786 Area Code Scams - Fake Technical Support, Arrest and Legal Calls

I keep getting area code 786 scam calls from different telephone numbers. This make the scams hard to block. It first started with Robocalls claiming there is an urgent problem with my "student loan" and I should call 786-807-7863. But, I have never taken out a student loan.

786 Area Code Scams - Fake Technical Support, Arrest and Legal Calls

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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August 4, 2023 at 1:39 PM by
786 Area Code Scams - Fake Technical Support, Arrest and Legal Calls
an anonymous user from: Redmond, Washington, United States

I no longer answer any calls from 786. I have already deleted all the numbers


July 28, 2023 at 10:31 PM by
786 Area Code Scams - Fake Technical Support, Arrest and Legal Calls
an anonymous user from: Cocoa, Florida, United States

I keep getting calls from 786. Every number begins with 786-8. I've had two calls from 805 and 808 each, and one call from 800, 802, and 807. But I cannot hear what the person is calling about because the line keeps breaking up. I've tried calling them back but they never answer and it always goes to voicemail (but that's actually assuming the numbers aren't completely spoofed).

I'd like to string them along and figure out their scam (not recommended) but I can't even speak with them because the connection is terrible. How do they expect to scam people if we can't even hear what they have to say? smdh


June 2, 2023 at 12:03 PM by
786 Area Code Scams - Fake Technical Support, Arrest and Legal Calls
an anonymous user from: Redmond, Washington, United States

I received about 25 calls back to back today from 786 #s about health insurance options. I would block a number and another one would call. This is ridiculous and very hard to stop.


May 14, 2023 at 7:54 AM by
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an anonymous user from: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

My 786 scammy message was ... Mike, maybe you'd be better off thinking about your flaws

And my name is Michael too.


May 10, 2023 at 12:17 PM by
786 Area Code Scams - Fake Technical Support, Arrest and Legal Calls
an anonymous user from: Tampa, Florida, United States

Delivery address missing, call t.ly/...


April 13, 2023 at 6:34 PM by
786 Area Code Scams - Fake Technical Support, Arrest and Legal Calls
an anonymous user from: Redmond, Washington, United States

1-786-261-7415 Caller ID Valencia Alejan, 1-786-975-4690 Caller ID Bofill Evaristo and 1-786-387-8271 Caller ID Jose Lemus Orel (note numbers may have been pirated) Fraudulent winnings/inheritance scam. Want you to verify your full name, address, social security ID to verify your identity. (No I didn't give them legit info). Deadline almost up to claim my gift ($10,000 and $50,000 and $175,000) but there were legal fees involved to get my money and wanted me to rush out and get gift cards or buy crypto currency immediately, they would stay on the line. Told them take the money from my windfall. Told me I couldn't do that and calmly informed them, working with the IRS I knew better and just who the h**l was this again. Each one cursed me out in a foreign language and hung up. First call came in 13 April 2023 at 1:49 PM EST, 2nd 2:42 PM EST and 3rd and hopefully last 7:16 PM EST.


April 9, 2023 at 10:36 PM by
786 Area Code Scams - Fake Technical Support, Arrest and Legal Calls
an anonymous user from: Redmond, Washington, United States

(786)529-3279 said her name was Jessica and seemed upset I didn't remember our recent conversation.sent me a reminder pic of herself. After saying she put in my number wrong she apologized but then tried striking up a conversation with me. I said I had to go and she apologized again and let me go.


March 16, 2023 at 1:45 PM by
786 Area Code Scams - Fake Technical Support, Arrest and Legal Calls
an anonymous user from: Miramar, Florida, United States

786 is constantly calling, saying life insurance, consumer guides etc, I do block them all, but seems the scammers have buy the whole area code, so now most times I answer, hang up block, if I am in the mood I use my air horn as soon as they speak


February 8, 2023 at 8:49 PM by
786 Area Code Scams - Fake Technical Support, Arrest and Legal Calls
an anonymous user from: Boulder Creek, California, United States

I got a text message from (786)820-6915 and they knew my first and last name saying the district attorney won my case and to click on this site to get my money. I don't have any cases out there.


February 12, 2023 at 11:56 PM by
786 Area Code Scams - Fake Technical Support, Arrest and Legal Calls
an anonymous user from: Sacramento, California, United States

I got a 786 # trying to buy my boat right now. Wants to over nite a cashier check


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Hang up the phone. Do not reply to emails, messages, or letters that the scammer sends. Do not make any more payments to the scammer. Beware of additional scammers who may contact you claiming they can help you get your lost money back.

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  • Local Law Enforcement: Consumers are encouraged to report scams to their local police department or sheriff’s office, especially if you lost money or property or had your identity compromised.
  • Federal Trade Commission: Contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or use the Online Complaint Assistant to report various types of fraud, including counterfeit checks, lottery or sweepstakes scams, and more.
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How To Recognize a Phishing Scam

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Scammers often update their tactics to keep up with the latest news or trends, but here are some common tactics used in phishing emails or text messages:

Phishing emails and text messages often tell a story to trick you into clicking on a link or opening an attachment. You might get an unexpected email or text message that looks like it’s from a company you know or trust, like a bank or a credit card or utility company. Or maybe it’s from an online payment website or app. The message could be from a scammer, who might

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  • offer a coupon for free stuff — it’s not real

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786 Area Code Scams - Fake Technical Support, Arrest and Legal Calls