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Are You Vulnerable to the Scam Phone Calls that Seek to Reap What You Sow? (Update)


Another Call from Com-pu-ter Central

Hubby and I had been cutting grass and we were putting the equipment away. The phone rings, and the caller ID shows [Out of Area] and no phone number listed.

The call was almost comical and went something like this:

Me: Hello!

Scam caller: Ello, I am calling you from Com-pu-ter Central, ow are you to-day?

Me a little curt: Fine, how can I help you?

Scam caller: Your Com-pu-ter has a virus, are you in front of your Com-pu-ter?

Me: No! I am outside.

Scam caller: Your com-pu-ter has a virus, you need to go and turn on your Com-pu-ter, I need access to remove virus.

Me: You are not getting in my computer to screw it up so you can charge me to unscrew what you have done to it. You should be ashamed of yourself trying to scam people.

Scam caller: Why I should be ashamed, did I ask you for money?

Me: Not yet, and you will not get the opportunity to do so, stop calling me! Didn’t your parents teach you right from wrong? Didn’t your parents teach you that it is wrong to scam people?

Click: Me disconnecting the call.

Calling right back, Caller ID: [Out Of Area] still no phone number listed.

Me: Look, I told you, you are not getting into my computer! Do you think all Americans are stupid?

Scam caller: Yes!

Hubby taking the phone from my hand after hearing the conversation on the speaker phone: Didn’t my wife just tell you to stop calling here? You are trying to scam us, and you are a thief?

Scam caller in a barely audible voice: I call any time I want.

Hubby: I hang up anytime you call.

Click: Hubby hangs up.

Scam Caller, Calling right back:

Hubby: hello!

Scam caller, still in a barely audible voice: this time it sounded like he wanted to sell us some kind-of Fond du.

Click: Hubby hangs up


When it all began

My computer was old and beginning to have problems so….when updates would not update I decided to call my Computer Company and find out what is wrong, what is going on, and why I could not get updates.

I went to the internet to get my Computer Company's phone number. There were two columns and I chose the column on the right side and called the 800 number. I dialed the number, but don’t remember the exact conversation, but it went something like this.

Company I called: a man answered in broken English, com-pu-ter (computer) service department.

Me: is this (name of my computer)

Company I called: yes, service department.

Me: where am I calling, where are you located?

Company I called: Cal-e-4n-yea (Calefornia)

I was told by the person on the phone that he would need to access my “com-pu-ter” in his foreign accent.

It was so easy for the scammer to convince me that he needed to get into my computer, because I am the one who initiated the call.

I typed in the link to the “in home client” information that the person told me. Suddenly a portal icon popped up on my computer and suddenly all kinds of things started happening. The foreign accented voice told me that I had a virus and I would have to pay them $75 to remove it. That is when I knew I had made a mistake, and promptly broke the phone connection.

My computer continued to show data going rolling down my screen like in the movies when you see hackers accessing data, but there was no hero to come to my rescue, I tried to shut down my computer but could not and the data rolled on, I yanked the plug out of the wall and the computer went dead.

I disconnected the computer and took it to the local "Office Supply" store to a friend who worked there and told him about my call to people I thought was the computer company that my computer came from and I told him the number I had called and what I did. He laughed and said you have been spammed and he showed me that I should not have called the number in the right side column.

My friend deleted the in-home-client icon and reset my computer to a date before my call to who I thought was my computer company.

My friend attempted to install updates to Windows 7 and was unsuccessful and suggested that I install Windows 8.1, which I had him do for me.

From that day I receive calls almost daily from scam callers who want to get into my computer….. Sigh!

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Calls from Computer Service 1-877-398-2298

This is your final warning!

The IRS has filed a lawsuit against you, you are to call 1-206-823-3228 immediately.

This is you final warning!

9/29 at 11:06 am, the phone rang, caller ID showed [Out of Area] 1-206-823-3228.

We did not answer the phone calls, the recorded message went like this.

This call is from the IRS, we have been trying to reach you, this is your final warning, the reason for this call is to inform you we have filed a lawsuit against you, for more information call 1-206-823-3228 as soon as possible.

The next IRS call said: you are to call 928-259-9540 as soon as possible.

I have received this call numerous times and always just hang up.

I called the Internal Revenue Service and gave them the numbers and told them about the message. I was given a four digit code number, to use if a live person calls claiming to be from the IRS, I am to ask them for the code number and if they do not know the code number they are not from the Internal Revenue Service..

What to do if you receive IRS calls.

What to do if you receive these calls from people saying they are from the IRS.

  • Do not give personal information, hang up right away.
  • Go to The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) then go to the IRS Impersonating Scam Reporting and fill out the form. You will be given a five digit pin number, should the real IRS feel the need to follow-up with questions, if the caller does no know the pin numbers, then it will be the scammers calling. If you do not want to fill out the form you can also call 1-800-366-4484.
  • In addition you can file a complaint with the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) then go to "Submit Consumer Complaint" include all your information about the IRS scam calls in the notes.
  • Note: the FTC also has a section for people who have had their identity stolen., this section helps in "Recovering from Identity Theft" if someone is using you personal information to file taxes, make purchases or open accounts using your personal information or your name.

