Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
Why the HECK do smart minds think of criminal ideas instead of doing good work? Just think what the world would be like if those minds worked on ideas to save lives or to prevent wars.
I use toll free numbers often when contacting quilting suppliers or government offices. Lately, when I call any toll free number I get a message saying I am “selected to take a short survey” or “have won a free gift card if I answer one question” for which I’m asked to press a number.
The first time this happened to me I was calling the toll free number of our state medicaid office to renew my mother’s medical benefits back in January. I am absolutely sure I dialed the correct number. I always check the screen on my phone before I push the dial button. This would be the same toll free number for the office of food stamps and welfare here in Kentucky. I remember thinking the state had done something new as I pushed the survey button. When the guy tried to get my personal information I said “NO!” and hung up.
Next time it happened I was calling Quilter’s Dream Batting to place an order. That time it was a different type of survey. I just hung up and called the toll free number again which went through as it should.
I did find some information about the toll free number scams on the AARP website which sounds similar but I’m absolutely certain I dialed the correct numbers. I always check the number on the screen before I push the dial button. You can read it here for yourself. Or read it on the NBC news website here.
As usual they are blaming the victim. We “mis-dialed” the number. We have “fat fingers” and can’t dial a correct number. If that’s the case, then why is it I never mis-dial any that are not toll free numbers? Aren’t my fingers just as fat no matter what number I’m dialing? I’m telling you there is more to this scam than just mis-dialing a number. But who’s gonna listen to a little old lady?