The Old Broad Is Flooded With Scam Letters That Appear to Be From Credit Card Companies

by on January 29, 2019 · 8 comments

in Ocean Beach

The Old Broad Asks for Help

By Judi Curry

What does “Chase”, “Discovery”, “Bank of America”, “Amazon”, “Cox”, “Bank of PNC”, “Apple”, “Navy Federal Credit Union”, “Wells Fargo”, and “US Bank” have in common?

Probably nothing, EXCEPT that I received “phishing” letters from each of these institutions at least 4 times in 5 days.

Each one said virtually the same thing – and each of them were a scam. They look so authentic; the interesting thing is that I do not even have accounts at 6 of these institutions.

Where did they get my name?

I either forward the information to the “abuse”, or “phishing” part of the institution and NEVER get any response from them, except to say “we have received your report of abuse” and tell me not to answer anything on these communications.

Sometimes I am not sure that it is phishing because it looks so real and I call the institution. They assure me that it is nothing that they have sent me but I get it day after day after day.

So why doesn’t the institution do something about this?

I know that I am not the only person they are hearing from. They must receive hundreds, if not thousands, of communications on a daily basis.  For the life of me I cannot understand why I am still receiving them.

Are you receiving them too? Do you report them? Do you get any better response than I get?

Do you have any suggestions as to how to rid yourself of them once and for all?  Any suggestions that I have not already tried would be greatly appreciated.  And I worry about those people that respond to the communication thinking it is legitimate.  The fraud must be horrendous.

Please! Tell me what we can do about it.

[Editordude: Judi tried to forward one of the letters to us but her security system told her it was a scam and would not forward it.]

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Avatar Peter from South O January 29, 2019 at 2:23 pm

Suspected fraud via the US Mail is handled by the Postal Inspector General (and they do NOT mess around). https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/

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Judi Curry Judi curry January 30, 2019 at 8:50 am

They are emails and not US Mail.

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Avatar Peter from South O January 30, 2019 at 3:11 pm

hee hee . . . emails are not “letters”

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Avatar Lyle January 29, 2019 at 2:31 pm

This is indeed frustrating. Try doing both of the following:

a. freeze your credit reports.
b. call 888-5OPTOUT (888-567-8688)

This information is available also on the FTC website.

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Avatar thequeenisalizard January 30, 2019 at 9:46 am

These aren’t phishing scams or some kind of fraud. They are advertisements to try and get you to apply for their credit cards. They get your address from other card companies that you use. The post office can’t control who sends you these mailers. The only way to stop them is to call the company and tell them to stop sending them. It’s kinda like the political mailers everyone gets from candidates, no matter your party affiliation.

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Judi Curry Judi curry January 30, 2019 at 11:36 am

Sorry. These are scams. They tell me that because of unauthorized activity on my account it has been frozen. I have to contact them to “unfreeze” it they say I can’t use my existing account until it is done. These are phishing scams, pure and simple

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Avatar thequeenisalizard January 31, 2019 at 9:27 am

Here’s an idea, don’t open any emails without checking who they were sent by. If you don’t recognize the sender delete it.

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Judi Curry judi curry February 1, 2019 at 3:43 pm

Good idea Queen, except that I know ALL of the names on these emails. It isn’t until I open and read them that I can see they are scams.

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