IRS Scam Call

This call is from PCH (Publisher's Clearing House)

December 2, 2016 I was still asleep when the phone rang in the bedroom at 9:07a.m. The Caller ID is too small for me to read unknown number - I answer the phone:

Me: Hello (still half asleep)

Male voice in a Hispanic accent: I am calling you from PCH. You know what is PCH?

Me: I know what PCH is, what can I do for you. (he did not say Publisher's Clearing House which I took PCH to mean)

Male voice: well I call to tell you, you are in third place to win 1.3 million dollars.

Me: ok, you have my number so evidently have my address, send me whatever I won.

Mail voice: ok, ok, ok first I ask questions to make sure you are who you say you are. You have CPA?

Me: no!

Male caller: ow old are you?

Me: I will never tell!

Male caller: ok, ok, ok, just a moment. (at this point it sounds like when you do a re-dial) and then he said "I see you are _ _ years old"

Me: do I sound like I am _ _?

Male caller: no, you sound like 40. What is your name?

Me: your are calling me and, I am not going to tell you.

Male caller: you want me to call you my darling?

Me: I think you are a scam artist. I hung up.

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Last Sunday I came across an article in the Dallas Morning News

The article by Dave Lieber tells the story of Joseph H. Malley a crusader who sues to protect our privacy.

Even though it's illegal for companies to use our personal data such as driver's license details and auto registration information to sell to us, they get away with it.


Texas state agencies have no incentive to stop because the haul is in the millions, but they claim they are not breaking federal laws.

The gist of the article was that Texas state agencies sell yours and my personal information to middlemen who sells the data to someone else who does use it for illegal purposes.

Who is Joseph H. Malley?

He lives in Oak Cliff, Texas, he is a lawyer who has made it his mission to fight the scheming scammers who use our personal information for their personal gain.

Mr. Malley said his eyes were opened years ago when a young woman received an extended warrantee from a company that knew her address and she contacted Malley and asked if her address was publicly available and she became hysterical and began crying. She told Mr. Malley that a boyfriend had tried to kill her in Arizona she was injured in the assault and she filed criminal charges and fled the state and if he found her he would kill her. Mr. Malley listed her as Jane Doe in the law suite against the bogus warranty company.

Companies sued for privacy violations include:

  • Google
  • Apple
  • Netflix
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • NBC
  • CBS
  • Disney
  • and hundreds of other companies

The federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act

makes it illegal for the public, including the media, to obtain, publish or confirm personal information about us from a state' motor vehicle database.

Violations under the law could mean a $2,500 payment by the offending company

to an individual whose privacy I compromised.


I have been Scammed!

I thought I was smart and I would not be scammed, but I was scammed!

I bought a battery for my lap-top computer from Batteries Plus, when I received the battery, my computer said: "no battery detected" I called the number on the box the Battery came in and they told me that I needed to call the manufacturer of my computer and ask them to re-set the BIOS then they gave me the number.

I called the 800 number the battery company gave me. A woman/girl with an Asian accent answered, I told her I needed a BIOS reset and she told me that my warrantee had expired and I need to buy another warrantee for $169.00 and $14.00 monthly after that, I told her I could not do that, I cannot afford it and she said for $69.00 she would authorize a one time fix, I told her I could not afford that either. She put me on hold and a few minutes later she came back and told me that they could do the reset for $39.00 and I agreed to one time BIOS reset.

She took my information and gave me an order number and a case number and transferred me to 1-866 number and an man with an Asian Accent answered said his name is Nichol and he proceeded to talk me through the BIOS reset but before it was complete, he said he must hang up and he would call me back in fifteen to twenty minutes to see if the reset was complete and he hung up. I waited for till the computer did a restart and it was more than thirty minutes I called the 1-866 number because it still said "no battery detected." Another man named Abhijip answered and he said he was checking the notes and that my money should be refunded because the BIOS reset had not been completed and he would escalate the information to his superiors and someone would call me within 72 hours with the status.

Seventy two hours came and went. Four day later when I had not received a call, I called the 1-866 number and again I was told someone he would escalate my call and someone would call me within 72 hours. As I was talking him I typed in the phone number and found that it was the number of a company that had been calling people to scam them.....

This time I got a call, he left the message that an attempt had been made to reset the BIOS on my computer and they would NOT be giving me a refund....

I knew I had been scammed!

The Internet scam

  • Were you told you could renew you driver’s license on-line?
  • Did you go on-line to renew your license?

I received my renewal letter from DPS, (The Department of Public Safety), telling me I could renew by phone, on-line or go to the nearest DPS office to renew my driver’s license.

