Recently I had to change one of my phone numbers to a new number as I was getting tons of scam calls.
I have already had to change my home phone number since the last owners were an air conditioning repair and supply company. Daily calls from creditors, scammers and customers looking for repair parts had my phone ringing at all hours – even weekends.
Both the new cell line and the home phone rang day and night, with everyone looking to get a donation to some organization including homeless Martians living on Venus; requests for support for dead bacteria and their survivors; and some other callers that had me laughing so hard at their crappy attempts to scam me, that I started to play along.
“Hallo, vee ar callinq from Vindows Teknikal Support. Jure computer has a birus.” I swear it was a Filipino/Indian accent.
“How meeny do you half?”
“Oh my gud, ve are goink to half to check each von!”
“Good, they are all Windows 95 and DOS 6.1.” Click.
This week I am getting quite a few calls on my new number for the person who used to have this number from “UNKNOWN” which immediately goes to voice mail. Today I decided to answer the call and see who it was this time as they call twice a day every day.
The recorded message stated it was a SERIOUS LEGAL matter for the previous owner of this phone number. “Press ZERO to speak with a live operator….”
I pressed zero and waited for a few minutes.
Who picks up?
Mr. Indian Accent dude who places me on hold and then disconnects the call after telling me that there is a serious legal matter at hand. I couldn’t get batteries into my digital recorder fast enough to capture this gem.
So, what is the scam?
This latest round of calls is designed to scare people into giving them money and/or credit card information through the false threat of legal action, including outstanding warrants.
I guess the last four years of calling and telling people that their computers are infected has not paid off enough, so now these morons call and tell you that you have a serious legal matter and if you don’t pay money, it will get worse. They once told my mom that she had an outstanding warrant. She laughed and hung up and called to tell me the funny story. Folks, I get my sense of humor from her and others in my family….this is just fodder for my comedy routines.
So let’s sum it up: if there was a warrant for your arrest, don’t you think the cops would have found you by now and long before some Indian caller from Mumbai?
If you think it’s a scam, it probably is.
NEVER give out financial information to anyone calling you over the phone.
PS: This is not legal advice. If you do have an oustanding warrant….
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