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Monday, April 6, 2009

WARNING--WARNING---WARNING

PHONE SCAM HAPPENING NOW IN POTTER COUNTY
Solomon's words was just called by a scam artist offering to reduce the rates on our credit card.

It was a pre-recorded message asking us to press 9 to lower the rate on our credit card.

It was just a bit suspicious as we don't have a credit card, but unsuspecting persons could easily be taken in by this scheme. It sounds very professional.

SPREAD THE WORD, ESPECIALLY TO OUR OLDER RESIDENTS.
NEVER GIVE OUT YOUR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION!!!

38 comments :

Pam said...

I was called on Saturday. It registered as a cell phone number 308-999-8888. I hung up the phone right away.

Anonymous said...

Jim, I just want you to know that, I too, received that recorded message about 11:15. I did not respond, but hung up!!!

Anonymous said...

We got the same phone call from U.S. Cellular 308-999-8888. It is a scam. Google it and see.

Anonymous said...

I received this call yesterday.
I almost pressed the 9 but they did not identify the card company's name, so I hung up.
I am learning, if its not a real live person talking to you just hang up.

Anonymous said...

I got the same call. recorded message about lowering interest rates. I hung up. It was around 4pm on a Sunday. People have no shame.

Anonymous said...

just received this call on both my lines a few minutes ago. I live in Ulysses. I hung up!!! Thanks for the warning!!

Anonymous said...

I got a call yesterday from that number but no message was left and I wasn't in the house to answer the phone. I thought something was weird about the number when I saw it on my caller ID.

Anonymous said...

JUST TO LET EVERYONE KNOW, THERE IS ANOTHER SCAM GOING AROUND TO DONATE TO THE PA STATE POLICE. NO SUCH THING DON'T FALL VICTIM!

Anonymous said...

I'm in Port Allegany and received one of these calls yesterday afternoon. I hung up immediately.

Anonymous said...

I received the same call, but got to talk to a live person who proceeded to ask me which credit card I would like to reduce my rate on. I said " I assume you already have this if you want to lower the rate and then, guess what, he hung up.

Anonymous said...

I live in West Bingham and we are supposed to be getting phone service by this time next year....I can't wait to get all of the telemarketing calls...

Anonymous said...

I received the same kind of call on sunday but it was a live person. My husband took down the number but I didn't return the call

Anonymous said...

We also just received the same phone call and live in Ulysses..

Anonymous said...

I'm in Shinglehouse got the call, wanted to see what it was, punched 9 and asked the guy if this was from my credit card company. He said, No, I asked him how he got through since I am on the no-call list. He hung up.

Anonymous said...

I received the same kind of call on sunday as well and it was a live person so I have them my SS# my credit card number my bank account number my mothers maiden name just in case. Hopefully I did what I was suppose to.

Anonymous said...

i just called the number, it has
been disconnected -

Anonymous said...

post 3:04 yes you did the right thing buy giving them that info, just to be safe I think you should also post all that info on here, so all the viewers here can help protect you!!

Anonymous said...

I got the call today. Is this not a violation of the "Do Not Call" list that many of us are on?

Anonymous said...

+Got the same call on Sunday;pushed 9 and asked why I was called. A male voice replied, Because you are a ##**#* and hung up. I gave them nothing.

Galeton

Anonymous said...

i rec'd a call today 4/6 & it came up "unknown" on my phone display. it was a live person telling me that they wanted to discuss my m/c, visa card - i told them that i didnt have one. & hung up.
LIKE ANYONE ELSE SHOULD BE DOING!!!!
coudy resident

Anonymous said...

I have to say I am a little shocked by all of these comments. I grew up in PC and now live in an urban area and I don't know if it's the friendly rural environment of everybody talking to and knowing everyone or what but I don't know anyone who answers the phone if the caller ID number isn't someone they know. If you look at the ID and you don't know who it is and especially if it's out of your area code why would you answer the phone? There are only 2 possible outcomes of that call. Someone trying to take your money like a bill collector or someone trying to take your money by selling you something. It doesn't make sense. Don't answer and you won't be phone scammed. EVER.

Anonymous said...

Well, we don't have caller ID....

Anonymous said...

And those of us that do have caller ID, some of our family and business associates phone numbers show up as unknown and out of area!

Anonymous said...

I have received two calls in the past week from 000-000-0000 on my caller ID!!!! Never answered and they didn't leave a message.

Anonymous said...

I live in Ulysses and got the call on Sunday afternoon that showed up UNKNOWN on my caller ID. On a Sunday, I figureed it was a friend from Genesee or Shinglehouse whose numbers always show up UNKNOWN on my caller ID. When I answer the phone, I talked to a female and told her I do not take these kind of calls on Sunday and hung up. I have been getting several calls that show up on my ID with all 0s--I don't answer and they don't leave messages.