I went to the DPS office, walked in and ahead of me was a line out the office door and wrapped around the stairwell maybe 50+ and who knows how many in the office. In exasperation I went home and decided to renew by phone. I dialed the number on the letter and after a few automated questions (I thought I would be speaking to a live person) then the process began and I accidentally put in the wrong DD number, that is the number on the bottom of my license (about 12 digits long) and the automated system says “that is not a valid entry” “please enter the correct DD code number.” After the third attempt the automated voice said “it is easy to renew your license on-line just go to”

Screen shots of the offending website


As much as I hate to put my personal information on the internet, I decided to go ahead and try to renew my license on-line. I typed in the web-address and I s

On and the next screen I clicked on the ‘Renew Driver License’ a form popped up and I filled it out and went to the bottom to click on continue and a disclaimer popped up stating this is not a government website. Instead of this being a red flag, I thought ‘this must be a contracting company doing the clerical work for DPS’ and I clicked on continue.

I filled out the financial portion and clicked continue and it said thank you for your order, and that was it, no confirmation number, nothing, nada, zilch.

Where is my confirmation?

Even then I did not realize I had been duped, scammed, cheated and tricked.

I called DPS to ask how do I get a confirmation number. What she said to me made the bottom of my stomach drop and I felt sick.

  • How much would I be scammed for?
  • How do I stop the purchase/payment?
  • What did I purchase?
  • What can I do?

The website was not a DPS website, just designed to look like it, so they can scam people.

If you plan to renew your driver's license please be sure it says .gov.

© 2017 Shyron E Shenko


C E Clark from North Texas on July 10, 2021:

I have renewed my driver's license, vehicle registration, and post-office box online for at least the last 5 years. I do get a lot of telemarketing calls and scam calls (that I don't answer), but I received those calls by the pound before I started dong renewals online.

Something you may not know is that the driver's license department has been selling our information for years no matter how you renew. I was shocked when I found that out, and disgusted besides.

Posted to AH.

Blessings, dear friend. Stay well . . .

C E Clark from North Texas on June 23, 2021:

Just wrote a lengthy comment here and when I submitted it, it disappeared. This doesn't usually happen. Should have copied it before submitting. Hopefully it's where you can see it and OK it.

C E Clark from North Texas on March 20, 2021:

I think these scammers are getting more and more creative. I used to bet about 15 calls every day, but in the last couple of weeks I hardly get any -- not complaing. I never answer them, but my phone informs me on the caller I.D. screen that certain calls are "likely scams."

Anyway, I get a lot of emails lately where they say I have won this or that. Sometimes it's a lot of money. Sometimes only a hundred $ or so, other times several thousand. I ignore them because the likelihood that I have won so much money from so many different businesses, most of which I have never darkened their door, doesn't seem logical. They try to say it's because I've been such a good customer when in fact I haven't been a customer at all in recent times, if ever. They usually want a lot of personal info in order to verify my win, etc. No thanks.

I'm running out of hubs that I can comment on Don't know why Maven is doing this, but I'm having to comment on the same hubs again and again. Eventually, even they (like this one) probably won't have a way to leave comments either.

Blessings, dear friend. While last week 14 states had a rise in new Covid infections, today that number has more than doubled. Seems like we're in for a 4th wave because of opening up too early. So take care and don't give in to going without a mask, etc., no matter how badly you might want to. Stay safe!

C E Clark from North Texas on December 23, 2020:

I would be vulnerable to these scam calls if I answered them. I never answer a call if I don't know who's calling. They can leave a voicemail, but rarely do. My phone identifies them as "Likely Scam."

They are calling and some are also emailing. I ignore them all. If I have a concern I call the entity in question with a number I know is theirs that I've used for a long time. Social Security, Pay Pal, etc.

Posting this to AH & FB.

Going to get down to 27º tonight 'they' say. Temperature has been dropping all day. Was nice yesterday and las' night. Back to winter for Christmas.

Hope all is well with you and Walter. Have a Happy Christmas! Blessings always . . .

C E Clark from North Texas on September 03, 2020:

Just left a lengthy comment on this article and then it disappeared, which they usually don't. Please let me know if it came through,

Blessings . . .

C E Clark from North Texas on May 14, 2020:

I've read that there's some sort of unemployment scam going around right now. People are to contact their state unemployment offices along with the local police if they find themselves caught up in it. To get more info about it, Google unemployment scam 2020.

Posting this article to FB & AH.

Take extra care now that things are opening up -- too soon in MHO. Blessings dear friend -- stay safe . . .

C E Clark from North Texas on March 28, 2020:

I have seen warnings about new scams relating to the Coronavirus that will be coming along soon. Both emails and phone calls. I hope people won't be taken in. Some may pretend to be collecting money to buy masks and gloves for hospitals, or selling them for people who may not find them in the stores. Better to give the money directly to the hospital so a person knows where it really went. Just hang the phone up if you get a call about that.

