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    My PC has problems!

    Or so said the caller that just called this morning!

    I made sure the caller said that my WINDOWS operating system was having problems.

    True, my old computer did go deader than a doornail about two weeks ago - but it was a Mac!!!

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    DO NOT let them take over your computer. Take it back to whoever you bought it from if you actually are having problems. Those callers load some spyware and other stuff on your computer that you do not want or need on there.
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    I got a call this morning too. Microsoft supposedly. the lady had an Indian accent and wanted to help me with my computer problem. I simply told her I had no computer. She said thank you and hung up.

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    I've gotten the same call from Ted (yeah, right) and he knows I'm having computer problems. At least I think that's what he said, couldn't understand him. Knowing it's a scam, I went into a long story about my husband leaving me for his 18 year old girlfriend and taking the computer with him and if I give Ted his password would he please get me all the banking info so I could get some money. I rambled on for a good 3-4 minutes until Ted hung up on me LOL!!
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    I just tell them I don't have a computer...then start a rant about how evil computers are...had 2 calls, they both hung up! LOL

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    If you have caller ID on your phone and it is not a phone number you are familiar with or has the name on the teeny little screen and you are not familiar with the company don't answer the phone. PERIOD - PLAIN AND SIMPLE. Once that phone is answered, you have added your name to another outfit that wants to scam you or sell you itch free long underwear in Florida. I caught on when the FBI called me and told me that I was in trouble. Yah, right!!!!!! So, I just look at the screen, and if it is not familiar, I don't answer it. Also, too, you may note that if you let your phone ring and the answering machine turns on and they hang up - you did the right thing. Then if they say, "Mrs. So and So, this is the telephone company...........................................", or whatever, then you can pick up. I have gotten less calls since I just don't pick up the phone. It is worth it to have Caller ID in this day and age. Good luck to you. Edie
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    Quote Originally Posted by janRN View Post
    I've gotten the same call from Ted (yeah, right) and he knows I'm having computer problems. At least I think that's what he said, couldn't understand him. Knowing it's a scam, I went into a long story about my husband leaving me for his 18 year old girlfriend and taking the computer with him and if I give Ted his password would he please get me all the banking info so I could get some money. I rambled on for a good 3-4 minutes until Ted hung up on me LOL!!
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    We get a lot of calls saying that the Gas & Electric Co. gave them my number and I may qualify for a rebate if I have solar panels installed. This upset me to think my G&E company would give out my information and phone number, so I wrote them an e-mail stating such. I was assured they never give out customer information, ever! So if I do get one now, and they tell me the G&E Co. gave them my info, I tell them that is not a true statement and why ever would I make such a large financial investment with someone that starts off by lying to me. Then I hang up.

    Now I do what Edie does, it I do not recognize the number it does not get answered. If they want me they best leave a message. My daughter was traveling with a friend, her phone died so she texted me that she was using her friend's phone so to please answer the phone if she needed to call for some reason.

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    I told a guy once that I took my gun to my computer because it made me so mad and if the guy on the other end ever calls me again I'm going to hunt him down and he can look at the business end of it. He hung up but said he would let others know to put me on the "DO NOT CALL" LIST. LOL!!

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    For what it is worth - NATIONAL DO NOT CALL REGISTRY - 1-888-382-1222.

    Have a good evening. Edie
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    I am so confused. I don't know if I found a rope or lost my horse."

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    Two of you ladies have me ROFL this evening, tessagin and janRN. I can't think that fast on my feet. I am just glad that we now have caller ID, and if I don't recognize the number I let it go to the machine, then if I know who it is, I'll answer.
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    janRN & Tessigin....good ones!! When I have time, I love to mess with these guys. I act very interested in what they are trying to sell, ask lots of questions about it and say "just a minute I have to write that down" and when they finally move in for the kill, I say "I don't think so, since you were wasting my time, I thought I would waste some of yours. Have a great day, Bye." I always wish that I could see their face when I say that!!

