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    This isn't by phone or email but last week I was on a web site where I could listen to a radio station and the music stopped. I went to the site (normally there's nothing to see there, or there are ads which I wouldn't be seeing) and the normal appearance of the site had been replaced by a message that my McAfee protection had expired and to download the software now. Which I didn't.

    I have to wonder if this is related to why I couldn't find my virus protection this morning. No logo where it was supposed to be, McAfee Virtual Technician was the only thing that worked and it couldn't find any McAfee software. When I contacted McAfee tech support and they had to fix something unrelated on my computer to do something else, I had to restart the computer. All of a sudden the McAfee logo was back.

    Since no one at the radio station would contact me to tell me who to tell about this when I told them, the site is securesystems.net.

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    I heard from the radio station. The manager was willing to try to help me.

    I just got the call from the company I paid for technical support, which must refund the money since they're going out of business. There was an 800 number but she was going so fast I couldn't hear it.

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    I ran into these videos on You Tube. They're by some guys who usually hassle scam callers, but in this set of videos they find someone who admits what is going on and wants out. They convince him to quit and are now working to help him start a new life:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42so6wwJhnA

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QltEK0RuDag

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvZ3xUJ_D7U

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJjg_geN7-M

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVePz6XR5b0

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    I got another double-first-name e-mail overnight by "Christine Janet".
    Gee, why is the theme of "Three's Company" playing in my brain.

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    My Mom and I don't answer numbers we don't know. One came in last evening from a 347 number. I Googled it and it's a NYC area code. They left a voicemail message something to the affect of "Your computer is infected you need to call our security team at 347-xxx-xxxx and we'll fix it. If you feel you have received this message in error please call us 347-xxx-xxxx and press one at the prompt, we will remove your number from our list."
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcB View Post
    My Mom and I don't answer numbers we don't know. One came in last evening from a 347 number. I Googled it and it's a NYC area code. They left a voicemail message something to the affect of "Your computer is infected you need to call our security team at 347-xxx-xxxx and we'll fix it. If you feel you have received this message in error please call us 347-xxx-xxxx and press one at the prompt, we will remove your number from our list."
    Sadly, there are people who will fall for this scam.
    I receive many calls in which the called ID displays my area code and the first three digits of my cell phone number.
    Since I know nobody with the same prefix as mine, I set my phone up to dismiss all incoming calls which contain my area code AND the first three digits of my number (prefix).

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    Now I got one from "Brittany and Jacqueline". Maybe whoever sends these has some sense now?

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    https://tidbits.com/2018/05/23/bewar...ch-phone-scam/

    Apparently the I cloud scam is more Widespread than I thought.

    TidBITS reader David Brugger has alerted us to a new phone scam targeted at Apple users. The automated message claims to be from “Apple Support Care” and warns that your iCloud account has been breached and that you should stop going online. It then tells you to press 1 to be connected to Apple Support. Yeah, right, that’s going to happen.

    Needless to say, this is just another form of the classic tech support scam, and if you get such a call, hang up immediately. (To hear what happens if you respond, and then take it to the logical extreme, check out “Turning the Tables on a Tech Support Scammer,” 19 September 2017.) Others have reported this scam on the Apple Support Communities as well.

    The best defense against this sort of intrusion is carrier-level call blocking, since then the spam calls never even make it to your iPhone. AT&T offers the AT&T Call Protect app and service, which is based on the Hiya crowd-sourced database of known bad numbers, and T-Mobile offers Scam Block. Both are reportedly quite good, and you must sign up for them manually.

    AT&T Call Protect identifying a call and showing activity
    AT&T Call Protect identifying a suspect spam call and showing call log activity.
    For those on other cellular networks, there are a variety of call-blocking apps that integrate with the call-blocking capabilities of iOS 10 and up. These can identify calls as coming from spammers or even block them right off, based on information from crowd-sourced databases. This approach works better than blocking the numbers manually yourself, since spammers are unlikely to use the same number twice when calling you, but they do reuse numbers across multiple people. So if five or ten people report a particular number as bad and then it’s used to call you, these apps can know to identify or block the call.

    Although I’ve just switched to AT&T Call Protect, I previously used the roughly similar Hiya and Mr. Number, which come from the same company and are free with premium add-ons for $14.99 per year. They’re not perfect but are distinctly helpful in identifying and blocking phone spam. Alternatives include Truecaller (ad-supported or $17.99 per year) and Robokiller ($24.99 per year).

    Once you install one of these apps from the App Store, it appears in Settings > Phone > Call Blocking and Identification for you to enable.
    Problem here is that I don't own any IOS or MacOSX Devices and these people claiming to be from Apple got my number. Note Since I own Google devices like Chrome OS and Android OS I had to check if similar scams were going on at Google where the Google Drive was affected and either delete the Google Account and start a new one or use 2 factor authentication.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KupjY1oF1I

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    https://tidbits.com/2018/05/23/bewar...ch-phone-scam/

    https://www.inc.com/business-insider...hone-call.html


    If you get a phone call claiming to be from Apple warning of an iCloud breach, beware: It's a trick.

    Telephone scammers are cold-calling people, claiming that iCloud, Apple's cloud service, has been hacked, and asking them to give up their accounts details.

    They seem to be exploiting the recent headlines about a group of hackers who claim to have access to hundreds of millions of iCloud user accounts. (In short: iCloud wasn't hacked, although bad password practices mean many people's accounts are still vulnerable -- but more on that in a moment.)

    There are numerous accounts of people being called by the fraudsters online. Glenn Fleishman, writing for Macworld, says his wife was called five times by them. Twitter is full of similar tales -- with some people falling for the phishing scam.

    This GOes on

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    A text arriving on Sunday afternoon which read "Amex Fraud Alert. A charge for $723.26 was just made
    to your account at Kohl's. If you did not make this charge please call 800-XXX-XXXX."

    Only thing is, I don't have an Amex card. Nice try, guys.

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