There is no limit to the things or ways that people will try to cheat other people out of there money, so be vigilant and be sure you know who your giving your money to. Best to deal with organizations that you are familiar with if you want to help.

Posting this to FB & AH.

Hope you are taking care and staying home. If you need something, have it delivered. Be safe . . .

C E Clark from North Texas on February 29, 2020:

I just get the occasional text message from the people, likely overseas, who claim my SS# is now suspended, because of criminal activity. Got one again a couple of days ago. They're getting more and more belligerent in their messages. I've saved them all.

The text messages don't really bother me, because I know it isn't really the SSA, so the only time I think about them is when I get another text or voicemail.

One of these days if I ever get 5 minutes to myself I may call the SSA as you advised a few comments back. I actually find it entertaining the way they are so belligerent in expressing their frustrations. Unlikely that they even know my name or my SS#. They're just making cold calls and apparently succeed with their scam with enough people to make it worth their while.

You generally know you're getting under people's skin by their behavior and other reactions. Some people beg to be exasperated by saying and doing ignorant things, like these scammers who obviously have no idea what they're talking about. I didn't ask for their attention and so I figure if I irritate them continually, they deserve it.

It takes only seconds to read their message and ignore it knowing that after all this time they're likely throwing a tantrum like a 2-year old, because I never respond. Their belligerent messages suggest I'm really frustrating them. They could have peace of mind if they would just leave me alone and move on to their next mark, so really, they're bringing their frustrations on themselves.

I have to laugh every time I get one of their messages, each sounding more desperate and frustrated than the last.

Hope all is well with you. Blessings dear friend. Stay well.

C E Clark from North Texas on January 28, 2020:

Update on the SS scam phone calls. Since I never answer or return their calls, I have apparently thoroughly exasperated them. Now they say my SS # has been suspended and is involved in some sort of criminal activity. Oh well, so long as I keep getting my SS payments . . .

C E Clark from North Texas on December 23, 2019:

I keep getting calls from this place about my SS number having issues. The people calling seem to have an Asian accent. They leave messages since I never answer. The last message was that they were suspending my SS# because it has problems and I don't return their calls. So ridiculous, but I'm sure a lot of people fall for their scam.

Hope all is well with you and that you're having a joyful holiday season. Sent you an E-birthday card that was never opened, and today sent an E-Christmas card. Merry Christmas!

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on October 26, 2019:

Au fait, thank you for the comments. I received several claiming that the SSA was going to sue me, so I called the SSA and they told me what to do about these calls and I followed their instructions and have not received any more calls.

Hope all is well with you.

Blessings my dear friend.

C E Clark from North Texas on October 19, 2019:

Just this morning received a threat call from the Social Security Administration. Not sure if it was the national program or the local office here. Actually, I'm sure it was neither. It was a scam.

SS doesn't call people on the phone out of the blue that I know of. These people, usually from other countries, who call and try to scam people regarding benefits managed by the government aren't very smart, and yet lots of people fall for them.

In the last 6 months I've received threatening calls supposedly from the IRS, SS Administration, and even a call and email stating my "cloud" is overflowing and requires attention. I've never even set up a "Cloud" account and certainly never used it without having an account. I guess they assume everyone who has a MAC has a Cloud acct.

The people who operate these scams know nothing about our government programs or much of anything else here and it's obvious I think. But apparently many U.S. citizens know even less, and so they get caught up in the scams. Unfortunate.

Blessings dear friend. Take care . . .

C E Clark from North Texas on April 19, 2019:

If they cut everyone off permanently who received bills similar to you and didn't pay them, who will be left to use their service and make monthly payments? What cable service were you dealing with? Not Charter I hope, though it's unlikely I'll ever have another TV and need their service anyway.

I keep getting telemarketing calls such as I described in my most recent comment below. They never give up. I think it's funny that when some of the calls come in my phone shows it is "Scam Likely" calling. I think sometimes it comes up as "nuisance call," too. Often my phone doesn't even ring when they call, but I don't remember ever blocking their numbers when I still had space to do that -- before I used it all up

Since I wrote my most previous comment I have received one call supposedly from the IRS. I just laugh at them when they call, cuz I've dealt with the IRS and I know how they work, and they never use the phone. It's always letters until they get ready to do a levi.

Many of these scam calls give themselves away with their Asian accents and their ignorance of how things are done here in the states. IRS doesn't ever call, and certainly wouldn't call on a Sunday or a holiday, for example. Same with scammers claiming to be calling from whatever bank a person uses.

Anyone should know if someone is threatening arrest by police or some other disaster if one doesn't send a lot of money right away, that it's a scam. They should call the police with another phone while these idiots are still on the line. Then they can put the 2 phones together so the scammers can talk directly to the cops. ;)

Seems like Trump has made scamming popular and even acceptable. Lots of people are trying to do it in person as well as over the phone nowadays.

