May 112016

Yesterday my cell phone rang. Unknown number in Louisiana. I don’t know anyone in Louisiana, so I let it go to voicemail.

A few moments later, Google sent me a transcript of the voicemail:

Julia final notice from IRS internal revenue services the reason of this call is to inform you that IRS is filing lawsuit against you to get more information about this case file, please call immediately on our department number 318-403-1862 I’ll repeat 318-403-1862. Thank you.

Oh. Noes. I am, so scared now. Because the IRS will totally phone me if it wants money.*

*FYI: The IRS will always send you a physical letter via snail mail as first contact. The IRS is a stickler for documentation; not only will it send you a paper letter, it will send you two copies of the letter—one to fill out and return to them, and one to keep for your own records.

New Scam Sighting!

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Jan 022016

This morning I discovered that I had voicemail from “Central Prison.” Apparently “Jeff” tried to call me collect last night, but I never picked up.

Spent the morning browsing Google for “prison call scams.” Very educational.

Foiling Scammers

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Feb 012013

I think I saved my boss from a scammer yesterday.

I’ve kind of become the unofficial tech person in the office. (I’m not sure how this happened; most of the time they figure out the problem themselves while I’m there.)

So yesterday, my boss was walking by and handed me his cell phone, saying “See if you can figure out what she’s talking about.”

On the other end was a lady with an Indian accent telling me my computer was sending some kind of tech-sounding thing to their servers, and she was going to tell me how to remove the virus.
At first I thought she meant his computer had picked up a zombie virus and was spamming people, so I said we’d call our IT guy—and she said “No, no one else can fix this, you need to go to our website.”

I basically told her it was our IT guy or nothing, and she hung up.

Then I did a search on the company she said she was from… “Windows Computer Services.” Scam city.

I relayed the info to my boss and went back to work. Stupid scammers wasting everybody’s time.