This was on my voice mail today, so I saved the mp3.
Below is a sound file from the most common type of illegal fraud telephone call that I get. The usual pitch is to promise to lower the interest rate on all of your credit cards. You can imagine what is next: reading out your credit card numbers to them. They often identify themselves as something rather generic, such as "bank card center", then they can make guesses as to a bank that you might use. As we're getting down to only having a handful of banks in this country, they don't have to guess much.
A word to the wise, never talk to or return a call from these scammers. The callback number is always toll-free, which means you cannot block the transmission of your phone number to them, then they can mark you as a "responder". The only time I call back is from a hotel phone or the like, and that's just to see what they do.
Speaking of calling them back, it is indeed possible to have a little fun in this area. I don't recommend interacting with fraudsters, but if you have time on your hands, and you have a safe telephone (like a hotel), you *could* do it. If after hours, your call will probably drop into voice mail, and if they have the USA's most common voice mail system, Audix, it's not that hard to have a little look around. It's all part of my Captain Crunch legacy. What are they going to do? Call the police? 😆
Enjoy the show below. You'll need flash.