Joined: 21 May 2007
Location: In the Garden
|Posted: Sat Oct 18, 2008 5:14 pm Post subject: Credit Card Warning
|A while back, my mother called her credit card company, Discover. It's a toll free number like all the rest. The phone number is 1-800-DISCOVER, well actually, it's 1-800-DISCOVE. While going through the voice mail/system, she was told to enter her credit card number.
After entering her number including the security code on the back, she heard, "You will soon be talking to a hottie." Not feeling comfortable, she hung up. She called Discover, and had those charges removed. Soon afterward, she started receiving, what shall we call it?, porn through the mail. The postal carrier was quite astonished at this turn of events.
If you recall the Stupid Hubby and the Dumpster incident, you'll remember that I needed to change our credit cards. As fate, or, in my case bad luck, would have it, our new water heater died after only six months on this earth. Trying to get a replacement wasn't easy. I went to the store to get a duplicate receipt, because I had rendered to our landlord the original - which they had summarily lost.
I was told if I could remember the exact day, I could get a duplicate. I looked through records, and found the corresponding date. They then asked for the credit card number. It was the old one. Eek!
I used the phone to call the company. The phone number on the back was distorted by the imprint of the credit card number. Trying to decipher it the best I could, I called the number from the store's telephone. I, too, received a "You'll soon be talking to a hottie" message. I quickly hung up, and asked the clerk to dial. She was propositioned, also.
I can only imagine the mail that will be arriving to that chain store.
Mine was a different credit card company. I can only assume that "Hottie" has bought all the similar phone numbers to all the major credit cards.
Be careful out there. Unlike high school, the telephone is no longer our best friend.
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