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Threatening Phone Calls
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, June 19, 2020 12:05 PM

How many of you have experienced this?

     I was sitting here posting away and having fun on the What Is This? post I did, when My phone rang. It was a familiar number so I answered it!

 Well, Surprise, Surprise ! It was a very official voice telling me that my Social Security Number would be Annuled and pulled from service,Why? Well, apparently I did some illegal things which involved said number and It was determined on a Federal Level I had commited a crime that resulted in this annullment!

   Now thank God I know better. The Feds work by Mail on things like this, and questions they may have . When I asked to speak to a real person the thing clicked off and so I blocked it. This seems a more prevalent thing happening to us older folks. So my advice is Block them or Call your provider to see if they can find out who.

      Then maybe something can be done. I seriously worry that some folks with Mild Dementia or emotional issues, would spill their info not realizing they had been both Phished and Scammed.

     One thing I do often do is reply to them with the same accent-A throwback to my days as a voice-over actor with Voice one in Atlanta. Commercials can be fun, This is even moreso-exceptin, I only get paid in laughs!

 You can imagine when they get an answer sounding like Brando in the " Godfather" what the expression is on their face.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, June 19, 2020 12:13 PM

Yea,pretty standard stuff.The "IRS" called me and said they were coming for me, some guy with with a Jamaican accent.I told him to bring it.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, June 19, 2020 12:21 PM

Right OnTojo72! ! 

   What I fear is those folks who are a little shy on the point of these and what they think the Govt. would do. They do not know how this stuff actually works.

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Posted by gregbale on Friday, June 19, 2020 12:27 PM

I remember a story a few years back where a gentleman received one of those scamming phone calls telling him his information had been turned over to the local sheriff for his instant arrest if he didn't fork over the demanded sum.

He strung the caller along for a while, while that threat was repeated several times. Finally he asked the caller: "Do you know who the local sheriff is?"

Of course...it was him.

Greg

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Posted by Keyserj on Friday, June 19, 2020 12:33 PM

Tanker-Builder

My phone rang. It was a familiar number so I answered it!

 

I noticed about a year ago that scammers will use a phone number that has my area code or it is the number of someone I know. The only way to tell it is a telemarketer is the +1 that is in front of the number.

"Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?"- Oddball

 

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Posted by disastermaster on Friday, June 19, 2020 12:34 PM

Tanker-Builder

How many of you have experienced this?

   

Same thing happened to me.

I didn't bite either.

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, June 19, 2020 12:34 PM

Ditto any wish to confirm Medicare claims.

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Posted by Tickmagnet on Friday, June 19, 2020 12:42 PM

Yep seems just about everything these days is nothing but a giant scam. I just let folks leave a message and do not answer my phone.

 

 

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Posted by gregbale on Friday, June 19, 2020 12:58 PM

Keyserj
I noticed about a year ago that scammers will use a phone number that has my area code or it is the number of someone I know.

Apparently the technology exists for the scumbuckets to display a local area code, even if they're calling from the other side of the world. I've gotten to the point that I almost never actually answer my phone when it rings. If I recognize a voice or story on a message, then I'll call back.

Pretty sad state of affairs, really....

Greg

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Posted by JohnnyK on Friday, June 19, 2020 1:21 PM

I have a recording of the play Hamlet performed in the Klingon language. Yes, I am not kidding. When I get a scammer call  I answer the phone and play Hamlet. Usually, the scammer tries to carry on a conversation with the recording.

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Posted by hogfanfs on Friday, June 19, 2020 1:42 PM

I dropped my LAN line and only use my cell phone now. So, when I get a call that I don't recognize, I let it go to voice mail. If they don't leave a voice mail, the number gets blocked.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, June 19, 2020 1:47 PM
If you want to play along with them,torment them,or waste their time for fun,i do sometimes,but I heard to avoid saying yes or okay or anything affirmative,if they record your voice saying that they can use it against you saying you agreed to something.

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Posted by GreySnake on Friday, June 19, 2020 2:50 PM

Used to get about six to ten a day at one point. Finally just started answering and speaking either Russian  or German. They always hang up pretty quick and pretty much stopped calling.

