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#1 GrumpyGranny

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Posted 19 December 2015 - 07:36 AM

I received what can only be a scam call supposedly from the IRS yesterday afternoon. The call was from area code 229, one I am not familiar with, so I didn't bother to answer. The caller left a recorded (on their end) voice message, saying I was being sued by the IRS and should call them back at a certain number to get the details. I didn't call back, of course. I might be old but haven't totally lost all my marbles yet!

 

One thing that struck me as funny-haha was they didn't even pretend to know my name; they didn't say this call is for Donna __________. It was just hey, you, IRS is suing you... well, yeah, ok...I'm scared! I'll call you right back and give you all the personal info you don't have now...

 

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#2 Mary

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Posted 20 December 2015 - 08:16 PM

There is also a malware that will take over your smartphone if you click on the wrong thing-it says they are reporting you to the FBI or they are the FBI and you were caught looking at porn and you need to call a number to get an address to send a prepaid card and they will give you the code to unlock your phone.  It seriously DOES lock up your phone-only way to get out of the vicious circle is to either reset phone to factory settings or take to phone store and get them to get the virus off and reset. Happened to my son.  Watch what links you click on-especially videos, multimedia files sent to you, etc.


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Posted 20 December 2015 - 11:56 PM

I went on a link that I had used many times before, this time it had warning bells and a phone number to call because a "serious virus" had been downloaded to my computer, "you must call this number . . . "  It would not let me close the window, and, I'm not kidding about the warning bells!  I shut down the computer. 

 

Please do not call unsolicited phone numbers thinking you are protecting yourself, that's when the exposure occurs.


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#4 jiyabird

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Posted 21 December 2015 - 06:10 PM

I went on a link that I had used many times before, this time it had warning bells and a phone number to call because a "serious virus" had been downloaded to my computer, "you must call this number . . . "  It would not let me close the window, and, I'm not kidding about the warning bells!  I shut down the computer. 
 
Please do not call unsolicited phone numbers thinking you are protecting yourself, that's when the exposure occurs.


Got that too. Had to take it to Computer Geek to fix. He said had I called the number to fix would have cost me over $300. I had visited a Blackjack site.

#5 porkypine

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Posted 03 January 2016 - 01:57 PM

A GOOD Anti-Virus program would NOT let this happen.  Avira, AVAST (which I prefer) or other Anti-Virus program will stop this BS in it's tracks.  I have THREE separate Anti-Virus programs on my 'puter and I don't ever have any problems with the spyware, malware, ad tracking ware or Virus department.  

 

Now if I can just get RAOUL from "Mircosoft" to quit calling.............................................






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