Looks like spring has sprung for real and hot weather is just around the corner. Already too hot for me (temps in the 80s with the sun bearing down). Hope all is well with you. Blessings dear friend . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on September 16, 2018:

My dear friend Au fait, thank you for the comments. I have just been confronted with the worst scam of all. July 25th, I received a new (unsolicited) set top box from my cable company, but nothing was wrong with the Verizon box that I had for years.

But my son was here and he installed it. It did not work and he called the cable company and they sent out another one and a label to return each one.

When I took the boxes to the UPS store the man who put the labels on them said to me that I should be careful not to lose the tracking numbers the cable company will claim they have not received them and charge a lot of money and if you do not pay they will cut your service.

I doubted they would do that, but sure enough 8/3/18 I received a bill for a bill for over $400.00.

I called the cable company and spoke with Debbie and gave her the tracking numbers and she said they had received the boxes and I could send the same payment as the month before, which I did. Debbie gave me a reference number for the information she gave me.

Then a couple of weeks later I received another bill for even more than the previous bill. I called the company again and spoke with Sabrina, and gave her tracking numbers and gave her the information from Debbie and the reference number she gave me. Sabrina said they had not received the STBs back and I needed to pay the bill, that there wasn’t any reference from Debbie she said she would call me back in a couple of hours while I look for the tracking numbers, 4 hours I called back and got someone named Taylor. I asked her to check the tracking numbers and she told me that they received the boxes back, but there was no reference information from Debbie/Sabrina then said that she would put the information in the system and gave me a new reference number.

9\11\18 I received a letter from the cable company that said ‘Our records indicate that your account is past due in the amount shown below. If payment is not received by 4:30 pm on the final due date, (9/21/18) your service will be disconnected without further notice…….’

I called the cable company again this time I spoke with Danielle, and we went through the same thing again and was assured that the information would be in the system and would be straightened out and that my monthly payment would be lowered.

Then the same day I received a call from Donna with the cable company, she told me they received the STBs 8/3/18 but Debbie/Sabrina/Taylor/Danielle never put any information in the system that they were returned.

I guess they did not believe me when I told them that my husband did not have life insurance when he passed away and they plan on scamming me.

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I am glad it cooled off some, I hope all is well with you.

Blessings my dear friend.

C E Clark from North Texas on September 08, 2018:

Expect we are all vulnerable to these scams to varying degrees, though I am not inclined to answer the phone if it isn't someone I know. If it turns out to be a fake I.D. showing, as they can put anything on the caller I.D. they want to, I just hang up. Most calls are automated and require a person to press a number to get a live human on the phone.

I did get the call from the "IRS" once, but only once. Now it's just the warranty on my car has run out -- I should think so since it's 24 years old! -- and they claim to be able to lower my student loan payments. Oh, and they want to sell me health insurance.

I'm really surprised how many people are still taken in with those calls that a relative is in trouble and needs you to wire them several hundred or even thousands of dollars right away.

I only have a Smart Phone now so I'm able to block most calls I don't want to deal with. Unfortunately, the number of calls one can block is limited and mine is full up and there are still more that need to be blocked!

Glad we are finally getting some rain and that it's keeping things a bit cooler. Still too muggy and humid at night making it seem hotter than it is, but an improvement just the same.

Hope all is well with you. Blessings and hugs dear friend . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on January 26, 2018:

Peg, LOL I just got one of those calls and a man? said he was calling from HP in broken English and I had just tried to call HP and thought it legit, but said, could I speak to some who speaks English? He/she said, can't you understand English? I ignored his question and said let me speak to someone in the United States of America and he/she hung up.

Thank you so much my dear friend for the comments.

Blessings and hugs

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on January 24, 2018:

You've really covered a lot of the scams that seem to be circulating these days. Nearly every day I get a call from "Microsoft Windows Technical Department" telling me that I have a computer issue and they need to fix it. Luckily, my husband is a technical person and fixes anything that goes wrong with my system.

I've also received the IRS Lawsuit one where they threaten that this is my last chance before they go to court against me. LOL.

A friend of ours bought us a toy device that plays various anti-telemarketing recordings. (Really loud, too.) We have fun playing those into the receiver when we get prank calls. One sounds like an old fashioned fax line and one says "You are an annoying telemarketer. Please hang up and quit your job." Good fun.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on September 23, 2017:

Dear Devika, thank you so much for the comment. The scammer called today and as soon as I heard his voice I asked why he is forever trying to scam me and I told him he should be ashamed trying to scam the people who can least afford to be scammed. Needless to say he hung up.

Blessing my dear friend.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on September 21, 2017:

Devika, thank you for the comment, I am glad that you learned more about the scammers that are out there. These people are evil who want to make money by scamming other people.

