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    Default Scam alerts!

    Jim:

    I am posting this in the Lounge because this spot gets traffic.

    I propose making it a fixture for members to share verified Scammers, whether they be
    telephone or computer driven! Perhaps it will be a good outlet to ensure folks do not
    get taken unawares.

    I have just recently had two that I traced and found to be completely false.

    I'll post them individually below.

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    Default First Scam Attempt.

    I got a call on my Cell Phone from 413-662-8519 passing themselves off as being my 'Credit Card Security'. I traced them to Massachusetts.

    Problem is, my cards are already under scrutiny by the providers.
    These clowns could not tell me what the last four numbers of the cards were
    nor could they identify the institution of the provider.

    They wanted all my data....<grins>


    Someone not alert could fall for this!

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    Default 2nd SCAM Attempt.

    Got a call from 209-631-2059 that showed 'Unavailable'. I traced it to the
    Modesto area of Central CA.

    The caller had a heavy Middle-East Accent and said he was from Microsoft
    and was advising me of a 'Computer License Security I.D.' that was out of date!

    He rattled off a whole string of numbers that made no sense at all. But he wanted
    access to the computer to "FIX" the problem.

    For one...Microsoft does not have any offices in CenCal. for Two - they NEVER
    telephone anyone! The client has to call!

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    Cool, we'll sticky this one for awhile, as it's always cool to share the scams to warn others.
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    Best rule of thumb for everyone to avoid SCAMMERS. If YOU didn't call them, write to them, or do not know them. THEY ARE SCAMMERS.

    Until everyone learns 'Because it's on the Internet....does not mean it's real, or true." Scammers, and Hackers will enjoy finding Easily-fooled people to just hand over their important information.
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    Tax Scams

    From CNN 31 October 2013:
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    Taxpayers, beware: Fraudsters impersonating IRS agents are calling people across the country demanding they pay taxes that they don't even owe.
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    article

    It was noted that the scammers:

    • Declare that taxes are owed to IRS

    • Threaten the recipient

    • Demand payment

    So, don't be confusing these scammers with actual IRS agents, who:

    • Declare that taxes are owed to IRS

    • Threaten the recipient

    • Demand payment

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    Report any and all scams like this to the FBI. You're not the only one that was called, and they can find the scammers.

    http://www.fbi.gov/report-threats-and-crime

    It's a sure thing, Elessar, that the phone number that you saw pop up was spoofed. It's very easy to do. However, the records are still there and it can be traced. Most of the spoofed numbers are actually over the internet and using proxies, but that can be overcome. The government can track almost all internet traffic because it's monitored at key locations that route the traffic. It's the proxies utilized in unfriendly countries that makes it difficult, but it's a safe bet that usually there's stealth monitoring programs reporting back to Momma from there, too.

    That's why it only takes a matter of hours to ID someone that did something who they REALLY want to find. That's when they dig into the recorded traffic.

    The cops have to get a Judge to give them warrant so they can "dig" for the info (which they already have but it's not admissible without the warrant), but when they already know who the bad guy is it's easy to come up with reasons to convince the Judge to okay grabbing his past online traffic.

    Take a look at this worldwide internet map, and you can see where the logical places to monitor traffic would be :



    All traffic in and out of North America are handled by only a few hubs : Seattle, LA, Miami and New York, with a few others like Portland. Most of the traffic is carried between England and New York - and that's not by chance. Sure, there's some satellite traffic too, but I think we know who has access to all that data.

    Anyway, I think it's interesting.

    I've probably made a few watchlists with my recent hobby of insulting radical muslims on Al Jazeera lately, but they probably get a kick out of my activity.
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    All of us must ALSO beware of those on the Internet who FAKE their concern for SCAMS, SCAMMERS, and HACKERS. It's a reverse business that preys on the FEARS of the uninformed...Much like the "Y2K" scares back in 2000, that created Millions in profits for a few, at the hands of the FREAKED-OUT, WORRIED, EASILY-LED, that paid sometimes HUGE bucks for something that NEVER TOOK PLACE.

    BEWARE OF THE INTERNET. It's not the safe place everyone would like you to believe it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NightTrain View Post
    Report any and all scams like this to the FBI. You're not the only one that was called, and they can find the scammers.

    http://www.fbi.gov/report-threats-and-crime
    I know for a fact how deep the FBI and FCC can delve.

    I was into an FCC search a few years back for a false
    Mayday Radio Hoaxer.


    The FCC can trace an individual marine band radio right down to it's
    mounted location.

    They can also search an ISP right to the computer and keyboard the
    messages comes from.

    Scary? No....Protective? Yes. "You" (generic) got nothing to hide, then you
    have nothing to worry about.

    I'll trust the allied agencies I work with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elessar View Post
    I know for a fact how deep the FBI and FCC can delve.

    I was into an FCC search a few years back for a false
    Mayday Radio Hoaxer.


    The FCC can trace an individual marine band radio right down to it's
    mounted location.

    They can also search an ISP right to the computer and keyboard the
    messages comes from.

    Scary? No....Protective? Yes. "You" (generic) got nothing to hide, then you
    have nothing to worry about.

    I'll trust the allied agencies I work with.
    Yep.

    Triangulation works very well for radio broadcasts, and cell traffic too.

    Another thing that most people doing stupid things on the internet aren't aware of is that every computer (or phone, tablet, ipad, etc) has a MAC address embedded in it that is unique to every other device - just like the VIN on your car. So they'll go to a public hotspot and do their illegal activity, thinking they're anonymous. Nope, they're not and shortly afterwards there's a few guys in black suits knocking at the front door. It seems that particular MAC address is mostly used at your home.

    I agree with you, it doesn't bother me either because I'm not a pervert looking for kiddie porn or emailing Achmed in Lebanon about buying RPGs.
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    Default Here's another one

    This came from 1-202-000-1111:

    http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-202-000-1111/12

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    Just REJECT, and DO NOT ANSWER any calls you may get from Unfamiliar, Unknown numbers.

    If you have an answering machine. Just ask them to leave their phone number. THEY WON'T.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aboutime View Post
    Just REJECT, and DO NOT ANSWER any calls you may get from Unfamiliar, Unknown numbers.

    If you have an answering machine. Just ask them to leave their phone number. THEY WON'T.
    Aye...."I" do that...

    I post these as a warning to all.


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    Jennifer Soules wrote for The Republic 15 March 2015:
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    The Internal Revenue Service warns that unscrupulous tax preparers have told consumers to pay them directly instead of the federal government to settle potential fines assessed to those who don't have health insurance.

    Under the Affordable Care Act, uninsured residents who don't qualify for a coverage exemption are required to make a payment with their 2014 federal income tax return. The IRS has since received several reports of tax preparers instructing clients to make that payment, known as an individual shared responsibility payment, directly to the preparer.
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    From The New York Times 27 February 2016:
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    Someone from the I.R.S. had just phoned, she said, to say a warrant for her arrest had been issued for failure to pay back taxes. ...“I told her, ‘Listen, this is a scam. Don’t do anything they are telling you to do,’” Mr. Smalley said...

    ...Since October 2013, about 900,000 people have reported getting a call from an I.R.S. phone swindler, and not all of these people hung up unscathed, the Treasury Department reported in January. Officials estimated that 5,000 victims had parted with a total of more than $26 million.
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