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Old 05-25-07, 02:29 PM
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Does anyone know about a new scam...where you get a collect call at home and if you accept it...you'll be billed or charged for a large sum of money?

I've received 2 calls last night like this and obviously, I did not accept it. I could barely hear where they're calling from but I did recognize it was a collect call. I've had family who has received this as well...about twice a month ago if not longer.

It is for sure not anyone I know.
 
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Old 05-25-07, 08:21 PM
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Did this a few years ago when my wife's cell phone died and she had to call collect from a pay phone - $20 for a three minute call.


I know, not what you were talking about but I still thought that was an expensive call.
 
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Old 05-25-07, 08:46 PM
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Not a new scam, but apparently an effective one.

http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/zpdi_socal.html
February 18, 2001
Officials in Southern California are looking into complaitns from hundreds of consumers who got stuck with large phone bills after accepting collect calls from imposters who claimed to be their relatives.

The Los Angeles Times reported that more than 500 persons have called the offices of Assemblyman Lou Correa (D-Anaheim), who called it "the perfect crime."

"You go to Mexico, get the Southern California white pages and start dialing away," Correa told the Times.



http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/mexicoscam.html

http://www22.verizon.com/pages/securityalerts/

How to protect yourself: Never accept a collect call from someone you don't know. If you are unsure, request that the operator ask the caller a few questions to determine the identity of the caller. Most of the time, these additional questions will cause the person making the call to hang up.
 
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As instructed, "Never accept a collect call from someone you don't know. If you are unsure, request that the operator ask the caller a few questions to determine the identity of the caller. Most of the time, these additional questions will cause the person making the call to hang up."
 

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Old 05-26-07, 06:13 AM
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this sounds like a prank rather than a scam. I don't see how the caller can gain by doing this
 

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Old 05-30-07, 04:53 PM
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I was actually told by my mom that when this happened to her last year or so, she never accepted the call but was billed anyway. It was a nightmare for her to get it settled. I mean, how on earth can you prove you just hung up right? Guess I'll find out when I get my next phone bill. That'll be exciting.
 
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Old 05-30-07, 11:36 PM
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Here's an article that says most of the scams originate in correctional facilities. http://www.washington.edu/computing/windows/issue20/scam.html

Here's another that reports the Southern California scam where you get charged even if you refuse the call. http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/zpdi_socal.html

Send a letter and a copy of the phone bill to your Attorney General's office.
 
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Twelvepole, how on earth do you find this stuff? Very interesting reading.
 
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