Telephone scams.

Discussion in 'OFF-Topic / Misc.' started by meatloaf109, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. meatloaf109

    meatloaf109 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2012
    Messages:
    6,688
    Likes Received:
    252
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Occupation:
    plumbing "pro" at Lowes in Franklin N.C.
    Location:
    north carolina
    I had a call from a 702 area code that wanted to let me know that I had won a lottery that I didn't even remember entering!
    All they wanted was some basic information. My social security number, my bank account number , and routing number. What could go wrong?
    I won a lottery! Yay!
     
  2. Airframes

    Airframes Benevolens Magister

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2008
    Messages:
    47,707
    Likes Received:
    1,420
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    Cheshire, UK
    They're a PITA.
    In the UK, relatively recent legislation means claims can be made for past accidents, the mis-selling of PPI (insurance against loans taken out) and a number of similar things. I get at least three text (SMS) messages per day, telling me I have, on average, £1,540 waiting for me, as compensation for mis-sold PPI.
    Marvellous, fantastic!
    I've never had PPI !!
    The latest one, yesterday, told me I can claim £535 compensation for a delayed flight!!
    Yeah, right. My last commercial flight was four years ago - and it wasn't delayed !!
    Works wonders when I reply to the message with one word - B*ll*cks !!
     
  3. meatloaf109

    meatloaf109 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2012
    Messages:
    6,688
    Likes Received:
    252
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Occupation:
    plumbing "pro" at Lowes in Franklin N.C.
    Location:
    north carolina
    Oh, darn!
    You mean I didn't win a million?
    Well, I hope that they use my information to a good cause!
     
  4. Marcel

    Marcel Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2006
    Messages:
    6,977
    Likes Received:
    570
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Bioinformatician
    Location:
    Dordrecht
    I usually get a phonecall from pleople who's english is worse than mine. They claim to be from Microsoft and tell me to do some things on my computer to close a "security leak" that they found on my Windows system. Unfortunately for them I use Linux and not Windows. :D
     
  5. parsifal

    parsifal Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2008
    Messages:
    10,679
    Likes Received:
    676
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Urban Design/Strategic Studies Tutor
    Location:
    Orange NSW
    I regulalry get calls from people from overseas (you can tell by the short delay before they answer). They usually want to sell me cheap phone calls. All i have to do is key in some routine security codes into my phone.

    I used to ask these guys for their Telstra Id numbers. Most just hang up, one or two tried to give me bogus numbers (Put them on call wait, ring TELSTRA, and they confirm the hoax). I tried just hanging up, tried telling them I was onto them, but they just ring back.

    Now Imm trying a new tactic. I ask them to hold on please, park the call, and just leave them there. i can watch how long they stay on the line before giving up. One hung on for over 30 mins.

    Im putting the caller ID numbers onto a list and will eventually pass it on to TELSTRA, but the lastest tactic does seem to work. I use that for telemarketers too.
     
  6. GrauGeist

    GrauGeist Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2008
    Messages:
    15,209
    Likes Received:
    2,045
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Public Safety Automotive Technician
    Location:
    Redding, California
    Home Page:
    Yeah, I'm getting these calls from the "windows security center" with heavily Indian accented callers with names like "Eric", "Mike" and so on, who tell me my computer has been compromised.

    I tell them that I appreciate their concern, so how do we fix the security issue on my iPad...they hang up.

    Takes me back to the days when I used to get notifications about Nigerian Attorneys trying to contact me regarding some long lost relative leaving me an enormous sum in some bank account in England...I never knew I had so many distant relatives that had so much money.
     
  7. stona

    stona Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2009
    Messages:
    7,532
    Likes Received:
    947
    Trophy Points:
    113
    I got a nice email recently. The sender didn't tell me how many millions or billions he wanted to give me.

    "From The Regional Manager!

    Best Regards,

    How are you doing including your family, hope all is well?,

    My purpose of contacting you is to crave your indulgence to assist me in securing some funds to your bank account in your count. I am writing you this proposal in good faith, believing that I can trust in you with the information I am about to reveal to you.

    As you indicate your interest, I will send you the full information about how the business will be executed.

    Best Regards,
    Mr. Johnson Kwame."

    I'm guessing English wasn't his special subject at school :) Yet another 419 scam.

    Steve
     
  8. Matt308

    Matt308 Glock Perfection
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2005
    Messages:
    20,140
    Likes Received:
    54
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Occupation:
    Engineer
    Location:
    Washington State
    I've received that call numerous times now. Bold buggers they are. They even give you a return number to call for more information. My response to them was if you know that my specific computer has malware on it, tell me my IP address for confirmation.
     
