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fivecodys

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03-08-2018 10:46 PM

Hi folks,

This just happened to me and I wanted to share it with you.

I get a call, at work, form someone claiming to be a representative for Amazon.
They said that they have been monitoring my purchases and have noticed that I have been buying a lot of office products. Because of this they wanted to offer me a free upgrade to Amazon Prime Business for free.

They said it would only take a minute and all they needed was my Amazon user name and password.

I immediately declined and hung up.

I contacted Amazon and informed them what had happened.

Amazon said that this is a SCAM! They keep records of all calls made to members and there was, of course, no record off a call made to my business by Amazon. The gentleman I called registered my call and even sent me a nice e-mail thanking me for calling them.

These scammers are getting more and more clever.

Keep your guard up fellas!

Chem

-- I always knew I would grow old, But I expected it to take longer!


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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 03-08-2018 10:56 PM

Duly noted. Like they say … if it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t! Thanks, Chem.

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MrUnix

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#2 posted 03-08-2018 10:57 PM

This just happened to me and I wanted to share it with you….
I immediately declined and hung up.
- fivecodys

I play with them unmercifully, usually to the point where they start cursing and hang up on me. I consider it a public service, as the longer I can keep them on the line, the less time they have to target more unsuspecting victims. My personal record is with one of the lower your credit card interest guys – had him on the line for over an hour :)

Cheers,
Brad

PS: I actually have got some of them to send ME money :)

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Ron Aylor

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#3 posted 03-08-2018 11:06 PM


I play with them unmercifully, usually to the point where they start cursing and hang up on me.

- MrUnix

I do that every time I get a call from Stanley (or James)  with Microsoft, letting me know my computer has a virus.

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Lazyman

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#4 posted 03-08-2018 11:19 PM

Ha! I’ve played with a few callers myself but never had the patience to go that long. Pretend to be elderly and they’ll think they have a sucker and keep trying for longer. I generally don’t answer the phone if I don’t recognize the number. I also signed up for Nomorobo on my landline and it does a great job of screening out many of the marketing calls, especially the ones that call thousands of numbers a day. It is free on the landline if you have the right type of service and you can get it on cell phones too but I think you have to pay a buck or two a month for mobile lines.

Edit: fixed the nomorobo link

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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Woodknack

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#5 posted 03-08-2018 11:33 PM

I think you misspelled scam in the title.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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Fresch

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#6 posted 03-08-2018 11:34 PM

So I won’t be getting that 3.5 million from Rep. obomaoa bentobie from the trust my grand uncle on my mothers brothers aunts uncle left me?

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oldnovice

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#7 posted 03-08-2018 11:50 PM

SCAMS are everywhere!

I was getting phone calls (English was not their first, second or even third language) from a PC service company telling me they are a Microsoft registered service company.

They called to repair my computer as it PC is continuously sending out random messages on the on the Internet and thatMicrosoft requested them to resolve this issue.

Last time they called I asked if that was happening now, they replied ”yes it is!” and I replied ”that’s funny, it’s not even turned on!

They have not called back.

FYI, Microsoft does not make phone calls!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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lew

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#8 posted 03-09-2018 12:08 AM

Thanks for the heads up!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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AlaskaGuy

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#9 posted 03-09-2018 12:39 AM

I wouldn’t have even need to call Amazon to see if it was a scam.

Thanks for posting that. That’s how word get around.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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woodbutcherbynight

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#10 posted 03-09-2018 01:38 AM

Got a call last Friday from IRS Investigation Service informing me I had 14 warrants for my arrest. That was the message they left. For giggles I called from shop phone and we had a ball coming up with names, address, phone numbers, case numbers and finally got to the scam part. For a mere $3,000 paid by credit card right now they would make this all go away. Told them I would call Credit Card people and get my limit raised and call them back in 20 minutes.

LOL. BTW I once dealt with the real IRS, they 1st send letters to your house, you call them, wait 3 hours and maybe get to talk with someone. But since I was in Iraq amazingly the Provost Marshal’s office was able to speak directly with an agent. Got the matter settled in 15 minutes. I know a real live agent who knew right??

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Ripper70

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#11 posted 03-09-2018 01:56 AM

I got an email response last week from a scammer about a craigslisting I had posted, that promised to send me a bank certified check for $100 more than I was asking for my item. It was also to include an extra $50 to pay the shipping service that was to come and retrieve the item and ship it to her (since she was overseas fighting a war or something). All she needed was my name, address and phone number so she could send the check. I gave her the name and address of the county police chief and am still in the process of corresponding with her.

There actually was an attempted delivery, via FedEx, that was rejected the first time around. I know this, because she provided a confirmed tracking number. I’ve told her I wasn’t available at the time but she should send it again. It’s an entertaining way to help fight the good fight against these slugs that prey on the vulnerable and uninformed. Hopefully, it’ll inspire her to find a new line of work.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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patcollins

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#12 posted 03-09-2018 01:59 AM

I love messing with the scammers too. I try to keep them on the line as long as possible too, I wish i had a good way to record the calls, I am told I could have a youtube channel just for messing with them.

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Ripper70

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#13 posted 03-09-2018 02:13 AM



I love messing with the scammers too. I try to keep them on the line as long as possible too, I wish i had a good way to record the calls, I am told I could have a youtube channel just for messing with them.

- patcollins

Check out this kid! He gets a call from a Microsoft scammer and turns the tables on him and erases all the files on the scammers hard drive. Brilliant!

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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MrUnix

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#14 posted 03-09-2018 04:13 AM

I got an email response last week from a scammer about a craigslisting I had posted, that promised to send me a bank certified check for $100 more than I was asking for my item. It was also to include an extra $50 to pay the shipping service that was to come and retrieve the item and ship it to her (since she was overseas fighting a war or something). All she needed was my name, address and phone number so she could send the check. I gave her the name and address of the county police chief and am still in the process of corresponding with her.

There actually was an attempted delivery, via FedEx, that was rejected the first time around. I know this, because she provided a confirmed tracking number. I ve told her I wasn t available at the time but she should send it again. It s an entertaining way to help fight the good fight against these slugs that prey on the vulnerable and uninformed. Hopefully, it ll inspire her to find a new line of work.

- Ripper70

I have a connection at the State Attorneys office, check fraud division, so I can use that address to receive stuff. I’ll be damned if I haven’t actually had them FedEx counterfit checks to that address on a couple of different occasions! They certainly aren’t the brightest, which is why they are so easy to scambait.

To really screw with them, I tell them I cashed the check and sent the excess via USPS money order to the address of where it was (supposedly) being delivered (which is bogus as well), instead of following their directions to western union the money – boy does that piss them off!

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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pete724

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#15 posted 03-09-2018 10:21 AM

If you suddenly get a check from wallmart don’t try to cash it.

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