Scams using Apple's name - Beware

Scams where Apple's name is involved

There are new scams out there every day where people that should be in jail end up trying to steal your money and financial information.  One of the most common that has happened to most is where someone calls your house or cell phone saying that your Dell/HP/Apple etc computer reported that it had a breach or something like that.  Anyway, they have gotten a little more careful because they have called far too many people that don't have the computer brand that they claim called into them.  

The link above identifies 11 different scams that have to do with Apple in various ways and I have had at least two of them happen to me.   The fake invoice from the iTunes store is one of the most common and works for the crooks because people click on the cancel link which sends you to a phishing site to capture and steal your financial information.  There are some really good and convincing scams out there and thankfully most people are very cautious and suspect a scam but far too many innocent people get duped each day and unfortunately a lot of them are elderly.  

These people are no better than the charlatans, the fake evangelist, that are on the TV seeking to bilk people out of their life's savings, in the name of some Ministry for God.  It's too bad that most of these people prosper from their evil deeds and don't end up suffering or going to jail due to it but I guess that's the way of the internet where people can easily hide behind a keyboard and screen and appear legit.

Be as the Bereans ( Acts 17:11 )
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You can also get fake warnings popping up on your computer telling you to call a certain number. Don't call it. Too, even if it says "Verizon Support" with an 800 number, it's a fake. Get all the numbers you are supposed to call for help and info from the place where you got your phone, computer, etc. and DO NOT call other numbers.

giftedamateur posted:

You can also get fake warnings popping up on your computer telling you to call a certain number. Don't call it. Too, even if it says "Verizon Support" with an 800 number, it's a fake. Get all the numbers you are supposed to call for help and info from the place where you got your phone, computer, etc. and DO NOT call other numbers.

Good Point!   I had forgotten about those.  Another thing I had forgotten about, and I think is just as or more dangerous, is that there are some area codes that if you call them you are charged an enormous amount of money just because you made the call.   I've heard of this in the past and I don't know what those area codes are but the scam was that the scammer would call and people would call back the number wondering who it was never realized that calling it would set you up for a charge due to calling that certain area code.  Sort of like a 900 number.

This particular scam may have been addressed since I first heard of it and the Government may have enacted some laws that prevent the phone company from automatically billing for calls to the specific area codes but I have to say I'm not sure about that at this point.  

Yet another scam, I have heard about recently, is where the scammer calls you and ask some simple question that you answer YES to all the time recording your voice and then takes your YES off the recording and uses it to set up accounts in your name and to their benefit.  Again I haven't heard too much about this one other than a caution not to answer yes or say YES to an unknown individual.  To me, this would be one of the most difficult (for me) to avoid.  I hope it's not true but somehow I feel it is.

antimaim posted:

Never answer a number you don't recognize, or call one back. The pity of it is there are so many scams, and we only hear of a few of them.

Antimaim: #1 Rule to follow... Good Easy Advice to all...

I may be curious when a strange area code appears on my phone. Usually, I will look up the area code to see "where the call is initiated from".. Recently got call from area code 939... Used this web site. www.allareacodes.com

939 is Puerto Rico and the only Puerto Rico's I've kept up with lives in Iowa. Try Not to let curiosity get the best of you. 

As GBRK stated; here are some really good and convincing scams out there and thankfully most people are very cautious and suspect a scam but far too many innocent people get duped each day and unfortunately a lot of them are elderly.  As for myself, Maybe the "elderly" came from a generation or time period where scam artist were not so plentiful, As Today, there seem's to be so many more out there who make it a game out of  stealing your personal information or possessions for their personal gain.  Its a shame, now we have to up our game by; Limiting our Trust in Others, like never before. 

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