AS OF 10:38 a.m. I AM EDITING THIS POST TO EXCLUDE THE 800 PHONE NUMBER I HAD PREV IOUSLY LISTED. ONE OF MY READERS LET ME KNOW THAT WHEN THEY GOOGLED THE PHONE # I HAD LISTED THAT MY BLOG CAME UP AND SUGGESTED I MIGHT NOT WANT MY BLOG ASSOCIATED WITH THAT NUMBER. I REALIZE THAT IT STILL MIGHT COME UP FOR A WHILE, BUT LIVE AND LEARN.
THE POINT OF MY POST CAN BE MADE WITHOUT THAT NUMBER; THE POINT IS BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU DO AND WHO YOU MAKE RETURN PHONE CALLS TO. EVEN AS CAREFUL AS DAN AND I ARE IT STILL HAPPENED TO US.
Dan and I are very security conscious type people. I don't even put info on Face book and the ONLY reason I have a FB page is due to my daughter having a page so I can visit hers. I try to not even mention our kids names on my blog. I don't open online accounts willy nilly nor do I shop online a lot.
When we received our November credit card statement, I noticed a charge on it that we did not make. It was “only” for $40.98 and was to Amazon. Since we always try to keep our card at a 0 balance I was concerned about this.
I took all the appropriate steps; put the charge in dispute, called Amazon, etc. Amazon emailed back that someone had breached MY account with MY password and that the charge had been reversed. They went on to explain they could not give me any further information and if I wanted to pursue it to take it up with my local law enforcement.
I sent my local law enforcement the email but haven’t heard anything back, which kind of upsets me.
So, in the meantime, I closed our credit card account and had a new account issued, ordered credit reports on both of us and put a 90 day fraud alert on our names and personal information.
THEN, two days ago, there was a voice mail on our cell phone. It was very garbled and hard to understand, but it was something like “call this number immediately to reactivate your debit card. Press ONE now to be immediately connected!” I did NOT press one but I DID go to a different phone and try the number; you get a recording that this number is not in service. So then I typed in the phone number on Google and found out that many others had received this same message on their phone.
One thing that “gets me” is we do not give our cell phone number out.
IT APPEARS THIS TOLL FREE NUMBER IS PART OF A PHISHING SCAM.
Things like this are two big reasons why I will NEVER do online banking!
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