Live Scam encounter!!!

@Bebs08 (10691)
United States
December 17, 2008 5:08pm CST
Yesterday I received a call from a so called EZ1 Rate company. The man on the line said that my phone number was selected to receive a package bearing the cards for free gas in any gas station plus a discount on health insurance. Then I said.. WHAT??? How come? and where did you get my number? He said they got it by random. hahaha!! Cool!! the person on the other line was so convincing that I listened to his explanation. He said, I have no obligation, just tell the people about their company. Wow!! good deal!!!. Then he said, they will send the package to my home address. To my excitement to have a free card for gas (LOL) I give my complete address. Finally he told me that I have to pay a handling fee of $6.50. He ask my credit card or bank name and everything. I told him I will never give anything of what he asked. I have none to give. He said nothing to worry because their company is legit and He is the owner of the company. His name is Kevin Parker. I Said, whoever you are, I will never give my card number or bank name. Since He can't convince me, he passed the phone to the other guy who is more convincing. The guy said, he is the manager of the company, blah.. blah.. blah...I said, really? what about Kevin Parker? is he the owner? the guy said, no,,, Kevin Parker is our company agent. I said... my goodness!!! you are just wasting my time.. I am busy... I have no time for your scam. Then he said.. thanks and bye.. Poor me, I am wasting my time talking to liars/deceivers. I feel like it is a funny experience. I am upset to these people and also to myself why I spend time talking to them. I feel like calling them back and scold them for this? They said, they are situated in Nevada I just forget the city. You might encounter the same thing with these people. I hope you can scold them for me?
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@salonga (27965)
• Philippines
18 Dec 08
Very good my friend! You have been sharp enough to detect immediately that they are scammers. Imagine asking the details of your credit card. The very fact that they are asking for that is already a sure evidence that they are scammers. What is their authority to ask about confidential matters that only you should know? I'm glad you were not fooled by this stupid people.
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@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
18 Dec 08
Fortunately I have no credit card because I don't like to have one. I have a debit card I told the man but I will never give him any details of my card or bank name. He said I can contact my bank and tell them to debit my payment... hahahaha!! What? am I a fool to spend my hard earned $6.50 pounding my keyboard just for that unknown caller? I told him I will never give any details to a scammer.. then he said bye.. hahaha...
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@salonga (27965)
• Philippines
18 Dec 08
So you too do not go for credit cards. Good for you. I also do not have one. I don't want to live in credits. I live according to my means. So like you I only have debit card. If I don't have money, I don't spend! I don't want to be burdened with debts. Ha!ha!ha!
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@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
19 Dec 08
Very good my friend, We are the same.. hahaha I want to live a peaceful life without thinking of debts.
@silverjam (969)
• United States
18 Dec 08
Well I guess a lot of people have been encountering experiences like that. When somebody calls us here like that, it's usually my husband answers and he'll immediately tell the other person that we're not interested in anything and then hang up. Don't worry, if those people try to call my number using the same names and promotions, I'll scold them for you...promise!
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@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
19 Dec 08
hahahaha.. I hope they will call you. Well, probably they will change their names but when they will ask you for handling fee? sure!! they are the same people. thanks for that promise. LOL
@owlwings (38197)
• Cambridge, England
18 Dec 08
I had a similar one saying that I had won a free holiday a while back. I think that, in all, I spent 30 minutes talking to the fast talking guy. While I was doing so, I looked up the website address he gave me and did a little research. It looked like a legitimate package holiday seller located in Florida but I checked further and found that they worked out of a very small unit in a big business complex and that - surprise, surprise - the address was also used by a Multilevel Internet Marketing company whose business was to sell package holidays. It followed the same pattern that your call did. Lots of hype and fast talking aimed at getting the street address and other details and then, right at the end, when one is likely to be hooked, a demand for a small 'administration fee' and, of course, a request for credit card details. Getting credit card or bank details is what these salesmen are REALLY about. Once they have them, they likely will quickly drain your account or run up big bills on your card. If you are quick (and lucky) your credit card company may eventually refund you but many of them do this in order to keep customers and they build losses due to fraud into the system so that all of their customers actually end up paying through higher interest rates and charges.
@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
19 Dec 08
I agree with you, Exactly right!!!! I will be alerted when my financial information will be asked and also my Social security number? I don't like to share it to anybody unless it is like getting driver's license or filing the income tax or opening a banl account. In those cases I can give my SSN but for the people anywhere whom I don not know? I will never do it.
