SCAM ALERT: Department of Fraud - Do Not FALL For This!
Please people listen up. My daughter just called me and she wasn't exactly frantic, but I can tell she was very shaken.
She had just received an official "sounding" call from a so-called Department of Fraud with a threat of having her arrested by the end of TODAY for apparent fraud related to a particular business.
They had her
- social security number
- place of employment
- address and
- more details.
Here's Candi's account of what happened:
"I GOT A CALL FROM A MAN NAMED ERIC BERGER SAYING HE WAS FROM WASHING DEPARTMENT OF LAW AND FRAUD. SAYING I TOOK OUT A PAYDAY LOAN ONLINE AT PAYDAYLOAN.COM ON JAN. 8. HE SAID THERE WAS A LAW SUIT BEING FILED AGAINST ME IN THE NEXT 3 HOURS AND THAT I WOULD BE SUBPEONAD AND A WARRANT WOULD BE PLACED OUT FOR MY ARREST.
CALLED FTC (FEDERAL TRADE COMMISION) SHE ADVICED THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR SCAMS AT THE POINT. MEN WITH INDIAN ACCENTS CALLING TO TRY TO GET MONEY WIRED OR SENT OUT.
ADVICE CALL THE STATE OF ALABAMA AGENCY AND REPORT 1-800-392-5658"
MIND YOU, this is information that they recited to her. She neither provided, confirmed or denied this informatiion. After placing several phone calls she found out that this is one of the most recent AND popular scams circulating today.
She was asked if the caller has an Indian accent and my daughter confirmed that the caller in fact has an Indian accent.
She was asked if she was given a phone number and she was.
She was asked if she called the number back and the same person answered. Again, my daughter's answer was affirmative.
If you're thnking Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter and a number of other sources may be responsible then you're probably right (as well as online surveys). These classes of criminals spend their time siphoning through the information that YOU make public until they have pieced your life together.
I am not suggesting that you give up using these online tools to promote your business, just be careful what business you put in the street. No one. NO ONE needs to know where I am and what I am doing every second of every day.
Charita Cadenhead, Your Metropolitan Birmingham, Alabama Real Estate Broker of Choice
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