Today’s discussion is about more phone scams. Today it’s the Social Security Administration. I received a call from the scammers, stating that my Social Security Number had been suspended. As I have said before I love phone scams. So I eagerly pressed one to speak to a representative told them my problem. And was promptly hung up on. Social Security will usually contact people buy mail. Before any phone conversation takes place. They will not call you. Most of the time, from your area code. And most of the time. You will know the call is coming beforehand. Important things to remember during one of these calls: One, do not give them any information. Especially not your Social Security Number. Two, report any fraudulent activity to the Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General. Three, the easiest way to handle one of these phone calls is just hang up. The Social Security Administration will never threaten anyone. I have been dealing with them for years, and they go out of their way to work with people.
This short video, little over four minutes, discusses a recent scam call I received from individuals claiming to be Amazon. They were not of course. There are only two ways Amazon will contact customers: through email and through a customer generated request for Amazon to call them. If anyone receives one of the scam calls contact Amazon and make them aware of it. During that process they will check your account for any suspicious activity.
On February 9, 2019, I received a robo-call from the group claiming to represent the Marriott corporation. Apparently, I had won something. Clearly this was another scam. The phone number on the caller ID was +1 (215) 589-6715. I call the number back immediately, and the voicemail gave the name of Jean-Luc Picard, which confirmed my conclusion; no confirmation was needed. I called the number back today to see if it is still functioning and it is, but with a different message.
The interesting twist is they want the caller’s complete address and phone number in order to be put on there do not call list. I spoke with Marriott International customer service and they assure me that at no time will Marriott call any one and ask for their personal information. Additionally, the voicemail is just a string of common business voicemail phrases until the end when they ask you for your personal information.
I have been getting a lot of calls from a group that claims to be the Microsoft refund department. The thing is Microsoft doesn’t have a refund department. I do a lot of business with Microsoft I have a professional Office365 account. If Microsoft was going to refund me any money they would simply put it on my credit card. No one from Microsoft would call me. Nevertheless, I have been getting calls from people Who call themselves Microsoft refund department it is a scam. The reason I know this is because the following phone Number is fake +1 (805) 246-7994. If you receive a call from the Microsoft refund department hang up immediately. It is a scam. Under no circumstances give them any information.