Fraud Alert

EdnaShukis
By EdnaShukis Latest Reply 2012-03-22 18:25:54 -0500
Started 2012-03-19 09:33:52 -0500

Beware of who calls you or supplies that arrive that you did not order!!!

http://oig.hhs.gov/newsroom/news-releases/201...

Tags: diabetes

30 replies

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-03-19 19:46:55 -0500 Report

Illegitimate businesses hide behind all kinds of guises to appear legitimate. Back in the 70's I was between jobs. I answered an ad for a mail clerk/receptionist. The business was in a office park and had an office, mail room, break room and a bathroom. I thought it was kind of odd. The interview went well and I was told that I would be notified in about 3 weeks. I was notified in three weeks but it was an FBI agent from our area office who contacted me. Not believing it was an FBI agent, I blew him off. He gave me a number to call back. It was a real agent. He questioned me about the business and asked me to come to the field office to identify the person who interviewed me. I did.

It turned out this man was operating a major mail fraud business and lived 3 states away with an operation in that state. From all appearances the operation looked legit. There was an executive office and the mail room had two mail machines and tons of stuff to be mailed. I never saw what was being put into the envelopes. The guy working for him "employee" was his partner but I didn't know that because he was dressed very casually will the "owner" was in an expensive business suit. I know they were arrested but never found out what happened to them. The FBI raided the office and got the names of everyone who applied for the jobs. That is how they found me.

JSJB
JSJB 2012-03-19 15:11:19 -0500 Report

Once you give out you phone number or e-mail address it is to late you will get call from everyone associated with the produck and i-mails galore. Trust me I wanted some info on Medical Insurance and for 2 months regregtted giving out my info.

runthe
runthe 2012-03-19 13:42:23 -0500 Report

I have been getting phone calls from someone asking me if i'm a diabetic. They call me about twice a day. I saw on th e news about it. I am not going to answer my phone when they call again.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-03-19 21:22:19 -0500 Report

I have caller ID and if I don't know who you are, I don't answer the phone. I let them leave a message. When I listen to messages, I delete those kinds of calls.

JSJB
JSJB 2012-03-19 15:06:27 -0500 Report

My wife and I let the answereing machine pick it up if we do not know the number which is probably from a call center. If it is important they will leave a message and you can decide to or not to answer them. Also, google the number and you can get some info on it. Turning it into the do not call will not work, they will just use another number. Good Luck.

EdnaShukis
EdnaShukis 2012-03-19 13:49:46 -0500 Report

When they call tell them to cease and desist, by law the have to quit calling you, but they are probably crooks in the first place. Block them too.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-03-19 13:52:41 -0500 Report

Blocking them doesn't work. You can only block the number they call from. They are probably calling from a call center which has many numbers.

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-03-19 16:57:17 -0500 Report

Wouldn't adding yourself to the National Do Not Call List do much to stop this. If they do call, you can report them and there are penalties.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-03-19 19:36:57 -0500 Report

That only works on telemarketers calling about legitimate businesses. Fraudulent callers may not be a registered business. You can report them. They will just change the number and location of the business. There are places where the business address is a P O Box and the phone bank is in an empty office.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-03-19 11:11:40 -0500 Report

Edna, I agree. Never ever give out information to callers. If they want to verify your information, ask them to read what information they have. In most cases they hang up because they don't have it.

If you get a call and the recording says please hold for the next available service rep, hang up. Someone is tapping into your line to make calls and you are charged for every minute you are holding waiting for someone to talk to you.

Look into consumer laws in your state. In my state, if a package arrived addressed to me and I know I didn't order anything, I do not have to pay for it according to the consumer laws in my state. Also in my state if someone calls and says I won something and I have to pay for shipping, I don't have to pay anything because free means free.

Therefore, if anyone calls you and says you won a trip, money, or any kind of product or contest that you did not enter and request money for you to receive it, DO NOT send money and hang up. If you did enter a contest, may sure you read the language based on what you have to do should you be lucky enough to win.

Finally fraud is also sent in E-Mails. I have never been to Ireland so I know I didn't win the lottery in that country. If you don't know the person, don't open the email. I also don't open links people send me on Facebook.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-03-19 10:36:38 -0500 Report

You are so right. I just got a call from a person two days ago that said they were from here and wanted to send me something free. He was hard to understand and wanted info and I could hear others in the back ground. I sad no and hung up. Now if it was real then this site needs to have someone call that actually sounds like they know what they are doing.

Thanks for the discussion

EdnaShukis
EdnaShukis 2012-03-19 13:42:51 -0500 Report

How true, but it is so bad that they take advantage of our disease Diabetes that we struggle to keep in control…

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-03-19 11:02:49 -0500 Report

Red I have gotten three calls like that from someone claiming to be from DC asking for information. The first call I think came from India. You could here people in the background and the caller ID listed the number as all 0's He wanted information. The second call the guy was clearly African and asked to verify my SS number so he could send me medical supplies. I could barely understand a word either of them said and again the caller ID listed the number as Intercall. The third caller again Indian claimed I won a DC contest of free medical supplies for a year. I told him if he needed me to confirm my information he knew what it was so send it. He hung up on me.

EdnaShukis
EdnaShukis 2012-03-19 13:43:52 -0500 Report

I am so sorry you had to go through this. Wow I hope I don't have this problem when I win the contest. LOL

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-03-19 13:51:50 -0500 Report

Edna most people calling about winning a contest are making cold calls to get your information. How could you win a contest if you didn't enter one?

EdnaShukis
EdnaShukis 2012-03-21 09:24:03 -0500 Report

I meant the Healthy Eats contest which Diabetic Connect is sponsoring! and I am trying to win. HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH

jimLE
jimLE 2012-03-20 15:02:35 -0500 Report

i created a yahoo email just for certain friends.but yet i been getting spam emails at both email addys for a group that i never appled to join.and it says i need to verify that i appled to join the group.which i never did to begin with.i keep reporting the spam.guess they change thier web link so they can keep on spamming me.and of course the normal spam takes place as well.in which one or two get into my inbox time 2 time..as for the phone calls go.we rarely get such calls.on such occasins.i might tell um that i know thier full of it.then hang up on them..

jimLE
jimLE 2012-03-20 15:01:45 -0500 Report

i created a yahoo email just for certain friends.but yet i been getting spam emails at both email addys for a group that i never appled to join.and it says i need to verify that i appled to join the group.which i never did to begin with.i keep reporting the spam.guess they change thier web link so they can keep on spamming me.and of course the normal spam takes place as well.in which one or two get into my inbox time 2 time..as for the phone calls go.we rarely get such calls.on such occasins.i might tell um that i know thier full of it.then hang up on them..

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-03-20 16:40:13 -0500 Report

When I get such a phone call I will tell them I am not the person they are looking for, ask them to hold while I get them and walk away from the phone and come back in a half hour. They usually have hung up by then.

jimLE
jimLE 2012-03-20 17:03:38 -0500 Report

but then again asking them all types of persenal questions sounds intresting.and if they dont wanna answer.ask for thier home number..lol

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-03-20 17:22:14 -0500 Report

the worst thing you can do to a telemarketer is to waste their time on the phone.

If they are not talking to you, but waiting for someone else to pick up the phone that is time wasted for them because just hanging up on them frees them up to call another person and perhaps make a "sale" with the next person. But if they think they can make a sale to you, they don't want to hang up on you. The longer you keep them hanging, the less profitable it is for them.

EDIT: Also you are saving the next person on their list from needing to deal with them soon and the person toward the end of their list from dealing with them at all.

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