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Scam from jerks claiming to be Apple CS
#1  OtinG 11-30-2019, 02:35 PM
Just beware there is a phone scam going on where you get a call claiming to be from Apple CS saying your iCloud account was compromised and you need to call them at a number they list. It of course is a data mining scam, and a very annoying one. I’ve received four calls like this since Black Friday. I quickly block each phone number but they call again using another number, all of which are likely faked numbers anyway. I hope Apple throws their corporate weight around and goes after the company doing this. I saw one internet article that says it is a company trying to scare you into buying their security services. If so Apple should be able to go after them via their lawyers.
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#2  ilovejedd 11-30-2019, 02:45 PM
Yeah, my mom's gotten several of these calls over the last year. Good thing is she always leaves calls from unknown numbers to voicemail and checks with me first.

My parents have also received several calls from people claiming to be from Social Security or the IRS. Something to be wary of as we're nearing tax season.
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#3  Deskisamess 11-30-2019, 02:47 PM
We get those calls, and calls about Windows being corrupted. We no longer answer any calls from numbers not in our contacts. Important calls leave voice mail.

Lately we've been getting car warranty calls, they always leave voice mail, and several have left voice mails in Chinese or Mandarin. I drive a 2005, he drives a 2011.

The call spoofing is terrible...my husband gets them for 417 and I get them for 704, both are the first 3 digits of our numbers. He gets multiple spoof calls every day, I get a few a week.
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#4  pwalker8 11-30-2019, 03:46 PM
Odds are pretty good that this kind of fraudulent activity is actually based outside the US. Even the small percentage that are based inside the US are likely small fly by night groups that are active for a month, then close up shop and open under a new name.

Some of these scams are actually two tier, in addition to trying to get your financial information, they also forward to a 1-900 number if you press the button to either talk to a "customer service rep" or get off the call list, so you are charged for each minute you are on the phone. Since it's an international 1-900 call, the local phone enforces the charge even if it's fraud because the way international calls work.
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#5  OtinG 11-30-2019, 05:01 PM
I never answer calls from unknown numbers. I block those numbers as soon as they occur. If they leave a recorded message and I recognize they are legitimate, then I unblock them. These scam calls have all left messages. Thankfully with my iPhone XR I can read the transcription, immediately see it is a scam, delete the message and leave the number blocked. I agree that most of these scams are likely from foreign sources/locations.

The most prevalent annoying calls I get these days are from people wanting to buy my house for pennies on the dollar—not gonna happen! I even get texts from many of them. They get a nasty text sent back in return. Unfortunately I get a lot of snail mail from them too. These probably don’t qualify as scams, but it won’t end well for those who take them up on their lowball offers.
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#6  haertig 12-01-2019, 03:00 AM
My mom - who is 90 - got a call telling her that her Windows computer had been compromised and they could help her fix it. Her response? "I run Linux, you idiot." And she hung up. Way to go mom!
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#7  Uncle Robin 12-01-2019, 03:27 AM
Quote OtinG
Just beware there is a phone scam going on where you get a call claiming to be from Apple CS saying your iCloud account was compromised and you need to call them at a number they list.
I got this by SMS yesterday. As someone who's rabidly allergic to the idea of ever using any Apple products, hardware or software, it made me smile.
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#8  lazyreadr 12-01-2019, 09:21 AM
There seems to be 100 variations of this type of fishing. It is usually only dangerous when a well targetted variant arrives.

For both landline and cellphone I have unknown numbers go immediately without ringtone to the answering machine. If it is a legitimate new caller they can use the box and I call back.

Typically scammers rarely bother to leave a message and this way they did at least not disturb me at an unconvenient time.
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#9  OtinG 12-01-2019, 10:28 AM
Quote Uncle Robin
I got this by SMS yesterday. As someone who's rabidly allergic to the idea of ever using any Apple products, hardware or software, it made me smile.
The irony of your statement is that we Apple users are far less likely to have a real issue with data breaching, as opposed to Google users who can pretty much be assured that Google itself will data mine their devices and apps and sell it to the highest bidder. That is why know these are scams, because Apple's walled garden works and they are not evil to the core like Google, Facebook, etc. MS isn’t evil, but they are very sloppy and stupid. So chuckle all you want to my friend, while bad guys read through all of your personal data and transactions.
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#10  Uncle Robin 12-01-2019, 12:31 PM
Quote OtinG
The irony of your statement is that we Apple users are far less likely to have a real issue with data breaching, as opposed to Google users who can pretty much be assured that Google itself will data mine their devices and apps and sell it to the highest bidder. That is why know these are scams, because Apple's walled garden works and they are not evil to the core like Google, Facebook, etc. MS isn’t evil, but they are very sloppy and stupid. So chuckle all you want to my friend, while bad guys read through all of your personal data and transactions.
Thanks for the entertaining diatribe - the cause of my amusement at receiving the scam SMS was simply the poor aim of the phishers, nothing more.
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