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Old 10-14-2014, 11:00 AM   #29
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I have my 'landline' using a company called Ooma. Similar to Vonage. Great service if you have cable to the house. Best part is that they have custom Blacklists. Open up your account on their website, look at the call logs. Anything I see that shows no message I mark as spam/junk/crap and the next time they call I never hear it. Caller gets a message that the number is disconnected. I check it about once a week. Five minutes and I am done. Really helpful in election season

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Old 10-14-2014, 11:08 AM   #30
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I hate to admit this but I fell for the "Microsoft Bug" scam about three years ago. After about 15 minute they were inside my computer. Boy was that ever scary, seeing my mouse move and I was not the one moving it. Then they started asking for money to fix what I considered a non problem. That is when I realized that I had been had. I hung up, but it took about a week to get my computer sorted out and back to normal. They still call 3 or 4 times a year.


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Old 10-14-2014, 11:26 AM   #31
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There also lots of scams on internet that you have things that need fixed scan computer then want you to pur. program to fix numerous prob. found then you will have many virus & other if you pur. It has turned up with aol serv. that wife uses. I use gmail have not had a solicitation such as this.
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Old 10-14-2014, 05:14 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by Ag&Au View Post
I have not yet heard of one of these scams that has left a voice mail with a call back number.
Actually, there is one (maybe more) that depends on their call going to voice mail. If it doesn't, they plead a wrong number. This particular company claims to be a collection agency which is tired of being ignored, and this is their last call before they sue you. Naturally, they leave a call back number.

We had a voice mail from this outfit, and since we don't owe anybody any money, my first thought was don't call them back, do a little internet research first. Turns out leaving a voice mail is the first part of their selection process; anybody who calls them back is assumed to have sucker potential.
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Old 10-14-2014, 05:41 PM   #33
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Heck, I believe there is a scam on this very page of Air Forums. The ad says "Important Message A required driver is missing Fix Now" Press that button and watch the malware invade your PC.


If you are seeing something like this. I encourage you to go to and download their free malware checker. It's pretty good at finding and removing everyday malware and tracking cookies.
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Old 10-14-2014, 06:04 PM   #34
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Thanks Janet. I was infected with a malware I believe I picked up on a Canon camera website looking for the software for my new camera. I purchased webroot which seems to be effective so far. Thanks for the tip on free malwarebyutes.

Scams are a costly nuisance. They have been around forever, e.g. snake oil or Florida land. We just got to be careful.

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Old 10-14-2014, 07:01 PM   #35
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Originally Posted by Ag&Au View Post
First of all if you can afford a computer and internet connection, I'm sure you have or can afford voicemail or an answering machine and caller ID. So make sure you have it and know how to use it.

This is the key:
NEVER NEVER NEVER....etc answer the phone, if you do not absolutely know who is calling.

If it is important they will leave a voice message.

Not only will you avoid nearly all of this, you will gain back the time you would have wasted dealing with crooks.

I have not yet heard of one of these scams that has left a voicemail with a call back number. Further more if they did, this gives you time to think and research if necessary before getting sucked in.

If everyone acted this way, these annoying Robo calls would go away.

I just get pure T aggravated at the sheer number of calls. I don't pay for a free advertising line into my house. So out it went and the hell with the local phone company!


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