I fell for scams back in the days and no longer am gullible for it. After experiencing some, it made me "wise up" and to know what to look out for. Do not fall for anything that ask for your money unless it's a home based business.
Wonder why the scammers are crawling out the woodwork lately. I received two scam phone calls, one for a "Free cruise" and one for "loan approval" within an hour this morning. Usually it's months between scam calls.
There are lots of ways to discourage scam phone calls. I'm sure you can find a few online. My favorite is to ask for their Company ID and tell them I will call Microsoft and request speaking to the person with that ID. Once they know you're onto them, they usually give up. At least, they have for me.
I am so tired of getting these "Windows Technical Department" scam calls. They have called several times over the last 2 days at all hours. It sounds like they are calling from a bar. I give them a few choice words, recommend an activity that may be physically impossible and hang up. You'd think they would get the hint that I'm not falling for it.
I get soo many calls every single day from a business saying they are TD Bank. I called my bank and told them and gave them the number that keeps calling me and they said that the number is not associated with TD.. Be careful when answering your phone!
Everything on the Internet that asks for a picture, real name, real address, or other information is not necessarily a scam. But scammers will use that information if you buy into it. I think real identity and contact information has to be transferred in real life, and it should be illegal to store such information on a computer that has a modem.
Someone recently tried to scam my mother out of thousands of dollars. Luckily, she had me watching out for her to keep her from getting scammed. I hate that people think they can take advantage of widows.
I am one that will not fall for scams. I have had numerous calls and once a victim of it. And lost money because after the fact realized it was a scam. As an advice if you receive a call your not familiar with look it up online. And you will see if its a real number if not just ignore it. Most likely its a scam. Nobody should be calling you asking for money.