Skip to comments.Major Phone Scam
Posted on 05/23/2014 4:27:59 PM PDT by Allen In Texas Hill Country
We stopped answering unknown phone calls a long long time ago. But I was outside and the wife, expecting a call, did answer the call. Trying to make a long story short.....
It was from a family member whom we care enough about that we would do almost anything for. The wife was convinced it was from this family member and when she told me she convinced me too. A few phone calls later involving public attorneys and lawyers we were told to send a very large sum of CASH using UPS.
And then,,,, FINALLY,,, I realized this was a scam. But the knowledge about the details of our particular family structure (a bit different) scares the hell out of us. We called the sheriffs office and gave them the details of the phone numbers used in the scam. The main one of which came from Montreal, Quebec. I did the reverse search after realizing.
Just posting to help others.
My family members don’t like being laughed at so they would never call me asking for money.
My wife’s aunt lost several hundreds of thousands of dollars to a Jamaican Lottery Scam. She died penniless.
The local Panama City, FL TV station mentioned a scam which is going around this area.
A supposed deputy calls and says you have been fined for not showing up for jury duty. He then tells you to put the amount on a Wal-Mart card and mail it to some address.
I can’t see anyone falling for that one but some must.
This happened to my elderly mother. They claimed my nephew (13 at the time) was in a Spanish prison. My poor mother was really distraught. She gave them my brother’s phone number. They actually called my brother. Same scenario as you experienced...call from Montreal etc. We were also quite shocked by the level of information they had.
Bear in mind with Ancestry.com and other tools a stranger can figure out your family tree.
Got a desperate email from my Dr who was supposedly in Spain & his wallet & ID had been stolen. Very real looking and written in a way it sounded like him. Called the office as a precautionary move & found his email accct had been hacked.
Does your family member have a facebook page? I can see them getting information from that.
There is a similar e-mail scam in which someone hijacks someone’s e-mail list, then sends a plea for money to everyone on the list by claiming they are in a foreign country in which all their credit cards have been stolen and they have no way to get home unless you send cash now!
My calls are White listed.
I dunno you, I don’t answer.
Thanks for posting this. Our phone has been ringing off the hook lately from political calls ... mostly from 202 area code (DC). Lately a lot of ‘other’ type calls are coming thru as well. We were on the do-not-call list but the wheels seem to have come off that operation. We just don’t answer the phone anymore unless the number or name of someone we know pops up on the phone screen. If it’s important they can leave a message. It is irritating.
Some people are naive and unsuspecting and can fall prey to this kind of crime. Thanks for posting.
Similar thing happened to my mother. The weird thing is, her grandson (my nephew) was actually living in Spain at the time, so she got completely freaked out. Fortunately she kept her wits about her and realized it was a scam, but it shook her up badly.
I could happily shoot people who run these kinds of things.
I think the scam was that a family member or doctor had their e mail hacked and the info was used to ask for money, as if it was them away from home and had wallet, money, ID stolen.
I had that happen to me twice....”an emergency request of someone I knew who was stranded, and all their wallets, money, and ID stolen and they needed to come home.” That is the scam. Neither had contacted me, but their emails were hacked and used to send to all in their contact list requesting help....some no doubt sent money they will never see again...to the hacker.
Yes, the wife does and we quickly realized Facebook is/was a real possibility. Initially she said that was it, no more Facebook. I said no, post on Facebook what just happened to let others know.
I understand and can help.
Please send me your account number and pin. Also today only, carbon credits, 1/2 price. No checks. Cash only.
Used to be that being on a ‘no call list’ protected you. Now it secures the solicitors have a number to call for donations, requests, sales pitches etc.
Aside from Free Republic, because all Freepers are trustworthy, I try not to have any online presence that might let people know I am actually Barry Sotero and am actually not an American.
I remember a phone call I got from “Mr. Brown” back when my daughter was 16 or 17. “Mr. Brown” was calling to tell me my daughter was staying overnight with “Suzie” and they (he and Mrs. Brown) would be home all night.
It was a kid, one of her male friends and the whole bunch of them were concocting a fictitious sleep over. I laughed my butt off right back at him and just sat there and waited for the whole thing to break down. I ended the call telling “Mr. Brown” to make sure he tells Jennifer to get her ass back home by curfew or there would be hell to pay.
