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Updates March 10, 2008

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Phone Scam 

I got a message from the police saying they checked into the numbers I gave them in the message.  They could tell the numbers were registered to some business, but not which one.  It was then suggested I contact Sprint.  Wow, that’s some real crack investigative work there guys!

But, guess what?  Those guys from “Sprint” called back again today!  I hung up on the first dude and the “Supervisor” called me right back again.  They really, reallywant that socialist insecurity number.  I actually talked a bit with this guy.  The reason they need all this information was because they are giving me a very expensive cell phone package and they really need to make sure they know who they are giving it to.  He was quick to tell me that Sprint is a very reputable company dontchaknow.  What chutzpah.  The shit of it is that this actually probably works a lot of the time.   He even gave me his name and ID number so I could check into him!  What a nice fellow!  The name was obviously fake, but whatever.  I told him I wasn’t coughing up the SSN until I checked into his story and hung up. 

I dug around on Sprint’s website looking for a number to call to check into this guy’s story, but unless you’re already a customer there doesn’t seem to be a number to use.  I dug out the local listings and called a store here in town.  Which is what the dude suggested, actually.  He seemed pretty confident that any local store would know all about him and vouch for what they are doing.  The person I talked to had no clue about this guy or his “special promotion”.  She seemed pretty alarmed about it actually.  I gave her the numbers they were calling in on and the details of our conversations.  She thanked me and said she would have this investigated right away.  Okee doke!  She calls me back right away and tells me that she can’t get through on either of the numbers I gave her – a high, fast busy signal is all she gets.  That sounds like the “disconnected” sound to me.  She reassures me they’re definitely investigating into this further and thanks me for notifying them.  Okee doke.  Those guys are long gone by now, assuming they were ever actually “here”.   I wish now I had played this better – strung them out a bit and let them hope they could still get thier hands on that precious, precious number.  Oh well.

The Paternal Unit

Dad had his blood drawn on Friday as scheduled.  The results would be back in one week.  That’s actually faster than what I thought it would be so that’s good.  They are only going to call if the results come back positive for something.  If he’s clear, they won’t call at all.   Cripes.  It’s the most efficient way, I suppose, but Mom’s gonna be a basket case all day Friday.  She’s gonna be anxious from the time she gets up to the time she goes to bed and every phone call they get that day is gonna scare the bejeebers out of her.  Hopefully they have a nice, quiet day.

Oh, and there’s a ID theft tie-in here – somebody tried to charge a trip to Europe on my Dad’s credit card last week.  The card company called to confirm the unusual purchase, luckily.  It’s cancelled now and the charge was not approved obviously.  They will find out soon what did sneak in though. 

We live in interesting times folks.

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Comments

1. Mrs. Peel - March 10, 2008

Oh man. People are such jackasses. It makes me angry that I have to be so paranoid all the time – double-checking my credit card bills, never going anywhere alone at night, not going jogging without at least a cell phone (if not mace and a gun), et cetera. And it makes me even angrier when older people and kids are the victims.

Well, I hope everything turns out ok.

2. doubleplusundead - March 11, 2008

Niiiice. Doing the jobs the police can’t be bothered to do? I’mma add you to my blogroll.

3. TXMarko - March 13, 2008

Peel, You carry a Mace while jogging?

Isn’t that a little obvious?

/snark off


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