  9. mikewint

    mikewint Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2010
    Messages:
    5,683
    Likes Received:
    430
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired and living on the dole
    Location:
    Lakeview, AR
    #9 mikewint, Oct 2, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2013
    In general #1 with caller ID I simply do not answer the phone if I do not know the caller. Computers which call phone numbers in sequence register phones that answer. In that manner they know they have a valid number and will also sell that information. #2 persistant unidentified callers get blocked. My house phone allows me to block up to 30 phone numbers.
    About 6 -7 years ago my son had $400 vanish from his bank account. The bank had received a withdrawal notice from a California company. The bank said that they would "investigate" and a police report was filed. Two weeks later another $400 was withdrawn. The bank responded that their hands were tied. In their words my son's statement that this was not a valid charge was insufficient as the withdrawing company had all his information. Two weeks later a third attempt to withdraw $400 was attempted but my son had removed his money from the account. The bank responded by charging my son $32 for "insufficient funds" and to make things even sweeter they (bank) would not close the account with a withdrawl pending
     
  10. Readie

    Readie Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2011
    Messages:
    4,287
    Likes Received:
    50
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Plymouth, England
    These people just will not take 'no' for an answer...
    We had a spate of cold callers demanding information at the door about power providers etc etc.
    I let the dogs out the side door to shepherd them off the premises.
    The 2 labradors are soft dogs but they do NOT like people annoying us...:)
     
  11. Matt308

    Matt308 Glock Perfection
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2005
    Messages:
    20,140
    Likes Received:
    54
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Occupation:
    Engineer
    Location:
    Washington State
    Want the number for the Attorney General?
     
  12. stona

    stona Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2009
    Messages:
    7,532
    Likes Received:
    947
    Trophy Points:
    113
    He's probably not working.....part of the shut down :)
    Steve
     
  13. Marcel

    Marcel Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2006
    Messages:
    6,977
    Likes Received:
    570
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Bioinformatician
    Location:
    Dordrecht
    A friend of mine passed the telephone to her 2 years old son. He answered them very politely that his toys were nice and that he wanted to play now :)
     
  14. gumbyk

    gumbyk Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2009
    Messages:
    1,627
    Likes Received:
    209
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Occupation:
    Aviation QMS/SMS consultant
    Location:
    Blenheim
    When the friendly Microsoft people call us, the ID doesn't come up. And, because we work from home, we don't really have the luxury of being able to pick and choose when we answer the phone.
    However, I do have a very loud whistle sitting next to the phone...
     
  15. mikewint

    mikewint Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2010
    Messages:
    5,683
    Likes Received:
    430
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired and living on the dole
    Location:
    Lakeview, AR
    Matt, we/he tried everything but it came down to no proof and the States Att would not push a case into Calif
     
  16. bobbysocks

    bobbysocks Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2010
    Messages:
    3,811
    Likes Received:
    181
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    i usually get emails i won some lotto in denmark....belgium or the uk. then there is the desparate plea from the nigerian princess whose father was assassinated and she needs someone to act as guardian for her 20some million dollars and an aquaintance gave her my email ( bet you didnt know i was that internationally known as a good guy did you ). for being such a help to her she will give me 1/3 of her wealth....how can i go wrong? but the all time best are sites that mirror banks, credit card companies...investment houses....and they contact you and tell you they are doing a mass change over you and you must re-enter your information so that your bank account will not be closed. the sites do look almost exactly like the real bank site but the address is off <<<< a dead give away. plus the bank will never make you do that outside of the office....so many scams... so many suckers greedy enough to bite on them i guess or they would stop.
     
  17. gumbyk

    gumbyk Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2009
    Messages:
    1,627
    Likes Received:
    209
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Occupation:
    Aviation QMS/SMS consultant
    Location:
    Blenheim
    Wow, that is exactly the opposite to what our banks response was.
    We get a phone call from the bank saying that there has been some suspicious activity on our account, and were we at such and such a place. They cancelled our cards, and got new ones to us within 3 days. and reversed all the bad transactions.
     
  18. N4521U

    N4521U Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2009
    Messages:
    8,633
    Likes Received:
    224
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Occupation:
    reduced to all around slobbing
    Location:
    Miranda, NSW
    Got so many Indian calls to repair my infected computer that we had our land line disconnected and just use cell phones!

    Showed them eh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  19. Wayne Little

    Wayne Little Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2006
    Messages:
    51,182
    Likes Received:
    848
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Adelaide Sth. Aust.
    I just wish you could send a power surge back down the phone line to sizzle their @ss...and POOF! no more irritating calls!
     
  20. stona

    stona Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2009
    Messages:
    7,532
    Likes Received:
    947
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Yes, and it's your insurance company that sells on the fact that you have made a claim to the ambulance chasers.
    SWMBO's car was written off last year. It was parked on the road as her spot on the drive was taken by her brother and an idiot drove into it (at some speed) shunting it 45' down the road and onto the pavement.
    Luckily said idiot was also okay.
    Nobody was in her car but we still get phone calls about it suggesting we make a claim for personal injury, presumably acquired whilst sitting in the kitchen drinking tea and due to jumping up when we heard a very loud bang!
    It's ridiculous, and we wonder why our premiums keep going up.
    Cheers
    Steve
     
Loading...

Share This Page