Dis­con­nected reader finds call­ing to tell all about scam hang-ups

The China Post - - TV & COMICS -

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.

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