Re: phone scams

Carolyn Arnold

I got one one time that said my Social Security was compromised and had ceased. I said with a drawal, "okay." Then I hung up.

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From: [] On Behalf Of Charles Adkins
Sent: Saturday, September 10, 2022 12:48 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] phone scams

I got an automated call from a company calling themselves AEP account management, telling me my power was going to be disconnected in 45 minutes because of non payment. If I disagreeed with this finding I was told to press 1. So, just because, I pressed 1 and was put in touch with a gentlemen who told me my account was 2 payments behind. He wanted my account number. I told him well if you know my account is two payments behind you already have my account number right? After a long pause I asked him if he really was from American Electric Power, he actually said yes. I could hear other phoneers in the backround. I hung up and called American Electric Power and reported the call in great detail. I never take calls that I don't recognize but this call actually said American Electric Power.

On Sep 10, 2022, at 12:33 PM, Sharon S <koala@...> wrote:

Hi, the best one I have heard was the guy pretending to be a cop at a murder scene and asking the caller all sorts of questions about how he knows the person and other things like that. I love listening to those sorts of things to see how far you can push them.

My uncle used to have his computer set up so there was a partition where he could give someone access to his computer, but they couldn’t do anything to damage it. He used to have fun with the callers who say there is something wrong with the computer. He would pretend he knew nothing about things on his computer and could drag it out quite a bit. He figured the longer he had them on the line the less time they have to scam other people. My uncle was really good on computers and did some programming work in the past, so he knew exactly what was happening.

From Shaz.

Canberra, Australia.

I don’t suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute.

From: <> On Behalf Of Marda
Sent: Thursday, 8 September 2022 11:40 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] phone scams

Yeah you can really have fun with them. A friend sent me some videos of this guy impersonating a naive elderly person and it was pretty funny how he totally confuse them and first played along with them and then revealed that he knew exactly what they were doing. I know ppeople can be pretty creative with them.


On 9/7/2022 3:57 PM, chris judge wrote:

Sometimes, if I’m not busy I’ll answer them just to have a bit of fun. Ones imagination knows no limits.

Chris Judge


From: <> <> <> On Behalf Of Marda
Sent: September 6, 2022 11:54 PM
To: <>
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] phone scams

They have been doing that in my area for quite awhile. They think people will be more likely to answer a number if it's a local one like with the same area code. I never answer an unrecognized number. I do check voicemail when I get a call so if they leave a message and I get it and decide to call back but I won't answer the initial call because that lets the scammer know the number is legitimate and working and they won't delete it from their list and will keep calling. I've got this one that has an unintelligible item on the caller id and they may do it for many months or even years but they never leave a message. If it was important enough the person would leave one. It's a shame we have to do that but it's like email. Unless I recognize the address or at least when I check I find out it's legitimate (like by going to the company's actual website) I don't open email and I never open attachments unless it's something I'm expecting. I also never open links unless I know the address or link is legitimate because I know someone who got malware by clicking on a link in an email that he thought was from someone we knew but it put malware on his computer and he had to do a whole new install of windows and jaws and all his software. He had a lot of stuff and it took him a couple of days. I don't know enough about the mechanics of everything to do what procedures he used but it was very involved and this was someone who is a programmer and knows what he's doing but he has a medical condition that supposedly this person sent him an article on and he let his guard down and didn't check out the email address or web link because he recognized the person's name. It really makes me angry seeing how they do it and it's not just senior citizens though there's a lot of publicity about how they are targeted but it happens a lot with younger people too.

MardaI know people who have gotten malware because they

On 9/6/2022 6:09 PM, Monte Single wrote:

In the last month or so, I have noticed a new approach by phone scammers.

My phone announces the number of an incoming call, I guess that’s called call display, ha ha.

These number are local numbers, so I think they are coming from someone in my home area. But they are scams.

Beware amigos!

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