R.L. Mathewson’s Trick to handle scams :)

I posted this on my Facebook Page, but I thought I’d share my wonderful experience with a scam call:

 

So, I was sitting in the car waiting for my daughter to come home a while ago when the scam for 6.7% called (A company calling and trying to get information by promising really low rates). Since I had nothing better to do I decided to have some fun 🙂

When I was prompted to press 1, I decided that it just might be fun. Now this is how the phone call went down:

(Mind you, I used a sarcastic tone the entire time and she seemed oblivious to it, but it was fun 🙂

SP (Scam Person): Hello, did you press 1 to get your credit card rate down to 6.9%?

Me: I sure did.

SP: Great!

Me: Isn’t it though?

SP: You must be excited to lower your interests on your credit card.

Me: More than I can say.

SP: Well, all I need it a little information and I can lower your interest rates.

Me: That would be fantastic.

SP: Okay, what’s your name?

Me: Don’t you have it in the system?

SP: Oh, you show up only as your account number.

Me: Really?

SP: Yes, it’s to protect your privacy.

Me: Wow, I feel really protected. Thank you!

SP: You’re very welcome!

Me: Okay, my name is Diana Ross.

SP: Hmmm, could you verify your account or social security number so I can get into the system and sign you up for this great rate, Diana ?

Me: I sure can!

SP: I just need your social or your credit card number with the expiration date.

Me: Huh, that’s going to be a problem. I have no clue what my social is.

SP: Oh, then your credit card number will be fine.

Me: I don’t have it on me.

SP: That’s okay. I can call back in an hour and get your information, but just so I don’t waste your time later why don’t we get some basic information now.

Me: Let’s.

SP: What’s your date of birth.

Me: February 30, 1949

SP: That matches what I’ve got!

Me: That’s great!

SP: Your address, Mrs. Ross?

Me: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC.

SP: Okay……..hmmm, is that close to the White House?

Me: Very close. I have a fantastic view.

SP: That must be exciting!

Me: Very.

SP: Okay, now…..to make sure I have the right person, what’s your balance and how much do you have available on your credit card.

Me: Well, last month was kind of hectic, but i think I have a balance of around $150,000

SP: $150,000?

Me: Yeah, it was a busy month.

SP: Are you sure?

Me: Oh yeah, between making bail, buying Belgium chocolate, and let’s not forget the midget strippers who cost me an arm and leg, I may have run up the old credit card. Why? Is that going to be a problem?

SP: Er……..I’m going to have to call you back later.

Me: I’ll be waiting by the phone and anticipating the moment when we can be together once again.

Sp: Mrs. Ross, are you serious?

Me: Deadly. You’re my new best friend!

I’m not sure why she hung up after that and she hasn’t called me back yet, but I’m waiting for it 🙂

8 Responses to “R.L. Mathewson’s Trick to handle scams :)”

  1. Maria E says:

    Omg! I almost fell in and gave them my information, but I wasnt at home, yt then I started to think,the credit card would have sent something first, but now I don’t bother picking up, I will have to remember to pull their leg!,

  2. Zella says:

    That made my day and put a smile on my face 🙂

    I also have a lot of fun with these annoying people… A few wind-ups never hurt anyone :p

  3. Erin says:

    So I had these people call me yesterday and I sent it to voice mail. When I heard the message they left I could not help remembering how you responded.I now regret not answering! Thank you!

    • R.L. Mathewson says:

      That was a fun day 😉 Unfortunately, they haven’t called me since that day 🙁 There’s this security system automated phone call that I keep getting, like 15 times a week and I’ve been waiting to get a live person on the phone, but so far no luck 🙁

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