My mom got a call today from a private number. They left a message, saying something about her being sued by Bank of America and left a call-back number. They also called my original dad (who hasn’t been married to my mom for probably almost 30 years) and wanted him to help reach her, and they also called my current stepdad’s daughter.
The callback number is a cell phone in South Carolina. Not a court, not a lawyer’s office, not a bank…a cell phone. All I can say is “thank goodness for the internet!”
Looking up the number online, they usually claim that they are calling on behalf of payday loan companies, though there were a few other reports of them referencing banks. They have all sorts of personal information (I wonder if BofA was hacked?), and tell the person that they must resolve it in 24 hours over the phone to avoid going to court.
But all they need is your checking account information, and they’ll make it all go away.
It’s just another scam, but they sure do know a lot about my mom. And other people who they’ve called, according to that link above. Enough to probably fool a lot of people into paying. Damn, I hate predators like this. But, as is often true in life, it’s the assholes that win. The thought that they are probably making a mint doing this pisses me off.
My mom has had her identity stolen twice before, now I wonder who else has everything they need to know to steal her identity again. Fortunately, she keeps a much closer eye on things since she’s been hit before (the second theft was almost no big deal at all, since she knew what to look for and caught it early).
It’s not exactly hard to get information sometimes, though, so be careful what you put out there. And if you get a call like this, don’t let it prey on your fears to the point that you pay up…if it were legit, you’d be being served with an actual subpoena.
just read through your 30 day posts, and gosh darn, don't believe i've ever read anything so clever, yet vulnerable and sincere on a blog anywhere before. up to this point, i didn't even think that kind of thing was possible. don't let this get to your head (and it probably won't, because you don't seem like you would), but the squishy mass of stuff within that balding head of yours is, excuse the expletive, fucking gorgeous. keep at it. and by the way, that globe tracking thing is kinda creepy.
Thank you, anon. I don’t know why telling complete strangers stuff that I don’t even talk to my family about is therapeutic for me, but it really is. I guess I just hope that someone else who’s going through some tough times can see that they aren’t the only one.
Also, I love the way you described this thing that I jokingly refer to as a brain.
And the globe tracker? Now that you mention it, you’re right. Plus, whenever I look at it, it says “one recent hit” and shows me. Well, not me, but a city not too far away from me that my internet is apparently being routed through at the moment. So it’s not only creepy, but pretty pointless. Consider it gone.
For anyone who doesn’t know the “30 day” posts that anon is referring to, they’re here (in reverse order for your inconvenience).
“This is to officially announce to you that some scam Syndicates were apprehended in Lagos, Nigeria few weeks ago and after several interrogations and tortures your details were among those mentioned by some of the scam Syndicates as one of the victims of their operations.”—An email I received today. Good to know that not only were these people caught, but that I can get $250,000 in compensation from the Nigerian government if I just email this Russian email address with my name, address, phone numb— wait. Dang it, you almost got me this time!
It really seems like this scam would work better…oh, I don’t know…any time other than October?
It’s six months since tax day. It’s six months until the next one. Why would I be having a tax transaction involving the my financial institution [sic] now, especially considering that I don’t have a bank account?
So no, Elmer, I won’t be checking out your little attachment, sent via etisbew.com, which is an offshore outsourcing software development company based in India.
Don’t worry, though…I bet you’re gonna find tons of people in the U.S. who will fall for this.
“The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them — words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a tellar but for want of an understanding ear.”—Stephen King (via breanagulla)
"That’s why it’s so obnoxious when people say the protesters are just sore losers who are jealous of these smart guys in suits who beat them at the game of life. This isn’t disappointment at having lost. It’s anger because those other guys didn’t really win. And people now want the score overturned."