Disconnected reader finds calling to tell all about scam hang-ups
DEAR ANNIE: I am responding to “B” about unsolicited phone calls. I recently fell victim to such a scam. I purchased a lifetime repair contract for my computer. A month later, I received a call saying they were going out of business and needed to return my money. I foolishly let them gain control of my computer, where they claim to have accidentally “deposited” an amount greater than what they owed me. They then said I needed to send a MoneyGram for the overpayment.
I had the person on my cellphone when I went to a MoneyGram location. The woman there told me to hang up and informed me that it was a scam. I then went to my bank and was able to protect my account. I also reported it to the police.
On my way to the bank, I received 17 calls from the scammer asking why I hadn’t sent the money. The specialist at the bank told him to stop calling. It was too late to reverse the charges on my credit card for the original contract, but the bank canceled that card and issued a new one. Here is how I stopped these calls:
1. I blocked the numbers they were calling from on my cellphone and my home phone.
2. I set “call rejection” on my home phone so if anyone called from a “private” or “unknown” number, they would be required to unblock their number and call back.
I hope others learn from my experience.
— A Lesson Well Learned
Dear Lesson: Thank you for sharing. We received a great many letters with examples of how these unscrupulous people work and will print more in future columns. Stay tuned.