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    Also, I get calls that want to know if this is (name here).
    I never say yes, I always ask who are you, and why are you calling?
    Yes, can be the answer they want to subscribe you to something.
    What a corrupt, and crooked time we live in!
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    **Leo, is that you calling me from NY?

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    For the last two days I've been called, with the message that my windows license key has expired.
    Similar to this.
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...7-29d2efd7e073
    What is ironic, I don't have any computers with windows.
    All of mine are on Linux!
    The number called from is 800-538-3888.
    I called the number back and got an indian sounding guy.
    I told him to take my number off his list and to quit calling!
    He hung up on me! Which is fitting, I hung up on him earlier!
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    Quote Originally Posted by big_teee View Post
    For the last two days I've been called, with the message that my windows license key has expired.
    Similar to this.
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...7-29d2efd7e073
    What is ironic, I don't have any computers with windows.
    All of mine are on Linux!
    The number called from is 800-538-3888.
    I called the number back and got an indian sounding guy.
    I told him to take my number off his list and to quit calling!
    He hung up on me! Which is fitting, I hung up on him earlier!
    T
    They call here all the time. I've learned enough Hindoo to give 'em an earful. Women are not spared! Don't worry they'll keep calling. Just like other dopes that don't know when to stop even when it's obvious they're getting nowhere.

    And they're indiscriminate: they don't know you use windows or whatever. Just scammers shotgunning, hoping for a cash hit. Tell 'em you know they're calling from Pakistan or Bangladesh, they hate that, because they're so proud to be Indian.

    Lots of youtube video with people vs. scammers. The best ones are when the intended victim manages to syskey the scammer's computer, turn it into a brick. Sometimes they brick all the computers at the scam office. Lots of fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo_Gnardo View Post
    They call here all the time. I've learned enough Hindoo to give 'em an earful. Women are not spared! Don't worry they'll keep calling. Just like other dopes that don't know when to stop even when it's obvious they're getting nowhere.

    And they're indiscriminate: they don't know you use windows or whatever. Just scammers shotgunning, hoping for a cash hit. Tell 'em you know they're calling from Pakistan or Bangladesh, they hate that, because they're so proud to be Indian.

    Lots of youtube video with people vs. scammers. The best ones are when the intended victim manages to syskey the scammer's computer, turn it into a brick. Sometimes they brick all the computers at the scam office. Lots of fun!
    OH man, I got those. "Just go to get apple gift card for 300.00 amount and read card number to me over the phone". WWWHHHAATT??? Someone fell for this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikepukmel View Post
    OH man, I got those. "Just go to get apple gift card for 300.00 amount and read card number to me over the phone". WWWHHHAATT??? Someone fell for this?
    Yeah, that's how the scammers collect their loot. What's even more incredible, scammers pretending to be IRS agents also demand their victims buy gift cards - Itunes commonly - as if IRS takes that as payment. Doubly incredible, people fall for it. If they didn't succeed, scammers would not stay in business.

