Fell into a Trap! Take Warning.
This morning I fell into a trap when I answered a phone call I received. VERY fortunately, as I later realized, I did not give the caller what she was looking for. Doing a little homework revealed something very nasty and I'm going to share it here for anybody like myself, who has not heard of a phonescam like this one! It apparently has been around for a couple years
I have reported this to the police through their provided service type, "Anonymous Crime Tip to the Police."
I have included the report here, not just for something of interest, but as a warning. I have left out demographics and salutation...
There was a very lengthy police report here, word for word of a submission to an anonymous email crime-in-progress report.. Upon coming back here a few hours after including the report here, decided that such detail was unnecessary. But then I found some private messages that this is very old news, which I knew by the news report dates. Also I am finding that this, though quite a revelation to me, it apparently is common knowledge and therefore a little intrepid on my part to have included it as I have, if at all.
The most common factor about this is not answering a call with a number you don't recognize. I think it is all well and good to leave the links to the news reports only as they completely describe what I have experienced. My personal account of this scam is not needed.
I do apologize for minute details of such report and took a few moments to write this. It replaces the report. This still serves as the warning I intended it to be.
I do admit. I have been and still am behind the times on some things. It took a long time to become re-acclimated to society from spending an almost entire decade living in the forest with what equates approximately to 1930s technology in those days of short wave radio sets and automobile batteries.. In reponse to the one rather terse PM, my values to this day, are rather ancient to today's standards. I have never been as outward as most folks are but this is what makes me unique in my own ways.
Cyber technology has brought me up to date on many things though somewhat limited.
This is absolutely crazy! One must be on their guard at all times because you never know whey you will get hit! The news reports included here causes anger for such invasion and the fact that I have been tricked! Such clever practices, it goes to show that, if you do not know the caller and other pertinant things about it, DO NOT ANSWER THE CALL!
Pretty Darned Clever!
The Hang-ups. First time - emotionalism can get you calling back. It's exactly what they want! Second time - It's usually because they got what they want - the YES answer!
- The Static Reception No doubt part of the act! It sets the stage for that answer!
- The Call-Back. They need your voice giving the answer! They also need you to call so it looks like you're the inquirer, not them!
- Editing the Call Likely they will edit the recording leaving your YES answer intact but most likely surround that YES with words of an offer of some sort. This is conjecture but it makes sense. Now they have "proof" that you purchased phone services!
- Make the charges and how they do this, I don't know. Somehow they are successful with this because it's been going on for at least two years now!
It is very fortunate I am known to do things backwards sometimes and this time it was to my advantage! I answered No to the woman's question and not yes. The woman's apparent rudeness for hanging up on me may have her in serious trouble with the authorities because when I dug into this, I found the plot!
I am looking after you but you should also BE CAREFUL out there! I have been scammed (or attempted in some of them,) five times this year! All that were successful I have fortunately, outside of the hassles involved, fully recovered and have not seen any damage monetarily though inconvenienced for a time.
Hope this helps!