Beware! There are a number of scams going ’round. Don’t believe anything you hear until you check it out yourself, or as in my case, ignore it completely.
We’ve been receiving recorded messages on our home answering machine for a few weeks, different voice each time, telling us that we are being sued by the IRS and this is our final notice to take care of this before it goes to court. Yeah, sure.
Another message that has come our way is one telling us that we have won a cruise…I hang up before they get into the details. I know that by “winning” I would have to pay FEES. Besides, I don’t cruise anywhere as I’m afraid of boats and water.
Many of the calls we get do not leave a message. I guess that’s when they send a letter like the one I received yesterday. It told me that the company, some made-up airline name, had been trying to contact me to tell me that I will receive two free airline tickets (on their made-up airline) to anywhere in the United States. The value of these tickets is $1244. If they can send me a letter, why not just send me the tickets?
Some of the fraud out there IS real. I subscribe to a service that notifies me anytime someone queries a credit agency in my name. I received an email on Sunday evening that had happened. Amazon was the company making the query. I don’t do anything with Amazon so I knew it wasn’t me. Sure enough, someone had used my identity to set up an account. Amazon is shutting it down and putting a notice on the account that NO ONE is to open an account with my name.
Be skeptical but check it out. The bad guys are out there, making a fortune off of unfortunate people who are gullible and/or lazy.