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Carlos Ponce

Awaiting a phone call on my landline about my hospitalized brother I did not check the caller ID last week. I heard about my Apple account I-cloud being hacked. I was instructed to press "1" to speak with a representative. Since I have no Apple devices I knew this was a scam. My telephone messages also tell me about suspicious activity on my Social Security number, my American Express Card (which I don't have), my Microsoft Account (failure to respond would result in $300 being charged to my account), etc. Just about all of these were robocalls, usually but not always with a foreign accent. But they're persistent. The robocall about my SS number left 8 messages. None of the calls are legit.

Bailey Jones

I'm sorry you had to go through this. Scammers are the lowest of the low. And they usually target us older folk. A good rule of thumb is to never click on anything that comes in an email. If you believe there's a problem with an account, get to their website the way you normally do. If you think it's urgent, call the number on the back of your credit card or account statement. Popup boxes are almost always fake. I'm not an Apple person so I don't know how they work, but on PCs there should always be an anti-virus security / firewall program (Norton or McAfee for most people). It's unlikely they they are going to pop up and say "hey, we let someone hack your PC".

I'm concerned that the box got through your firewall - were you online at the time? If so, I would never return to that website. If you weren't online at the time, your computer may have been infected. If you clicked on the box, your PC may have downloaded some malicious program. Again, I'm not an Apple guy, but I assume there's some sort of anti-virus on your computer that you can run to scan all your files for viruses and malware. Maybe someone more knowledgeable will chime in and help with the details. But I would be skeptical of this machine until it's been scanned and declared safe again. Good luck!

Charles Douglas

Absolutely! I get those calls all the times and sometimes many times a day. I first was angry for getting them, but I don't like to be controlled by anger, so I just never answer them. If the number is not one I recognize it will not be answered but deleted. Same with emails. I don't use credit cards and have not for decades, I prefer debit cards, and because of the ability to use the internet, I don't use personal checks, since someone passed a few on me in another county some years ago. If we had as much effort, imagination, and productivity it takes to steal, deceive, and scam others.....invested instead in hard work, honesty, and pride in one's accomplishments, this world would be two-times better. This represents the the wicket, twisted condition of a man's soul spiritually, if left untreated by the righteousness coming from the Word of God. Had to get that in there!

Jose' Boix

Also beware of "scam" call from Publisher's Clearing House (PCH); crafty and seemingly "trusty caller" notifying you as the winner of a large Million Dollar prize plus a new Mercedes Benz auto. The "caller" apparently knew the "winner's" address and was going to deliver next AM. The "catch" proviso was to open a new bank account with $1 and then...And you can foresee the rest of the story! Just beware; do not respond to such received EMails that "look" proper. In this case, the "customer" called a real PCH number and was told of the "scam." Beware!

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