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    When I have time I like to give them the run around. I'll give them an incorrect password, card number, etc. with the wrong amount of characters. Then they'll tell me that can't be right, so I'll ask them to let me check it and tell them I accidentally gave them my library card or something and then ask them to wait while I get the right card. Then I'll complain about how small the numbers are and tell them I need to get my glasses and make them wait again. In between incidents I'll try to make conversation about my irritable bowel syndrome or I'll yell at my (fake) dog for $h!tt!ing on the carpet and make small talk about that. Then I'll tell them I just can't find the card or password right now and ask them if I can call them back. They usually hang up then if they haven't already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big_teee View Post
    Also, I get calls that want to know if this is (name here).
    I never say yes, I always ask who are you, and why are you calling?
    Yes, can be the answer they want to subscribe you to something.
    What a corrupt, and crooked time we live in!
    T
    **Leo, is that you calling me from NY?
    I always answer "Hi, this is Carlo Ponti, what can I do for you?", even though he's been gone since, what 2007?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck H View Post
    When I have time I like to give them the run around. I'll give them an incorrect password, card number, etc. with the wrong amount of characters. Then they'll tell me that can't be right, so I'll ask them to let me check it and tell them I accidentally gave them my library card or something and then ask them to wait while I get the right card. Then I'll complain about how small the numbers are and tell them I need to get my glasses and make them wait again. In between incidents I'll try to make conversation about my irritable bowel syndrome or I'll yell at my (fake) dog for $h!tt!ing on the carpet and make small talk about that. Then I'll tell them I just can't find the card or password right now and ask them if I can call them back. They usually hang up then if they haven't already.
    Hah, I love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo_Gnardo View Post
    Yeah, that's how the scammers collect their loot. What's even more incredible, scammers pretending to be IRS agents also demand their victims buy gift cards - Itunes commonly - as if IRS takes that as payment. Doubly incredible, people fall for it. If they didn't succeed, scammers would not stay in business.
    yeah, really sad stories out there, some very non tech savvy people, I can't remember the numbers but read some estimates by some US law enforcement its in the hundreds of millions, not only in the USA though. A family friend got stung by one of those fake " Hello this is Microsoft Tech Support, we found viruses that stole your bank information ..." scams. She was able to get the money back from her credit card company, luckily in that case. Im constantly worried that they installed key loggers and will someday be able to steal real money from her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikepukmel View Post
    I always answer "Hi, this is Carlo Ponti, what can I do for you?", even though he's been gone since, what 2007?
    That's so obtuse its like an inside joke between you and yourself. What would you do if the scammer asked to speak to Sophia?
    -rb

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    A lot of the calls are interactive robo calls.
    They ask you a question, and depend on you answering the typical yes or no.
    One they ask a lot, is this _______your name here?
    They prefer a yes.
    I never give yes or no answers.
    I usually reply, what do you want, or what can I do for you.
    An unknown response, and they usually hang up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by big_teee View Post
    They prefer a yes.
    Scammers will append that "yes" to whatever sleazy deal they want to cook up. When asked for proof of your approval, they have that recorded "yes" to present as evidence. Don't give it to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjb View Post
    That's so obtuse its like an inside joke between you and yourself. What would you do if the scammer asked to speak to Sophia?
    -rb
    Pretty sure you meant to use 'obscure' there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by g1 View Post
    Pretty sure you meant to use 'obscure' there?
    Yup. I'm the one who's obtuse.
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    I just got the emergency windows registration key has expired recording. call.
    Now they have you call them back.
    I hope there are not poor struggling Seniors, out there falling for this $_it ?
    Do you reckoned my windows has expired, good? I don't have any, I've not used windoz since 2012.
    I wish there was some way to hang these perp ba$_ards, by their thumbs, for a week or three!
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    I'm a poor struggling senior, and I do fall sometimes, but not for anything like that. I just tell them I don't know why they're calling me because I don't own a computer. They don't know what to say in response to that; sometimes it's kind of funny.

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    These last ones I've received, are robo calls, and want you to call in.
    I just hope no one not as computer savy is falling for it!
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    Get wind of a scam, or virus to beware of?
    List it here!
    Thanks,
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    New Ransomware Spreading Rapidly in China Infected Over 100,000 PCs
    Hopefully they can keep it in china!
    Read here.
    https://thehackernews.com/2018/12/ch...re-wechat.html

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    GandCrab ransomware and Ursnif virus spreading via MS Word macros
    https://thehackernews.com/2019/01/mi...ab-ursnif.html
    Keep all your Microsoft software updated and patched up!
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    The windows, IRS, and Social Security scams still going around.
    I get a couple of them a month, on the phone.
    The last one I got was a call about my Social Security, threatened to have me jailed, if I didn't call them back.
    They need to be hung by their thumbs, for a while!
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    Quote Originally Posted by big_teee View Post
    They need to be hung by their thumbs, for a while!
    No, for EVER. Cheeky monkeys 3x this week claiming to be Apple repair - I told 'em I had a peach. I could hear 'em scratching their cute little noggins over that.

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    I got the 518-800-4007 social security scam call, again today!
    If you google the 518-800-4007 phone number?
    The Microsoft Windows scam also pops up for this number.
    I yelled back at the recording, to go to hell, and to quit calling!
    They probably didn't hear me, but I felt better!
    T

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    Here are some security issues with wifi.
    https://thehackernews.com/2019/04/wp...-password.html

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