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whether it was a fake security program or one of those fake microsoft tech support calls, or even  scammed on a shopping site.
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once. when i got my first computer back in 2007.. i bought a stupid fake security program (one of my local computer shop peoples told me i needed to download a security program so i went home and did so, i was so illiterate with computers back then, i ended up downloading a fake and didn't know it.. i didn't know about  legit programs like Avast or AVG at the time, and i didn't know about such scams either until i did some research within that same week)
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I ALWAYS USE A SITE CHECKER  BEFORE DOWNLOADING ANYTHING ON MY LAPTOP

THEY WILL KNOW IF IT'S SUSPECT OR KOSHA
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Nope.
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No I haven´t yet.
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I purchased something on ebay that I never recieved.
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So many get Scammed on Ebay
I think I've been Lucky
I also use PAYPAL  rather than give every Tom , Dick and Harriot my Bank details
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I always use PayPal too
I love ebay...have used it for 12 years now.
I bought a Dale Earnhardt autographed photo for a friends Christmas present a few years back and never received it.
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I've used Ebay for years also but will not buy Large Purchases TV  etc
Hope you gave them a BAD REVIEW , that's how I check the Sellers
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Never
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Yes sad

I downloaded a program by accident that forces me to format my computer.

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I get them all the time, and the bank scams ....just don't trust anything on the net or phone
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I did get a large security badge across my screen and ask me for money to remove it, I asked PC World and they wanted £160 and I thought I would try to remove it ....which I surprised myself and removed it...
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Surprisingly most of these SCAMS can be removed by US but I think some Panic and turn to Professionals and pay thru the Nose for them to fix it.
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There's lots of help out there on the Web and its surprising what we can remove. Fortunately most of us have alternative access to the Net if it's a really bad one that blocks the infected computer.
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I got a Virus years ago when I  clicked on a link on an email supposedly from Ebay
They took CONTROL of my Laptop , just like Remote Support do
I saw they were in my emails , opening them one by one.
 
I got straight on the phone and froze my Bank accounts and changed all my email addresses , was very Lucky I stopped them in their tracks.

Had to take my Laptop back to Factory settings but that was a small price to pay, be it a damn inconvenience.

Now I always verify any email I'm unsure of and don't just click aimlessly.
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NO ! Not they haven't tried but I've been on these things for many years. My favorite one is where they call and say : I'm Mike Smith from Microsoft Tech Support ! I love to lead them on and then laugh. Microsoft doesn't call anyone ! Never happen here !
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As soon as I've identified scammers (usually in the first 5 seconds) I ask them to hold for a moment, then put down the phone. I go back from time to time with another "Just a second" and see how long I can keep them on before they get fed up and try to find another sucker.
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Hiya Rooster I forgot I was a member here

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No but my Fella got the Fright of his Life a Couple of Years back when some Scam told him his Laptop had been froze for Investigation into Child Pornography.

As soon as I saw it I knew it was a Scam , even though it looked very official., they even took his photo and posted it on the screen page 

I went on my Laptop , found a Forum , where so many had been hit by this latest SCAM and unlocked his Laptop for him after a few hours of searching for the right info.

I'm Good in a Crisis  lolz   CK Freaked out and I don't blame him.

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I had the same one pop up on mine. They wanted three hundred dollars by a certain time - with the time ticking on the website - or they would report me to the State Patrol or FBI or some such. I'd never had such a thing pop up before - scared me. I was completely locked out. So when he went to work that day, my son mentioned it and several coworkers told him it was a scam. I found someone to remove it without forking over $300. It took him a while to remove it, but glad I didn't fall for that scam.
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That's why I clocked it was a Scam Danae ,  apart from the fact I know and Trust my Guy and know how Passionate he is about the Scum on the Internet.
They wanted £200  to unlock his Laptop and yes the clock was ticking.

IF EVER YOU COME ACROSS A THREAT , GET ON ANOTHER LAPTOP AND ENTER THE SITE LINK AND I BET YOU WILL FIND A FORUM OF ANGRY PEOPLE WHO HAVE ALSO HAD TO DEAL WITH THAT THREAT.

I stopped my Nan emptying out her Bank account years back (only just) , She found some Lottery Scam and was about to give them her info.
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Thanks for that tip! I appreciate it!!
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It's US against THEM
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