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    Scammers

    Are scammers a common problem where you live? Have you ever been scammed yourself, or has someone you know?

    I thought of making this thread after I started receiving lots of calls this afternoon. They were from people saying I had called them when of course I hadn't. At first I wondered if some kind of spyware did this due to having a dodgy app. After looking into the problem more, it seems I'm a victim of number spoofing. This is a common scammer practice apparently. I just hadn't heard of it before.

    Scammers (usually from India, surprise surprise ) effectively steal the caller ID of an unsuspecting person in a target country because it makes their calls appear more authentic. However, when the call rings out sometimes a person will call the number back. This is why I've been receiving these calls and it hasn't stopped yet. I've had to explain what's going on.

    Frankly, I'm tired of these Indians and I'm sure most Indians are too as it gives them a bad reputation. Perhaps the cold callers who instantly hang up are the most annoying. This is another scammer practice. They do this rapidly and record whether the call was answered, then the gender of the person and the estimated age. Older people are more likely to be deceived.

    When I see people like this guy I'm reminded that not all heroes wear capes:



    This guy's a genius. He's always figuring out ways to strike back at scammers, sometimes fooling them into making their systems vulnerable. Then he downloads scammers' files, often acquiring lists of phone numbers which he calls or texts to let them know they're being targeted. Sadly, on some occasions he's too late and a person has already been robbed of hundreds of pounds.

    What's your opinion of scammers, and as said above, how have you been affected by them?
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    I do get scam calls where they said I was in a car crash and was driving which is funny as all heck since I don't drive and... I haven't been in a car for a year and a half. Don't worry, I never broke the law since I never had a driver's license. But that's besides the point, anyhow I always get these calls and I love f***ing them around.

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    I love those scammer takedown videos! Saw a really good one where the guy ruined all the PCs on the scammer's network. You could hear all the computers in the lab playing blaring music suddenly and people shouting. Satisfying.
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    I get scams almost daily in my inbox. A lot of them have to do with Apple. I don't have an Apple account yet I get e-mails warning me about things like my "password being changed or hacked". I also get phone calls about tax services that are scams. One of the big ones for a lot of middle aged and older folks in the US who are not very computer savvy are those fake Microsoft scam help centers. They take your information and charge you to fix a problem. They don't fix anything and just inflict your computer with viruses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KorinKitty View Post
    I get scams almost daily in my inbox. A lot of them have to do with Apple. I don't have an Apple account yet I get e-mails warning me about things like my "password being changed or hacked". I also get phone calls about tax services that are scams. One of the big ones for a lot of middle aged and older folks in the US who are not very computer savvy are those fake Microsoft scam help centers. They take your information and charge you to fix a problem. They don't fix anything and just inflict your computer with viruses.
    Huh...I always get ones related to hotels. Apparently the most common one is a Marriott hotel scam. I have been getting fake calls from MetEd also.
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    I probably have thousands of scam e-mails but good ol' Gmail throws them into my spam box. Bad ol' Gmail also sometimes throws OSN e-mails in there with them too... but I digress.

    Similar to TheGhostOfSabotage I sometimes play along and try to waste scammers' time. Oh yes, those car accident calls too, now they're a blast. Once I told a scammer I lost my legs and an arm so I was having trouble during the call. Bet his corneas were replaced with £s but he showed zero sympathy for poor limbless me. Well, at any rate, it's always a good thing to keep them on the line so they have less time to actually scam real victims. Just make sure to have some fun while you're at it.
    Gene: "Have faith in me guys, enjoy the ride—you're in good hands. I can handle this. I can do it!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zemekis View Post
    Huh...I always get ones related to hotels. Apparently the most common one is a Marriott hotel scam. I have been getting fake calls from MetEd also.
    Since posting this, I got a call through my google number of all things telling me I had won something. I looked up the number and it turns out it was a scam to get people's information by promising they had won a vacation and you never see the tickets. Also, got one from PayPal telling me my card was about to expire. The card I had linked to my PP account has been expired for years. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mantis View Post
    I probably have thousands of scam e-mails but good ol' Gmail throws them into my spam box. Bad ol' Gmail also sometimes throws OSN e-mails in there with them too... but I digress.

    Similar to TheGhostOfSabotage I sometimes play along and try to waste scammers' time. Oh yes, those car accident calls too, now they're a blast. Once I told a scammer I lost my legs and an arm so I was having trouble during the call. Bet his corneas were replaced with £s but he showed zero sympathy for poor limbless me. Well, at any rate, it's always a good thing to keep them on the line so they have less time to actually scam real victims. Just make sure to have some fun while you're at it.
    There is a Twitch guy that pranks these scammers. It is pretty funny. You might like some of it. https://www.twitch.tv/kitboga

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    I don't get calls but I do get a ton of emails from scammers about sums of money that needs to be wired or sent to my account. Only a half-witted moron would give these guys any personal details. That's why I'm very careful in inputting any of my personal info and banking details. And you're right concerning the nationality the grammar used is a dead giveaway. I think 60 percent comes from them and the rest from African Nations and Russian States.

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    Sometimes, a foreign number might call you and immediately hang up, in the hopes of you calling them back. The result of doing so will cost you a significant amount of money, and I'm talking hundreds of dollars.

    Your phone number is likely stored in their database, the same type of database phone sellers use when they try to sell stuff. The only way to get rid of it is to simply block their number (they likely have multiple), or change your number entirely.

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