Scams Courtesy of Scums

You'd think my next posting would have been about sending my baby off to college. Yeah, yeah, I'm working on it. I don't want to be all mushy and sad right now and I'm afraid I would be if I started writing on it, so I'm procrastinating. And if procrastination were a spiritual gift, I could do big things for the Kingdom of God...but I digress.

Today's post, instead, is a public service announcement: This morning, my boss's wife called me. She told me she had received a call, on her home number, from a lady who was asking for me (WTFrak??). So boss's wife dutifully takes down the number and calls me to tell me about this really odd call.

I'm so suspicious of what this is, so I don't call it, I Google it. It takes me to a BBB site where others have posted complaints. This "company" that called my boss's wife apparently surfs websites, gets phone numbers and names, then calls to tell you that you owe thousands of dollars in debts from 15 years ago and could you just go ahead and settle this over the phone with a credit card right now.

Also, their MO seems to be asking for one of your friends or associates and telling them they are trying to track you down. If you think for a second I was thrilled some fake bill collector called my boss and his wife at home to find me, you'd be mistaken.

So, if you start getting calls from 866-428-6589 or a group called Portfolio Associates, find a way to slam the phone down so hard, you might send phone shrapnel deep into their thick skulls. Okay, I'm kidding. I think...

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8 comments:

Danny Burch said...

I've gotten one of those calls... something about my car warranty is expiring.. you know.. my lifetime warranty.. geez

katdish said...

GAAA! Are you kidding me? I never answer my home phone unless I recognize the number. Stupid people...

Beth said...

I got a call asking for me under my maiden name. Next month I will have been married 8 years! They said they were trying to collect a debt from a Victoria's Secret charge. Uh...I can't remember when I bought anything there!! I told them to send something to me in writing. Funny, I never got anything...

Peter P said...

I'd love to get one of those calls. Since I've only lived in the US for a few years, it would be fun to see what they might try to invent!

Steph @Red Clay Diaries said...

I need to do that: Google those 800 numbers that call all the time, even tho I never answer & they never leave a msg. THEN call them back and let my son play his trumpet into the receiver! Poetic justice.

Wendy said...

Just when you thought they couldn't go any lower... Is it wrong to wish some Old Testament wrath upon them?

sherri said...

I like Steph's idea too.

Helen said...

Unbelieveable! Like this wouldn't have already shown up on a credit rating...But being removed from the situation, it is easy to see that. I admire how you kept a cool head and looked it up.