Really Dumb Telephone Scams

From an April, 2006 telephone call:

"We suspect that your Bank of America account has been compromised. For your protection, we need you to confirm the numbers at the bottom of your check."

Wow! Scarey. How nice of them to call. Do they really think I'm that dumb? "(laughing) Do you really think I'm that dumb?"

"(angry) Have you been living in a bubble? Haven't you heard about identity theft?" (more ranting and insults)

"(more laughing) You're not very good at this, are you."

(more angry ranting and a hang up)

This was a different kind of attempt to gain personal information. A good con artist certainly wouldn't have slipped into pressuring the mark. Star 69 yielded the caller's 888 phone number as -000-0000. "Spoofed and untraceable" according to Verizon. "Report it to the FBI", they said. Sure, like that will do a lot of good.

The moral of the story is, don't expect the government to protect you. They can't. Learn to take care of yourself. Homeland Security has finally owned up to it. For the next disaster, hurricane, or terrorist attack, we're on our own. As if we didn't already know that.

May, 2006 telephone call from "Medicare"

(Southeast Asian-sounding accent) "I'm calling to advise you that we are replacing your Medicare card with a new one."

Medicare doesn't call. They send information in the mail. "What?"

"Your old Medicare care is no good. We're sending you a new one and need to confirm your information."

"What?"

"I need to confirm your birthdate."

"You can go to jail for this you know."

"explitive, explitive... bitch!" [hang up]

Star 69 indicated that this call was out of the country. Big surprise there.

What happened to the good old days when con artists were smooth and professional?

Need advice on scams? Check with me. I've seen 'em all. little old lady


(little old lady drawing borrowed without permission)

[See Also: Nigerian Bank Scam. People still fall for this one.]