We feel it is our job and obligation to you, as our family and friends, to up-date you on any new scams or schemes to take your money. The latest one that is going around involves Micro Soft and your internet connection. You receive a phone call from a local number that the scammer is hoping that you recognize and pick up. I always pick them up and say, “so what new scam do you have for me today?” but I wouldn’t advise you to do so. That is one of the reasons that all our calls are directed straight to an inbox on our service. Because once these scammers realize they are calling a real number, they will keep calling it and calling it.
Back to the scam, you pick up the receiver and before you can say anything, a pre-recorded message starts. The message states that this is a representative from Micro Soft calling in regards to your internet account. The “supposedly” representative goes on to tell you there has been suspicious activity on your account and it has been hacked into. You are informed that you need to take care of this matter immediately by pressing 1 on your phone. I haven’t pressed one, I ain’t that stupid yet. If you do not press the number 1, you are given a toll-free number to call them back on in regards to this matter. If you do not call them back, your internet connection will be disconnected in two hours. Some people might fall for this but stop and think, what does Micro Soft have to do with your internet provider? Not a damn thing! Micro Soft is a huge corporation that does not provide internet service and you have to obtain your own internet provider. So there is no way Micro Soft could even have the littlest effect on your internet service.
If you get this call, hang up and don’t fall for it. You can report the number to the following page, https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0076-phone-scams#Robo. On this page you will find the following information about Robo calls:
If you answer the phone and hear a recorded message instead of a live person, it’s a robocall. Recorded messages that are trying to sell you something are generally illegal unless you have given the company written permission to call you.
If you get a robocall:
- Hang up the phone. Don’t press 1 to speak to a live operator or any other key to take your number off the list. If you respond by pressing any number, it will probably just lead to more robocalls.
- Consider asking your phone company whether they charge for blocking phone numbers. Remember that telemarketers change Caller ID information easily and often, so it might not be worth paying a fee to block a number that will change.
- Report your experience to the FTC online or by calling 1-888-382-1222.
If you get phone service through internet or cable, you might want to look into services that screen and block robocalls. Try doing an online search for “block robocalls.”
This information is taken directly from their site. Robo calls are becoming, no, are a nuisance. The more they are reported, hopefully some of these scammers and crooks will be caught and at last we can have peace at dinner time.
It is terrible to have to say in this day and time but just be careful when answering your own phone.
Lady of the Abyss