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Pesky telemarketersPosted Monday, June 15, 2009, at 2:00 PM
I wrote a story for Tuesday's T-G about someone who almost became victim of a telemarketer, even to the point of giving the caller their credit card and Social Security numbers.
Giving out those numbers over the phone is a no-no.
In this case, the scammer was someone claiming to be able to lower credit cards' interest rates.
I got a call last year from a telemarketer, with only a trace of a foreign accent, who asked if Shelbyville was near the ocean. Instant tipoff. I said no...maybe I should have told them we enjoy the ocean spray here (as in cranberry juice). Or maybe I should have said she'd find the ocean in Omaha.
Usually I just hang up on telemarketers.
So how do you deal with them? I've heard of people blowing whistles into the phone.
One person at the 800notes.com website suggests telling them that you want to work with them but your number's changing to (202) 324-3000.
That number belongs to FBI headquarters.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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