This is an Emergency Call

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@akalinus (22180)
United States
January 24, 2017 10:51am CST
I checked my phone messages yesterday. One said that this is an emergency call. Your Microsoft internet license has expired. All Microsoft services are to be canceled immediately. Please call this number to reinstate your internet license. Remember, this is an emergency. When I stopped laughing, I wondered how many people would believe it, call the number, and fall victim to some kind of hoax involving their money. It is sad that there are so many hoaxers online preying on people. Have you ever gotten calls like this? What is the most ridiculous hoax you ever got online or on your phone?
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@just4him (128746)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 Jan 17
I've gotten the Microsoft one on the computer, not my phone, the IRS one, on my phone, There was one other one that right now I can't think of.
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@akalinus (22180)
• United States
25 Jan 17
I get messages from the IRS, too. I just delete them.
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@just4him (128746)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 Jan 17
@akalinus So do I.
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@DaddyEvil (26042)
• Aurora, Missouri
2 Feb 17
@akalinus @just4him Okay, I want to know what the two of you have been doing that makes the scammers target you like that? I haven't gotten any calls like that (But I already explained why I wouldn't get scam phone calls.) or emails like that, either. (My email address is out there, like everyone else's.) I have no clue why I haven't gotten scam messages via email, though. What am I doing wrong?
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@silvermist (20114)
• India
27 Jan 17
Recently I got a mail from 'Paypal' saying my a,c has been suspended.They have given some 3 reasons.One I remember was huge amounts of money were being transferred to my a/c from foreign countries.I was to contact them immediately answer their queries.I wanted to reply denying everything.But then I remembered my son telling me never to reply to such scams and that paypal would never send something like that.
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@akalinus (22180)
• United States
31 Jan 17
@silvermist Usually, that is the case. I have gotten these phony messages, also.
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• Peoria, Arizona
24 Jan 17
Oh gosh . I have never heard of this happening before! I know of emails but never a phone call. That is funny haha
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@akalinus (22180)
• United States
24 Jan 17
Yep, I lost my internet license. I don't remember ever applying for one. It is funny.
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• Peoria, Arizona
25 Jan 17
@akalinus Who knew we had to be licensed to use the internet. haha
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@akalinus (22180)
• United States
27 Jan 17
@DesirousDreamer Your license will expire tomorrow. Send $150 to my Paypal if you want to use the Internet. lol
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@moffittjc (46270)
• Gainesville, Florida
29 Jan 17
I get scam calls every now and then from some bank I never heard of telling me that there is a problem with my credit card and that I need to call them immediately to resolve. Obviously, if I've never heard of the bank they are reporting to be, then I obviously don't have a credit card from them. Besides, I have fraud alert services set up on all my credit cards so that I get text alerts if there is any suspicious activity.
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@akalinus (22180)
• United States
30 Jan 17
I think they are just hoping some of the people they reach will belong to that bank and be scared of a problem.
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@DaddyEvil (26042)
• Aurora, Missouri
18 Feb 17
@moffittjc Hmmm... Jeff? Have you actually checked to see if those alerts work? Why don't I help you check that? Tell me the numbers on your credit cards and I will pretend to buy stuff with them. If the alerts work, I shouldn't be able to complete the transactions, right? (grinning and awaiting your reply to this!)
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@akalinus (22180)
• United States
21 Feb 17
@DaddyEvil You're so funny, DE.
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• New Delhi, India
24 Jan 17
Yes..these calls are common in India as well and they tend to ask debit card numbers with it.
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@akalinus (22180)
• United States
24 Jan 17
Yes, they just want money and they don't care what they have to say to get you to hand it over. Shameful!
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• New Delhi, India
25 Jan 17
@akalinus yes it us really insane
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@akalinus (22180)
• United States
27 Jan 17
@amitkokiladitya Some people think you owe them.
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@dodo19 (34007)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
24 Jan 17
I've gotten some emails like that. It's sad that there are some people who do these hoaxes and I feel bad for those fall victims of these sorts of things.
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@akalinus (22180)
• United States
24 Jan 17
Yes, I do, too. When you are the victim, you lose more than just money. You feel bad that you got caught in it and it flattens your self esteem.
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@dodo19 (34007)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
24 Jan 17
@akalinus That's true. It's more than just the money. I can imagine that those who fall victim must feel bad afterwards.
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@akalinus (22180)
• United States
24 Jan 17
@dodo19 Yes, I can only imagine. I know I would feel bad if I got hooked into something like that.
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@MALUSE (44686)
• Uzbekistan
24 Jan 17
We live in Germany. We've never received such a call. That doesn't mean that there are no criminals in Germany. But we've never been targeted. An explanation could be that we're in the telephone directory under my husband's Italian name. Maybe the crooks think that he wouldn't understand them.
