I am here to let others know of my idiocy when it comes to Internet scammers. I was recently phoned out of the proverbial blue by an organization called “The World Wide Who’s Who” http://www.whoswhoregistry.org/, and almost fell head long into their criminal trap. Please know that I am a reasonably intelligent woman who prides herself in knowing the true intentions of others.
Rather than suspecting this phone conversation was a con, I fell for it ‘hook line, and sinker’, feeling that ‘Rhonda’ was sincere and with a reputable organization.
She was not.
“The World Wide Who’s Who Registry” will phone you with complimentary words and glowing ego-boosting talk. They will telephone you out of nowhere and ask if you would participate in a telephone interview. If they feel you are ‘qualified’, they will announce this to you and suggest you pay them $100- in order to be placed in their registry book and to receive various glass sundries and wall-hangings.
Do not be as idiotic as I was.
Who in their right mind would pay for recognition? One earns this on their own. Purchasing recognition is an absurd concept and one I did not catch until it was far too late.
I have managed to retrieve my bank account and credit card information, but now I must change everything, and I do mean everything in my life.
I have written to the Attorney General, phoned the local sheriff, and done other things to protect myself, but I am now ‘dead-bolting’ my doors at night which I have never done before in my tiny community of Bishop, California. This piece of information is now theirs, so I am able to give it here on Freelance Science Writing without a care.
They have managed to infect my hard drive to the critical level. I plan to purchase a new system, but am without funds due to their criminal activity. I have a 19 month old grandson who is in danger of going hungry due to their activities. I will, however, find a way to keep him healthy, fed and clothed.
Thank you for your time and attention, and don’t be as gullible as I.
- ID Theft, Online Fraud Rose Slightly In 2011 (informationweek.com)
- Craigslist of Scammers: A site with good intentions, now abandoned (invantory.com)
- 4 Smart Steps to Stymie the Scammers and Snoopers (dailyfinance.com)
- $50 Million Lost To Online Romance Scammers Annually (fastcompany.com)
- Watch Out For Online Scammers That Are Posing As The IRS (connectyourhome.com)