Tony Tucker received a $284 Target gift card after he returned an unwanted item to his local store. Then he decided to try to sell the card on Craigslist, but that turned out to be a bad idea. Now he’s empty-handed, and he wants our help. “I tried to sell my Target gift card on Craigslist and a thief stole it!”
If someone called you on the phone and asked for your social security number, your address, and the correct spelling of your name, would you provide the information? It may be hard to believe, but scammers figure Medicare recipients can be tricked into doing so with their latest telephone scam. But they have to hurry. “Scammers are hurrying to beat a new identity theft protection measure”
Note to any debt-collection scammers reading this: Choose your targets carefully. Very carefully.
If you don’t, you might end up sending a bogus notice to a consumer advocate. And he might write something about it. “Maybe these scammers should have looked me up before they tried to pull a fast one”
It’s late at night and you’re asleep in a hotel room when you’re awakened by the room’s telephone. The caller identifies himself as the hotel manager and says he needs to get your credit card information again because of a hotel computer problem. Phone scams are the last thing on your mind.
What would you do if this happened to you? “Is your hotel room safe from phone scams?”