my sister texted me about fifteen minutes ago to tell me someone just called her and tried to claim they had my dad tied up at gunpoint in the back of their car and wanted her to wire them $900.
before i go any further i just want to assure everyone that he is fine, i just got off the phone with him and he’s okay. everyone in my family is okay.
i’m p sure they tried calling me but for some reason when i swiped to answer the call my phone hung up so i never actually talked to them. they called my mother and told her they had my sister, literallymentioned her by name, and when my mother told him she was gonna call the cops he called her a “fucking b*tch” and told her my sister was dead. mum called the cops and they tracked my sister down at work.
my sister called the cops and gave them the phone number, andapparently they get multiple calls about this and similar numbers on a near daily basis. it’s a prank call, and so far as i know no one has actually been hurt by these people. the police haven’t caught him yet because he keeps switching burner phones.
the phone number i got the call from was 774-479-8384. my sister got the call from 774-479-8483. the call to my mother came from 508-667-0470, and they called her again from the first phone number (the one they used to call me) so that mum could “hear rose’s voice”.
the more i learn about this the more thoroughly freaked out i become, so i just wanted to get this out there so people know these people could be calling you, too. if you get a phone call like these, from similar numbers to these, your family members are probably okay, but please call them to be sure and then immediately call the police.
just to clarify, no one has been hurt but people have wound up wiring the money. these people do this often and they’re decently clever. the 911 dispatchers I talked to told me they get about 10 calls a day from people who’ve received these calls, for the last two years and people have totally bought into their scam.
as a warning: what they will do is give the scenario first.
according to their story, my dad and this guy’s brother got into a car accident at a gas station and when the brother tried to leave without giving his information, it turned into an argument and my dad was hit in the head and knocked out. I stayed on the line at this point because I thought maybe this was an emergency dispatcher calling to tell me my dad was badly injured or something so when they asked for his name, I told them. don’t do this! from then on they acted as if they’d known all along and suddenly, this story switched into a hostage situation and they then demanded I wire them money.
what they then did is ask for my mothers phone number, which I gave because at this point, I was hoping she could confirm my dad was fine. this wound up working out for us BUT for anyone else, this would have furthered the scam. as said, they called my mother and said I was being held hostage and made me speak to her as “proof” they really had me. unfortunately for them, they tried to give the same story to my mother, that we’d gotten into a car crash, but as I don’t have a license and have never driven, it proved for my mother right away that this was bullshit.
so if this happens and you do give out a name for them to use like I did, don’t ask to talk to the person as proof or allow them to trick you into accepting that as proof. do what I did.
while I wasn’t going to hang up in case this was real, I was rightfully suspicious. they only agreed to my father’s identity after I said his name afterall. so I asked them to describe the man they were keeping hostage for me. that’s when I became certain this was a scam. because they instantly switched tactics, demanding my mothers number and passing the phone off to another person.
also, don’t let yourself be convinced that this is really happening just because the person they claim they’re holding doesn’t answer the phone when (or if) you call. they definitely target the family AFTER calling that person first and confirming that they’re not available, and then once they’ve bagged that first person (aka me in this scenario) they keep you on the line, telling you if you hang up or talk to anyone, they’ll kill their hostage. so then when your family is told YOU are being held hostage, and can’t reach you when they call to be sure, they’ll believe them. kind of genius. very scary. I didn’t really buy it for all the sketchy reasons listed above, but even still, I went along with a lot of it and played into their hands, just on the off chance that this was real.
so be safe, be careful and wtf, people can be so fucked up
more from my sister on what is honestly a rly scary scam
i went through my call log on my cell after i got to work today and discovered that i had gotten previous calls from the number they tried to contact me using earlier this week, but never answered. i also have a good dozen missed calls from numbers i don’t recognize from other states (washington, california, nevada, and florida, all the same numbers on different days) and another dozen from unknown callers. i have been getting these calls for over a month at this point, but i don’t answer phone numbers i don’t recognize.
these guys are smart, and they are convincing.