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  1. #16
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    I get multiple scam calls every week, probably because I pick up (I can't see caller id). One actually called me by a name I haven't had for over 40 years.

    I am embarrassed that I actually fell for one (I thought I was more savvy about scam calls) I got a call from the electric company that they were shutting my service for non-payment. If I didn't pay right then, I would have to come to the office and also have to pay a $175 reconnection fee. This was in the middle of a cold snap, I had no way of getting to the office, so I stupidly gave a credit card number. Fortunately I got my head together in a few minutes and called the electric company....there was no problem with my account. I immediately called the credit card company and they closed the account. There was a $312 charge already there but thank goodness I was not held responsible. I still can't believe I fell for that.

  2. #17
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    Quote Originally Posted by NancyNGA View Post
    Got a new one today. (I know this is an old thread, but I hate to start a new one just for one entry)

    Girl calls saying she's from Medicare, and her purpose is to verify the data in their database. This makes no sense to me, but has me curious, so I play along at first.

    1st Question: Is this your correct address? (she states my correct address)

    "Yes" (anyone can find that from a phone number)


    2nd Question:
    "Is this your correct age and were you born in...?" (she states my age and correct birth year)

    "Yes" (you can guess that from Intellius)


    3rd Question:
    "What is your birthday?"

    Hmm.... I said, "I don't like to give out information like that over the phone."


    She says, "Well, we'll just keep calling back until you give us the information."

    I hung up.

    I'd love to hear what her other questions would have been, but couldn't get past the birthday, apparently. If they call again I'll try asking if we can skip that question and go back to it later.
    Careful here..I have heard that some are recording the "yes" to use elsewhere!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken N Tx View Post
    Careful here..I have heard that some are recording the "yes" to use elsewhere!!!!
    I've seen that on the evening news. You say "yes" and they record that to come back at you later and say you agreed to something.
    Some also may ask ... can you hear me? .... hang up!

  4. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by Bonnie View Post
    I've seen that on the evening news. You say "yes" and they record that to come back at you later and say you agreed to something.
    Some also may ask ... can you hear me? .... hang up!
    Exactly!
    You should not be answering any questions. Doesn't matter if they could have gotten the information somewhere else, you just verified it! Your address, age, anything, it doesn't have to be a phone scam. It could be burglars looking for an old person as an easy mark. They tell you not to talk to the people at all, let it go to your answering machine. If it's a friend they will leave a message. Why would you want to argue or play games with a stranger on your phone? At the very least when you answer your phone, the person/machine calling now knows it's a good phone number. This is why you still have people being scammed, stop thinking you are smarter than the scammers.

  5. #20
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    More scammer information ..
    http://lifehacker.com/phone-calls-fr...cam-1793107601 :
    from the link ...
    In addition to 473, some other common area codes scammers use.
    242 — Bahamas
    241 — Bermuda
    784 — St. Vincent and Grenadines
    246 — Barbados
    809, 829, and 849 — Dominican Republic
    264 — Anguilla
    649 — Turks and Caicos
    868 — Trinidad and Tobago
    268 — Antigua
    664 — Montserrat

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