@checapricorn (16072)
• United States
18 Dec 08
[i]Hi Bebs, Ohh,, they are unfortunate to call a smart as you...LOL! And they didn't get any information.... I don't answer unknown number too but I experienced a scam through text...that I won and blah blah blah, I was pissed off and told them, I have enough money and I even have a problem of how I will spend it and that I will just donate whatever I won to them since they need it, I told them further please claim it for me...hahhahaha...( I wish I have that money that I have said) I know I wasted my effort and time in txting them but I was just pissed to these type of people who is always trying to fool around![/i]
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@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
19 Dec 08
Hi Che, They might also call you also.. hahaha...Well, I received the same thing in emails, many times and I once replied like you do. I told them to get all the money because I don't need it. LOL..I will donate that money to their company. LOL.. they stop sending the info about my winning. Now they are more convincing because they do it LIVE!!! I hope, they will be arrested in this scam business.
@bunmi2501 (467)
• Nigeria
18 Dec 08
Hmmmm,this guys are just everywhere there is air, funny enough there some people who will definatly fall for them some where some how, happy you got off them, nothing to be angry about, just some bunch of guys looking for a fool out there and thank God you are not one.
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@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
19 Dec 08
Oh!! I almost believe his story.. If he did not ask me for handling fee? I will go for that offer.. hahaha.. but when some money is involve, I don't bother to ask more questions. Leave them alone..
• India
18 Dec 08
LOL Bebs!! I am absolutely sure you frustrated that fellow by talking so much. I am really laughing over here...serves that fellow right! I am sure he thought you would fall for his scam and you didn't. Clever Bebs!! LOL!! I hope nobody else tries scamming you again. Cheers and happy mylotting
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@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
19 Dec 08
well, hahaha!! maybe he was upset too because he was not able to get my $6.50.. hahaha.. Maybe if he is a disabled person who needs help, I will give him the amount and I can add more if he deserves any assistance like some other needy persons around the world. But for his cheating business? God will reward Him soon.
@walijo2008 (4649)
• United States
18 Dec 08
Well you did a good thing about not giving them your bank info over the phone, I never give mine out to anybody, especially over the phone, they can tell you anything, and since you can't see them, it makes it easier for them to lie to you. Well I hope other people are as smart as you were and not give them any information, maybe they will stop harassing people.
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@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
18 Dec 08
I was just thankful that my hubby educate me about these things because when I first came here and receive all the scam in my email and even in post mail, I do believe it but my hubby keeps on laughing because I am so innocent about these things. LOL. Then he told me that he was scamed one time.. about a business online. He paid about $500 for the packet and that was online, then he never received anything? So he learned his lesson. I learned also through him.
• Philippines
18 Dec 08
wow!! I would say, people now a days are so desperate of earning money that is why they are making it easier to decieve even to the most elect.. hahaha.. good you did not yeild to the free gas card. Anyway, gas is not high now. Noneed to worry about it. I also hate those kind of people. They have the nerve to cheat? well, $6.50 is not much but if they can deceive 100 people? they will have a good income. Good job!!! you are wise enough..
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@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
18 Dec 08
Well, I am not wise because in the first place, I did not think why I am so lucky to receive that free $300 gas card? plus health insurance discount? He is like a politician who is buying votes for people.. hahahah I did not think how fool I am to believe him giving my full address.. hahahaha..
@roysville (496)
• Philippines
17 Dec 08
Wow! They even have the guts to call?! They are that desperate? Good thing you have presence of mind of didn't get easily drawn by that exciting news. The logic here is simply, if you didn't join any contest, don't expect that you will win anything. Geez, I thought they were just through e-mail and text messages. Now, they even call. Thanks for sharing this. I hope more people will get to read this so they would know what to do.
@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
18 Dec 08
I have been receiving emails of similar things.. and that is very obvious.. Scam.. but when somebody calls you it is a different thing. Specially if the man speaking sounds like a true.. I mean not faking.. but when I was asked by my card number.. and a handling fee, I realized my mistake of talking to a scammer. His name is Kevin Parker,, that if he will not change his name. I asked him if he is Korean but he said, he is from Jamaica.
@spalladino (17927)
• United States
17 Dec 08
Wow, good thing you're on your toes! I will pass this information along to some of my older family members who are liable to fall for a scam like this. I also never give my information out to anyone unless I know for a fact who I'm talking to. Good job!
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@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
18 Dec 08
Well, I suppose not to answer that call because the number is unknown to me but out of curiosity of who was that, I picked up the phone and was allured by his convincing words.. Oh my goodness!! I really believe the saying.. "you sin will find you out" people who are cheaters will never succeed. Yes, I think they are now calling people and try to find somebody who they may devour.. they are like devils.. LOL