I’m so glad to hear that you did not invest any time or money by calling them back. This latest scam has been hitting the Central Valley hard. Some callers have advised that the scammers have gone so far as to spoof the actual phone number for the Apple Store located in Fashion Fair Mall in an effort to make the potential victim believe the call is legitimate.
We want to warn the general public not to trust what the caller id says. Some of these calls are going to consumers that don’t even have Apple products. Apple would never make calls like this to consumers. According to the FTC, everyone is a potential target. Fraud isn't limited to race, ethnic background, gender, age, education, or income. With that said, some scams seem to concentrate in certain groups. For example, older people may be targeted because the caller assumes they may live alone, have a nest egg, or may be more polite toward strangers.
If you answer the phone and hear a recorded message instead of a live person, it's a robocall. Recorded messages that are trying to sell you something are generally illegal unless you have given the company written permission to call you.
If you get a robocall:
If you get phone service through internet or cable, you might want to look into services that screen and block robocalls. Try doing an online search for “block robocalls.”
Robocalls are on the rise again and are usually illegal unless you have given the company permission to call you. The reason the numbers are rising is simple, technology. Scammers can use auto dialers that can send thousands of calls out every minute for nest to nothing. The scammers don’t generally screen the National Do Not Call Registry. So you can be relatively sure that if they do not obey the law, they are most probably trying to scam you. So just hang up.
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