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Just received a disturbing phone call....

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by eingeist, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. eingeist

    eingeist

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    My mom called me and said that a woman called and left an 866 number on the answering machine. They asked for my roomates first name, and my last name... and to call them back as soon as possible...

    Coincidence? I couldn't reach anyone on the line, but found that the company was "GC Services." Supposidly a debt collection agency, or rather, possible a debt collection agency scam.

    How would they have my info and hers? Or rather, my parents phone number?

    None of it makes sense... Checking my credit report now..
     
  2. jhall

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    Last year sometime some 'debt collection' agency started calling my parents house asking for my mom stating she took a payday advance loan out or some crap and failed to pay. Then started asking her for personal info and threatening her and our family with violence for not paying or answering the questions.

    The number came back to some place out of Florida, big scam. The interwebs informed me that plenty of people had been attempted to be or were scammed by them.

    I called the number back at least once a day and harassed them for as long as they would let me before they hung up. They would disconnect and change numbers almost weekly it seemed, but I would always find the new number online and keep calling. I recorded some of they calls, they were pretty funny. They eventually stopped calling my mom so I stopped messing with them.
     

  3. greatwun

    greatwun Senior Member

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    google the number and see if it comes up. There are sites where people can report if they have received calls from them.
     
  4. Another Miller

    Another Miller prankster

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    I had a supposed debt collector calling me also.Claimed to be an internet service. They too had my name and address,phone number. They wanted me to "give them my ssn for verification" purposes. Oddly enough, I told them no, we never had that service and could you send us a statement,they refused and again asked for my ssn.I told them to scam someone else,hung up.


    Never ever ever ever give out your social security number to a stranger on the phone. The other information is available online. It lists family members,names,age,street address.For 19.95, it'll list a lot more.Selling your and my information online has become a big business.Just do a people search,see for yourself.
     
  5. eingeist

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    My credit report came back fine...

    So you think it's coincidence? Someone asking for my roomates first name and my last name? My dad heard the message and flipped. He's not aware of these kinds of scams and thought I ran off and got married or signed a loan with her or something. :rofl:

    Maybe someone saw my residential address with a female listed as well and assumed we were married and used my last name? I dunno.. either way I don't like it...
     
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    I work for a credit agency and I would say there is a high probability that they got your information from an online search called Lexus Nexus. Its uses the customers info to retrieve the names, numbers, and addresses of relatives and associates of that person.
     
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    Scam. I'm taking a few reports on these as well as the now worn "your child is in custody in Canada and needs to be bailed out" scam.
     
  8. Dalton Wayne

    Dalton Wayne Epic mustache Millennium Member

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    Payday loans on nothing but licensed loan sharks they should be shut down.
    Regards
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    I had one of those messages a few months ago. The collection agency had a name, it happened to be mine, and they were calling everyone in town with that name. It was cleared up after a phone call.
     
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    You should pay them and stop posting about your failures to pay your bills.
     
  11. dne752

    dne752 Mad Catter

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    Been workin' evenings again cj? :rofl::rofl:
     
  12. Another Miller

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    Like calls your caller ID says is from an inmate of the county jail, an 866 number is always suspect.

    Google is your friend. All you have to do is enter the number in Google (for example, 866-999-9999) and see what comes back. You might get back who has that number, but some numbers are so notorious you'll find sites discussing what happened when people foolishly answered the call.

    My office phone has caller id. If your name doesn't come up, or if you are "Private Caller" or "Out of Area", your call doesn't get answered (but you do get to talk to my answering machine). The phone also kicks out reports of incoming calls. When I've analyzed them, I usually find between 50% and 75% are telemarketers.
     
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    Call your bank and ask them to stop selling your personal information.
     
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    A few years back, I had a credit card company call me to say I was approved for my card. I said I didn't apply for one, they asked if I was *name here*, I said it's the right last name, wrong first name. I said that first name doesn't even exist in our family. They then asked if the address etc was correct, which it was, then it hit me...my ex-next door neighbor's first name was the one they were asking for. My ex-neighbor had applied for a card using my phone number, address, last name, work address etc. I told the guy on the phone what appeared to be going on, and promptly contacted the proper people. Never heard anything about it again. I hate thieves.
     
  16. Geeorge

    Geeorge Sarcasm Inc.

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    I get a message about three times a week for the last guy who had my cell number before I got it:rofl: