|Is that call for real or a scammer?|
Just late last week, I decided to checkout one of those sites that promises to possibly save you about half on your car insurance. I did get legitimate quotes, but I also think their site may be hacked, and others may be collecting your personal information, including your telephone number, E-mail address, as well as possibly even your mailing address, be that a PO box, or your street address.
If you don't know who's calling,
Let them leave a message.
No message? Can't be too important
then, can it?
Likely, it is a solicitor
or someone trying a scam.
I Googled the number, and clicked on one of the sites where people can leave information about calls they have gotten from this number. One person said that they picked up the phone, and entered the number to talk to someone. That person told them that their credit card interest rates were being raised. Quick thinking on their part may have saved the day. This person said to the caller, "Which credit card is this on?" The man on the other end, quickly hung up. This has SCAM written all over it.
|Scammers can call from |
anywhere on the globe.
Return their call, and you, too
could be calling anyplace.
Over the past year or so, I have gotten several calls from such callers. I never answer any call from any area code I don't expect a call from.
One other reminder; Many calls will also leave you a number to call back. If you do not know who the company or caller is, don't fall for that trap, either. Many far off islands have scammers, who call people and leave a message to call back. They may even say it's an emergency, or that you are about to have your bank account garnished. If you think the call sounds legitimate, then call your own bank directly, DO NOT, and I repeat, DO NOT call the number they left, even if it's an 800 or 888, or 866 area code. The telephone companies as well as law enforcement, and the news has been warning people for several years, that many times, when you call the "toll free" number, you will unknowingly be transferred to another number, then put on hold, and it could cost you hundreds if not thousands of dollars which will be billed to your telephone number. Getting that all straightened out with your phone company may well take several month, and you could even have your phone disconnected for non-payment of the bill while you are getting it corrected.