The phone rang and an enthusiastic, foreign sounding, male voice greeted me, “My name is (unintelligible) from (unintelligible) International. Ma’am, your name, phone number and address have been randomly selected to receive $1,000,000.00 and a Mercedes Benz.”
Of course, immediately when I heard that $ million prize offer, my greedy heart (even while bells, whistles, sirens and blinking bright lights went off in my head) started listing ways to spend it and decided to sell the Mercedes for more cash.
(Thank God) I said, “I don’t believe it.”
He repeated his little spiel, but before he could ask me to confirm any of that information or to give my bank number or SS number, I asked, “What name do you have for me?”
He hesitated and said, “I’ll have to consult my computer and call you right back, okay?”
He hasn’t called back.
Oh be careful, dear friends! DO NOT GIVE ANY PERSONAL INFO TO AN UNKNOWN CALLER!
Even if they do call back,
Even if they already have most of that info (which they often do),
Don’t confirm it!
And don’t give ANY additional info!
Even if it’s only for a $5 gift certificate at the local grocery store, don’t be nutty!
If they give you a number to call to verify their claim, don’t bother calling it. It’s likely a number to their own call center or family or cell-mate. Instead, use the business number from the phone book and speak directly with someone there. If no legitimate number is available, forget it!
Scammers scam to profit themselves or their bosses, not to profit their victims. And they continue their racket because it too often works! PLEASE don’t be nutty!