Blessings my friend.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 21, 2017:

I watched a documentary recently of how people are scammed via computers and this is terrible. Your hub tells me more and a well informed hub on this important topic.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 03, 2017:

Audrey, I know I got three of these calls this morning, from Bayport NY1-631-832-1399, I just pushed the answer button then hung up, without saying a word. These evil little worms keep trying to crawl into my computer.

Thank you for the comments and compliments.

Blessings and hugs.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on August 01, 2017:

I'm at the point where I refuse to answer the phone unless I recognize the number. Scammers drive me up the wall. You've written such a good article - very informative and a good read. I

'll be passing this on.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on June 24, 2017:

Peggy, I appreciate the comment. Yes, it is sad that these people do not put as much energy into a real job instead working to scam others.

We had about 15 calls yesterday, but had to answer as we were expecting hospital scheduling and plumber notification of when he would be here.

Blessings always my friend

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 23, 2017:

Hi Syyron,

Isn't it sad that we have to be concerned with scammers in our daily life. Basically the way we handle it is to not answer any calls that we do not know the number and/or person calling. They can always leave a message on our answering machine if it is legit and we can call them back. That is the best way we know to deal with this problem.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on April 22, 2017:

Dan, thank you for the comment. I am so happy your mother has not been scammed, sorry that your friend was.

I just had a scammer call yesterday and said he is from HP, I said HP? Yes he said Hewlett Packard. Oh, give you phone number and I will verify that you are calling on behalf of HP. Needless to say, he hung up.

Blessings my friend

P.S. this is my third answer to your comment, I don't know what happened to them or if this one will go through.

Dan Harmon from Boise, Idaho on April 21, 2017:

Indeed, scammers are everywhere. I my mother, in her 80's, is a favorite target but we have convinced her to NEVER give out any information to anyone at all, and although she has wanted to, she has refused and remained safe. A friend, though, was scammed out of several thousand, making her homeless, by and "undercover agent in Nigeria" wanting to marry her.

Your experience with the phone number is troubling, though - perhaps the best way to avoid that is to visit the known website and get the phone number there.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on February 05, 2017:

I think I have gotten that call before and being a wise A$$ I probably, I can't hear you can you speak louder and if he spoke louder I would have said "what did you say?" "huh". John has the drill now too.

I am very tired just took the dog for a mile walk.

Hope all is well with you, Blessings my dear friend.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on February 02, 2017:

Bodylevive, thank you so much for the comment, I do appreciate you.

C E Clark from North Texas on January 30, 2017:

Just read about a new telephone scam that's out there. Seems they start by asking "Can you hear me OK?" Or something to that line of questioning and something that you will answer yes to. They record the 'Yes' and future yeses if there are any, and then they dub that 'yes' in and use it to sign you up to all kinds of things you don't want and didn't agree to.

I got a call just like that this morning. Wasn't expecting it and so I wasn't prepared. Didn't exactly say yes and so he tried again and ask if he could go through a list of things with me (presumably things that would get him more 'yes' answers) and I said no, no point in wasting his time or mine. Then I hung up.

It is a little unusual for a telemarketer to ask first thing if you can hear them all right. Generally they ask your name to make sure they have the right number. He never asked my name. Very likely a random call where they just automatically dial every number with no thought as to who they belong to or even if they are in use.

Very warm today. 74 F. last I checked and rising. To be warmer tomorrow. No shade anywhere because most of the trees have no leaves. My car is melting everything in it.

Hope that everything is well there. Blessings and hugs, dear friend.

BODYLEVIVE from Alabama, USA on January 28, 2017:

I don't have the time for their BS and hang up. I don't even give them a chance to talk.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on January 22, 2017:

Au fait, thank you for the comments. I just added the website to go to for reporting the IRS scams and Identity Theft.

I am better, but not completely over the bug that is going around.

Hope you are well, warm and dry.

Blessings and hugs

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on January 21, 2017:

Dear Martie, thank you so much for the comment. Sorry to hear about your colleague. Yes someone should develop software that would let everyone know who the scammers/dishonest souls are and put them out of business.

Blessings to you my beautiful friend.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on January 21, 2017:

Shauna, thank you for the comment. Yes Batteries Plus is a legit, and they did right by me. I purchased the battery from them and it fit my computer, but the computer did not recognize it. I called the Duracell (the battery) they told I should call Hewlett Packard and have them reset the BIOS. I did as Duracell suggested but they did not reset the BIOS. I then took the Battery to Duracell battery back to Batteries plus and they kindly refunded my money. It was Amazon/Hewlett Packard/UBatteries that did the scamming.

My computer battery will not hold a charge after ten minutes, and I leave it plugged in all the time. When I can no longer use it, I think I will buy a new Dell/Apple Computer.. Right now I am on my desk top computer.

Blessings my dear friend.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on January 18, 2017:

This happens all over the world on a daily basis. The arrogance of those scammers beats me! My colleague was scammed the other day, and it was not his first time. He almost infected the entire network!

I don't even open an email from a sender I do not know.

