Steve Ettlinger • about 10 years ago
Would instant tracing/conference call work?
I can't propose this myself--not qualified--but as I was being "phished" the other day by Rachel from Cardmember Services, they were on the line with me quite some time, trying to get my phone, social security number, full name, etc. (I had to cancel and get a new card -- they got just part of my info before I woke up!).
It occurred to me that we were on long enough --they even called me back to try again--that I could have easily connected to a third number via conference calling should the FTC have such a line. I would have been glad to string them along until the FTC got a direct bead on them.
And BTW, they were not trying to sell me anything. I was merely asking them, having demanded to speak with a manager, to remove my number from their list, thinking they were really telemarketers. They were not. They were 100% phishing for my credit card info, so no lawsuit against a company would work here, only simply criminal prosecution for theft against individuals. Or would they invariably be found to be foreigners and thus untouchable?
Could the FTC set up such a number? I'd do my best to get Rachel connected directly to the FTC any time!
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