Then, I keep receiving calls from scammers claiming to be from the social security office, telling me I will be arrested because my identity had been stolen and was linked to illegal activity that included drug trafficking and money laundering. I was then asked to send money via Bitcoin. I knew it was a scam because Government agencies do not collect money via Bitcoin or money transfer service, and do not call threatening arrest or legal action.
After receiving the above calls, the scammers tried to convince me that their scam was legit by calling from 786-469-5200 pretending to be the Miami Dade government office.
Area Code 786 Technical Support Scam Calls
After a few weeks of attempting to scam me, the scammers started calling again. This time, they claim I was charged for a renewal of my “virus protection” plan in the sum of $499.99 to be billed to my credit card and should call 786-687-5518 to cancel within 48 hours of the message. But, I don't have a subscription service with any antivirus company.
A few hours later, I received another phone call claiming I was being charged $486 by Vtech and if I wanted to cancel I should call 786-687-5552 within the next 24 - 48 hours. The scammers also called from 786-687-5524.
After the "virus protection" calls, I started receiving calls from 786-600-1608, which claim my US Tech Support Protection Plan membership is set to renew. I have never heard of the company and have never made payment to them. So, I Google the company's name and found out there are hundreds scams using the same name.
It seems as if scammers are spoofing the 786 area code telephone numbers or have gotten access to the numbers and are using them to carry out their crimes. They keep changing the numbers, so it is hard to block. Therefore, recipients of calls from an 786 area code telephone number are asked to take precautions. They should not hastily follow the callers' instructions and should carefully do their research so they do not become victims of these area code 786 scams.
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