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post #1 of 15 Old 10-05-2012, 08:47 AM Thread Starter
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Concerned phone call on my office phone

Today I got into work and there was a missed call and message on my office phone.. The number was local, but I didn't recognize it as any of the people here at work..

I never use my office phone.. Truthfully, I have to think about what the number is.. I really don't know why I have it, but I do..

So, I listen to the message.. It goes like this..

Mr. Paper (not my real name, but is close),
This is Mrs. StaffackerI'm sorry I missed you, but I need you to call me as soon as you can about Steward. Please call me as soon as you can at 555-5555 (not the real number, I know you people)

I have no kids, I don't know this lady. I have no kids. And the only way she got my name is off of the opening message when you call me, as my office number isn't published..

So do I jack with her or just tell her she's got the wrong number??
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post #2 of 15 Old 10-05-2012, 10:02 AM
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I'd say mess with her. It's probably a scammer fishing for things. She most likely will ask you to western union money for a "distant" relative who she will say is in a bind. It's one of the newer scams people are working nowadays

But... Also be ready for more potential calls once they know its a live number. Scammers share info. We shut one down and ten more pop up.

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Can't be a scammer.. It's a local caller.. And again, my number isn't listed anywhere..

I think someone got a wrong number..

I think it's time to call and find out, though..
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Ignore it. If it's for real and important they will call again.

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It sounds like it could possibly be a scam I've heard of first-hand where somebody will get the names of family members then target a parent or grandparent, claiming their son/daughter/whatever is stranded and needs money or got thrown in jail and needs bail money.

A guy I work with had somebody call his grandmother and say he got thrown in jail and needed $3,000 to get out. She actually went to the bank and was withdrawing the money when the teller (small town) thought something wasn't right and called another family member to come to the bank and talk to her. The grandmother said she was headed straight from the bank to Western Union to send the money, so if the teller hadn't been concerned, she would have lost the money.

Don't know if your mystery phone call is the same deal, but it sounds like it could be similar. I agree with klr4ever: as tempting as it is to mess with them, I'd ignore it.




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Also, revers directory it too if you want. 411.com. If they don't have it listed online you can have them text you the number and they use a larger database for that, cell phones included. If they don't have it no charge. I pay 2.99 a month for unlimited as it makes tracing a lot easier


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Somehow, the principle at the local high school has the same last name as I do and one of the seniors at the school had $40 stolen.. The lady was the kids mother and this was the name and number she was given by the school..

It's not that big of a town.. Way weird..
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Can't be a scammer.. It's a local caller.. And again, my number isn't listed anywhere..

I think someone got a wrong number..

I think it's time to call and find out, though..
Cell phones numbers can be picked from any region in the US if you ask. I could buy a phone here in CA and ask for a NY number if I wanted. Just FYI.


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Glad it worked out Paper. Maybe my view of society is a little jaded...


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I've had inmates tell me one of the ways they gather information for schemes like this, committing fraud and forgery, etc. is having their "old ladies" get jobs as "medical records technicians" and working in a doctor's office, etc. just to pull important personal information from patients' files, along with prescription pads, etc. I'm sure the medical records setting isn't the only place to gather personal info, but it's probably pretty handy.

There's certainly nothing wrong with doing all you can to protect your personal information, but there's always a way for somebody to get their hands on it.



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