Scam calls

Discussion in 'Life After Brown' started by 1BROWNWRENCH, Aug 15, 2016.


    1BROWNWRENCH Amateur Malthusian

    Anybody else getting bombarded with scam calls pretending to be the IRS or Treasury Dept from Death Valley (caller id)? I'm averaging like 2 a day lately.

    1BROWNWRENCH Amateur Malthusian

    Or scam texts from a bank you have no accounts with?
  3. upschuck

    upschuck Well-Known Member

    Yes, then won't hear for a while
  4. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    I have somehow made it on to a credit repair calling list. I get at least 2-3 calls per day.

    1BROWNWRENCH Amateur Malthusian

    Unfortunately their persistence means people are falling for it.
  6. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.

    Got one the other day that I had already Googled the number. It was some guy with an unintelligible accent. Indian, Pakistani or maybe Kentuckian.

    He started to tell me that I had a virus on my computer. He wanted me to log into some website and mentioned Windows and Microsoft.

    I played along, and after a while I said, "What? Windows? Microsoft? Jerk, I am on a MacBook!"

    Then, I layed into him for a couple minutes.

    No more calls.:)
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  7. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.

    I sold them your number.;)

    1BROWNWRENCH Amateur Malthusian

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  9. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.

    Bad quote!!

    Wait a minute.
  10. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.

    I sold them your number.

    Not Brownwrench's.
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  11. KOG72

    KOG72 Well-Known Member

    These numbers call all the time I never pickup.Then I'll google them to see who they are
  12. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.

    If you know what they want, they can be fun.
  13. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    My parents apparently have been getting quiet a few.
  14. cheryl

    cheryl I started this. Staff Member

    Been getting a lot of calls lately. If I don't recognize a phone number I don't answer. They hang up 99% of the time.
  15. silenze

    silenze Lunch is the best part of the day

    I have my phone set to only ring if the number is in my contact list. Every thing else goes to voice mail
  16. olroadbeech

    olroadbeech Happy Verified UPSer

    they just caught the nigerian king who swindled people out of 60 million.

    best thing is don't even engage these people. i read somewhere that even if you answer the phone they can get all the personal info they need somehow. we don't answer and most of the time they don't leave a message.

    then you can google the number. any legit business doe not call like this anyway. they mail something that you have to sign for. the scammers will probably do that someday.

    it's not IF your identity will be stolen , it's WHEN it will be stolen. you have to stay ever vigilant.
  17. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    really? You want to provide a link as to how they get your bank account number by you simply answering a phone call?
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  18. welovelogistics

    welovelogistics What can brown do for you

    I dont have caller ID on my landline but I get these calls usually once every other day. They're ridiculous how these scammers sound with their pre recorded "you will be arrested and charged with a felony" bull crap. Unless you owe Uncle Sam a boatload of money and you know you do, the IRS isn't gonna get you. And the IRS generally uses either the mail or in person methods, never phone, and never email, to conduct collection activities. They are very old school. If you ever get a visit from the tax man, your first call should be to a lawyer. Next call to the person handling your money.
  19. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    Knowing that the IRS and anything gov't related is probably a scam, I don't answer it. The agencies (bank, IRS, police etc.) like the snail mail for the REAL notifications. Knowledge of this is your power.
    The line is always needing your SS# to right some wrong.

    1BROWNWRENCH Amateur Malthusian

    It's just astounding to me that there are some people under rocks who still haven't gotten the message about how the IRS operates.