Scammer tried to get me!

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  1. Philo426

    Philo426 Senior Stratmaster

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    Received a bogus call from a robo voice saying they were from the electric company.Claimed that I didn't pay my bill and tried to create fear and urgency by claiming they were coming in the next few minutes to shut it off ...knew that was BS because I just paid the bill .Just for sure I called the company and my account is paid in full(knew it was ).Man they are scummy.
     
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    Imagine if they put that much effort into producing something worthwhile?
     
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    More generally, never respond to unsolicited calls. If you think it might be real, call back on a number you know is correct, not one they give you.
     
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    Today I got an email confirming that I bought an expensive cable modem which I didn't actually buy. It happened to have a phone number to call if I wanted to dispute the charge. I'm sure I would have been asked for credit card information if I had called. I just ignore that stuff.
     
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    I usually threaten to butcher their whole call center like little piggies. They've already distracted me, figure I might as well entertain myself... :sneaky:
     
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    I just called to get the smart meter removed from my house. $52.00 fee to install analog and $9 more a month. Small price to pay IMO.
     
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    After he gives his spiel, ask in your meekest voice, “Will you be my friend?”
     
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    My phone is set to send any unfamiliar number straight to voice mail.
     
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    I do not even answer unknown numbers .
     
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  11. Philo426

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    Spoof call but I never respond to unsolicited call unless I recognize the call.
     
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    I have a buttload of nieces and nephews as well as extended cousins etc that I don't keep track of, so if a 'local' number comes up I usually answer in case of family emergency stuff.. needless to say that's happened zero times so far. But still, I'm a lot of these folks first call so I at least answer in case.

    Byproduct is calls from scammers.
     
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    Philo426 Senior Stratmaster

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    If you were unsure they could get your info with tragic results.
     
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    abnormaltoy Mouth draggin' knuckle breather

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    They especially chap my hindquarters when they try to screw over old folks...older than me, even
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    Who may not be as aware of scammers.
     
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    ...or as I have read, may be lonely to the point of wanting to talk to anyone.
     
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    Could be ... sobering thought.
     
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    I had a possible scam recently,

    Our car was hit while parked (no one in our car).
    I got insurance claim in motion, said they will get back to me. Ok fine.

    Out of the blue I get a “form” in the mail asking all kinds of identity questions like ssn, drivers license number, etc.
    The envelope said it was from the insurance company that had the claim.
    I started to mail it, but then stopped because,What if it’s a scam.
    So I don’t send it, the claim goes through, and I never heard about it.

    son of a b, that was probably a scam!
    So, watch out Strat Talkers!

    I guess accidents are public record, and anything public can make you a target.
     
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    Philo426 Senior Stratmaster

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    Can't be too careful...always verify when you can.
     
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    I’m just amazed people fall for that s—t.
     
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