Scam alert

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by DaveN, Jul 10, 2015.

  1. DaveN macrumors 6502a

    DaveN

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    A friend of mine called me in a panic. She was browsing the web using her iPhone and the following alert took over Safari.

    safari-scam.jpg

    She called the 855 number before she called me but figured it was a scam when they said that they needed to transfer her to one of their technicians to install a virus protection program for $29.95. The real solution is much easier. If you are on iOS, go to Settings -> Safari and select the "Clear History and Website Data" option. You may need to close out Safari or even cycle the power but that will clear the bogus web site from Safari.

    Just for grins I used one of the texting programs on my iPhone to for a voice call and played their game. After about five minutes of their BS the woman at the other end said that the fix for me would be $49.95 (maybe because I had four Apple products or maybe I just sounded like more of a sucker). At that point I told her that I thought it was a scam and she said she was sorry I felt that way. I asked her why don't I just clear the browser history and be done with the problem (she ignored that part). After about another minute of me questioning her she hung up.
     
  2. triptolemus macrumors 6502

    triptolemus

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  3. DaveN thread starter macrumors 6502a

    DaveN

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    Thanks for the web site link. I did a Whois and the site is registered to Joe Matthews of Ashburn, Virginia. My friend said that the person she spoke with had an Indian accent as the the woman I spoke to. So the scammer probably farms out the call center.
     

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