In the past couple of months I’ve gotten repeated phone messages from a company implying it wanted to serve me with legal papers; a debt collector looking for someone named Janice Leake; the “U.S. government” calling from a Kansas City area code; a number reportedly associated with a credit card rate reduction scam; a call from an area code that doesn’t exist; and several other numbers that I don’t know.
I don’t trust anybody anymore — at least not if they’re calling me from a phone number I don’t recognize.
I’d just started writing a new article for CreditCards.com on scams and fraud when my phone rang. It was a scammer, trying to defraud me. Even with my anti-fraud senses turned up to 11, I have to admit, these guys are good enough to make my heart skip a beat with their mentions of "formal complaint" and "attorney."