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Phone scam

Postby Shorty » Wed Sep 02, 2015 9:56 am

There's a sucker born every minute.

Man loses $6,800 to phone scam
http://www.channel3000.com/news/man-los ... m/35059100

"The Dane County Sheriff’s Office said someone called the man claiming to be from the IRS and warning him that the victim owed back taxes. The following day, the man got a call from someone claiming to be a sergeant from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office. The caller said several warrants were issued for his arrest, but that they would be waived if he paid the amount he owed. Deputies said the man got $6,800 worth of prepaid credit cards and provided the credit card numbers to the caller."

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Re: Phone scam

Postby msnflyer » Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:39 pm

Maybe the victim actually owes money to the IRS and the scammers got lucky with their random call.
Maybe he should have paid his taxes in a timely manner.

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Re: Phone scam

Postby HawkHead » Wed Sep 02, 2015 1:29 pm

The IRS will never contact you by telephone. All correspondence starts with a letter. The IRS will not e-mail you either.

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Re: Phone scam

Postby Shorty » Wed Sep 02, 2015 1:45 pm

And the IRS would not ask for prepaid credit cards...especially over the phone.

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Re: Phone scam

Postby msnflyer » Wed Sep 02, 2015 2:36 pm

Most of us know that the IRS won't initiate phone contact. Why would anyone who files and pays their taxes in a timely manner be duped by this scam? I think this victim may owe back taxes and he was afraid of actually getting arrested because he owes the IRS money.

It's the same thing with utility scams. If your account is up to date, why would you pay someone who called and said the account was in arrears?

People are stupid.

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Re: Phone scam

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Wed Sep 02, 2015 3:10 pm

msnflyer wrote:Why would anyone who files and pays their taxes in a timely manner be duped by this scam?

You already answered your own question.
msnflyer wrote:People are stupid.

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Re: Phone scam

Postby HawkHead » Wed Sep 02, 2015 3:35 pm

msnflyer wrote:Most of us know that the IRS won't initiate phone contact. Why would anyone who files and pays their taxes in a timely manner be duped by this scam? I think this victim may owe back taxes and he was afraid of actually getting arrested because he owes the IRS money.

It's the same thing with utility scams. If your account is up to date, why would you pay someone who called and said the account was in arrears?

People are stupid.


Yet, I have gotten at least a handful of telephone calls from clients asking if they really owed the IRS or not. These are smart people who run their own businesses and make 6 figure incomes. People are afraid of the IRS (maybe rightly so but most of it is blown out of proportion) and want to make sure that the aren't going to have a "blemish" on their record.

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Re: Phone scam

Postby Dust Mite Rodeo » Wed Sep 02, 2015 7:28 pm

And remember, people, the legitimate IRS only accepts payment in the form of:
1) Green dot cards from the Citgo station
2) Pre-paid tracfones.

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Re: Phone scam

Postby green union terrace chair » Thu Sep 03, 2015 1:37 am

Dust Mite Rodeo wrote:And remember, people, the legitimate IRS only accepts payment in the form of:
1) Green dot cards from the Citgo station
2) Pre-paid tracfones.

3) Bitcoins

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Re: Phone scam

Postby Shorty » Mon Dec 14, 2015 1:38 pm

Caller scams grandmother out of $9,500, police say
83-year-old told her grandson was in jail, needed bail money
http://www.channel3000.com/news/Caller- ... y/36956684

"Then, a man saying he was Sgt. Kevin Hunter got on the line and told her funds were needed to bail her grandson out of jail, according to the release. The woman went to her bank and sent money to an address in New Jersey via Fed Ex, police said."

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Re: Phone scam

Postby Roy » Mon Dec 14, 2015 1:51 pm

One would think even a dull slow person would balk at "prepaid credit cards."

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Re: Phone scam

Postby rabble » Mon Dec 14, 2015 5:03 pm

Well, you'd think people would be able to read graphs and understand science, but here you are, unable to do either. So, it's possible that an aging woman trouble by dementia could be taken in by an unscrupulous scam artist. After all, you've been scammed since like forever and you keep going back.

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Re: Phone scam

Postby Roy » Mon Dec 14, 2015 5:26 pm

rabble wrote:Well, you'd think people would be able to read graphs and understand science, but here you are, unable to do either. So, it's possible that an aging woman trouble by dementia could be taken in by an unscrupulous scam artist. After all, you've been scammed since like forever and you keep going back.

You have to carry over your trolling remarks from another thread?

Go pound sand; it should be more rewarding than trolling.

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Re: Phone scam

Postby Shorty » Wed Apr 06, 2016 1:36 pm

Scammers fooled a 20-year-old out of hundreds of dollars over the phone last week, police said.
http://fox47.com/newsroom/top_stories/v ... 8185.shtml

"The phone scam narrative had her convinced he had been in a car crash and that she needed to send repair money before her father would be released," DeSpain said. She wired money via Western Union to Puerto Rico, then realized she had been duped."

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Re: Phone scam

Postby gozer » Wed Apr 06, 2016 6:25 pm

there are people calling around claiming to be from microsoft about a virus on people's machines. i do not recall ever sending anything to microsoft that would have my telephone number &c on it;' also, a friend of mine whose home computers are solaris unix 8 and os/2 warp 4 reported having a similar message left and she says her laptop issued by her employer also runs solaris unix 7 and the office computers run windows nt 4.0 and server hp-ux and some with tso/e, vms, and the native operating system on the ib 7094 main frame.


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