Comments on: Scam alert: Another variation of the utility-bill phone calls http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/scam-alert-another-variation-of-the-utility-bill-phone-calls/ West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:40:54 +0200 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 By: Jeff Brein http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/scam-alert-another-variation-of-the-utility-bill-phone-calls/#comment-1413366 Jeff Brein Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:51:50 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279427#comment-1413366 Happened to our business and the sad thing is Seattle Police wouldn't even take a report. Phone numbers are not traceable ... all come from off shore IP addresses so there is no way to find them. We caught on and never gave them money .. perhaps if we had the police would have at least taken a report. Many of these scams occur after hours (real billing offices are closed) when a business is open with customers shopping, dining, etc. They want you to load a cash card at a drug store or supermarket so they actually never show up!! Happened to our business and the sad thing is Seattle Police wouldn’t even take a report. Phone numbers are not traceable … all come from off shore IP addresses so there is no way to find them. We caught on and never gave them money .. perhaps if we had the police would have at least taken a report. Many of these scams occur after hours
(real billing offices are closed) when a business is open with customers shopping, dining, etc. They want you to load a cash card at a drug store or supermarket so they actually never show up!!

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By: Laura http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/scam-alert-another-variation-of-the-utility-bill-phone-calls/#comment-1411495 Laura Wed, 16 Jul 2014 06:04:07 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279427#comment-1411495 So much fraud, so little time :) So much fraud, so little time :)

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By: Jody http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/scam-alert-another-variation-of-the-utility-bill-phone-calls/#comment-1410173 Jody Tue, 15 Jul 2014 04:46:32 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279427#comment-1410173 It's funny to read this (in an embarrassing kind of way) because I actually did just get a snail-mail notice from the real utility company that I was so far behind in my bills that shutoff could happen. I double-checked and verified this via my online account -- no way I'd respond to a phone call or print notice without verifying. I hadn't seen the utility's emails in the onslaught of junk mail. No more electronic billing for me! It’s funny to read this (in an embarrassing kind of way) because I actually did just get a snail-mail notice from the real utility company that I was so far behind in my bills that shutoff could happen. I double-checked and verified this via my online account — no way I’d respond to a phone call or print notice without verifying. I hadn’t seen the utility’s emails in the onslaught of junk mail. No more electronic billing for me!

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By: Bill on Duwamish Head http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/scam-alert-another-variation-of-the-utility-bill-phone-calls/#comment-1410121 Bill on Duwamish Head Tue, 15 Jul 2014 04:03:27 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279427#comment-1410121 How about a good old fashioned meet up. I will have you the money in front of my (house, business, etc) in 30 minutes, and have the police waiting inside? Or at least a couple of big dudes with baseball bats... How about a good old fashioned meet up.
I will have you the money in front of my (house, business, etc) in 30 minutes, and have the police waiting inside?
Or at least a couple of big dudes with baseball bats…

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By: Erik C. http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/scam-alert-another-variation-of-the-utility-bill-phone-calls/#comment-1410100 Erik C. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 03:44:04 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279427#comment-1410100 Better yet, write down the number they are calling from, keep them on the phone as long as possible and have someone else from another line call the police and ask that it be traced. Better yet, write down the number they are calling from, keep them on the phone as long as possible and have someone else from another line call the police and ask that it be traced.

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