I’ve been receiving quite a few fraud phonecalls these couple of months, mainly asking for personal information such as account-number, home address, phone number, and the worst of them all: pretending to be a member of our family and said that something bad happened to them.
One time we received a phone call from someone who pretended to be my sister, and in a very worried voice (crying) said: “Dad!! Help me!! I’m in deep trouble!!”. While they’re talking, we used another cellphone to try and contact my sister, and it turned out she’s doing fine in school. After a couple of moment, they hung up without saying a word. Now the thing is, how do they know we have a daughter? Coincidence? Maybe. Fraud? Definitely.
Thanks, but no thanks..
The other method they’re using is telling you that you have won a grand prize of something, marketing purposes so they said; won lottery, need you to answer a bit of question for survey, and asking you your address to send a brochure of somekind. (Telemarketing fraud).
Now the main reason for them to do this is for money, or to blackmail you in someway un-imaginable. So now everytime we receive a phone call without number (private number), we’ll have to prepare for the worst. This year’s fraud phonecalls are getting worse.
Here are some tips on how to deal with them:
- If you suspect the company/person who calls you, try to say you’re busy, ask them to call back later. You can use this time to check their phone numbers.
- If they’re using a private number claiming to be a bank or some other company, call that company for more information.
- If they gave you a phone number, don’t use it; ask them what’s their company name, and check information desk for it. Legal companies phone numbers will most likely be listed, while fraud groups will have a bit of trouble if they do.
- If they’re pretending to be a member of your family whose not beside you at the moment, don’t panic just yet. Ask the other member of your family to call them immediately. Or if they can’t be contacted, call some of his/her friends to ask for information.
- Don’t write your personal information such as your address or phone numbers on some side-street survey. If the survey is location based, they should only ask for the area where you live/work. If it’s anonymous they should only ask for gender and age range.
- Check your bank account or post office account balance to see whether there’s a suspicious activity.
- Change your phone number(s).
- Or the fastest way: when you hear they say “Excuse me, may we have a little of your time to…” just hang up.
How do you deal with these kind of fraud phonecalls?