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Posted by AT6 on Friday, June 19, 2020 3:16 PM

My scam calls have gone down by 98 percent. When they get my machine they hear,"Thank you for calling Cactus in the butt. All representatives are currently busy inserting cacti. If thi is a sales call, we have no money, you will have to accept a cactus in the butt. If this a call soliciting donations, we still have no money but we will give you a cactus in the butt." They hang up and never call back again. Problem calls solved.

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Posted by JohnnyK on Friday, June 19, 2020 4:17 PM

When the Covid-19 pandemic first started the phone scammers went away. However, they seem to have returned starting last week.

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Friday, June 19, 2020 5:47 PM

I have gotten those phonecalls too.  A guy with a thick Indian accent called to tell me that I hadn't been "paying your taxes properly, and there is a warrant out for your arrest.  We have also placed a lien on your Social Security number".  So, as a guy who does contract work for several Federal law enforcement agencies, I told the last guy a half-truth.  I said to him "Well, it just so happens that I do contract work with the FBI, so I have them on speed dial.  Why don't you hold on the line and I'll get an agent on a conference call with us both so we can get this all straightened out.".  I heard a brief moment of silence on the other end, and then "click".  LOL.  For some strange reason, they have never tried to call me again.  Of course, I wouldn't have wasted that agent's time with that non-sense, but he did get a good laugh about it when I told him about it a couple of days later.

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Posted by Having-fun on Friday, June 19, 2020 6:14 PM

 

I get several of those calls every day, if I do not recognize the number or it is out of my area, I simply answer and immediately hang up.

I have a neighbor that received a call supposedly from Social Security telling then they had an old card and that SS was issuing new cards and offered to expedite their new card if they could have the existing Medicare number, guess what? the medicare number on you card is your SS number. My neighbor hang up.

 

Once I received a call from a woman saying, in very deep voice, that she was from Microsoft Tech Support and that my computer was infected with a bad virus and I needed to call a number to get it fixed immediately, I answer by telling her that she most be mistaken, because, I did not have a computer!

 

It was a lie but she did not know that and hang up.

 

Joe

 

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Posted by ikar01 on Friday, June 19, 2020 8:53 PM

I got one a few months ago stating that the Chinese ambassador wanted toknow where the information I was holding for him was.

I had forgotten that I had such high contacts.  Well, it's been a long time since he contacted me I forgot 

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Posted by Keyserj on Friday, June 19, 2020 9:30 PM

When Covid-19 started, the same scammers called multiple times a day every day.

I have noticed that scammers have started to go towards recordings rather than actually talking to people.

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, June 19, 2020 10:49 PM

If you have a preschool age child in the house, give the phone to them...

 

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Posted by PatW on Saturday, June 20, 2020 2:25 AM

As we are both retired we still do 'old school'. We have a landline, when the phone rings we leave it to take an answerphone message, if it's dodgy and there are a lot here, even more so now Covid-19 is here they don't leave a message and don't call back!

The worst type are car accident insurance/tax requests/ changing solicitors numbers when selling houses/ and dating agencies using fake ID's. 

Also these are the most common with what we call anti-social media, facebook/twitter/instagram etc.

We have a mobile phone each that they call 'dumb phones' these funnily enough are for us to make calls, we don't give out those phone numbers!

Remember , common sense is not common.

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Posted by ajlafleche on Saturday, June 20, 2020 8:47 AM

Bogus calls have been going on for decades. Around 1970. I worked nights in a factory part time. There was no office staff on so one of us would answer the phone if it rang. There were three llines with successive numbers. A call came in on the lowest number. A moment later on the nest number. Then on the third and I laid into him.


These days, if it's not contest season, and I don't know the number, I let it go to voicemail then block that number. To be honest, I don't have a lot of sympathy for people whoo get taken, elderly or not. Some would consider my 70 years as elderly and even I know enpough not to engage if I do answer. You're wasting yur time and energy letting them talk. 

The same with emails. Never click a link unless you are sure of the sender. Comcast on my phone shows the real address while Gmail filters  out spam. The email that I always laugh at is the bitcoin extortion that claims to have hacked my computer and camera to record me, ahem, having fun. It's quite a trick, since my desktop dopes not have a camera attached to it. 

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, June 20, 2020 9:14 AM

Nor do you do what's claimed.

