This isn't a new scam, it's been around for quite a while. Not quite as pernicious as the "Hi, Grandpa!" scam, but close. Personally, I think people are way too polite to strangers who call them, in general. If you don't know who someone is who calls you, you don't have to listen to them, just hang up. Or even be rude to them. They'll just move on to the next person. Just don't treat them like a long lost relative.
Well, I got several phone calls just like this a few months ago and called the TC Sheriffs office to report it. The lady on the phone said 'yep, we know about this and it's been happening for years - just ignore them'. She was rather flip, didn't even take info from me so it went nowhere. I'm glad to see the Calaveras sheriff's office is taking it more seriously and alerting readers.
This is NOT a possible phone scam it's a scam. A close friend who is a senior lost $169 and a computer. Another friend $100. They are very pushy and will talk with a senior until they are confused and give in. Do not talk with these people just hang up. If you have a problem with your computer take it in. We have several tech stores in Sonora and Jamestown that are the real deal.
There is one also saying they are a contract company with Microsoft that try the same thing, but they have an Middle Eastern accent. We had actually had them call multiple times after hanging up on them and telling them to shove it.
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