New Telephone Scam
updated: Oct 25, 2013, 2:41 PM
The pesky telephone scammers have come up with yet another way to try and separate you from your hard-earned $$$. They tried to con me this morning twice in two hours.
Calling from a bogus Cambridge, Mass., phone number--617/284-1955--these gentlemen have extremely heavy East Indian accents. They claim to be from "the Medicare office" and then verify your name, address and phone number. They say that Medicare is going to be issuing new ID cards, but before that happens they must know the name of your bank, "for security reasons." The ultimate goal, of course, is to eventually get your bank account number.
I flat out refused to cooperate with the first caller, and when I expressed surprise that anyone would be so stupid as to give out that kind of information, he angrily told me he was cutting off my Medicare benefits, and then told me to go...umm...do something inappropriate with my dog. He didn't like it that I started laughing, so he hung up on me.
Knowing now how the game was played, I decided to have some fun with the second caller. When it got to the part where he wanted to know the name of my bank, I gave him the name of the first one I thought of. He then read me the routing number from that bank and wanted to know if it matched the number on the bottom of my check. I said that two numbers were off, which seemed to confuse him. I then feigned total stupidity and we had a numbers guessing game for about five minutes. I could tell he was getting frustrated. Mid-sentence, where he was trying for the eighth time to explain to me how to read the numbers on the check, I decided I'd had about all the fun I could take. I ended the call abruptly saying, "Oh, oh, gotta go. It's time for 'Judge Judy'," and hanging up.
I know that Edhatters are a bright bunch and would never fall for such a transparent telephone scam as this, but it can't hurt to be on the alert for it.
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