Anonymous said...

The purpose of an answering machine is not only for when you are not home but also as a screening tool. If the call is legitimate then they will leave a message and you can call them back. People in my area strictly use cell phones and don't even have landlines let alone no caller ID. Most rural areas are further behind with technology than urban areas which is why phone scammers target you and the elderly. Get a caller ID.

Anonymous said...

What is with these poster's staying what "we" are doing wrong??? Get caller ID...get a answering machine...what the heck?? These folks that you have been so entitled to educate haven't done anything wrong!! The criminals making the calls have!! I find it irritating that someone can turn the tables and point the finger at thoses posting on here to help another person out!!!

Anonymous said...

I live in Port Allegany and received a call from 407-000-8811 on April 6th. Pushed the number prompted to push and the man asked me if I wanted to lower my credit card rates. I asked which card he was talking about and he said the ones that have interest rates above 24%. I asked him where he got my information as most I just cancelled. He hung up. Glad I saw this info on here!

Anonymous said...

I'm not pointing the finger at anyone or saying you are doing anything wrong but explaining how to protect yourself. It's common sense. The same reason you have a lock on your door and a pin number for your ATM card. The Do Not Call List has not worked because there is no way for anyone to find out who these people are because by the time the investigation gets going they are in a different building with a new number. If "we" would just stop answering the damn phone then they would go away.

Anonymous said...

Stop answering the phone and they will go away....first of all, I pay for the phone so you don't need to tell me what to do. Second, I don't have caller ID and will not pay the extra to get it. Third, I am perfectly capable of using my own brain so keep yours for what ever you use it for.

Anonymous said...

"If "we" would just stop answering the damn phone then they would go away."

What the....that really isn't the best advice yah think???

All that can be done is to make sure people are informed to this kind of crime. Just like what is being down on this site.

It's funny though...Where does someone get the idea to tell people not to answer their phone so that the problem goes away?? I think that since I pay for the service, have children and family that need to reach me by using any number, unkown or not, I'm always going to answer my phone!!

Rep. Chick said...

"The Do Not Call List has not worked because there is no way for anyone to find out who these people are because by the time the investigation gets going they are in a different building with a new number."

You said it, our good ole government at it's best!

Can zoom in on my damn house on the internet via satellite, as can they...but heavens, we can not enforce laws and regulations to protect "we the people"!
Damn straight!

I am registered with the do not call list as well and have had at least 2 to 3 telemarketers phone calls per afternoon including weekends, times are tough for them too I guess...love it when they pronounce your name wrong...not English enough I guess!

Anonymous said...

I read this article with amazement because both my daughter and I received this call Sunday, my call was at 3:07 pm. My caller ID read U.S. Cellular 308-999-8888. After hearing the recording, I hung up.

I ignore some calls with strange ID #'s but have found out over the years that it can be misleading. Example: one odd number was actually our mail order pharmacy company calling to inform us that a medicine would be shipped to our address once we verified that we ordered it. I held up that order because I was ignoring that odd number on my caller ID. Or, our son is in the military so we get different ID numbers from him or from his "private caller" home phone. I can think of many more examples too.
I am ALWAYS sceptical and aware of possible scams even though we have been registered with the "Do Not Call" registry. I don't think that a scammer is going to check that list anyway.
I did take the time (much time) in checking the phone book and found a section labeled "Call Trace *57" After spending 5 minutes pressing numbers trying to get the correct department to question if that would be applicable to these scam artists, I found out that it wasn't.
But I did ask the rep why in all of the options available with phones these days why something could not be set up for situations like these. Just look at how many of us got these calls in such a short period of time?

Anonymous said...

Just say wait a second while I turn the TV down. Then put the whistle to them..

Anonymous said...

Four calls today from the number of all 0's. I picked up--nothing there and then it disconnects. This is ridiculous--what can you do about this? We have been getting this same call for days now!!!

Anonymous said...

i live in jamestown new york (former Port allegany Resident) and i received same call last wednesday. i thought it was funny because i never even owned a credit card. i talked to a live person and asked them whos name the card is on..she said it dosnt release that information i said well okay just to clear it up we dont have a card and never had one and dont plan on having one. they hung up.

Anonymous said...

If I'm repeating information, I apologize. Another scam in the area is someone calling to tell you your debit card account has been frozen. It instructs you to call a certain number, and punch in your debit card account number to re-activate your card. Hang up and report this phone number and incident to your local police department.

Anonymous said...

"nothing there and then it disconnects. This is ridiculous--what can you do about this?"

Absolutely nothing!

This is what Verizon has told me, unless you are willing to change your phone number. We have a business and I receive at least 5 nuisance calls a day and it is getting old fast, after over 20 years of this crap!