Scammers Grab More Than Attention Through the Phone

Scammers grab more than attention

Scammers have been used the telephone to try and get money from victims for many years. While the tricks of the trade may change over time, the information they request usually remains the same.

Millions of people are contacted every day through voice and text messages from people offering a free vacation, free funding, free gift cards, and many other tempting treats. Some may be legitimate offers, but other are not. How can you tell the difference?

One of the ways a scammer will convince a victim to release their money is by putting them under pressure. Pushing a person to make a quick decision removes the possibility of mulling over the value and legitimacy of the offer. Always take your time to make the best decision possible. If the “value” of the offer can’t wait for you to think it over, then don’t take the deal.

A scammer will always ask for a way to access your financial info or personal data, even with a free prize. They might ask you to pay the taxes and fees associated with your prize, or for information such as your social security number and birth date to enroll in a free offer. Don’t fall for it. Ask for them to send you the related documents in the mail. If it’s a legitimate offer, there should be no problem with that request, and don’t let them convince you otherwise.

Scammers will almost always make their offer too good to be true. Remember the old saying, “if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” If someone is offering you a fabulous prize for a brief survey, and then requests your credit card number to pay for the fees associated with it, don’t do it. They’ll likely max out your card and laugh all the way to the bank, leaving you with no prize and a hefty bill.

Keep in mind that while scammers are more likely to call your personal phone, they can also call your work number too. Business phones aren’t exempt from a scammers calling list, so be aware of the possibility and limit what information you provide over the phone.

The unscrupulous few in the population that want what you have will try everything they can to get it. Don’t be fooled. Keep your information safe to keep them out business.

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2 Comments

  1. Isaacs, Phyllis L - Dallas, TX

     /  March 20, 2013

    The comments links for this article don’t work.

    Phyllis Laura Isaacs, J.D.
    Paralegal Specialist
    United States Postal Service
    Southern Law Office
    P. O. Box 227078
    Dallas TX 75222-7078
    (214) 252-6101
    FAX: (214) 252-6168
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  2. Jonn

     /  April 19, 2013

    I can access it ok. Are you trying to get here from the email or typing in the website in the browser?

    And as for scammer phone calls, I don’t tell cold callers or even phishing emailers anything. I don’t get nearly as many as I used to though, so I’m happy about that.

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