Originally Posted by Vikingdad
Yesterday I got a half dozen calls on my cell phone and I suspect that they were all scams. One might not be but I ripped into them with a vengeance because of the others. The main one (just got another one this AM) is a caller with a heavy Indian accent who says they are from the US Government and I have been selected to receive a cash grant. I mean really? Since when does the government issue grants that have not been applied for? Ummmm. Never?
The one that may have been legit (but I seriously doubt it) was another heavily (Indian) accented dude who claimed to be from Medicare/medicaid and was trying to confirm my information. I told him I was not going to confirm sh!t until he confirmed his identity and the reason why he was confirming this info first. I ended up yelling and swearing at the guy before he hung up. Persistent little effer. He did say that he would send me an email to confirm who he was, but I never got one.
I am trying to think of how to deal with these people in the future. I wonder if there is an effective way to turn these scams around on them? Or maybe a way to locate where they are and nuke the site from orbit? That would be fun.
In the meantime I think I will ask them to confirm their identity by providing me with their PIN number or their full SSN. Of course there isn't one so that should make for some confusion.
In my experience they do everything they can to not issue grants that have been applied for. Bastards hand out free money to people who won't get up off their couch and get a job, but someone who had been working most their life and playing taxes can't get a little help with tuition because, get this, I had a job and made $250 over the required amount to get a grant. I'm not annoyed by this at all by the way.