Wednesday, June 06, 2007

A scam of the accidental variety.

I'm switching service from my phone to Col's old phone because he has a shiny new one now. So in order to do this, I have to give them some information on the account, including the last 4 of my dad's SSN. So I call him up and the following is our conversation:

"Hi dad."

"Hi, how are you?"

"I'm great. How's your day going?"

"Alright. What about you?"

"Fine. I'm switching service on my phone so I need the last 4 of your social."


"I'm switching service from my phone to Col's old phone so I need the last 4 numbers of your SSN."

"Wait. Who is this?"


At this point, I look at the phone to see what number I'd dialed. Wrong number. I'd messed up the number by one digit. I panicked and hung up. I'm sure the guy thought I was some scam artist trying to get his social security number.

What's crazy is how he sounded enough like my dad that we chatted a bit... evidently I sound like his daughter as well.

I'm still laughing.


Carlos said...

Their is definitely a reason for favorite numbers to be stored. Yikes!

Capt. Monterey Jack said...

I am glad he didn't give it to you - who knows what you would have done with that information.

Courtney said...

I think you should remember his number and call and tell him you need to borrow some money.

The Dixon Family said...

Ha ha. How do you always get into these kinds of situations???

Aubrey said...

Good question! And Courtney... why didn't I think of that?!

I didn't have my cell with me, so I was calling from my work phone. It really does make you grateful for stored numbers in cell phones.

Scrap Happy said...

Why did you need your dad's SSN anyway, instead of your own? I've never once needed to know my dad's info...


Aubrey said...

It's a business phone. Perks, you know.