Phone Scammers calling more frequent?

Wanting to see if Others are receiving Odd phone calls. Here’s a good one, we’ve gotten 3 times over the past couple of weeks.

Scammer Story Line:

Goes something like this:

When you answer the phone, there will be a pause after you say “Hello”, pause “Hello”. Much like a Robo Call. Then someone comes on and says,

Scammer: Hello Grandma/Grandpa  

You: Hello, how are you….

Scammer: Not to Good, I’m not feeling good at all….I just lost a good friend

You:  Bxxxx is that You?

Scammer: Yes, This is your Grandson!

You: You don’t sound like Bxxxx.,

Scammer: It’s because I don’t feel good and my throat is sore & I’m a bit hoarse.

You: What!!!  Which Grandson is this? (a few seconds of Silence) until scammer give you the name you first mentioned in the call earlier.(Bxxxx). In one case he gave me the Name of Michael , since I did not give scammer a name of my grandson.

You: plus Bxxxx is too young to sound as old as You talking to me. So which Grandson are you!!

Scammer: Michael !!!

You: I don’t have a grandson named Michael…!!!  Who did you Call??

Scammer: You Grandma,

You: You ought to be ashamed of calling up people claiming to be someone’s grandson

Scammer: Oh, I’m Sorry

You: You ought to be Sorry… You Scammer…

Scammer:  CLICK

The wife got another one this morning, she just hung up as soon as she heard: This is your grandson..

I think the next time the Scammer calls, I’m thinking of  playing  along with him for as long as possible to see what his true motives are.  

I have a sneaky suspicion its…..MONEY!!!   Anyone else had similar calls? Or Have you played them on. How have you dealt with them.

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So far, I've not had the IRS call,,, yet...I like the Trap...

Usually we don't get too many Scammers. Recently, I had a guy with an India accent, ask to speak to the man of the house.. He was selling ****ra knockoff. You could even hear all the other people talking in the background chattering away. Like a Telemarketers SweatShop..... "Hello Man of the House, I have Deal Just for YOU.."

BRabbit...12/day!!!... You must be popular...Your number is making the circuit as potential customer/victim.

Last week had a guy & his son in a New looking Silver/Gray Ford 250 with all the Bells & Whistles and flashing light bar on top of cab. My dogs were going crazy guy was blowing his horn. I went out to see what all the commotion was about. The guy said, I was afraid to get out of the truck because of the dogs. I replied, Your a Smart Fellow. He explained that he was doing a job of chip sealing a road nearby and had too much material for that job and wanted to offer to me to chip & seal my 3/4 mile driveway for his cost of $1.68/foot to get rid of excess material.

To me Warning Lights were going off; Danger Will Roberson: How do you calculate a job materials cost that far off target.. Greater than 10-12%? Yet is enough to pave 3/4 to a mile driveway? Said he had 6 loads to much... Lets see, 6 loads x 16,000 lbs of gravel plus tar... Sorry not interested.... unless it was a big paving job.. he was doing for the county. Plus, Don't think Colbert County subcontracts chip & seal on county roads. At least when our road was chip & sealed, the county road department performed the work & materials. I wish I had paid more attention to the small Magnetic Sign & tag # on his truck & called the Sheriff to check him out.  May have been the "Old Pave Your Driveway Scam".

I just checked my phone and I've had 8 today. First one at 8:04am. I added my number to the 'do not call list' about a year ago only to find out there's no security on the list and it's hacked constantly for the numbers.  Lesson learned..... don't add a number to the 'do not call list', it will only add to your aggravation.

1130 posted:

haha,,, yes,, IRS has called me 10 times in last month,,, said they were coming to get me,,,   First time set a trap in the yard.    had to apologize to the mail delivery  

People pretending to be collection agents for credit cards you don't even use, pretending to be Verizon or computer techs, Wells Fargo reps, as many scams as there are people. One I have been seeing a lot lately are the older folks getting taken in by "lovers" they have met online. Foolish old men and women being taken for thousands by "boyfriends and girlfriends" in foreign countries. You wonder how people so gullible manage to amass so much money.

direstraits posted:

A quote attributed to P.T.  Barnum , "a fool is born every minute and two to take his money."

Quotes from one of my old time favorites: W.C.Fields

Its Morally wrong to allow a sucker to keep his money. 

The Clever Cat Eats Cheese & Breaths down a Rat Hole with Baited Breath.

giftedamateur posted:
1130 posted:

haha,,, yes,, IRS has called me 10 times in last month,,, said they were coming to get me,,,   First time set a trap in the yard.    had to apologize to the mail delivery  

People pretending to be collection agents for credit cards you don't even use, pretending to be Verizon or computer techs, Wells Fargo reps, as many scams as there are people. One I have been seeing a lot lately are the older folks getting taken in by "lovers" they have met online. Foolish old men and women being taken for thousands by "boyfriends and girlfriends" in foreign countries. You wonder how people so gullible manage to amass so much money.

Got one of those fake IRS calls a couple of years ago.  They threatened to send an armed team to arrest me.  I told them I was the team leader for the Atlanta region and to please ID themselves -- quick hang up. 

direstraits posted:
giftedamateur posted:
1130 posted:

haha,,, yes,, IRS has called me 10 times in last month,,, said they were coming to get me,,,   First time set a trap in the yard.    had to apologize to the mail delivery  

People pretending to be collection agents for credit cards you don't even use, pretending to be Verizon or computer techs, Wells Fargo reps, as many scams as there are people. One I have been seeing a lot lately are the older folks getting taken in by "lovers" they have met online. Foolish old men and women being taken for thousands by "boyfriends and girlfriends" in foreign countries. You wonder how people so gullible manage to amass so much money.

Got one of those fake IRS calls a couple of years ago.  They threatened to send an armed team to arrest me.  I told them I was the team leader for the Atlanta region and to please ID themselves -- quick hang up. 

Good one. Almost makes me wish they'd call me, but I don't answer calls unless I recognize the number.

2 months ago we got about 10 of those IRS calls on our answering machine over a couple of days time. They were coming to get us because we owed money. Funny thing was we had already done our taxes and had received our refund already.

Like Dire, if I don't recognize the # I let the machine pick it up. Wish these scammers would just get a real job.

peede coober 2 posted:

2 months ago we got about 10 of those IRS calls on our answering machine over a couple of days time. They were coming to get us because we owed money. Funny thing was we had already done our taxes and had received our refund already.

Like Dire, if I don't recognize the # I let the machine pick it up. Wish these scammers would just get a real job.

Peede: Wishing these scammers would get a real job.

I couldn't agree more with you. As many of these scam calls from these individuals from which a few have previously stated, Makes me wonder if they even have any idea that they are attempting to cheat others out of money that doesn't belong to them, through deception? 

I suspect if I had a face to face discussion with one of them, and ask them that question if they knew right from wrong, I would more than likely get the "Deer in the Headlight Look".  Dumbfounded no doubt. Something I wished I was just been a little quicker, when the Paving Guy came to my house..

Truly the sad part is when someone is Scammed, they may be too embarrassed to admit it to anyone. 

YouMail, based in Irwin, California, keeps track of robocalls and reports them to their Robocall Index Snapshot. The 256-area code had a total of 16.6 million robocalls for the month of April, an increase of 3 million from April 2017. YouMail reports that 1.3 million people with a 256-area code phone number were affected by these calls with the average person receiving 9.8 calls.

http://whnt.com/2018/05/26/256...6-million-robocalls/

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