1-333-555-0000 (http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-333-555-0000/2) if you get a phone call from this number, it may be a phone scam. I got a call this morning about 8:30 AM from someone claiming to be a relative from Mexico. I am not sure how it works but my red flags start to go up:
Red flag #1: I don’t have any relatives in Mexico, since I am not Mexican but I thought maybe it was a long lost relative who was travelling in Mexico and needed my help.
Red Flag#2: He evaded my question when I asked him his name. He kept saying “Tia, don’t you recognize my voice. Have you forgotten your relatives in Mexico.” (Tia is Spanish for Aunt.)
Red Flag #3: When I asked him his parents names they didn’t jive with my siblings names. How could I be a Tia (aunt) to him if his parents are not my siblings.
Yes, you might be saying, why didn’t I hang up the phone at Red Flag #1, but the thought of a relative, as distant as he may be, being in trouble pulled my emotional heart strings. I called At&T, they said they can’t do anything about this but they are aware that there is rampant phone fraud. At&T operator said that these scammers target the elderly and I can see how our elder society can get sucked into these types of scams, he had me going their for a spilt second, and I don’t consider myself “elder!” yet!
There’s all kinds of scams, and I consider myself a “scam fighter!” I just can’t stand it when someone tires to target me or someone I know. Please spread the news anytime you hear of a scam or fraud. No matter how small or insignificant you may think the scams is, report it! We can all do our part in helping clean up our society from these scammers, and fraudsters. This is my way of giving back to society.