Do you believe that scammers are everywhere? They’re certainly in my blog post today.
I have good intentions, so scammers are apparently trying to prey on me.
Because of scammers, it’s difficult to know who to trust. On Twitter, people have accused me of being a scammer, because I ask questions like this:
Some people fear that scammers could use information like that to hack into passwords. I have neither the interest nor the energy to be a scammer; I’m just really interested in people’s favorites, including pizza.
Yesterday, this non-scammer feared that she had been taken in by a scammer. On Wednesday, I got a voicemail from somebody claiming to be from the Social Security Administration and when I reached him yesterday, he asked me for information including my social security number, which scammers often do. He claimed he had been calling about my Social Security benefits application and asked me if I wanted to receive my first check this month, which I did.
Last night, when I thought more about that conversation, it occurred to me that I might have stupidly revealed information to scammers. When I looked up the phone number I had returned (855-897-4927), I found a site where people were arguing about whether that was a real SSA phone number or the number of scammers. The people who were convinced I’d spoken to scammers pointed out that scammers could have left the comments claiming the phone number was real.
Because I have a catastrophizing frame of mind, I thought about all the ways that scammers could hurt me with the information I had supplied over the phone. I told my husband Michael (who is definitely not a scammer) about my fears and he told me that (1) he had thought it was weird that I’d been asked for my social security number over the phone and that I had given it and (2) there was nothing I could do about it in the middle of the night, so I should try to get some sleep and report these possible scammers the next day.
Well, personally, I find it difficult to sleep if I suspect I’ve been taken in by scammers, so I did a little more research last night online. I discovered that my social security benefits application was currently being reviewed by someone in Durham, North Carolina, and when I checked my phone for where the Wednesday phone call had originated from, it was … Durham, North Carolina. I’m still going to double check that I wasn’t talking to scammers by calling the Social Security fraud line today but, at this point, I’m pretty sure I haven’t been taken advantage of by scammers. This time.
Oh, and speaking of social security, I wonder if you know that scammers in the USA Congress want to take away social security benefits for elderly folks like me.
Yes, scammers are everywhere. Do you see them in my other images for today?
Lots of scammers find their way to your inbox and might even offer you a home warranty. Here’s what I find when I search for “scammers” on YouTube:
If you leave a comment below, please do not include any information scammers might want, like your social security number.
Thanks to all who helped me create this “scammers” post today, including YOU!