I received a call at 06:00 this morning. Because of the situation with FIL, I answered. However the answering machine had picked up and I had to wait for my short announcement to be finished before I could hear the caller.
The caller then said "If you accept this call, press 1." I pressed 1, expecting to hear FirstInLine so be speaking to me. The recorded voice on the other end then said, "Your pin number is 2359" This was repeated 4 more times and the call then disconnected.
I sat there in bemusement for about 2 minutes and the phone rang again. I immediately answered and the recorded voice said "This is Ebay calling. If you accept this call, press 3." I did not press 3.
There have been no further calls.
I called Ebay customer service and reported this activity. The gentleman who answered had not heard of this particular activity, but was pretty sure it was an attempt at a scam.
I've checked my bank accounts and see no activity there. I checked my ebay account and see no activity there.
It sure sounds like a scam, Pops. Consider though, you did not disclose any information to the scammer. Obviously, he already had a phone number, or it was a random dial program. Either way, there was no input from you side other than pressing a key on the phone. That would have told them, at most, that the number dialed was a valid number with a live human on the other end. The second call, had you responded, would likely have asked you to input personal information. Surprisingly, people do fall for that kind of crud.
I am expecting a charge to show up for the first call, yes. I'm working on that, now, but am not having much luck until the offices open up here on the west side.
I suspect your are right, Pistolenschutze. I might have had some fun with the caller, had I accepted the second one, but I wasn't in the mood. I was awake last night until about 02:00, so I'm a little groggy, just now, but not THAT befuddled.
I use eBay quite a bit and have never had a phone call like that. You were correct, though, in calling eBay and letting them know. I have never had any trouble with them or any of their systems. When I suspect a scam I love to have them call and I use an air horn on 'em. It certainly gets their attention!
Weird! It's the spooks trying to recruit you I bet.
I've been scammed on eBay before, eBay and PayPal were a good combination. It was frustrating but I didn't lose a penny!
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