It’s always interesting to read about people who have been scammed over the phone. Sometimes I wonder how in the heck someone could be ripped off so easily.
I kind of enjoy it when the “Windows” guy (who has an accent) calls to tell me there’s something wrong with my Windows. If I have time, I ask a bunch of questions and make statements like “I know one of my windows has a crack – can you stop by and repair it?” One time I screamed, “Why do you want to look through my Windows?” Another time I told the caller in English that I don’t speak English. That confused him.
I also enjoy the spam emails saying a Prince or Princess or widow in some country I’ve never heard about wants to send me several million dollars. All they need is my bank account number. Today I received an email from a lady who is dying from cancer. She wanted me to help her disburse $10.8M to charities, widows, orphans and less privileged.
Several years ago I received what I thought at first was a legitimate email. The email was from U.S. Bank and it looked official and it even had their logo. It looked just like their website, but I always check the email address and it was not a U.S. Bank address. I tried to contact U.S. Bank to let them know about it, but they are so bloated in bureaucracy that I gave up when I could not reach a real person.
Over the weekend I read about an alert from the local sheriff’s office where a scammer was calling to tell the person there were warrants out to arrest him/her because he/she did not show up for a jury trial. The person was told he/she needed to pay a couple thousand dollars as bond to stay out of jail.
I recently received a similar call.
By the way, and I do digress a little here. I do have personal experience with the issue of not showing up at the courthouse and know that one time county officials believed I had not returned my summons to appear in court for jury duty. They sent a great big deputy to my door who seemed to beat on it loud enough for the whole block to think a swat team was descending on my house. Later on the county found they had misfiled my form. I never received an apology for the deputy embarrassing me.
Now back to the scam!
On Monday at 9:59 a.m., I received a call like the local sheriff’s office warned citizens about. As luck would have it they left a message and their number for me to call them back. I guess we’re not dealing with a brain surgeon here. The recorded voice on the call sounded like Siri from iPhone fame.
Here’s the partial message they left on my home voicemail (and don’t even start to judge me for still having a landline):
…within couple of hours then the local county sheriffs are going to arrest you for five criminal allegations.
So before this matter goes to the courthouse and you get arrested, kindly get back to us at 804-269-8337. I repeat 804-269-8337.
Now, if you don’t return the call then the only thing I can do is wish you good luck.
Monday night I informed my family that I might be going away for awhile…