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    I had heard about Grandparent Scams.. they are for real although I can't imagine how anyone would fall for one..

    Phone call 8ish this morning.. young male voice, "Grandpa, this is your grandson". I have four of those so asked "which one?".. he was hurt I did not recognize his voice, claimed summer cold..identified himself as Tom Lonewolf (computer whiz in Austin)..launched into a chatty, whats up, etc., did not seem to remember working Texas Relays in April.. I knew it was not Tom but played along.. then, he started crying, said he got in his car this morning, answered his cell phone, hit a pedestrian, was in jail, making his one phone call, needed money for bail, ..I guess he lost his place in the script, said he was Eric Lonewolf (Tom's older brother, who lives in NYC, does not own a car and has enough money to bail me out.) .. when I asked him to make up his mind, was he Tom or Eric, He yelled, " Eric, you fucking idiot."(entirely uncharacteristic speech idiom)and hung up.

    I don't know why he bothered to identify as Eric, the jig was up.
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    I belatedly checked my calls and learned the call was from a number in Malibu, CA. Debating whether to call back from another number...
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    If this happened to me, I'd call the FBI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lonewolf View Post
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    I belatedly checked my calls and learned the call was from a number in Malibu, CA. Debating whether to call back from another number...

    Don't bother. I'm sure it's a spoofed number.
    There are no strings on me
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    best solution: only use a caller-ID phone (be it landline or cell) and never answer if you don't know the number.
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    That's what I always do....
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    also handy: whitepages.com

    enter the caller's number in there and it'll give you its thoughts on whether or not it's spam. If it is, enter on the blocked list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gh View Post
    best solution: only use a caller-ID phone (be it landline or cell) and never answer if you don't know the number.
    That is my usual practice.. I just grabbed the land line without noticing the origin until I hung up.. It was actually fun confusing the scammer.
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    The area code is meaningless these days with scammers....they especially like to copy yours....even most of your number....
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    Quote Originally Posted by tandfman View Post
    If this happened to me, I'd call the FBI.
    And we all know who wouldn't
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