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Are You Vulnerable to the Scam Phone Calls that Seek to Reap What You Sow? (Update)
Another Call from Com-pu-ter Central
Hubby and I had been cutting grass and we were putting the equipment away. The phone rings, and the caller ID shows [Out of Area] and no phone number listed.
The call was almost comical and went something like this:
Scam caller: Ello, I am calling you from Com-pu-ter Central, ow are you to-day?
Me a little curt: Fine, how can I help you?
Scam caller: Your Com-pu-ter has a virus, are you in front of your Com-pu-ter?
Me: No! I am outside.
Scam caller: Your com-pu-ter has a virus, you need to go and turn on your Com-pu-ter, I need access to remove virus.
Me: You are not getting in my computer to screw it up so you can charge me to unscrew what you have done to it. You should be ashamed of yourself trying to scam people.
Scam caller: Why I should be ashamed, did I ask you for money?
Me: Not yet, and you will not get the opportunity to do so, stop calling me! Didn’t your parents teach you right from wrong? Didn’t your parents teach you that it is wrong to scam people?
Click: Me disconnecting the call.
Calling right back, Caller ID: [Out Of Area] still no phone number listed.
Me: Look, I told you, you are not getting into my computer! Do you think all Americans are stupid?
Scam caller: Yes!
Hubby taking the phone from my hand after hearing the conversation on the speaker phone: Didn’t my wife just tell you to stop calling here? You are trying to scam us, and you are a thief?
Scam caller in a barely audible voice: I call any time I want.
Hubby: I hang up anytime you call.
Click: Hubby hangs up.
Scam Caller, Calling right back:
Scam caller, still in a barely audible voice: this time it sounded like he wanted to sell us some kind-of Fond du.
Click: Hubby hangs up
When it all began
My computer was old and beginning to have problems so….when updates would not update I decided to call my Computer Company and find out what was going on, and why I could not get updates.
I went to the internet to get my Computer Company's phone number. There were two columns and I chose the column on the right side and called the 800 number. I dialed the number, but don’t remember the exact conversation, but it when something like this.
Company I called: a man answered in broken English, com-pu-ter (computer) service department.
Me: is this (name of my computer)
Company I called: yes, service department.
Me: where am I calling, where are you located?
Company I called: Cal-e-4n-yea (Calefornia)
I was told by the person on the phone that he would need to access my “com-pu-ter” in his foreign accent.
It was so easy for the scammer to convince me that he needed to get into my computer, because I am the one who initiated the call.
I typed in the link to the “in home client” information that the person told me. Suddenly a portal icon popped up on my computer and suddenly all kinds of things started happening. The foreign accented voice told me that I had a virus and I would have to pay them $75 to remove it. That is when I knew I had made a mistake, and promptly broke the phone connection.
My computer continued to show data going rolling down my screen like in the movies when you see hackers accessing data, but there was no hero to come to my rescue, I tried to shut down my computer but could not and the data rolled on, I yanked the plug out of the wall and the computer went dead.
I disconnected the computer and took it to the local "Office Supply" store to a friend who worked there and told him about my call to people I thought was the computer company that my computer came from and I told him the number I had called and what I did. He laughed and said you have been spammed and he showed me that I should not have called the number in the right side column.
My friend deleted the in-home-client icon and reset my computer to a date before my call to who I thought was my computer company.
My friend attempted to install updates to Windows 7 and was unsuccessful and suggested that I install Windows 8.1, which I had him do for me.
From that day I receive calls almost daily from scam callers who want to get into my computer….. Sigh!
Calls from Computer Service 1-877-398-2298
This is your final warning!
The IRS has filed a lawsuit against you, you are to call 1-206-823-3228 immediately.
This is you final warning!
9/29 at 11:06 am, the phone rand, caller ID showed [Out of Area] 1-206-823-3228.
We did not answer the phone calls, the recorded message went like this.
This call is from the IRS, we have been trying to reach you, this is your final warning, the reason for this call is to inform you we have filed a lawsuit against you, for more information call 1-206-823-3228 as soon as possible.
The next IRS call said: you are to call 928-259-9540 as soon as possible.
I have received this call numerous times and always just hang up.
I called the Internal Revenue Service and gave them the numbers and told them about the message. I was given a four digit code number, to use if a live person calls claiming to be from the IRS, I am to ask them for the code number and if they do not know the code number they are not from the Internal Revenue Service..
What to do if you receive IRS calls.
What to do if you receive these calls from people saying they are from the IRS.
- Do not give personal information, hang up right away.
- Go to The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) then go to the IRS Impersonating Scam Reporting and fill out the form. You will be given a five digit pin number, should the real IRS feel the need to follow-up with questions, if the caller does no know the pin numbers, then it will be the scammers calling. If you do not want to fill out the form you can also call 1-800-366-4484.
- In addition you can file a complaint with the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) then go to "Submit Consumer Complaint" include all your information about the IRS scam calls in the notes.
- Note: the FTC also has a section for people who have had their identity stolen. Identitytheft.gov, this section helps in "Recovering from Identity Theft" if someone is using you personal information to file taxes, make purchases or open accounts using your personal information or your name.
IRS Scam Call
This call is from PCH (Publisher's Clearing House)
December 2, 2016 I was still asleep when the phone rang in the bedroom at 9:07a.m. The Caller ID is too small for me to read unknown number - I answer the phone:
Me: Hello (still half asleep)
Male voice in a Hispanic accent: I am calling you from PCH. You know what is PCH?
Me: I know what PCH is, what can I do for you. (he did not say Publisher's Clearing House which I took PCH to mean)
Male voice: well I call to tell you, you are in third place to win 1.3 million dollars.
