new identity-scam techniqueLocked
Last Saturday I got a phone call at home. Someone slightly unused to using the phone (like a lot of junk phoners…) claimed to be a debt collector and, to confirm whether I was the person he was looking for, enquired about the last 4 digits of my Social Security Number. So I put the phone down. Obviously he was hoping to use the information to reset my password to something. Last night the same thing happened again, with a different phoner. Three thoughts arise.
1. The police should know about this, but the phone company was unable to trace the call and inform the police.
2. Is this really new, and is it happening to anyone else?
3. Why don’t junk phoners listen when the phone is answered? And why do they ask “Is this John?”, as though involved in some guessing game, when they must mean “Is that John?”?