IN REAL LIFE IT DOES HAPPEN
This week I attended a Fraud Seminar for mature people. A Sheriff Deputy gave us great information to help keep us from losing our money to crooks, thieves and scoundrels.
I consider myself pretty savvy when it comes to my money. YEven so, there are more and more out there who try to get it – mine and yours.
Let me illustrate: Recently I started receiving phone calls on my cell phone from an area code I did not recognize. When the calls went to voice mail, the caller disconnected. Six calls in two days – someone was relentlessly pursuing me.
The nice part of a cell phone is they keep the numbers of calls received. I Googled® the area code to discover it was from the Portland Oregon vicinity. No one I know lives in Oregon or has my cell phone number.
The next time a call came in from this number: 503-457-1270, I answered it. The caller wanted to “give me a free wireless home security system for allowing them to put up a sign in my yard.” The call ended abruptly when I said I was not interested. Six calls in two days!
As instructed by the Do Not Call List, I filled out an online complaint; however I doubt if they will follow up, telling me they have to have an address and name, dates and times. Just try to keep a scammer on the phone that long. Mind you, I am on the state and federal Do Not Call List for my land line and cell phone. Doesn’t seem to matter.
That very afternoon I received a text message from Bestbuydraw.com, telling me I had won a sweepstakes. Folks, no one is giving you free money when you haven’t even entered a sweepstakes! To report them, I have to file a complaint with the State Attorney. From my experience, it’s akin to a full-time job. This should be easier.
The final try last week to get nanaj’s identity or cash was the email I received later that day, informing me of my “free ticket from American Airlines.” Delete, delete, delete – anything of this nature! As our good deputy told us, these scammers are trying to steal your identity and access your financial accounts to clean them out. Once it’s gone, you will never get your money back.
Be smart!. Form a relationship with your financial institution’s customer service person. Check your accounts often. You’re online, so check your accounts online with a secure network.
If you have been a victim of fraud or identity theft, please let all our Dear
Readers know about it and what you did about it and the results.
You might save someone else from being victimized. We will all thank you.