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 nearly caught in government grant scam

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phoglady09
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2007 6:08 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Hello everyone,
My boyfriend just sent me an e-mail saying that he is being scammed. Apparently some guy has been bothering him about a government grant that he "won". My boy thought it was totally legit (hey, we're both in college, we apply for government grants every semester) until he was asked for his bank account number to complete the transfer. Thankfully my boy worked in a bank for 9 years and knew exactly how bank transfers work, and told him several times that no account numbers are necessary to process a transfer. Apparently, "there was a long pause and then he hung up". Hopefully he never calls again.

Anyway I did a quick search on here to see what I could find and I found a thread from 2005 that said these people can buy our information from companies? Does anyone know how to protect against that happening? I fear what would have happened if my boy hadn't practically grown up in a bank. I dunno, is there like a national list to join, like the "no call" list? I worry about something like this happening again, especially since we know that they have the information.
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Gnasher
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2007 7:20 am Reply with quoteBack to top

If you are concerned that this person had your bf's phone number then there's probably very little you can do to prevent this type of random call. This guy was trying to trick your bf into revealing his bank account details, but he could have been selling mobile phones, timeshares in Cancun or any other type of telemarketing call that plague us all. I know it's possible to get yourself put on a 'do not call' list but it varies from country to country and even then it's not 100% effective. So long as this scammer doesn't have any more personal information about your bf then the best thing to do is block the number, although if the scammer knows your bf was onto him he won't call again anyway.

As for the more general query about whether scammers get away with tricking innocent victims into revealing personal financial/bank information and/or sending money - then yes, the problem is endemic and that's what this site is all about.

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