Hang Up and Delete
How to determine if the person calling is a scammer.
ExamplesThe caller says, “Someone has used your Apple ID in Nigeria or purchased an iPhone for delivery in California, if you did not authorize this purchase, press 1 or return our call at [number that does NOT belong to whomever holds your account.” “We tried to deliver your package, but you were not home; return this text message to arrange for delivery.” They are ALL scams (and we are ALL home, all the time!)
I guess they pick on Apple because so many people use Apple products. And, with deliveries at an all-time-ever-in-the-history-of-the-world high, I suppose that is a great topic for scam, as well.
This Might Help Identify Scammers1. Apple does not call you.
2. Amazon does not call you.
3. The IRS does not call you.
4. The Social Security Administration does not call you or “suspend” your social security number.
5. Fed Ex, and all other delivery services will leave a note on your door.
6. If you are threatened with arrest if you do not cooperate, you KNOW it’s a scam.
7. Oh, and there is NO “department of finance” or “department of financial aid” in any state or in the United States federal government.
If you are worried that the person on the phone is actually from a legitimate company with information you need to know, then ask some questions: “What address do you currently have for me?” is a great way to start. Likely, it is not your current address and the person on the phone will not know how to properly pronounce the name of the town or the state. People not from the United States, where many of these scams originate, have no idea how to pronounce Iowa. “When did I open my account?” “What IS my apple ID?” Seriously, I have no idea what my Apple ID is! “Which of my Amazon accounts did they use?”
“What is my mother’s maiden name, my elementary school, and the name of my first cat?” Seriously, that’s all probably a public record somewhere. If they can’t figure that out before calling me then they do not deserve to be successful in their scams. Kids these days. The work ethic just isn’t there.
Seriously, though, folks. Intelligent, educated people have been duped out of thousands of dollars. Imagine the toll this is taking on people with compromised decision-making skills. Spread the word. Hang up and delete.