Somebody should develop an app that can eliminate all scammers and dishonest souls.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on January 16, 2017:

Wow, Shyron. You've been through the ringer! What blows me away is the battery you ordered from Batteries Plus, which is a legit company, led to a scam!

Obviously, your computer is working now. What was the final resolution?

C E Clark from North Texas on January 14, 2017:

They're pretty slick these days. Most of the time I know if somebody calling me is credible, but I don't get many calls. Probably because I have a cell phone and no landline anymore. Plus I never answer the phone if I don't recognize the number.

Hope you're feeling better and staying in where it's warm. Take care . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on January 13, 2017:

My beautiful dear friend Maria, you are welcome, and you are right, if the scammers had the decency to put as much effort into doing something honest/positive for people, it would be a better world.

Love you to and wish you a Happy Blessed New Year.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on January 13, 2017:

You did Paula, and it was sent to my spam folder, I had not checked that folder until I looked for your comment.

I am still getting scammed by Amazon/UBatteries.After the battery from Batteries Plus would not work they returned the money, and after being scammed by the Computer Company who took my money and then refused to return the money.

I looked to Amazon to help resolve my problem.

• 12/12/16 I ordered a new battery from Amazon.

• 12/19/16 Amazon withdrew the $59.95 from my debit account.

• 12/22/16 I received the battery, late in the day I tried the battery which did not even fit into my computer. The Battery came from a company called UBatteries LLC. The phone number was on the packing. I called UBatteries number 1-877-676-6996 or email

• 12/22/16 after numerous times trying to reach the battery company and I also sent an e-mail to Amazon. Who reported they had been in touch with Ubatteries and they authorized the return of the battery at their expense.

• I printed the label they sent and took it to the Fed-ex store. Which was to be expected the bar code did not work and I returned the battery at my expense $17

• Ubatteries returned part of my payment. So that the last order through Amazon of me.

Blessings my dear friend.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on January 12, 2017:

Patricia, thank you for the comment, my dear friend, you are welcome and sending many blessings and prayers to you both. Thank you for the Angels.

I will return them with many blessings and lots of love.

Please ask Heston Wayne to hold onto his faith.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on January 11, 2017:

Oh Shyron,

If the scammers spent their time working / even doing good for others...oh, imagine how beautiful that would be.

In the meantime, the more we have our awareness raised, the better - so thank you for sharing your experiences...

Love you and Happy, blessed 2017. Love, Maria

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on January 10, 2017:

Paula, I thought I answered this comment before so I looked and found it in my spam folder. Thank you for this comment, I appreciate you more than you know and I hope I never have to bail you out.

Blessings and hugs my dear friend.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on January 10, 2017:

Tony, thank you so much for the comment from reading my hub.

Suzie from Carson City on January 07, 2017:

Shyron....?? I am 100% certain I wrote a nice long comment to this great hub of yours. Now I'm curious where it disappeared to!

Anyway, in case it never shows up because of being eaten by the Cyber Monsters, I'll just briefly say that I too have been harassed by nasty scammers, both by phone and a few attempts via internet. It is more annoying than I can stand!

I have stopped using Craig's list because of the rash of idiots who simply LIVE to attack people with their games and lies. How angry it makes me to know that these creeps think they are pulling something over on "unsuspecting" people! Such low lives, with nothing better to do with their time.

You know it's pretty bad when we see "warnings" printed everywhere about being alert and protecting ourselves from these vermin!

I feel badly for the elderly who are so defenseless and lose money to these criminals.

I may have been fooled a time or 2 but as soon as I realize their games, I take action.

Take care GF!...Peace, Paula

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on January 07, 2017:

Just want to stop by to say Happy New Year, dear lady. And to thank you for all of your support for Heston Wayne who continues his struggle. You cannot know how much the kind words, pennies, and good vibes in addition to God's love mean to us.

Thank you again and again (not to be redundant.)

Many Angels are once again on the way to you ps

femi from Nigeria on January 04, 2017:

Scam emails and text messages are even worse.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on January 04, 2017:

Oh Flourish, I am so sorry to hear about your grandmother. You are right there is a special place in hell for these people.

Blessings to you my dear friend.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on January 04, 2017:

John, thank you for the comments. I am so sorry to hear about your wife being scammed. Unfortunately if you answer a call and the say press

1 to unsubscribe chances are you are giving them permission to transfer your number to be used as a call to re-route calls elsewhere and charge your number. I am glad you got a refund.

I have filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau and they have been in contact with the company, but doubt they can or will get my money back.

Blessings my friend

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on January 04, 2017:

Hello Mike, yes the whole country is infected with the "Call Center virus" they are doing their best to infect everyone!!

Thank you for the comments.

