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New scam..what is benefit of this?

Old 09-04-2014, 11:21 AM
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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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Old 09-04-2014, 11:31 AM
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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.

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Old 09-04-2014, 01:10 PM
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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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Old 09-04-2014, 08:27 PM
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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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Old 09-04-2014, 09:55 PM
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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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Old 09-04-2014, 10:24 PM
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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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Old 09-05-2014, 01:16 AM
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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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Old 09-05-2014, 01:36 AM
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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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Old 09-05-2014, 02:21 AM
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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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