Friday, April 02, 2010
Yesterday evening I recieved a phone informing me that I had won tickets for a Orlando vacation. Now granted I had filled out a ballot at a Comic convention last Saturday (Mar 27th). And they mentioned that as well. But as the conversation continued I was asked for my credit card number.. and as I was wrapped up in the excitement I almost gave them that information. Until my wonderful brother asked me what I was doing and told me to stop and ask a few more questions. Thank GOD I was given a younger brother!! I was at my computer and so I asked him the name of his company site and well let's just say that what I found online confirmed my brother's suspicions. They are like some telemarketing scam. There were people online who lost 500 dollars.
I'd like to say that until yesterday I did not think I could fall for such scams, but now I see how quickly I got wrapped up into it. And how even at a sanctioned event scam artist are there! He even went on to say to me why would the Toronto Comi Con not do a background check to make sure they were legitimate? But then I remembered that some of the people there were just regular folks, some owned businesses I've been too but others just were selling parts of their own private collection.
I just wanted to post this in hopes that anyone, someone will not experience what I nearly did..not everyone has someone around them to double check with,
I repeatedly asked for other options and was met with hostility, another confirmation of a scammer. I even said then you will have to give this "prize" away to someone else, and well I'll spare the details here but they were none too happy with that.
NEVER GIVE YOUR CREDIT CARD /PERSONAL INFO OVER THE PHONE. ALWAYS ASK QUESTIONS and especially ALTERNATIVES to AGE VERIFICATION. SOMETHING IN WRITING YOU CAN LOOK OVER. I also HIGHLY recommend that you do an INTERNET search of the company and/or number that shows up on your caller I.D.
Thanks for reading!