I'm waiting for one of these calls about one of my “relatives”....just waiting patiently
Thanks for the info. Just one other bit of advice, a year ago, I got an odd call from a number i did not recognize. I used a search engine to look it up. One of the top items listed included a headline detailing something about a scam. I clicked on the link and got hit by a virus. Apparently, this is one way to draw people to sites, and infect their computers.
just make sure you waste as much of their time as possible
I love to make these guys riled up until they start cursing me (real curses! not just swear words) I even started mumbling some curses of my own to one guy and he screamed and hung up
Can we get the Democrat voter rolls and start marketing scams to them??
I always tell people I have no friends because friends are people who:
1. Call at three in the morning to borrow money
2. Call at three in the morning to ask you to get them out of jail
3. Tell you sad stories about their daughter getting pregnant.
Well the first two require money which I don’t have and what I am supposed to say about the third-”It wasn’t me”.
That’s a good idea. My son and I have Facebook pages. It’s how we keep up with each other now that he is in the Marines.
This is an old ruse. The calls from Canada are typical. The ones that tried it on me claimed to be in Vancouver, so they do get around. Cops knew about it. Cuidado’
Once I got a scam call. They left me a voice mail. I waited until they called again and I recognized the number.
I answered the phone in a loud authoritative voice:
“Blair County Sheriffs office, Fraud Division, who is this?! This number has been linked to illegal telecommunication activity. Do not hang up or you will be impeding a law enforcement investigation and committing the crime of Obstruction of Justice! Who and where are you?!”
I kept them on the line for a good thirty seconds while they stammered and mumbled. Then they hung up. Never heard from them again. It was fun.
Same thing happened to my elderly mom. She’s still very sharp. What tipped her off is they’grandchild’ didn’t call her by her nickname. She led the caller on. Then reported it to the BBB and the FBI.
glad you caught on before they really harmed you.
Had lunch with one of our JP’s in Brazoria County, Texas. When I got home noticed I had an email from him saying he was in Italy, had wallet stolen, etc. Gave him a hard time about it because he had no money and I loaned him money for lunch today. Told him I’d already contributed so no more money for them. Until I called his office they were not even aware that their email had been hacked. Addresses of lots of important folks in that email list!
Have also noticed a huge uptick in robo calls both to the office and cell phone from the same calling number. Interesting because office number is 281 and cell is 713. Not sure what the AG in Texas can do about it but would like to think that there is something we can do on a state level about the bogus DNC list.
You’re a fraud, obviously, because his name given at birth in Canada was Steven Barnard Dunham.
Or it may have been spelled Steven Bernard Dunham ...
No, you would get rich so quickly that you would stop posting at FreeRepublic, and we can’t have that now!
I’ve got some real simple rules.
I never ever buy, borrow, lend, or sell to family, friends or neighbors.
I got e mail (allegedly) from a friend, saying virtually word for word what you just said. I called his home phone. He was in Texas, and said his e mail had been hacked. He changed his password immediately.
I will never stop posting, I want to find a way to keep posting even after I am dead. lol
I have not received these but everyone in my email account got an email saying I was robbed and was stranded in Lomdon. This was 4 or 5 years ago. A cousin’s wife got one and knew it was fake due to some wording in it. Some people need to get a real life.
Enjoy your peaceful and stress-free life.
Priceless! That’s where I got my idea!
One unofficial event that Tom Mabe is best known for took place when telemarketers gathered in Washington D.C. with the hopes of discouraging any laws that would prevent telemarketing. Mabe found out exactly where the telemarketers were staying, and he checked into the same hotel. He even found out what rooms they were staying in. Mabe then took the initiative to call the telemarketers at 3 a.m. to pretend and sell them sleeping pills. This occurrence allowed his audience from Paul Harvey to The New York Times to announce that Tom Mabe was their new hero.
Since you say that you recognized the family member, I’m taking that to mean that your family member was “in on the scam”.
This kind of thing is usually directed at elderly people with the caller saying they are a grandson or nephew, etc. and are in jail, they’re scared, and need money right away, please help me grandma. Someone tried this on my mom and was very convincing, but as soon as she told them “ now you know I can’t spend that kind of money without talking it over with your grandpa” they hung up.
.. and I'd happily give 'em the second tap just to be sure.
This one has actually been around for a while. These scammers are vultures.
All they have to do is keep changing their phone number, rent a place cheap, collect checks from vulnerable people, usually older.
My sister-in-law’s Mom got taken for $1800 on this one.