Scams - What a load of rubbish!

@Inlemay (16729)
South Africa
April 13, 2016 6:01am CST
Some random Indian sounding dude called my landline saying he is from WINDOWS, which private number he got from the satellite, which he says shows that our internet connection is faulty and the government have traced as having a serious VIRUS sending them a warning???? . . . I let him rant, SO there are ALIENS spying on us - What a load of crap - the next one to call tomorrow from a different number (because the numbers have been 0177324458, 005208050006 and change daily ) I am about to report them to my service provider. I want to BLOCK these idiotic callers from my phone! But how? I wish someone from the real WINDOWS would comment on this! These callers think I'm a monkey!!!!
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23 responses
@jaboUK (54878)
• United Kingdom
13 Apr 16
We get a lot of nuisance calls from Indian sounding guys. The moment I hear the accent I hang up. I've had nothing like you describe though.
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@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
13 Apr 16
Do you think it has anything to do with our pay-pal accounts?
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@jaboUK (54878)
• United Kingdom
13 Apr 16
@Inlemay I've never thought of that, but i hope it's not.
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• Chattanooga, Tennessee
13 Apr 16
Jabo, that is what I do. Unless I just want to have fun with them... and that can be hallarious... I just hang up. But sometimes I get in a mean mood and dig at them:: smiles::
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@MALUSE (42713)
• Germany
13 Apr 16
When a German is very surprised about something, they may say, "The monkey is delousing me!" I say that very often.
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@msiduri (5743)
• United States
13 Apr 16
@MALUSE Now there's a picture I won't soon forget.
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@TheHorse (71212)
• Pleasant Hill, California
5 Sep 16
I've never heard that one!
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@MALUSE (42713)
• Germany
5 Sep 16
@TheHorse Well, it's a German saying. Each language has its special sayings and proverbs. You could also say, "I think a horse (!) is kicking me." What do *YOU* think about this one?
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@just4him (124427)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Apr 16
I got that same phone call a couple days ago. In the middle of all the calls I need to make and receive due to my father's passing, I get that one. Believe me, as soon as I heard he was from WINDOWS I hung up on him. And I wasn't nice about it either.
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@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
13 Apr 16
then you and i are keeping good company - i am so over these scam calls
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• Chattanooga, Tennessee
13 Apr 16
Valerie... You go girl ((hugs))
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@just4him (124427)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Apr 16
@tuttiharris Thanks Tutti. I haven't seen you in a very long time. I wasn't sure you were still here.
• United States
13 Apr 16
i jest got off the phone myself with a fella from 'broad. not'n regards to viruses, but to see if'n i'd like to purchase health insurance. i wish these folks'd get a life. i've reported many numbers, so many'n fact 'f those wishin' to do dubious harm that i've actually a case# 'n can do such quickly online through the fcc.
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@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
14 Apr 16
thats another scam they have - or to tell you of the good news of a holiday you have won to some remote part of the world
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• United States
14 Apr 16
@Inlemay yepperz, con artists :( they should all be tarred'n feathered.
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@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
14 Apr 16
@crazyhorseladycx you sound like the Northern Irish - they tar and feather all law breakers
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@Dragonairy1 (1413)
• Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
13 Apr 16
Ive got a phone which can block calls, but strangely they can still leave an answer phone message.
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@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
13 Apr 16
Cell phones can but not landlines
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• Chattanooga, Tennessee
13 Apr 16
And frances, they can just move on over to another number. You can't block every number these scammers use. It is impossible.
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• Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
13 Apr 16
@Inlemay mines a landline one, which will block specific numbers or groups like international ones so long as you have caller display. But they can still leave a message which kind of defeats the purpose sadly.
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@nanette64 (17858)
• Fairfield, Texas
13 Apr 16
I had a call like that from Microsoft one time @Inlemay . They gained access to my computer, bank account, etc and when they realized I had no money, credit cards, savings, etc., they started laughing and said, "Thank you for participating." It wasn't until later than I learned Microsoft would never call you. I was stupid and ticked off at the same time.
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@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
13 Apr 16
that I have heard - yesterday they were microsoft and I told them to p-off and so today they posed as WINDOWS
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@msiduri (5743)
• United States
13 Apr 16
@nanette64 I am so sorry to hear this happened.
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@nanette64 (17858)
• Fairfield, Texas
14 Apr 16
@msiduri Thankfully because I'm so broke they decided not to pick on me.
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@LdeL0318 (6440)
• Philippines
13 Apr 16
There are really different kinds of modus these days. We have to be extra careful.
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@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
13 Apr 16
it seems to be the case. I am extremely upset and frustrated by this.
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@LdeL0318 (6440)
• Philippines
13 Apr 16
@Inlemay I always experience that but I cannot change my number.