Blessings and hugs dear friend

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on January 02, 2017:

Mel, my friend

I cannot throw my phone in the river

Then my messages would not be delivered

I can't ditch my computer in a lake

Then I could not teach these scammers we know they are fake

Tell them that they should be ashamed

Make them know that it is wrong and they will be blamed

They should hang their head in shame

As they run their cheating games

I would miss you if you went of the grid

Just hold the scammers accountable for what they did

If everyone would expose the schemes

The scammers would lose their financial means

Thank you Mel my friend, please don't go off the grid

Just help me expose what the scammers did

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on January 02, 2017:

Throw your phone in the river

Ditch your computer in a lake

Your identity is hijacked

That phone number is fake

Don't complain to the bank

Don't cry to DMV

They're in on the racket

They're collecting their fee

One method is foolproof

For all the money I've spent

I shoulda gone off the grid

And just lived in a tent

Bad poetry at 10 PM Pacific, but the scammers are getting closer even as I write this, my phone spell check won't even let me write scammers, it changes it to scanners. They're all in collusion.

Many happy returns to you on this New Year 2017.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on January 02, 2017:

Oh my, Dear Ruby, I am so sorry you and your friend's mother were scammed. I don't sign petitions or forward anything on Facebook.

It is sad that these greedy people target seniors and anyone who is vulnerable.

I hope they find out who is responsible for this cancer on decency.

I just heard on the Rachel Maddow show that Republicans just met in a closed session and voted to roll back the Ethics Committee so that no Republican will be investigated by the Ethics Committee for any reason.

They also voted to cut Medicaid, talk about scams.

Blessings to you my dear friend, stay safe.

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 02, 2017:

Oh, those scammers. They've done a number on my elderly grandmother and we've gotten her money back a number of times but it's such a hassle. They trick her into giving away all kinds of information over the phone even though she is in her 80s and a dementia patient. There's a special place in hell for sheisters like that.

Suzie from Carson City on January 02, 2017:

Oh Shyron....Noooooooo...please don't make me re-live the times I've been scammed. My face begins to burn and my heart races and I look around for someone to choke!! But all I have to do is look in the mirror to see "Stupid!!" I have been so angry at myself, I cry! Once or twice, well can happen to anyone. 3 or 4 times?....that's getting a bit curious.....when you fall for a scam for the 5th time, you might need some serious help. That would be ME.

OK that's enough...I have publicly confessed, bared my soul ONLINE!! subjected myself to laughter and ridicule. Please don't be hard on me....I'm begging. I've beat up myself enough...and of course my precious MEAN friends have been merciless.

No No....if you think I intend to explain the stories~~that's not happening. I must hang on to some of my pride!!

I hate scammers so much, I pray I never come face to face with one!! I promise I would have to call you to bail me out!!.........LOL....Hugs, Paula

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on January 02, 2017:

This is a very helpful hub sharing your unfortunate experience with others, Shyron. My wife has been scammed by entering an online competition and giving her mobile/cell phone number. She started to get $15 bi-monthly charges on her phone account for a premium SMS service she knew nothing about. The phone message said dial ..... To unsubscribe, but calls to that number bounced. I checked the name of the company listed on the bill on Google and found it was an Irish based telecommunications company. Other people had been scammed as well...but the advise was to phone or email the company direct and they would send you a refund of money paid. I emailed them and they actually refunded the charges, luckily.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on January 02, 2017:

"You have reached a NSA monitored number." Type any 4 digits 'A drone will visit your location shortly'


'Thank you for calling, today's special promotion is Bill Holland titles available on Thanks for calling.'

The whole country seems infected with a virus.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on January 02, 2017:

Shyron, I was scammed this past week on Facebook. This is how it started, I was on Facebook and an instant message came up from my friend Tammy's mother, she requested to be a friend, of course I accepted her because I know her and her picture was right there on the instant message. The next day I got an instant message from her asking if I had received my gift, I asked what gift? She typed in a site to click on to check, stupid me did that. They said " Congratulations you've won money, we need a bank to send it to. Well I finally came alive and called Tammy on my cell phone while all of this was transpiring, Tammy told me that her mother's account had been hacked and pictures stolen, other people were having the same scam. While I was talking to this scammer, I thought it was Gordy, Tammy's mother, her picture was right there! After talking to Tammy I told him I knew I was being scammed. He became angry and said that he had other people to help, who was interested in receiving a gift. I tried to warn Facebook, and so did Tammy and her mother but failed. There wasn't a place to notify them, so I unsubscribed. When I did that Facebook wanted to know why and then I told them. I'm scared of a site that people can hack into so easy. I know how you must have felt, it is the most frustrating experience. I expect Russia to hack me any day now, esp. if they read my satire on The Don...LOL

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on January 02, 2017:

Bill, thank you for the comment, yes the scammers are working hard to scam every one they can. If they worked as hard at a legitimate job as they do at scheming they would be very successful.

Blessings and Happy New Year to you.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 02, 2017:

The scammers are relentless. Thankfully, my cell phone is broken, and all I can receive are text messages. SAVED! :) Happy New Year, my friend.

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