I won $5000!!!! scam alert!
That is scary, Shirley!! Did the person on the other end of the phone at least ask to talk to the homeowner, or did they just ask for a bank account number?? Either way, it is not cool. That is so freaky. Good thing your daughter didn't give out any info!! Hopefully she can also learn from this experience so that when she lives on her own, she will know that this is a scam. Thanks for telling us about this!!
Mary, they asked for us by name and knew where we lived!!!!! and this was a private unlisted number that they called me on. freaky!!!
HA!! they called me back today like they said and man did I PISS the lady off. First off, she could barely even speak english, she sounded Indian, as in from India. I let her go on and on with her speech and pitch. Then when she came to the part where she said she'd have to have my bank account. I said, 'now heres where I have a problem, I believe this is a scam because why do you have to have my bank account number'?? she went on to say that it was a transition from one back to another, from their bank to mine. I told her that if I won the money, she could just mail me the check. she was really getting mad and went on about it had to be done through the bank, and our united states government was recording our phone call so that no fraud was involved. I said, I'm not interested, this is a scam. she was still talking when I hung up in her ear.
I love your avatar mary!!! looks like a kitty I used to have by the name of baby girl.
Good for you Shirley! What a bunch of jerks, I can't believe she would say that the government is recording the phone call?! Talk about fraud...
I know, this kitty is hilarious :)
Oh, I had a good time with this one too! I was helping one of the elderly professors in my department with his computer when he got the call. I heard him talking about a grant etc...and then he got up to get his check book. I asked him what was going on and he told me he had been given a grant by the government just for paying his taxes on time. I asked if I could speak to the person on the phone and he gave me the phone. Then I started asking questions.
I asked what department of the government she worked for, her answer? Grants.
Wrong answer. There is no general "grants" department.
Then I asked if I could speak to her supervisor to confirm the windfall. Her answer?
This is the US government, we don't have supervisors. Again, wrong answer. If anything, governmental officers have a preponderance of supervisors.
Finally she got nervous and asked to speak to the professor again. I told her I just had one more question for her. Why do you need his bank account number? Her answer,
We already have his account number, I just need to confirm it. Wrong answer. If they had his account number then she woulnd't need him to read it back to her.
I told her to take her filthy scam and shove it where the sun didn't shine, and then I explained to the professor that what would have happened is that he would have given her his account information and they would have cleaned out his account.
Good looking out, bowen! Poor guy would have been out a whole lot of money.
Bowen29 way to go!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so glad you were there to stop this scam from happening! we really need to make people aware of this so they don't fall for it. This is why I have it posted in the forum and in my blog. we have to stop these people in their tracks!