Me: ok, you have my number so evidently have my address, send me whatever I won.
Mail voice: ok, ok, ok first I ask questions to make sure you are who you say you are. You have CPA?
Male caller: ow old are you?
Me: I will never tell!
Male caller: ok, ok, ok, just a moment. (at this point it sounds like when you do a re-dial) and then he said "I see you are _ _ years old"
Me: do I sound like I am _ _?
Male caller: no, you sound like 40. What is your name?
Me: your are calling me and, I am not going to tell you.
Male caller: you want me to call you my darling?
Me: I think you are a scam artist. I hung up.
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Last Sunday I came across an article in the Dallas Morning News
The article by Dave Lieber tells the story of Joseph H. Malley a crusader who sues to protect our privacy.
Even though it's illegal for companies to use our personal data such as driver's license details and auto registration information to sell to us, they get away with it.
Texas state agencies have no incentive to stop because the haul is in the millions, but they claim they are not breaking federal laws.
The gist of the article was that Texas state agencies sell yours and my personal information to middlemen who sells the data to someone else who does use it for illegal purposes.
Who is Joseph H. Malley?
He lives in Oak Cliff, Texas, he is a lawyer who has made it his mission to fight the scheming scammers who use our personal information for their personal gain.
Mr. Malley said his eyes were opened years ago when a young woman received an extended warrantee from a company that knew her address and she contacted Malley and asked if her address was publicly available and she became hysterical and began crying. She told Mr. Malley that a boyfriend had tried to kill her in Arizona she was injured in the assault and she filed criminal charges and fled the state and if he found her he would kill her. Mr. Malley listed her as Jane Doe in the law suite against the bogus warranty company.
Companies sued for privacy violations include:
- and hundreds of other companies
The federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act
makes it illegal for the public, including the media, to obtain, publish or confirm personal information about us from a state' motor vehicle database.
Violations under the law could mean a $2,500 payment by the offending company
to an individual whose privacy I compromised.
I have been Scammed!
I thought I was smart and I would not be scammed, but I was scammed!
I bought a battery for my lap-top computer from Batteries Plus, when I received the battery, my computer said: "no battery detected" I called the number on the box the Battery came in and they told me that I needed to call the manufacturer of my computer and ask them to re-set the BIOS then they gave me the number.
I called the 800 number the battery company gave me. A woman/girl with an Asian accent answered, I told her I needed a BIOS reset and she told me that my warrantee had expired and I need to buy another warrantee for $169.00 and $14.00 monthly after that, I told her I could not do that, I cannot afford it and she said for $69.00 she would authorize a one time fix, I told her I could not afford that either. She put me on hold and a few minutes later she came back and told me that they could do the reset for $39.00 and I agreed to one time BIOS reset.
She took my information and gave me an order number and a case number and transferred me to 1-866 number and an man with an Asian Accent answered said his name is Nichol and he proceeded to talk me through the BIOS reset but before it was complete, he said he must hang up and he would call me back in fifteen to twenty minutes to see if the reset was complete and he hung up. I waited for till the computer did a restart and it was more than thirty minutes I called the 1-866 number because it still said "no battery detected." Another man named Abhijip answered and he said he was checking the notes and that my money should be refunded because the BIOS reset had not been completed and he would escalate the information to his superiors and someone would call me within 72 hours with the status.
Seventy two hours came and went. Four day later when I had not received a call, I called the 1-866 number and again I was told someone he would escalate my call and someone would call me within 72 hours. As I was talking him I typed in the phone number and found that it was the number of a company that had been calling people to scam them.....
This time I got a call, he left the message that an attempt had been made to reset the BIOS on my computer and they would NOT be giving me a refund....
I knew I had been scammed!
The Internet scam
Were you told you could renew you driver’s license on-line?
Did you go on-line to renew your license?
I received my renewal letter from DPS, (The Department of Public Safety), telling me I could renew by phone, on-line or go to the nearest DPS office to renew my driver’s license.
I went to the DPS office, walked in and ahead of me was a line out the office door and wrapped around the stairwell maybe 50+ and who knows how many in the office. In exasperation I went home and decided to renew by phone. I dialed the number on the letter and after a few automated questions (I thought I would be speaking to a live person) then the process began and I accidentally put in the wrong DD number, that is the number on the bottom of my license (about 12 digits long) and the automated system says “that is not a valid entry” “please enter the correct DD code number.” After the third attempt the automated voice said “it is easy to renew your license on-line just go to www.texas.gov.”
Screen shots of the offending website
As much as I hate to put my personal information on the internet, I decided to go ahead and try to renew my license on-line. I typed in the web-address and I s
On and the next screen I clicked on the ‘Renew Driver License’ a form popped up and I filled it out and went to the bottom to click on continue and a disclaimer popped up stating this is not a government website. Instead of this being a red flag, I thought ‘this must be a contracting company doing the clerical work for DPS’ and I clicked on continue.
I filled out the financial portion and clicked continue and it said thank you for your order, and that was it, no confirmation number, nothing, nada, zilch.
Where is my confirmation?
Even then I did not realize I had been duped, scammed, cheated and tricked.
I called DPS to ask how do I get a confirmation number. What she said to me made the bottom of my stomach drop and I felt sick.
How much would I be scammed for?
How do I stop the purchase/payment?
What did I purchase?
What can I do?
The website was not a DPS website, just designed to look like it, so they can scam people.
If you plan to renew your driver's license please be sure it says .gov.
© 2017 Shyron E Shenko