I usually google the fake numbers to find out what I can learn about them. The 800-number site if it's one of the hits has reports from others who've been pestered by the scammers. You can also tell if the call is an overseas one by googling the number; I wouldn't call them back either.

A few years ago there was a proliferation of calls from somewhere in the Caribbean. I don't remember what the exchange was, but a google search revealed the out-of-the-US location.
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The other day I got 4 scam calls saying they were from the IRS and this was my final notice, that I would be arrested, yada, yada, yada. It was a recording so no live person to talk to unless one calls a certain telephone number. For me it is a meer annoyance but to an elder it could become serious.

I wish I could call back that number, but I am afraid that it could be one of these numbers that capture your telephone number to make overseas calls.

Daily I get a local police report, and at least once a week someone falls for this IRS scam.
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