When you leave the country for a number of months, there can be surprises when you get home. Your mail is a real Pandora’s Box of mysteries.
“Why I had no idea about that.” .. you say to yourself as you began to open up four-and-a-half months of mail waiting for you. You all get-the-picture!
Late last Sunday evening Patti’s home phone rang.
Below Patti writes her narrative of ‘A Day In Her Life’ .. She sent it to me via an e-mail.
“Is this Patricia M. Boone?”
“Yes, who is calling?”
“Good evening Ma’am, I am Lt. Jonathan Williams of the Alaska State Troopers. My badge number is ___ and I am calling to inform you that there is an active bench warrant for your arrest. You were notified by mail to report for jury duty last Thursday and you failed to appear.”
“But, I just returned a week ago from being out of the country for the last 4 1/2 months. Nevertheless, I have had a chance to go through my stack of backed-up mail and there was not a Jury Summons in my mail.”
“I understand Ma’am. This happens sometimes. I can assist you. If you will go to Wal-Mart and purchase three PayPal My Cash cards covering the two charges against you and the court costs, in the amounts of $97, $97, and $100 respectively, I can suspend the bench warrant until your court appearance on March 17th at 10:30 a.m. before Judge Handler. The PayPal My Cash cards are the only form of payment the court accepts.”
“But it is Sunday evening … I am not dressed … I have difficulty walking … it is dark …”
“I understand Ma’am, but I cannot suspend the bench warrant until you do as I am advising you to do. Please give me your cell phone number so I can stay in touch with you.
Patti gave him her cell number.
A VERY upset Patti called me and we visited.
Patti went out to Wal-Mart and was advised that they no longer sell PayPal My Cash cards. Lt. Williams was calling every 15 minutes to ascertain Patti’s progress. Patti went to Walgreen’s and purchased the three cards.
Back in the car at Walgreen’s, Patti’s cell phone rang once again with Lt. Williams asking if the cards had been purchased. He got an affirmative answer.
“Very good Ma’am. Please scratch off the covering over each card pin number and give them to me so I can suspend your bench warrant.”
“But, I am in my car, it is dark, I do not have a flashlight, the overhead light does not work, I cannot see the numbers.”
“Ma’am you must do as I am asking you to do. If you don’t I will leave the bench warrant active and you could be arrested right now on your way home. You would be taken to jail and would have to stay there without bail until your court date.”
“I will call you back at the Troopers Office when I get home.” Patti hung up.
Patti did not answer the next three incoming cell phone calls.
When Patti returned home she called the State Troopers. She was advised that there is a SCAM underway specifically involving PayPal Cash Cards and that if she was called again to have a shrill whistle and to blow hard into it and hang up.
Bad VERY BAD business. Just think .. What if Patti had slipped and fallen and seriously hurt herself.
Let this be a lesson for all of us. The bad people of the world never cease to pursue their illicit activities.
Always be on guard for the unguarded moment!
These criminals catch us off-guard and vulnerable. When you look at it in hindsight it is totally ridiculous! Courts and police are not going to be calling you late on a Sunday evening. The last time I checked .. the mere missing of a Jury Summons WILL NOT imprison you with no possibility of bail! Telling Patti to go to Wal-Mart to purchase a PayPal Cash Card because that is the only payment the court will accept! Can you imagine .. Can you believe that? Wal-Mart and PayPal Cash Cards for the court system! This borders on the obscene. How could anyone fall for this!
It is because the criminals catch you off guard and they specifically try to pressure you. They don’t want you to have time to think. So whatever they are telling you to do they stress it has to be done immediately. They keep emphasizing it over and over again and if you don’t do what they want the consequences are going to hit you immediately.
Late on that same Sunday evening we may be tired and fatigued from the weekend. These criminals could have drastically changed Patti’s life had she slipped and fallen and seriously injured herself. The pickpockets and luggage thieves who steal from us may steal critical medicines we may carry. In losing my camera I lost hundreds of photos I can never replace. They care less in their maniacal ravenous quest for money to feed and to fuel various addictions that may not include drugs and alcohol.
Now think of this ‘angle’. The criminals knew from their cell phone contact with Patti that she was out-and-about getting the PayPal Cash Cards. They could have gone into her Condo and ransacked it stealing everything of value while all-the-time ‘tracking’ Patti’s whereabouts with the cell phone calls to her.
Here is one thing to DO!
I don’t think that you can ‘outwit or out think’ these criminals once they have made contact with you on the phone. They are extremely talented and intelligent and quick to think-on-their-feet. The answer is this : Don’t allow them to make contact with you.
Screen 100% of your incoming phone calls. If you don’t know or recognize the incoming phone number (.. such as the INFAMOUS ‘UNKNOWN CALLER’ ) do NOT ever ‘pick up’ your phone. The call will then go into you message recording device. A legitimate caller will leave a message identifying themselves.
Below are but a few of the thousands of links about PayPal Cash Card and so very many OTHER SCAMS.
Below are three links about ‘Scams In General’ sponsored by the government and the Better Business Bureau. In this lifetime you could not possibly read all that is available on-line about scams and frauds and ‘The Bad Guys’ out-to-get all of us!
The below Better Business Bureau link : Don’t send money to people you haven’t met in person!
What more can we say. IF this post assists one person writing and publishing it will have been worthwhile. Because of the stress it caused both of us it has been a catharsis for the two of us. We can count ourselves among those who have been helped already!
Patti and I are going to sign off with .. To quote Bugs Bunny!
“That’s all folks!”
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