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A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!

Friday, December 11, 2009

BE AWARE

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!

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the warning, Cathy. We have never had a problem with on line banking, which I love, because wherever we are we can transfer money or pay bills. I have saved a fortune in stamps (not to mention convenience) in paying bills on line that way.
    About six months ago, we did have someone in NYC go to a computer store and charge a $400 computer to our account...but the credit card company called us and asked us if we were there as another charge just cropped up too and we said no. She closed our account and sent us new cards and had us fill out papers and nothing was charged to us...that is why I like paying/using credit cards, they have insurance for fraudulent charges. But I agree, I would never give any information that is personal over a phone call. Even when the credit card company called me to ask about the fraud charges, I would not confirm numbers with them until I got their number and crossed checked it and then when I called them back, I still did not provide passwords, addresses etc. The gal on the phone said she understood completely and sent us everything by mail after our conversation. You just have to be careful like you (and I) did to stay safe. Also, it doesn't hurt to change passwords about once a year too.

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  2. Anonymous10:28 AM

    Just so you know, when I did the Google search to see about what you wrote, your blog post is coming up in the search about 5-6 sites down... do you want your blog associated with this phone number search??? This kind of stuff freaks me out too. I once had to edit a picture I'd posted because when it was blown up, you could see all my personal info on my dogs collar tag. Jane in UP

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