Credit Card Registration Scams

by ky1start on June 15, 2013

Recently, I tried to activate a credit card and called the toll free number. Now I understand that there are all types of creative ways to make money but I find that those businesses that use a miss-typed phone number to be among the slimiest. In this case, I dialed 877 instead of the required 887 which is a pretty simple mistake.

The Con

The company has targeted a similar phone number knowing that unknowing callers will think that they are simply being presented with an ad the has been placed ahead of the activation process. The result of my miss-dial was to be prompted about a great 4-day 3-night Caribbean cruise and all I have to do is touch any touch tone key to have my credit card charged the required port fees of $59 per person. Since I was not interested, I just held on until I was once again prompted to take advantage the offer.  Since I again refused to take any action I was eventually disconnected.

Now, presented with a dial tone and plenty of time to reevaluate my behavior, I took a closer look at the phone number. It was at this point that I realized that the mistakenly dialed phone number was indeed a scam.

Currently, I am working on notifying the local consumer advocate sites along with the state attorney general.

 

 

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