- 3 Post By Homer Simpson
April 25th, 2012, 09:41 AM #1
Hillbilly cold calling scam
Got a call from these tools this morning on my answering machine regarding a "very important matter", did a bit of research and they are cold calling all kinds of people illegally.
April 25th, 2012, 11:14 AM #2
It amazes me that people still fall for that type of scam. If someone won't identify what company they're from or what the urgent issue is, why would you dream of giving them any info.
It's like we get this call from some girl at "Credit Card Services" telling us that there's nothing wrong with our account but they have information for us and to stay on the line. Hmmm, if you don't identify what credit card co you're with, I'm not staying on the line.
April 25th, 2012, 12:23 PM #3
The car warranty ones were really bad, these things are such big pains in the asses when you find out a relative has gotten involved.
April 25th, 2012, 12:35 PM #4
Last time I got a call from the car warranty I asked them which car they were calling about and he got a little snippy with me, I told him "you called me".
April 25th, 2012, 04:01 PM #5
Ooh I hadn't thought about the car warranty one in awhile.
My mom was getting the someone wants you to pick up the charges on a collect call from someone in jail for awhile on her cell phone.
April 25th, 2012, 04:24 PM #6
A few months ago I got a collection call regarding a medical bill I disputed with an insurance company, incurred by a hospital visit my son had.
The debt collector asked for my wife.
I replied letting them know it was her husband speaking, not giving my name.
The lady then said I would need to verify my sons full name to continue the conversation.
Like Homer said, I gave them the "You called me".
I then asked her if a complete stranger called her, and asked them to divulge personal family information, would she?
Then I asked if it's their companies policy to ask for personal information regarding a minor.
Silence followed by a bewildered "ummmm, well, ummm".
I then asked for her verification request in writing via fax, she hung up.
Amazing, I bet that some people would willing cough up information about their family, finances, or any other slew of personal information to these collection scum bags because "they sounded legit". Unscrupulous business tactics and scams are only viable if people are gullible enough to fall for them. I feel bad for the elderly and mentally incompetent that get taken advantage of.
The debt ended up getting paid by the insurance company a few weeks later.
April 25th, 2012, 11:21 PM #7
I never get those calls! :D
Lucky me! All I have to worry is about drunken family members calling me in the middle of the might to tell me off!
April 26th, 2012, 03:25 PM #8
I usually call back and give them my SS# and my full name. They are very helpful.