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Rhiandmoi
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I don't know if this is the right place to post this, but I wanted to share this scam that we came across in my office.

Last year our company purchased a new building. This morning our AP person ran into this notice. Our AP person calls the 800 number to find out what is going on. A recording instructs us to send in proof of payment to a PO box in Dallas, or fax it to them at a Dallas fax number. Our AP person decides to stay on the line to talk to someone. The someone on the other end informs us that due to our delinquent taxes our loan has been cancelled! At that point our AP person decides to call our loan officer directly and find out what is going on. Having an actual loan officer that you can call directly is one of the perks of banking with a local bank. Anyway we call our bank, and as our AP person is talking to our bank she starts looking more carefully at the notice. Even though it has our correct business address, parcel number, and account number - it is on a photocopy of our bank's letterhead. Also, the address listed as our bank's address is incorrect. The street name is mis-spelled and the city is wrong. Our bank confirms that they did not have anything to do with this notice and that our loan is not cancelled. So we are forwarding all this to their fraud investigation dept.

Here in the office we are trying to figure out just what the scam is. They ask you to send a copy of the front and back of your cancelled check showing that you paid your property taxes. So we are guessing that this is some sort of phishing scam to get your account numbers. Anyway, just wanted to put the word out.

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DemonWolf
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Yeah, it sounds like they wanted account numbers. I hope you turned them in to the police.

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I agree that it sounds like they wanted to get account numbers from you. I second that you should contact the police, or at least make sure that the loan company does (they probably will, they usually work with law enforcement on such investigations, or at least keep them in the loop).

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skeptic
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Just a guess, as I'm not sure about 800 numbers, but could it be some sort of premium rate number where you end up paying a lot to call them.

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quote:
Originally posted by skeptic:
Just a guess, as I'm not sure about 800 numbers, but could it be some sort of premium rate number where you end up paying a lot to call them.

In the U.S. all phone numbers with the 800 and 888 area codes are guaranteed to be toll free. At least as far as I know.

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quote:
Originally posted by skeptic:
Just a guess, as I'm not sure about 800 numbers, but could it be some sort of premium rate number where you end up paying a lot to call them.

I know that 1800 numbers are toll free. YOu might be thinking of 1900 numbers or other rate lines.

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Skeptic could be thinking of those scams where you start out with an 800 number and get transfered to a toll number in the course of navigating the automated menu.

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