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    A new to me scam . . . .

    I just received a phone call from a guy claiming to be my grandson and that he is in trouble and needs money.
    Well, I knew it was not my grandson because he always calls me grandpa and I know his voice.
    I called my son, his father because I knew they are working together.

    If you get a call like this, blow a police whistle into the phone and hang up.

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    This is an old one.

    My response was to have a bit of fun. It ended with me laughing and the guy on the other end swearing profusely at me.

    jtk
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Koepke View Post
    This is an old one.

    My response was to have a bit of fun. It ended with me laughing and the guy on the other end swearing profusely at me.

    jtk
    I have been known to say "excuse me, can you hold on for a second" and then go do something else for a half hour or so. Every time when I return we have somehow lost the connection... Might waste a lot of the spammer's time so he can't get as many calls in that day.

    Years ago I had my phone number in my dog's name (cheaper than an unlisted number). This way I always knew when a caller addressed me by or asked for Mr. Maxwell it was a call I didn't need. But one day a poor soul called, said he'd been calling every Maxwell in every town he could, looking for his estranged son. I finally had to tell him the name in the book was fabricated, I knew no Maxwells, and the only help I could give him was wish him luck.

    JKJ

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    My Aunt got taken by this scam several years ago. To her credit, she went to the local newspaper and they did an article about it. She risked ridicule I suppose because some may have thought she was a sucker. I admire her going public so that others would not be scammed. To often, older folks who get scammed are too embarrassed to tell anyone which can lead to more scamming.

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    My BIL is ALWAYS getting stupid calls, the IRS is going to arrest him, his Social Security account is being locked, and one of my favorites, the 'holes that search the auto databases and relentlessly call owners who's warranty's are about to expire, WARNING them they MUST buy an extended warranty RIGHT NOW or face certain financial ruin when the engine blows up or the transmission falls out... He was answering one of the warranty calls one day, I didn't know who he was talking to but I was a bit concerned at first...

    His phone rings: " hello--"
    about 5 seconds later: "oh, no..."
    about 8 seconds later: "oh, NO..."
    another 8 seconds later: "Oh, NO!"
    and then a final "OH, NOOO!!!"

    and then he smiles and says- "they hung up!"

    that cracked me up! It was then he told me it was a warranty call. He's done the oh no! thing ever since, and it's never failed!

    (since google don't know my cellphone number, I don't get scam calls, or I'd try it myself )
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    one of my favorites, the 'holes that search the auto databases and relentlessly call owners who's warranty's are about to expire, WARNING them they MUST buy an extended warranty RIGHT NOW or face certain financial ruin when the engine blows up or the transmission falls out...
    To what database are you referring?

    Our car was purchased at least second hand. It is a 2001 model and has over 200K miles.

    We still get calls from people saying it is about to go out of warrantee. My response is usually, "you mean that last repair should have been paid by warrantee?"

    That is usually followed by a "click," as in someone hanging up the phone on the calling end. We haven't gotten one of them in a while.

    Now it is someone claiming to be from Marriot and we have been chosen…

    jtk
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    Well over 10 years ago my Mom got this call. She didn't have the money but my brother did. $500 was wired to a Walmart in Canada where a guy claiming to be my youngest son was supposedly in jail.
    Ken

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Koepke View Post
    To what database are you referring?
    Vehicle registrations are generally "out there" if one knows where to look. But the majority of the vehicle "extended warranty" calls are randomly generated by robo-callers...they have no idea what you own. Now the mailings...those are often derived from the databases that are somewhat in the public domain as I noted already.
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    I had someone call me from"Microsoft" one day. I killed about ten minutes with the guy, pretending to follow his instructions. When he said "hit any key" I said I didn't have an " any" key. ( I think I learned this from Homer Simpson). Then I said, my computer is an Apple. He hung up.

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    As of today, not only has my SS account been compromised, but the DEA is also after me. Of course caller hung up when I answered "Special agent Wrenn, fraud division, how may I," CLICK! Apparently I wasn't the Wrenn they were looking for. In the background you could hear many voices also making same call.

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    Sir, you posted one year ago about this same scam...

    Quote Originally Posted by lowell holmes View Post
    I just received a phone call from a guy claiming to be my grandson and that he is in trouble and needs money.
    Well, I knew it was not my grandson because he always calls me grandpa and I know his voice.
    I called my son, his father because I knew they are working together.

    If you get a call like this, blow a police whistle into the phone and hang up.

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    I would think the best thing to waste their time is to say oh no several times then ask what walmart or money gram office to send the money to. tell them you have to hang up and go send the money right now. Let them hang around the money office waiting to be paid and waste their time without you having to waste yours.
    Bill D.

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    Last one I had they said "Hello, Can we speak to Mrs Sheldrake"

    I replied "Sure I'll call her as she is at the other end of the house....pause...while we are waiting though, I don't suppose you have any ideas about getting rid of a body only the wood chipper made a hell of a mess last time and it took weeks to get the floor clean"

    Never called me back.....
    You did what !

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    My favorite greeting for scam calls is, "Go ahead, caller! You're on the air!" Usually ends the call pretty quickly.
    Jason

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    Wish my Grandson would call but he is only 11 months old so I don't think he knows how.

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