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Potential scam phone call very shortly after sending email

Jan 16, 2020 7:17AM PST

Thought I would ask if anyone else has experienced this...

I sent an email to someone querying the cost of something, in which I included words 'payment' and '£xxx' (where 'xxx' was the amount in question).

Very shortly afterwards (less than a minute or so) I receive a call to my landline telephone. It was an automated message specifically mentioning a payment for the precise amount I'd mentioned in the email, and it was prompting me to press '1' to proceed with the payment.

Concerned. Obviously I've changed passwords (no-one else has physical access to my computer by the way).

Has this happened to anyone else ?

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Sounds like a robot system.
Jan 16, 2020 10:15AM PST

Companies are getting keen on automating everything so while your story is missing detail I can see how it could happen. I have had similar occurrences but no more as the consumer backlash was brutal.

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Beware
Jan 16, 2020 11:03PM PST

I agree with what @Proffitt says. IMO, this is common now. Companies (especially Google) always save whatever information that you write, search, etc on their database, and then they will use it to their advantages. So, if you send an email to someone through those networks, I believe that those emails aren't credential. The real question here is how did those scammers know these information? You should be on extra guard. Don't call them back. Just block the numbers and report them to the FTC and some complaint boards like http://whycall.me to make people aware of such scams. Thanks for sharing the story here, btw.

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"Beware"
Jan 18, 2020 4:29PM PST

I think R. Proffitt is implying that the call was legit.

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Not Legit I think.
Jan 19, 2020 1:12AM PST

Just to clarify, there was no company involved. I was sending an email I to an self-employed business associate.

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