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Scam Call Warning
updated: Apr 08, 2014, 2:28 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

Scam Computer callers from Virginia. They want information regarding your computer. DON"T give any information to them. HANG UP. If you have caller ID this is the number that came on my caller ID 703-809-3482 I did some research found that it is a landline but not listed to anyone. Last year the call came from Washington .D.C. I notified the SBSO they phoned the number it was really from INDIA. using a U.S.A. number. Boy! these scammers really know how to do. Let me say I said a few choice words to them before I hung up.

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 COMMENT 509564 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-08 02:53 PM

Yes, got that same call last year--my wife's brother has the same area code, so I answered. It was pretty obvious that the fellow was in (or from) India--I was at the computer so pretended to follow his instructions while giving the 'wrong' answers. When he began to get really frustrated, I got tired of the game and hung up.


 COMMENT 509569P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-08 03:06 PM

Likewise this morning. Caller mumbled and said he was reporting a problem on my computer and needed to ask some questions. I asked who he was with and he said, "Windows, your operating system." Oops. I asked what company, and he said something unintelligible, but it sure wasn't "Microsoft." Obviously from a hectic call center and a heavy Indian accent. Told him it sounded like a scam call and hung up. Caller ID showed the name Reynolds and a 732 phone number.


 COMMENT 509596P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-08 04:09 PM

Just got the same scam call this afternoon and hung up on him.


 COMMENT 509603 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-08 04:25 PM

yes I got a call like that a few weeks ago. I told him I would call him back and asked for a call back number. I repoted it to the police. Dont know what happened after that. Told me there was a problem with my computer and they were calling from Windows technical dept.


 COMMENT 509613 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-08 04:49 PM

They aren't really in Virginia. They're mostly calling from overseas via dirt cheap VoIP.


 COMMENT 509625 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-08 05:18 PM

I don't have Caller ID but got a similar call recently. I lied and told him that I do not own a computer and he hung up rather quickly.


 COMMENT 509627 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-08 05:32 PM

And are we sure that Microsoft wouldn't hire a call center from India?

This does sound like a scam, I wouldn't give out any information either, but lots of US companies outsource services.


 COMMENT 509628 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-08 05:34 PM

I get half a dozen calls A WEEK from these East Indian "Microsoft" scammers. I used to have fun with them--talking nonsense, telling them I only used my computer to access porn, etc.--but they never react, so that took the fun out of it. Now I just tell them they're mistaken and hang up. One time I asked, "Are there any people left who are so stupid that they fall for this?" and the Indian guy said, "oh, yes."


 COMMENT 509631P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-08 05:55 PM

Plug that number into google, and there are 50,000 results.


 COMMENT 509637 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-08 06:45 PM

Yes ! I must have received 10+ calls from these scammers. They have been calling for months. Once I got the drift of what they were doing I play with them, holding them on the line, pretending to type in the codes they are requesting. It's always the same opening line, telling me that viruses are attacking microsoft windows on my computer.
Last call, about a week ago, caller said he had the id numbers from my computer and wanted to make sure they were correct. After questioning everything he said, including computer ID # he started swearing at me. Real nice bunch !
But I must admit I do enjoy messing with them. Husband just shakes his head !


 COMMENT 509641 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-08 07:16 PM

I tell them, nice try d00d, but I have an iPad.


 COMMENT 509680 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-09 07:29 AM

Multiple "scam" calls like this are why I bought a Digitone Call Blocker online from Amazon. It can block up to 1500 numbers.


 COMMENT 509742 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-09 08:48 AM

My son and I make a game of torturing these callers. We talk in fake accents and keep luring them to believe we're going to give them info. We make all kinds of disturbing crazy sounds, like we're beating the dog (a foam noodle on a sofa cushion) with screaming, to see if they'll hang up or react. They don't. All conversations lead to a question, like how big is your nose? Or how long are your feet? And, if they answer, bonus points! And a hang up. We actually get excited when these scammers call. Another victim!


 COMMENT 509743 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-09 08:50 AM

Oh, and it's called the AAMMY scam. Check out the YouTube videos.


 COMMENT 509763 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-09 09:35 AM

We get appx. 20 hangup calls a day on unlisted #, we just let the machine pick up to screen calls otherwise we'd be constantly running for the phone, one even tries to get the phone to call them back, i put a dialout stop on it with cox, we now get to listen to dialtones (instead of being charged for calls we're not making) or if you'd like to make a call recordings all day long, so crazy, when will it stop!!!!


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-09 09:51 AM

763, We get hang-ups too; we have the ringer turned off and just return calls when we feel like talking (no cells either). Also, the phone rings quite a few times before the machine kicks in, that gets rid of many robo calls as they run out of patience.


 COMMENT 509774 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-09 09:55 AM

I do computer repair for a living. I happened to be at a clients when she got one of those calls. I told her to "hang up , it's a scam". She kept the caller on the line. It was a woman from India as well. When the caller asked to take remote control of the PC, my client told the caller she "I have someone her helping with the computer" & handed the phone to me. I played along, she had me open event viewer in control panel to show me all the "errors" no my PC. She tried to pitch me on their bogus software that would fix all that. I then "let her have it", explaining that those "errors" are a normal occurance in Windows & she should find an honest job. The moral of the story is: DON'T FALL FOR THIS.


 COMMENT 509810 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-09 11:20 AM

My husband got the Windows call and unfortunately almost fell for it. At the point where the scammer asked him to set up remote viewing so she could "see" what was on his screen, he wised up and got rid of her. We must have "sucker" coding our number now, as we have gotten several calls from them since.


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