Potential scam from 469-428-5356
I received this text message from a person who said she obtained my contact information from this website:
"We are located in Arizona, could you send me your address also, please Reply back on:
(1). Your charges per 1 hour (3 times a week for 2 Weeks): Starting from 5th June until 19th June 2021
(2) Total Cost For 6 class/6 hours lessons in 2 Weeks
(3). The Day and time you will be available to teach him During the week:
Please send me the name to be written on the check and the address where the check should be mailed too. and send me your Cell number the check will be sent Via FedEx/UPS courier service and it's safe and faster, i will be waiting to hear from you."
At this point I had already indicated that I was no longer get teaching in Arizona and referred her to the school, with another teacher's name(no contact info)
Yet she persists in asking for my address to send me that chack via Fedex.
Please be aware that the instructions she provided are a script sent out by many scammers, for many other things besides violin lessons
Yeah I saw a scam like that a few years ago in my inbox. The way it works, apparently, is that they send you more than you charged (but in a form that you can't redeem) and ask that you send the excess amount back. Or something like that.
I have slightly different circumstances then most people so it allows me to not answer calls from any number I do not recognize, and if it is a real and important issue they will leave a message and then I will respond back. So many times they leave some kind of scam voicemail message and the most popular one is that there's a warrant out for my arrest and to pick up immediately to talk to them about it. How can these people lay down in bed at night and close their eyes thinking they did a good day's work conning people in one aspect or another? It is way beyond my comprehension.
Yes, the music teacher scam. I played along with one of those a few years ago. Someone claiming to be from Peru, unable to travel, wanting violin lessons for his daughter. My last email message to him was No, and "why would any father send their underage daughter to meet a stranger, older man, alone at his house? --Silence.
Lol for a while I was getting these at least once a week.
I’ve gotten variations of that one many times.
On occasion, when I've had a chance and remembered, I've asked them why they're lying to me, and told him to be a man and get a job. The response at best was disconnection, but I can hope and imagine that that might have some effect in time.
I try not to let phone scammers go away unscathed.
I know someone who greeted scammers with this.
As far as I know, many of these callers DO have a job. This is their job. They are basically working in a call center, with a script, dialing for dollars. For them the job isn't hugely different working for a scammer than for a "legit" telemarketing firm, and whatever abuse is directed at them isn't really any different, either.
Most people in these business ventures are not only aware that it's illegitimate but are actively directed and filtered towards that end. Adding an "honest" or "real" qualifier to "job" wouldn't make the point stronger - stating that as a contrast to what they're actually doing at that time does so, and it doesn't take great or native linguistic skills to get the point.
Yeah I try not to be a D*** to people who call me, because it's their job and it's probably the only one they have available. It's really sad when you can tell telemarketers are expecting you to lash out at them, because their voice is already trembling.
A useful method of dealing with a phone scammer is to treat it as a regular business call, take the initiative (this is important!), and politely ask the caller for their name, department, and the nature of their business, perhaps asking them to repeat it slowly - as if you were making a note of it. If that information is not forthcoming then - again politely - tell them that you do not deal with anonymous callers, and hang up. And do not under any circumstances reveal your personal details, including your identity.
Erik, would you apply the same justification to human traffickers, or people who sell heroin laced with fentanyl? That it's their job, or maybe even the only job they can find? Where would you draw the line?
People should be aware that with modern equipment, phone scammers and business "contact centers" can program any number they want to show up in your caller id. Posting the phone number for this particular scam call may not be that useful, since it could change with each call. Have to be vigilant in today's world!
About once a month I get a call which the caller ID shows as my own number. Read that these are the worst of the scammers out there and how the researchers come to that conclusion I do not know.
Tom is right. Try to call back and you'll probably get the canned message "the number or code you have dialed is in error." I literally got chased out of my previous phone # because I was getting 5 - 10 spam calls a day. Because my son has some medical issues, I always felt I had to answer the phone even while working on the roof. It got so bad I changed my phone company and phone #.
Spam and scam phone calls would disappear if the phone companies were allowed to charge the callers' number one cent per call.
Absolutely nothing new here.
Some great responses, observations, and suggestions above. I have a few responses to add. These often result in the caller hanging up:
I do not answer calls from numbers my phone does not recognize. My voice mail message says that I respond quickly to email and that I will look at texts that start with the sender's name. Anyone who needs to contact me can find my email address because I am a state university employee.
Paul, that may work for your situation, but not mine. Most of my business comes in from names and phone numbers I would have no way of recognizing, unless I spent all my time compiling a quickly searchable list of everyone who is a stringed instrument enthusiast, which would leave me no time to make. Searching this list would need to be done within the first five phone rings, to make a decision to answer it or not.
Obviously a future Paganini just requiring your brilliant teaching skills!
Not being a business, I don't have to pick up calls from numbers I don't recognize. I've never seen my own number spoofed, although I'm sure it's possible, and is one thing I'd
It is best not to list your actual phone number on the Internet. That is why Violinist.com has the option for you to set up your profile page so that you can be privately emailed, without showing your email address. I really don’t recommend having your phone number be listed in your bio. You can change all those settings and re-word your bio by going to your profile page.