I consider myself an observant person. I notice things and remember. My husband has called me at work to help him find something at home. Frustrating as this phone call can be, I usually remember where the item can be found. I try to keep myself aware of my surroundings and not be distracted.
This week I failed to be observant and aware because I was distracted. On Tuesday, my Dad had a cardiac catheterization. They were checking his heart to determine if he has a blockage. I was worried about him and waiting to hear the results of his test. The phone rang at work and I was expecting it to be my Mom with the results. On the other end of the phone was a Scammer who happened to call when I was distracted. The phone call went something like this:
Scammer: “This is a courtesy call to update your free online business yellow page listing.”
He read off the company’s name, address and phone number.
Me: “Yes, that is correct.”
Scammer: “Thank you for verifying the information. In order to update the listing in the computer, I need you to answer a few recorded questions to confirm. I will dial the number and help with the prompts.”
He dialed a number and continued.
Scammer: “Please answer the questions loud and clear. I will hit all the prompts.”
Faint Recording: State the name of the Company
I could faintly hear the recording.
Scammer: “Name of company”
Faint Recording: State the physical address
Scammer: “They are looking for the address.”
I replied. A few questions were asked requesting basic information. Each time the Scammer would help by stating the question.
Scammer: “The final question verifying that you approve the update.”
Very Faint Recording: “….approve…..$39.95…..months”
Me: HEY! Wait a minute! I heard the recording mention $39.95.
The Scammer ended the call.
On a normal day, I would not have answered the questions. I know about the phone frauds for online Yellow Page listings. Why did I answer the questions? There is only one reason I can think of….I was distracted. It can happen so quickly. I let my guard down and gave a Scammer a window of opportunity.
I am irritated at myself and wondered how often I get distracted. Am I easily distracted? I did not think so…but maybe I am…I hope not.
I write this post as a reminder to myself...pay attention.