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@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
13 Apr 16
@LdeL0318 well i have had my number for 35 years - and in the last year or so, these scammers have appeared - its terrible! But i shall heed the advice of @GardenGerty who responded as well, and just ignore the calls.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
13 Apr 16
This was a common one over here until recently and I received many of them myself. I found it hilarious that someone tried claiming to work for Windows because there is no such company.
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@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
13 Apr 16
well there you have it - i am now a little wiser - thanks Barry
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@msiduri (5743)
• United States
13 Apr 16
We get those constantly. The last one I got I lost my temper. In my best fake-Indian accent I shouted into the phone, "Samir, is that you, you dog? You still owe me 5000 rupees! Hey, I think I'll get my cousins and come over right now to collect it." He told me I was crazy and hung up.
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@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
13 Apr 16
well I lost my temper this time as well - ha ha ha I love your shout out - maybe i shall try that as well. Samir I shall call him
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@msiduri (5743)
• United States
13 Apr 16
@Inlemay Samir is in a whole lot of trouble.
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@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
14 Apr 16
@msiduri Yes sir he is!!
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
13 Apr 16
lol, I have been having to call our customers and let them know their modems are showing up on reports that tell us they dont have correct signal levels, and we gotta fix it. Sound scammy now that i think about it, but it's the truth!
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@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
14 Apr 16
but your customers will know you and your provider - this guy is random and has no SA accent
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• Centralia, Missouri
14 Apr 16
@Inlemay true, I do sound local, and these people have our service
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@tuttiharris (1342)
• Chattanooga, Tennessee
13 Apr 16
First off, I love your picture of the monkeys. We have these kinds of scams going on in the US all the time. We do have a number we can be put on that will block some calls, but they actually go to another phone and call from there, and there is someway they can pick up on a friend's number and use it, and when you call it back, it has either been disconnected or the friend will answer and know nothing about it. These I report really soon, and they get right on them to take care of it.
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@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
14 Apr 16
I actually found that site that is available to the USA people especially, but it wouldnt let me report from SA. I think they are into our Optic wiring
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• Chattanooga, Tennessee
14 Apr 16
@Inlemay It could. They find ways of getting by with what they do. Love to you.
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@LadyDuck (171587)
• Switzerland
13 Apr 16
I have read from other users around the world about those fake phone calls. My phone number is private and it's not on the telephone guides, so I am lucky I receive no calls.
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@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
13 Apr 16
nor is ours - that is what I asked him and he said the satellite and government advised them! I feel like its such rubbish
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@LadyDuck (171587)
• Switzerland
13 Apr 16
@Inlemay This is ridiculous, they surely grab the phone numbers from forms we fill.
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@JonnyRich (157)
• Blackburn, England
14 Apr 16
You cant block the numbers all they do is use a number generator and it rings random numbers unfortunately you can block this from happening it happens to me all the time
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@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
14 Apr 16
I tried to have it blocked but not from SA - its pretty difficult.
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@Ruby3881 (2000)
• Canada
14 Apr 16
We just don't answer calls from numbers we don't recognize. Well, I don't Hubby does a lot of the time, and then ends up hanging up on them.
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@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
14 Apr 16
I think I shall be doing that now as well
@TRBRocks420 (81237)
• Banks, Oregon
13 Apr 16
Sounds like a very disturbed individual lol.
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@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
14 Apr 16
its a scamming group I think, many strange voices
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@JESSY3236 (7091)
• United States
13 Apr 16
I just let the answering machine pick up.Or I just hang up when they say they are from Windows.
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@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
14 Apr 16
I have gotten such good advice with my question, so I have many options to follow to rid myself of these scammers and get some peace of mind on my personal line. Thanks
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• Preston, England
13 Apr 16
I get those calls a lot too - they say it's about my 'windows computer' so I ask them what make and model and which version of Windows they mean and then they hang up on me
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@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
13 Apr 16
Ah haaa maybe i will try that next time and also just leave them hanging asking - hello, hello, hello for a while to eat up their calling money
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@gudheart (12742)
13 Apr 16
I keep getting calls on my mobile and I have finally blocked them...I hate they silly scams!
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@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
13 Apr 16
you and me both
@artemeis (4070)
• China
16 Apr 16
You are not alone here and in my country it is even more rampant since some idiots working in the mobile service providers are selling our details like it is legit. So it was no surprise that scammers arrested in my country and overseas Philippines, Cambodia and Taiwan had already scammed millions before they were arrested and God knows whether all were arrested since they are rather large size groups. We have investment (ponzi mostly) to your child has had a nasty accident, so it can be quite harrowing for us when we could not really tell the truth or lie from the first call. So consider yourself to be lucky that it was just some Indian Microsoft guy calling. On the hindsight, I think you should all group up and give Microsoft some pressure to get them with their resources to go after these idiots.
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@Dextoi (2426)
• Philippines
14 Apr 16
This is one of the reasons why I give out my home phone number to certain people only. And my mobile phone for other purposes... I can change my mobile phone number anytime as SIM cards in the Philippines come in cheap and has free credits in it.
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