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    I have been getting calls about medic-alert. When I ask for the information of who the referal is because it's a HIPPA thing they hang up or tell me its marketing and when I ask for marketing they put me on hold and then I get a busy signal. The calls are getting fewer and fewer. Just tell them you need the information for the government to investigate.

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    DO NOT continue with the conversation. Tell the person to go pound salt or whatever, but don't give them anything but the sound of you hanging up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by janRN View Post
    I've gotten the same call from Ted (yeah, right) and he knows I'm having computer problems. At least I think that's what he said, couldn't understand him. Knowing it's a scam, I went into a long story about my husband leaving me for his 18 year old girlfriend and taking the computer with him and if I give Ted his password would he please get me all the banking info so I could get some money. I rambled on for a good 3-4 minutes until Ted hung up on me LOL!!
    I HOPE that I am as COOL as you were if I get a call from TED !!!! Most likely i will tell him: WHAT DO YOU MEAN, I HAVE A MAC!! I really don't, I have a very old XP computer.
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    I got one too, I was told the "brain of my computer" was dying. I told him, Oh damn, I thought I was the only one in my house that was "brain dead". Bang went the receiver!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edie View Post
    For what it is worth - NATIONAL DO NOT CALL REGISTRY - 1-888-382-1222.

    Have a good evening. Edie

    Has anyone ever found this worth the effort to sign up? I have been signed up since '03 and still get calls by the dozens. They don't stop scams, political or donation solicitations. Best thing I have done is change my 44 yr old number for a new one and I am being careful of who I give it to. I can't get up and run to the phone as easily as I use to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nanOmint View Post
    Has anyone ever found this worth the effort to sign up? I have been signed up since '03 and still get calls by the dozens. They don't stop scams, political or donation solicitations. Best thing I have done is change my 44 yr old number for a new one and I am being careful of who I give it to. I can't get up and run to the phone as easily as I use to.
    I believe that both political and charitable solicitors are exempt from the do not call list. Scammers wouldn't honor a list. We have caller ID, and just got new phones that allow us to block up to 250 callers. I've had great fun entering all those numbers! In two weeks, we've gone from 10 -12 calls a day to maybe one or two!!

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    If I have time I give the caller all the time needed to give me their spill and then at the end say my house is for sale, are you calling about my house?
    It's scary that so many must be falling for these scams to keep them in business.
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    We get calls like that and my husband asks for the man's name, then tells him he will get his supervisor since this is a government computer. They hang up immediately and only called back once more after that.
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    On Friday I got yet another "Windows" call. I started out sounding so excited that someone was finally going to fix my windows, it's been broken a long time. As the call went on, I went into "crying" mode and told him that they called me and always promised to fix my windows and no one ever came to do it and I am really upset that they promise me" and on and on. After about five minutes of pretend crying and wailing, I told him I had to hang up. My daughter and I were laughing hysterically when the phone rang again. She answered and it was them again. Same guy, concerned (so he said) because I was so upset and crying. My daughter gave him what for for upsetting me and told him I was so bad she was going to have to medicate me. He told her she really needed to get me to a doctor, I needed help. We haven't had a good belly laugh like that in years! I just love to mess with their heads!
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    You are so right, Edie. I keep telling my 84 year old neighbor NOT to answer the phone, then she'll argue with the caller about why she can't afford their services. I got her out of an AT&T contract when her bill doubled and I found out someone had talked her into a "better deal". I saw they were billing her for internet and she didn't even have a computer. These calls should be against the law.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janRN View Post
    I've gotten the same call from Ted (yeah, right) and he knows I'm having computer problems. At least I think that's what he said, couldn't understand him. Knowing it's a scam, I went into a long story about my husband leaving me for his 18 year old girlfriend and taking the computer with him and if I give Ted his password would he please get me all the banking info so I could get some money. I rambled on for a good 3-4 minutes until Ted hung up on me LOL!!
    My husband will tell them the last time he touched a computer was when he was in college (70s) and took computer programming and he doesn't touch mine, doesn't even turn it on. Then he asks if they still use punch cards to input information. That pretty much ends the converstation.

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