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Possible Phone Scam
updated: Feb 03, 2014, 11:00 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

At about 10:36 Monday the 3rd, my phone rang and a guy who said he was Eddie and needed help because his phone was broken, asked me to look up "Templeton Self Storage" for him. I did that and gave him their number.

Now, with all the fraud reports, I wonder if I did the right thing or if "Eddie" was creating a list of some sort? Any knowledgeable comment welcome.

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 COMMENT 491749 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-03 11:14 AM

A list of people willing to help?

Unless he asked for anything else, the worst thing on his " list " is your number and the self storage place.

I guess i just wonder how he dialed you in the first place


 COMMENT 491754P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-03 11:18 AM

Wish the "Do Not Call" list worked better. The incoming calls with ghost phone numbers - unpleasant.


 COMMENT 491759 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-03 11:32 AM

His phone was broken yet he was still able to make a random call to you and not 411??

I wouldn't worry too much IF the only information you gave him was a phone number and you were on your cell phone. However, thinking of NSA's metadata, the caller has linked you with a particular phone number, confirmed your location at that time of day if it was a landline call and perhaps knows your name or other personal information you might have inadvertently provided. Was 'Eddie' a friendly, chatty guy?

Just as you would delete unsolicited e-mails, if you don't know the caller, hang up


 COMMENT 491760 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-03 11:32 AM

Here is the problem that I see. "Eddie" called your phone to tell you his phone was "broken".


 COMMENT 491764 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-03 11:45 AM

call was from a correctional facility?


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-03 12:14 PM

Or maybe he was calling to see if you were home..


 COMMENT 491789 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-03 12:27 PM

If you had been away and not answered your phone, you'd probably be missing your china, gold coins and prescription meds right about now.


 COMMENT 491793P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-03 12:43 PM

If Eddie's phone was broken and he borrowed a phone from someone else, he would not want to incur the charge for 411 on a phone that was not his. Makes sense to do what he did. I really don't see a big problem here. No personal information was given.


 COMMENT 491806P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-03 01:05 PM

Older phones are unable to connect to the internet. And, some new ones are not set up to connect to the internet.


 COMMENT 491816 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-03 01:14 PM

If you feel this was anything to worry about contact your phone provider and let them know. They can sometimes make note of it on your account. If anything suspicious turns up on your bill there will be a trail.


 COMMENT 491927 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-03 07:19 PM

good one Roger!


 COMMENT 491975 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-04 07:39 AM

Did you look for the phone number online? Maybe he was able to see your internet connection as you looked up the phone number online and now has your passwords, browsing history etc.


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-04 09:47 AM

How does someone decide what posts are not what he/she approves of, and have to gall to post a negative remark about it? Must make the person feel superior, such a pity. I think the "Eddie" information is interesting, thanks poster.


 COMMENT 492055 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-04 11:00 AM


That really doesn't make any sense (not that much about this does) ... looking up somethings online doesn't provide any way to "see" an internet connection that isn't already seen. If someone were able to monitor your internet traffic, they would just do it, they wouldn't make a call that might put you on guard.

What I don't understand is why the OP didn't ask where "Eddie" got his number, why he didn't call Information, etc.


 COMMENT 492091 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-04 12:23 PM

I probably wouldn't have thought to wonder how he called if his phone was broken, but the suggestion that he borrowed a phone and didn't want to incur a 411 charge on it sort of makes sense.


 COMMENT 492158 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-04 02:40 PM

Eddie works for Templeton Self Storage. He is the main contact for the business.


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