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@akalinus (22180)
• United States
24 Jan 17
It must be mostly in the USA, then. You never got any kind of hoax call online or on the phone??
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@MALUSE (44686)
• Uzbekistan
24 Jan 17
@akalinus No, we haven't. I know that we're lucky. A common, mean and, unfortunately, successful trick is to call old people and tell them that their grandson/daughter had an accident and needs money for an immediate operation. This is absolute nonsense but many old people fall for it and go to the bank to hand over thousands of Euros to a 'friend' of said grandson/daughter. Old people are found by combing through telephone directories to find old-fashioned first names. Many oldies have been saved by bank clerks who've been alerted to watch out for old people who suddenly take out thousands of Euros from their bank accounts. They call the police if the old person seems to be under pressure. Years ago young men used to call us to talk us into buying shares at the New York stock exchange, but they stopped doing so when we didn't react.
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@akalinus (22180)
• United States
24 Jan 17
@MALUSE I have a friend who lost $5,000 on a version of the scam. The grandson called from Canada and said there was an accident and he was in jail. He needed money for bail and to leave the country. The caller had info about the grandson. Later, my friend found that the grandson was in Colorado and everything was fine.
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@Meramar (2733)
27 Jan 17
Here in Spain, there are companies calling to offer some special offers. But not those like you explained. I also would laugh about it.
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@akalinus (22180)
• United States
27 Jan 17
Special offers means that we have some junk you don't want or need and we want to charge you an exorbitant price for it. It will be broken when it gets there.
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@Meramar (2733)
27 Jan 17
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@Marty1 (36845)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
27 Jan 17
@akalinus I had these two guys who said i had to renew magazines worth 60 dollars and needed to give them my credit card number. I did not order those magazines, and I wouldn't give it to them The "supervisor" said the craziest thing that if I don't give my credit card number to THEM other people will get ahold of my credit card and put a lot of unauthorized charges on it! I hung up as THEY were trying to put charges on my credit card and they never explained how those others were getting my number!
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@akalinus (22180)
• United States
27 Jan 17
You did not give them any credit card or bank info, did you?
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@jhechorain (1228)
• Susanville, California
26 Jan 17
Always new scams in the works. What a shame.
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@akalinus (22180)
• United States
27 Jan 17
When people catch onto one scam, they start another.
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@sugartoes (43246)
• Greencastle, Indiana
24 Jan 17
thank god I haven't gotten that call yet cause I'd be LIKE HUH? what the -----
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@akalinus (22180)
• United States
25 Jan 17
Never respond to a stranger on the phone. They could be anybody. Don't give strangers your personal or banking information. The IRS will not call you on the phone.
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@mohdovi (1099)
24 Jan 17
Yes, one time someone call me and said we are calling from bank and your card is blocked and you need to verify all of your details and after that i give all thr details wrongly and they call me three times that its wrong and every time i do same.
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@akalinus (22180)
• United States
24 Jan 17
I would just hang up. Then, look on your bank statement for the telephone number and call them to see if there is a problem with your account. If the number is not there, look up your bank number online. Never call the number back and NEVER give them any information.
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• United States
30 Jan 17
I have yet to receive one of these calls but I certainly wouldn't fall for them! I feel bad for the people who do, though!
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@DianneN (88052)
• United States
28 Jan 17
I've gotten calls like that in Florida from so-called Microsoft. I only had Apple products in Florida. My Microsoft computer was home in CT and hadn't been used in months. I asked for his name, address, and phone number and he gave them to me. I even asked that he repeat the. They could have been made up, but when I asked for his supervisor, the idiot hung up.
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@stbrians (15900)
• Kakamega, Kenya
1 Feb 17
Thieves They pry on innocent unsuspecting people.
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@akalinus (22180)
• United States
1 Feb 17
Yes, they do. It is not right, but they do it anyway.
• United States
8 Mar 17
An IRS bill and the person on the other line was threatening us. I reported it to the IRS and got that problem solved.
@akalinus (22180)
• United States
8 Mar 17
I get those calls. How do you report something to the IRS?
• United States
8 Mar 17
@akalinus I just called them up and they were going to have the FBI investigate it. You can, also, call the FBI directly.
@DaddyEvil (26042)
• Aurora, Missouri
2 Feb 17
LMFAO! No, I've never gotten one of those calls, Jo Ann, but I wouldn't receive one like that, anyway! (Every time I buy a new phone, the first thing I do with it is change the way it accepts phone calls. If the number calling me is not already in my phone's memory, it rejects the call. I will allow a phone number not in my directory to send a text message so the person can tell me to add them to the directory, but that is the best someone trying to hoax me will get!) I try not to leave myself open for stupidity.... So far, I haven't been "had", but I'm sure my day will come! Will you be around to rescue me if it does happen? (grinning at you! )