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Scary Phone Scams
FedEx Phone Scam
I don't know what it is about me or my personal information that scammers seem to love, but somehow they got my basic info and they seem to want more.
I got a call around 9:30 this morning at work from a guy claiming to be from FedEx. He told me his name -- first name only -- and said he was calling to confirm some information about a package being delivered to me from JP Morgan and Chase. He said "Is your address 'xxxxx'?" and I said "yes," and zip code "xxxxx," and I said "yes", and "are you the Marketing xxxx"? and I said "yes." By now, my ears had perked up because I found it very strange that he needed to know my position to deliver a package to me. I stopped what I was doing and paid closer attention. Next, in the same tone, he asked me:
"Do you work with XXXXX XXXXX?" stating the name of my supervisor. I said "yes", and then he asked my e-mail address, which I also found strange for a package delivery. I asked him what he needed it for, and he said "It's part of what we need to deliver it, it's just my job." I told him I did not want to give it to him, and he argued a bit more. I eventually decided it was too shady and hung up on him.
Later, I think he called back, but I did not answer. I looked up "Shipping Phone Scams", "FedEx phone scams", "USPS phone scams", and "UPS phone scams", and sawtwo other similar situations. Although two situations are not many, it was enough for me.
One of the people reported that the person on the phone claimed to be sending a package from Western Union. Interestingly, I called CapitalOne yesterday to apply for a credit card that I can use overseas. Not saying that these two things are connected... but who knows? Information travels quickly.
I have decided this is a scam, but I don't know what they could possibly be looking for! Anybody have any ideas?
The IRS is going to blacklist my social security number.
I get phone calls from a number with the 202 area code (Washington, D.C.) almost every day. I ignore every call, but occasionally they leave messages. Those messages are a computerized voice over a crackling connection that says the IRS needs me to call them and that the matter is very, very urgent. They also say they are going to blacklist my social security number (whatever that means), and that I need to call them back at a different number than the one they called from. I, of course, have not called them back, but I would hate to hear that my parents or grandparents or someone else I care about fell victim to their strong words. The number that calls me is 202-754-8536, and they need to be stopped! I reported them to the FTC. What else can be done to stop them?