Oh, the “joy” of receiving an unwanted text or call from someone who thinks of you as just another potential paycheck! As we at Call Control work hard to take the scammers down, one at a time, they keep cropping up in unexpected ways and at unexpected times. In honor of those who have had to endure an endless number of annoying calls from “Rachel from card services” and “Stanley White, IRS agent”, Call Control and EveryCaller.com brings you some of the craziest robocall and scam text stories.
Harris gets a taste of his own medicine. Some guy named “Harris” sent a text to an unsuspecting consumer, trying to persuade him to join a “get rich quick” scheme with this text:
hello! My name is Harris and I represent a Fortune 500 company. I would like to interest you in a chance to earn US$5000 a month in the comfort of your own home! If you’re interested, give this number a call and we can discuss something!
Besides being poorly written, the text was downright annoying. Luckily, the receiver didn’t fall for it. Instead, he sent “Harris” this:
Congratulations! You have successfully subscribed to Interesting Facts of the Day!
Then, he proceeded to give Harris a taste of his own medicine, sending text after text until Harris regretted ever having bothered him. See the full story here!
2. A scam artist calls the cops. Yes, it really happened. Scammers often have no way of knowing exactly who is on the other end (hence why they almost always ask for your name). This can lead to some very interesting conversations, since they have sometimes unknowingly phoned police stations and even tax professionals! Check out this conversation between a policeman and a scammer posted by the Victoria Police Department: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4sy2-SMhL8.
3. Grandma gets revenge. There’s a popular scam that has been going around for years targeting elderly people. A person calls pretending to be a grandchild involved in an accident, saying that they need money wired to them for medical bills, or to be able to come home, etc. Normally the scam caller will not know the names of your relatives, and will wait for you to mention them. A reddit user said that his grandmother was targeted, and this is what ensued:
“My grandma got this a few months back, but we had mentioned it to her. So, she says “Is this Charlie?” and the person says back, “Yeah, grandma, it’s Charlie.”
So she says, “I don’t have any relatives named Charlie” and hangs up.”
Is it safe? Is it safe to reply to a scammer or to hold a conversation on the phone with one? The short answer is: NO. It is never 100% safe, since scammers will always attempt to weasel personal information out of you, or make recordings of your voice in order to pose as you while authorizing certain types of payments or transfers. The smartest way to avoid being scammed is to avoid answering these calls altogether. Investing in a call blocker for your smartphone and landline, and report scammers so that they cannot target others!