What is a RoboCall and Why Scammers are Using it?

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What is a RoboCall and Why Scammers are Using it?

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A RoboCall is a phone call made by a computer system called an autodialer to deliver a pre-recorded audio message to the recipients, as if the call was made by a person. In other words, a robocall is a computerized system that uses personalized audio messages to simulate an actual personal phone call.

The reason scammers are taking advantage of robocalls is because they can reach thousands or even millions of potential victims easily. What RoboCalls can do would take thousands of call center operators, agents, or representatives to do.

The scammers can feed their computerized autodialer thousands or millions of phone numbers, create their fake audio messages and make the autodialer call all the numbers and leave the messages.

Samples of RoboCalls Created by Scammers

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 862-274-2489 or 716-265-1636.Thank you.

Hello, this call is officially a final notice from IRS, Internal Revenue Service is filing lawsuit against you. To get more information about this case file, please call immediately on our department number 260-216-1206. I repeat 260-216-1206. Thank you.

Remember, the IRS would never call you threating a lawsuit against you, therefore, any call that you have received threating a lawsuit from the IRS is a scam.

If you do not want to be scammed by scammers who are using RoboCalls, remember never call the numbers you are instructed to called when you have received a RoboCall. Instead, lookup the legitimate phone number of the organization that you were instructed to call or the organization the caller claim the message is from, in the phone directory or visit the organization's website for their contact information. Once you have the legitimate number, call the same organization to verify the authenticity of the call.

Note: Some of the names, addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers or other information in samples on this website may have been impersonated or spoofed.

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  • March 7, 2020 at 9:22 AM by an anonymous user from Sicklerville, New Jersey, United States

    Well there are a few good reasons to call scam numbers. First, you have to have time to kill. If you do, go ahead. Pretend you don't know anything. Everything the scammer tells you to do should be met with some sort of passive resistance from you. If they tell you to go to a web site, go ahead. But, when the warning comes up, and it will, start reading the warning to them, ask questions instead of downloading. When you run out of questions, your scammer will be frustrated. Even so tell them you download the software. They will tell you to start it. Just say ok. DO NOT START THE PROGRAM. Instead tell them all you have is a black screen or the dreaded blue screen of death. The blue screen of death is when an error occurs and your computer crashes. Search for BSOD to see an example. Tell the scammer that's what you see. The scammer will tell you to reboot. Say ok, and watch the clock. Tell the scammer your computer has been slow. Make the simulated boot seem to take 4 or 5 minutes. Ultimately, the scammer will direct you to another download site for a different program. If not, then either way, you tell the scammer you downloaded if you did, installed the program, and every time you start up any program, your screen goes black, or you have the BSOD. Never ever do anything they tell you.

    So why bother doing this? Consider it your public service portion of the day. While they are on the phone with you, they can't scan anyone else. You can at some point say something popped up on your computer and it says that you've been infected with the Stuxnet virus. At that point, you've wasted a lot of their time, and nobody wants to connect to a Stuxnet infected computer. Additionally, they will never call you again. They will think you're an idiot, infected, and remove your information from their system.

    Have fun!

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  • October 8, 2018 at 12:21 PM by an anonymous user from London, England, United Kingdom

    What is the point of this call? When I called the number back because it said that it was from HMRC and it was urgent. All I got was a guy who threatened me with a police warrant because I wanted to know the reason for the phone call and message …...

    I blocked the number and turned my phone off....

    Not too sure of the outcome of their scam>

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What is a RoboCall and Why Scammers are Using it?