Skip to comments.Getting weird phone calls... foreigner saying I applied for a loan
Posted on 02/17/2014 3:11:05 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum
We have been getting daily calls from a phone bank. Sometimes the calls are abandoned before we answer. Today I asked the guy who he was and he said something like "American Finance" and that I had applied for a loan. I told him that he was an accessory to identity theft and to dispose of the loan application or I would sue. He hung up.
I checked both my credit report and my wife's credit report and there has been no unusual activity.
Is this something I should be worried about?
Is he from Nigeria? Maybe he wants to loan you money so you can transfer millions to a Nigerian account????
I’m guessing he wanted to let you know that they had a problem with the paperwork. Maybe the village goat ate it. He was wanting you to re-apply over the phone and give him all the info he needed so you could have money.
American Finance sounds like a really thoughtful bank for doing that.
Sounds like a fishing expedition for a scam. If you don’t have caller ID, get it. Do not answer any number you don’t recognize. If it’s so important, they’ll leave a message.
Don’t give them anything.
We screen all calls anymore unless it is from a number we actually know. Definitely an uptick in 800 or 877 calls and a boatload of calls from area code 202. I figure if they’re important they’ll leave a message.
The guy hung up on me when I said this is a no call number.
Did he say his name was Peggy?
Rachel from “Card Member Services” has been calling me a LOT, but of course ther NSA cannot stop these bastards who are phone scammers, but they wanna hear what i tell my family memebers....
Do yourself a favor. Log the area code.
Do not answer if it isn’t recognized. Do you have a service that posts the number on your screen?
I have decided to purchase a couple of new landline phones with caller ID.
I suspect this is the phone scam where they are trying to get you to call them back. If you call them back, you will get zapped with a fee.
I thought of that, too. I told my wife to never *69 anybody. She didn’t even know what that meant.
These phone scammers bother the hell out of me, The NSA is listening to all our damn calls but cannot do a g_d Damned thing about these scammers, but they wanna know what my mother ate the other day when I talk to her over the phone...
Maybe when we get a person onthe line from a scammer we should start blurting out “hot list” words for the NSA system to bring up....
Nah, they would go after US and not the &*%^&*% Scammers... Because they can easily track us and not the scammers, hell they are probably in legue with the scammers...
I once had a man at the door pretending to be a tax collector so I started yelling at him and then he left.
Later my wife said he must have been a crook.
I said: Oh...
On second thought, just let them all ring out. It will stop after a couple of months. Just for fun, pick up the phone and set it down, off hook. :^)
Have some nice background music for their pleasure.
If somebody in your world needs you, an envelope will arrive at your home.
There’s a good chance your caller is working out of an office in Buffalo, NY. Not too much actual work up there, but one booming “business” involves filling boiler rooms with sub-literates and having them call people to scam them. They can harm you a little by wasting your time, but they cannot do much beyond that so long as you give them no information.
And the great majority don’t. But in a high-volume calling operation, they just need to trick 1/100th of their targets into giving over credit card and/or bank account numbers, and they’re in the money.
We have a Do Not Call order, and it worked pretty well while Bush was President.
Now we get numerous unwanted calls. It seems obvious that Obama and his stooges have been bought off, and the Do Not Call orders no longer mean anything.
I keep getting the Elaine Benes area code. 646
I got them from all over. Montana, California, Florida etc.
I just let them stay on.
I need to update my Sinatra to Baha Men