I received a strange call last week from a woman (a complete stranger) in a mid-west state (I live on the east coast). She told me this story about being on a chat site and there was one fellow who would IM her if he wanted something and he wanted he to cash a check for him. She knew it was a scam and she ignored his IM. Then, she received a Fed-Ex that contained a check made out to her. She told me the bank that cut the check and asked if I ever heard of it (I didn't) and she told me the company name on the check (which I also never heard of). Then, she told me that the return name and address on the fedex were My First, Middle, and Last Name and My address. That is why she called me. This woman made a police report, and the police said everything should be OK. These scammers just watch the papers for houses that change hands so they can get an address and name. But, I was worried. I checked my cards and, sure enough, the ones that included my middle name had been compromised. One had nearly $1000 in multiple charges to the US Post Office, so I guess people were buying money orders. I took care of all that.Then, this weekend, I received a fed-ex package. It was "not accepted", so it came to me as a Return to Sender. It was another fake check, this time to an address on the west coast. And a different bank, and a different company as the account holder, and a different payee. But, still my return address. I will go home tonight and make a police report. But, is there something else I should do? I am still monitoring charges on my cards. And I have disputed the charges on the compromised cards. I think a police report is all that is left for this fedex package. Franky, the sending of the scam checks in my name freaks me out more than the compromised card. That was caught quickly and stopped. I don't know that we can stop the other thing.
Have you place a fraud alert on your credit report? Add a passcode in addition to your PIN/password. Anytime they are called regarding the account, the caller has to give the passcode in addition to any other required information before discussing the account. By any chance is the company Penson Financial? They have been targeted by this scam.
No, it was an investment company out of Florida. ITG. I forgot about the fraud alert. And I'll check into the passcode. I have never heard of that. Thanks!
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