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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 02-19-2016, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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Yesterday Val received a call from a guy with a heavy East Indian accent claiming to be from Immigration Canada. He asked if he was speaking to her by name. (Yes.)

Then he said that they had received a formal complaint about her. Since her passport is presently being renewed, she thought this might be true, but had no idea why.

Then he asked if she had spoken to any foreign government office recently by telephone. (No.)

Then he asked if she or her husband, who's name he knew, were born in Bosnia. (No.)

What he evidently did not know is that her husband had passed away nearly 7 years ago.

At this point I realized she was getting some kind of scam call, so I said to her ask who this guy is.

She then said "Who are you?" To which he replied, "You can hang up now if you want." So she did. Apparently they don't train these jerks to answer any questions.

I checked the number from her cell phone, and it was the National office of the RCMP. Hmmmmm...wonder what this is all about.

I called the number right away and had to leave a message. It was indeed the RCMP.

Then I called the local RCMP office to report the scam call, and the gal there was very helpful. She said there have been a number of these type of calls being made over the past couple of months, mostly claiming to be from Revenue Canada or Immigration. The calls usually end up asking for either your personal information, which presumably will result in identity theft, or money in the case of Revenue Canada. They give you another number to call to arrange to make the "Overdue payment" to Revenue Canada, which of course does not really exist.

They also claim to be a bank, or credit card company (can't remember the others they use) but in all cases they are after money one way or another.

If you get such a call, phone your local RCMP detachment right away. They will give you a number to call to report the scam call to. That number will also give you a website which you can type out a detailed report of the call. The information then gets passed along to the appropriate party, either the police, bank, credit card company and so on.

Today Val received a return call from the RCMP in Ottawa (legitimate this time) and after properly identifying himself, the fellow said "Did you give them any personal information?" No. That's good he said and then proceeded to tell her about several such scams being perpetrated at the moment.

Some of the calls include threats of your arrest if you don't comply, and he said that's NEVER going to happen, so don't fall for it.

He also said it is surprisingly easy for them to route their calls through any number they want. The RCMP are trying to put a stop to this - of course - as he said they are getting dozens of calls every day in this regard.

OK, fess up...which one of you clowns stole my sig? It was right here a second ago.
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these scrores know no bounds...
pike the ones caught anf others will be reluctant to pull these stunts...

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It's best not to call the RCMP if you live here . I had a false alarm on my home alarm system when a sensor went rogue , and the lady in the RCMPs detachments dispatch asked me why I had an alarm system in my house?
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I keep getting calls from someone with a thick east Indian accent telling me he's from Microsoft. Same idea, trying to mine information. To my knowledge Microsoft has never just phoned someone out of the blue to tell them there is a problem with their computer. In fact, Microsoft has released so many versions of operating systems they knew had faults I'm sure they don't give a rat's ass if you're having problems with your computer.

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I keep getting calls from someone with a thick east Indian accent telling me he's from Microsoft. Same idea, trying to mine information. To my knowledge Microsoft has never just phoned someone out of the blue to tell them there is a problem with their computer. In fact, Microsoft has released so many versions of operating systems they knew had faults I'm sure they don't give a rat's ass if you're having problems with your computer.
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My 90yr old Mom gets these all the time. Fortunately she still has her wits about her and just hangs up on them. But, I know there sure are a lot of gullible people in the world... it's sad that these scum have to play on people's trusting nature.

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I keep getting calls from someone with a thick east Indian accent telling me he's from Microsoft. Same idea, trying to mine information. To my knowledge Microsoft has never just phoned someone out of the blue to tell them there is a problem with their computer. In fact, Microsoft has released so many versions of operating systems they knew had faults I'm sure they don't give a rat's ass if you're having problems with your computer.
On the rare occasion I answer a number I don't recognize, and because I'm a geek and can pull it off, I answer, "IT Department".

When he begins to tell me about the Microsoft issue and what they've detected I remind him that he's reached the IT Department and we've not been compromised in any way, shape, form, or fashion.

But I keep them on the line just playing with them for a minute and then will say, "Can we talk for at least 30 more seconds?" They usually ask why and I say, "That's how much longer my guy needs for the trace on this call to be complete."

Without exception they hang up immediately. I just laugh and go on about my day.

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I got a call from Nissan recently, trying to sell me an extended warrantee on our Murano.....
I said, "if you are really calling from Nissan, wouldn't you know we purchased an
extended warantee when we bought the car ?" ..... He hung up...
I can't resist having some fun with these people.... When "Microsoft" calls and says
there's a problem with our computer, I ask "which one ?...we have 7 running right now" ... They hang up...
Or you ask, "why is Microsoft concerned about my Apple computer ?" ....
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My son in law tells them they've called a 911 phone line and that they can be prosecuted for tying the line up. He says some of them get pretty nervous after he strings them along for a bit.

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Its a world-wide problem, and here in SA we are plagued by the Microsoft scam, amongst many others - sadly we have a large unsophisticated section of the population who are easily duped by these unscrupulous vermin. My wife and I vie with each other as to who can frustrate and string them along the longest, before telling them some truths about themselves. I would have thought by now that our number would be flagged as a "no go", but they keep trying.
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