Pretenders From Phone Companies - Please Tell Your
Friends, Family, Co-Workers!
Yesterday my husband called to tell me he had just received a call from someone claiming to be a representative from Verizon
(note: this is not my husband). All of our business lines are connected with Verizon
but this could happen regarding any carrier out there. The person
asked for his
permission to record all of his phone messages and store for him, supposedly trying to convince him that this was for his protection and was a good thing for him to do. I cannot quote his exact response to her as it would be inappropriate,
but you'll get an idea by looking at the cartoon.
She went on to inform him that
it would only cost him $9.00 per month for someone else to listen in and store all of his phone calls! He told her he wouldn't be interested even if it was free.
Unfortunately there is no way to trace THIS particular phone call and that THIS one wasn't
recorded on our end.
Then my husband telephoned Verizon to check on it and Verizon said the phone call was never generated from them
and they make no such offers.
So what exactly does this mean?
Be aware that there are many ways people will try to steal your identity, infringe on your personal and business privacy or attempt to get proprietary information to sell to others.
I have personally made it a business
practice to never ever agree to give out information or agree to any kind of business arrangement over the phone. Just don't do it.
You don't ever have to feel pressured to believe anyone's story or claim - and
you shouldn't. The world is full of dishonest
people, particularly in seasons of financial challenge.
Any legitimate offer from a legitimate company will be freely available to you in written format where you can take your time to evaluate it for authenticity and its benefits to you. So please be warned.
Never give out any personal information over the
phone to anyone and never agree to anything over the phone. If you think an offer might have some merit, ask for information to be mailed to you. Then do your due diligence and research and investigate before you agree to any business deal.
Please share this page with everyone you know. It's important.
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