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Thread: New scam..what is benefit of this?

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    New scam..what is benefit of this?

    Actually was on main page of Quiltboard with my iPad a little while ago, when pop-up said a "security issue in Safari browser--contact Apple support immediately!"...with 866 number. Funny, I was using Dolphin browser at the time, but could not delete the message. So I called the #..got "please hold for agent" after a cursory "your business appreciated". Waited thru 4 messages to continue holding before hanging up. Did a reverse search of the # on my PC and found it was listed as SPAM. Now tell me, somebody, how does this benefit the persons doing this? I have just since received 2 phone calls--one from Canada and no response to my "hello", the other "unknown caller" and nothing on the line at all. Well, the answering machine will get the rest of them! What kind of Phishing do you suppose this is?

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    I don't know the answer to your question but you should call you phone company to if you got charged and how much.
    I've heard this scam puts you on hold an charges you for the wait time big bucks. Don't ever respond to calls from 866 #.

    Oh, and as to the benefit this one I think takes money(or tries to) but most scams I believe feed sick minds who know they caused all the trouble to people.

    Hope this didn't happen to you. Good Luck.
    Last edited by selm; 09-04-2014 at 11:33 AM.
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    well if they don't want to mess up your computer they wanted your phone number. Did you see where fake cell towers were being found built somewhere. 17 were found so far? Stealing information from cell phone users. Grrrrrr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
    well if they don't want to mess up your computer they wanted your phone number. Did you see where fake cell towers were being found built somewhere. 17 were found so far? Stealing information from cell phone users. Grrrrrr.
    I just saw that on FB. Didn't anybody see them erecting the towers? They didn't just pop up out of the ground one night. I would think the city would notice and investigate, at least.

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    I would imagine the scam involves charging your phone account some premium rate, and keeping you on hold as long as possible to charge as much as possible.
    Contact your phone company to see if anything can be done.
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    A lot of times there's a virus attached to the message. You call the number listed and they tell you they will give you the "cure" for an exorbitant amount of money. The "virus is set to activate at a specific time and makes whatever system you're using unusable until you pay up. The only way to get past it is a hard reset/reload of your operating system. Sometimes even then that doesn't work and you're basically forces to buy a new one.

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    I was using a browser app on my iPad...DOLPHIN browser. I could not delete the message, so I uninstalled it. Funny it claimed a security breach by my SAFARI browser, but I wasn't using that one. The reverse phone search shows the # originating in U.S. I have digital phone service -- no long distance charges. Just puzzles me what they wanted to accomplish with the spam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mermaid View Post
    I was using a browser app on my iPad...DOLPHIN browser. I could not delete the message, so I uninstalled it. Funny it claimed a security breach by my SAFARI browser, but I wasn't using that one. The reverse phone search shows the # originating in U.S. I have digital phone service -- no long distance charges. Just puzzles me what they wanted to accomplish with the spam.
    You should Never, Never respond to such messages! You gave them access/permission to your phone # by calling the number, and you stated you knew it was (false) since it was not referring to the browser you were even using. Scammers are very good at what they do. We have to be very *proactive* to protect our information - that includes Never calling/responding to ads that are mysterious/unsolicited/threatening. What they accomplish when you call is access to a lot of information searchable through your phone records plus you verified the number for them, Which gives them access to use it. The scam, number, and information should be reported. You can do that on line. Visit the site of the (Attorney General) in your state there is a form to fill out to report the scam -- reporting helps protect you from future problems associated to this incident, it also helps the authorities track (and hopefully catch) these scams. Anytime you fall victim to a phone or internet scam take the time to report it.
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    Check your cell phone bill- these calls start at $9.99 a minute. And your provider will only take 1 or 2 of these off of your bill. And if you have a land line through your cable provider or Ma Bell they can also bill that, too. If you do not recognize the # DO NOT answer it-let voice mail get it. If its your child's school-or Drs office etc.. their names will come up. I never answer any 800 type calls.

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    we don't answer any unknown callers

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    No cell phone involved..no cable provider or Bell supplying my land line. I'm not in a panic..just reporting a new spam. Reporting to any authority would be a waste of time...they don't follow up spam reports. And that is what the reverse phone # search described it as???with others reporting as such. This is just a notice to Apple iPad, iPod, iPhone owners to be aware that such pop ups are spam and the Apple support # is not a 1-866 number. Appreciate all the advice re this post.

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    according to Google search, area code 866 is a toll free number so you don't pay, they do.
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    I let my answering machine get all my calls.

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    I got a pop up the other day with an android symbol on my kindle, saying that I had gotten a virus on my phone from looking at porn sites. Well, needless to say, I have not been on any porn sites. Yuck! It wanted me to click here to.take care of it. Not a chance!. We have to be very careful.

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    you don't get charged for 866#'s

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    some 800 numbers are not free.

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    I let my answering machine take calls from people I don't know. If you answer your phone they know it is a working phone and will call again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    I let my answering machine take calls from people I don't know. If you answer your phone they know it is a working phone and will call again.
    yeah, but if your answering machine answers, they also know it is a working phone!

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    I have had a phone callin UK, where I was told I had an insurance claim against me, by a my Green and they had a large fill on me. I was supposed the have been driving a vauxhall corsa in 2012 when the problem and case began.
    I have never owned a vauxhall corsa and in 2012 I was driving very little as t had a bone removed from my wrist in beginning of year and TVT operation later end. I was driving a Mercedes Benz. A class when I could which was very little.
    what should I do about this?
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