 

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, June 20, 2020 10:24 AM

Yes, scammers call telling your they are from the I...R...S...Internal Revenue Service (with the obligatory Indian accent) and your social security number has been suspended.

Others scams are that the police are on their way to get you and you must send $500 in Apple gift cards to a "sheriff" in order to not get arrested.

During the War on Terror, "grandsons" were calling grandmothers that they needed money to get home. This one happened to my mother-in-law. She knew immediately it wasn't her grandson even though she had two grandsons overseas.

All umpteen of her grandkids call her "granny", not grandmother. My son was in the Army in Afghanistan and my nephew was in the Marines in Iraq. The caller said he was "the one who is a soldier in Iraq." He missed it by that much.

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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, June 20, 2020 10:33 AM

We get scam calls many times a day, unfortunatly with my wife's mother being in a nursing home, we havt to answer all calls, one never knows which nurse may be calling about something important. 

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Posted by Bobstamp on Saturday, June 20, 2020 4:35 PM

Tanker-Builder

…I seriously worry that some folks with Mild Dementia or emotional issues, would spill their info not realizing they had been both Phished and Scammed.

 
My wife and I have gotten two of these calls in the previous two days. We rarely answer the phone if we don't know the caller, and depend on legitimate callers leaving a message. In the case of the recent calls, we were warned that if we didn't respond immediately, we would be arrested. Yeah. Sure. But my wife, who teaches fitness to seniors, or did before the pandemic, had a participant who was sucked in. She agreed to go to her bank to withdraw the "unpaid" assessment and meet the person who called. Fortunately, she ran into a friend, mentioned the call, and learned from her friend that she had been scammed.
 
Of course, almost every day I get email spam informing me that this or that service is going to be cut off if I don't pay the amount in arrears. The worst one was from a self-identified "assassin" who informed me that he'd been hired to kill me, but that he wouldn't do it if I paid him more. What an incredible, terrible world we have created alongside our incredible, wonderful world! 
 
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Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, June 20, 2020 8:40 PM

I have an app on my phone that blocks the robo/weird numbers so my ring count has gone from several a day to 0. They display as missed call or it goes to voicemail. A while back I had a voicemail saying the IRS will raid my house unless I submit payment in the form of gift cards lol.

Once in a great moon if I feel like messing around I’ll pick up and do my Mrs. Doubtfire routine repeating in a monotone voice ”I am job”. I say this several times and the scammer is basically speechless and hangs up. The other day a telemarketer called and I answered in broken English “hello” multiple times but slowly. The lady on the other side got pissed and hung up.

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Posted by tankboy51 on Saturday, June 20, 2020 10:36 PM

We get a call like those once every two years or so.   I guess we're lucky.

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Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, June 20, 2020 11:55 PM

My business telephone number, which isn't used much by outsiders for anything other than sales calls now:

We have a SF Chinatown sub area code. On the edge although now mostly on the cloud. 35 years of great business lunches but that might be a story for another day, gave a few eulogies to passed friends at banquets.

We get calls all the time in Mandarin.

I recorded a few and sent them to a Mandarin speaker associate.

"This is the Chinese Goverment. You will be deported immediately unless you pay us a fee to take your case to court".

Imagine that??!!

 

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Posted by scottrc on Sunday, June 21, 2020 6:13 AM

Rob Gronovius

Yes, scammers call telling your they are from the I...R...S...Internal Revenue Service (with the obligatory Indian accent) and your social security number has been suspended.

Others scams are that the police are on their way to get you and you must send $500 in Apple gift cards to a "sheriff" in order to not get arrested.

During the War on Terror, "grandsons" were calling grandmothers that they needed money to get home. This one happened to my mother-in-law. She knew immediately it wasn't her grandson even though she had two grandsons overseas.

All umpteen of her grandkids call her "granny", not grandmother. My son was in the Army in Afghanistan and my nephew was in the Marines in Iraq. The caller said he was "the one who is a soldier in Iraq." He missed it by that much.

 

My mother got a simular call, but he was in jail and needed bail money sent.  However, this scammer was about 98% accurate in his bio info.  What clued her that it wasn't her Grandson was that the scammer called her nanna, not grandma.  Nanna was what he called his other grandmother.  How the scammer got so much information to host such a convincing scam?  Facebook and Twitter.   

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