By Robb Hicken/BBB’s chief storyteller
Boise resident Hal Rossow has been on the DNC for more years than he can remember.
“Although federal law prohibits solicitors from robodialing cell phone numbers, I get a lot,” Rossow says of the Do Not Call registry provided by the Federal Trade Commission.
During the past week, he says he has received two identical calls generated from a computer system that automatically dials numbers and send out a message of distress.
“Twice I have received a call on my cell phone, a recorded message stating that my MasterCard account has been frozen,” he says.
The caller ID simply states “673-15.” The call urges the recipient to press “5” to be transferred to the fraud department where more information is required. The required information is your credit card.
“Although I am a savvy senior and wouldn’t fall for it, the irony is that I don’t have a MasterCard!” Rossow says. “I am concerned for those who do have a MasterCard.”
Other Better Business Bureau’s were reporting calls from consumers reporting the same message. BBB had calls from consumers who received the same call.
One consumer did press “1” and was told to enter in her debit card number and pin.
How did the scammers get your phone number? These scammers are the same scammers who have hacked into databases and stolen information like phone numbers, emails, etc.