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#1 OFFLINE Fluffy


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Posted 06 October 2009 - 07:02 AM

Had a phone call yesterday caller knew my name and said as I had used my credit card recently I had been put into a free draw and had won a holiday,the caller was a verification officer and wanted to verify who i was before sending out the prize info,A trip to Florida yippeee !!
When i told him to tell me the card details he had and i would tell him if it was correct he wouldn`t.After along conversation and him not getting my verification number off the back of the card,I forfeited my free holiday.... :(
I emailed Visa and got this reply....

Please be informed that Visa Europe is not contacting cardholders offering all expenses paid holidays to Florida or anywhere else for that matter. This is an attempt to obtain your personal account information and you were wise not to provide your card details. Please be aware that Visa never contacts cardholders directly by phone or e-mail requesting personal information relating to your Visa card.

Just be safe,on line and on the telephone!!!! ;)

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Posted 06 October 2009 - 07:27 AM

Sometimes when I get those type of phone calls the callers asks my name to verify it is me.

I say ''Of course it's me, you have just rung me, so it must be me!!''

I follow along those sort of lines and they always give in :) It's my bit of mental agility exercise to see how long it takes.

You were right to be suspicious Fluffy. Never knew a bank yet that gave anything away free.


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Posted 06 October 2009 - 07:58 AM

The thing was Hazel,the background sound was like an office,he offered to bring his supervisor over and gave me his employee number ! But yes I like to do the same and i did give him a hard time,thats why when i put the phone down,i did wonder for just one minute ! because i thought a scammer would have given up earlier..

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Posted 06 October 2009 - 09:21 AM

Call me wicked evil but when I get stupid calls like that I just love to play mind games with those people and waste a whole hell of allot of their time. :lol: Often asking them to repeat things over and over telling them I'm a little slow. :lol:

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Posted 06 October 2009 - 09:28 AM

Andavari..yes your wicked !! just like the rest of us !!

> Things you should say when a telemarketer rings:
> 1. If they want to loan you money, tell them you just filed for
> bankruptcy and you could sure use some money.
> 2. If they start out with, "How are you today?" say, "I'm so glad you
> asked, because no one these days seems to care, and I have all these
> problems. My arthritis is acting up, my eyelashes are sore, my dog
> just died . . . "
> 3. If they say they're John Doe from XYZ Company, ask them to spell
> their name. Then ask them to spell the company name. Then ask them
> where it is located, how long it has been in business, how many people
> work there, how they got into this line of work if they are married,
> how many kids they have, etc. Continue asking them personal questions
> or questions about their company for as long as necessary.

> 4. This works great if you are male. Telemarketer: "Hi, my name is
> Judy and I'm with XYZ Company. " You: Wait for a second and with a
> real husky voice ask, "What are you wearing?"
> 5. Cry out in surprise, "Judy? Is that you? Oh my God! Judy, how have
> you been?" Hopefully, this will give Judy a few brief moments of
> terror as she tries to figure out where she could know you from.
> 6. Say "No" over and over. Be sure to vary the sound of each one, and
> keep a rhythmic tempo, even as they are trying to speak. This is most
> fun if you can do it until they hang up.
> 7. If bt calls trying to get you to sign up for the Family and Friends
> Plan, reply, in as sinister a voice as you can, "I don't have any
> friends, would you be my friend?"
> 8. If the company cleans rugs, respond: "Can you get out blood? Can
> you get out goat blood? How about human blood?"
> 9. After the Telemarketer gives his or her spiel, ask him or her to
> marry you. When they get all flustered, tell them that you can't just
> give your credit card number to a complete stranger.
> 10. Tell the Telemarketer that you work for the same company, and they
> can't sell to employees.
> 11. Answer the phone. As soon as you realize it is a Telemarketer, set
> the receiver down, scream, "Oh my God!" and then hang up.
> >
> 12. Tell the Telemarketer you are busy at the moment and ask him/her
> if he/she will give you his/her home phone number so you can call
> him/her back. When the Telemarketer explains that telemarketers cannot
> give out their home numbers say, "I guess you don't want anyone
> bothering you at home, right?" The Telemarketer will agree and you
> say, "Me either!" Hang up.
> 13. Ask them to repeat everything they say, several times.
> 14. Tell them it is dinner time, but ask if they would please hold.
> Put them on your speaker phone while you continue to eat at your
> leisure.
> Smack your food loudly and continue with your dinner conversation.
> 15. Tell the Telemarketer you are on "home incarceration" and ask if
> they could bring you some beer.
> 16. Ask them to fax the information to you, and make up a number.
> 17. Tell the Telemarketer, "Okay, I'll listen to you. But I should
> probably tell you, I'm not wearing any clothes."
> 18. Insist that the caller is really your buddy Leon, playing a
> joke."Come on, Leon, cut it out! Seriously, Leon, how's your mother?"
> 19. Tell them you are hard of hearing and that they need to speak up .
> . . louder . . . louder . . .
> 20. Tell them to talk very slowly, because you want to write every
> word down.