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Thread: 2 New Scams to be aware of - Microsoft and IRS

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    2 New Scams to be aware of - Microsoft and IRS

    I just read about 2 new phishing scams that are out there.

    They seem to be done similarly....phone caller says they are from Microsoft Tech support and try to get you to give them access to your computer.

    The IRS one sounds pretty convincing too. They say you owe on back taxes. The police are coming and you or your spouse will be arrested if not paid...guess they sometimes send followup emails too.

    I read this on CNet - so you can look it up yourself. Just want to share so please don't agee to anything...get a call back number and then call the right place and ask about it.

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    The IRS will never call you to tell you that you owe taxes. They also will not ask you to pay over the phone. They always send a letter. Sometimes several, if you do not respond. There would come a time when they send a registered letter, as they want a paper trail to document their process. But, that is why we retain a good accountant, to take of these things.
    Microsoft will not call you either. It is hard enough to get them on the phone when you do need help, so them calling you out of the blue, is pretty slim. I got the call last week. I told them my kitchen window always sticks, so they need to come out and fix it. Confused the not-so-good-English-speaking man on the other end of the line. Lol, every time he said it was about my Windows computer, I would say my computer is fine, it's my kitchen window that I had a problem with. Finally told him that I liked fruit, that is why that silver box had an apple on it. He hung up.
    Unfortunately, they only need one person to take the scam and either give them a credit card or open their computer and give these slime balls access to that computer. The elderly seem to be taken easily.

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    I had the "microsoft tech support" call several times a day. They would start at about 9PM and call throughout the night. When the call comes thru caller ID identifies it as anonymous. I reported the number to the FCC
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    The IRS scam was on the news last night. These callers are targeting businesses owned and employing non-American born and or illegals. And by the way the real IRS do call. I inherited an IRS tax lien. The threatening calls started 2 days after my husband passed. They said they were going to take my home-all the furnishings and my vehicle and 2/3 rds of my disability. I talked with a tax attorney and he said they can not do any of these things and he sent me forms to fill out with instructions on how to file them. It boiled down too-It was not my debt and I am the injured widowed spouse.But I no longer hear from them ghouls.

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    Also one locallly that says they are from the local light and water company and you are in arrears on your bill, but if you give them your credit card number you can avoid being turned off immediately. NEVER give financial info over the phone unless you initiate the call.

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    I got a call from "Microsoft tech support" my dh picked up the phone and then I piked up the phone I heard what they were saying and I yelled into the phone scam scam scam and we hung up.It was in thanks to someone here on the board I had read it the the day before. So thanks to the person who posted it.

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    I've also been getting the emails from "traffic court" in another state. I haven't been out of Alabama for at least 3 years now, and these emails say that I owe for recent tolls not paid in New Jersey, and I've never been to New Jersey!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bneighbor View Post
    The IRS will never call you to tell you that you owe taxes. They also will not ask you to pay over the phone. They always send a letter. Sometimes several, if you do not respond. There would come a time when they send a registered letter, as they want a paper trail to document their process. But, that is why we retain a good accountant, to take of these things.
    Microsoft will not call you either. It is hard enough to get them on the phone when you do need help, so them calling you out of the blue, is pretty slim. I got the call last week. I told them my kitchen window always sticks, so they need to come out and fix it. Confused the not-so-good-English-speaking man on the other end of the line. Lol, every time he said it was about my Windows computer, I would say my computer is fine, it's my kitchen window that I had a problem with. Finally told him that I liked fruit, that is why that silver box had an apple on it. He hung up.
    Unfortunately, they only need one person to take the scam and either give them a credit card or open their computer and give these slime balls access to that computer. The elderly seem to be taken easily.
    Love your answer! I may have to borrow that the next time I get called!
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    Ditto what she said. I've gotten same emails and send them to the trash bin. Don't even open the email just send to the trash bin. Often if you open it can be a virus.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bneighbor View Post
    The IRS will never call you to tell you that you owe taxes. They also will not ask you to pay over the phone. They always send a letter. Sometimes several, if you do not respond. There would come a time when they send a registered letter, as they want a paper trail to document their process. But, that is why we retain a good accountant, to take of these things.
    Microsoft will not call you either. It is hard enough to get them on the phone when you do need help, so them calling you out of the blue, is pretty slim. I got the call last week. I told them my kitchen window always sticks, so they need to come out and fix it. Confused the not-so-good-English-speaking man on the other end of the line. Lol, every time he said it was about my Windows computer, I would say my computer is fine, it's my kitchen window that I had a problem with. Finally told him that I liked fruit, that is why that silver box had an apple on it. He hung up.
    Unfortunately, they only need one person to take the scam and either give them a credit card or open their computer and give these slime balls access to that computer. The elderly seem to be taken easily.

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    I literally just got off the phone with the Microsoft scam. I told the guy it was a BS phone
    call, plus, it was not even 9 am so by law he shouldn't be calling my home....he mumbled something and hung up
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    I got a Microsoft tech support call telling me that the last time I was online, that my computer had sent a "request for update" signal, and for $149 they would immediately send the "required" patch. I let him tell me all the reasons why I " must" have the patch right away, and " If I delay accepting, the price would be nearly double". When he had stated all his reasons why I had to hurry, (I let him talk for nearly five minutes), I giggled and informed him that I had a Mac, and it would never send a message to Microsoft! Once they start finding you a real "time waster" they stop calling you. I used to do phone sales and nothing is more irritating than a time waster! Lol!
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    I got the call from IRS Heather and it was a recording. She left a number and so for giggles I called it back. This mail box is full! Imagine that! Then Steve from the IRS called and he could barely speak English. Another recording, call the number and again the mail box was full. I wonder why they bother since you can't seem to reach anyone. For the scam to work don't they need to talk to you??? Stupid criminals.
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    I just got a new one on Facebook I want to warn you about. If you get a Facebook friend request, from someone you know is already a friend, it is a scam, your 'new' friend will tell you about getting a large sum of money from Mark Zuckerberg and UPS and all they say you have to do is 'friend' some one who has a page full of stolen pictures of previous prize winners, but if you look closely some of the pictures are publishers clearinghouse winners! Report them to Facebook! Do not friend the other page!
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