Well, Ho, Ho, Ho... tis the season and all that. Sadly many take this time of the year to try and scam unsuspecting and vulnerable people out of their meager savings. Scammers abound this time of year, although their presence is felt year round.
So there I was, sitting at my "puter" and the phone rang. Normally the wife grabs it, I'm not much for yapping on the phone. The wife wasn't here though, she was down in the laundry room because, well, she took my threat of going to work naked, seriously. So she decided she'd wash some of my clothes. Anyway, got off the subject at hand... the phone. I answered, and it was one of those annoying automated messages, which are harder to understand than a MacDonalds Drive through attendant on crack.
The jist went that if I didn't return the call to the provided number, my ass was going to be in big trouble. So, me being the worrying sort, after all, I'm too old and still too pretty to go to jail, I returned the call. The "gentleman" who answered, Jim Jones, speaking in a very east Indian accent, told me I owed the CRA (Canadian Revenue Agency) $5,604.10. I guess he assumed using a very precise number as he did, would make it sound that much more official.
I let this dickhead yap on for about 15 minutes, he telling me all the things that were going to happen, if I didn't pay the stated amount... loss of property, a fine levied on top of what I owe, jail time, and the list went on. So I "politely," told him he was a fucking scam artist and to FUCK OFF!
After doing so, I went to the reverse 411 directory and found the location of the caller, I also saw that he was using a legitimate company's name, although he and his cohorts are not associated with that company in the very least.
I called the legit company and went to their public relations department, where I, of course, listened to a long spiel from an answering machine. The thing that caught my attention was the very last item, "In the event you have received a harassing phone call, alert your local police department!"
Hearing that, I am assuming they have been contacted by others, besides me.
Anyway, this was my little bit of amusement for the day. I also decided to do a little research about what can be done about these phone scamming motherfuckers, and found this information:
What to do if you are a victim of a phone scammer:
Step 1: Gather all information about the fraud. This includes documents, receipts, copies of emails and/or text messages.
Step 2: Report the incident to your local police. This ensures that they are aware of which scams are targeting their residents and businesses. Keep a log of all your calls and record all file or occurrence numbers.
Step 4: Report the incident to the financial institution where the money was sent (e.g., money service business such as Western Union or MoneyGram, bank or credit union, credit card company or internet payment service provider).
Step 5: If the fraud took place online through Facebook, eBay, a classified ad such as Kijiji or a dating website, be sure to report the incident directly to the website. These details can be found under "report abuse" or "report an ad."
Step 6: Victims of identity fraud should place flags on all their accounts and report to both credit bureaus, Equifax and TransUnion.
Well, folks, I hope this was a little entertaining for you all, me, I was amused. Now I'm off because I'm busy! Have a GREAT DAY!