Thankfully this isn’t a publishing or agent scam, but a scam that casts a much wider net. If you are a business owner or are in the position where you answer phones for a business owner, beware of anyone calling from Yellowbook claiming they’re updating their database and just want to verify your information. It’s a scam.
They verify your name, address, phone number (duh), job description – all public information stuff – nothing that would arouse suspicion because they don’t ask for personal information. Then the calls start, advising you that your invoice is past due. In our case, it was $600. I told them to go screw themselves with a rusty hammer. She didn’t appreciate the advice because the calls continued.
Oddly enough the invoice amount was now $400. Huh, scam artists are giving a discount now? The trick is that they offer to play a recording of the “order” as proof that the invoice is due. That recording is their initial call to you to verify your “account information.” Then they tweak the recording to make it appear as though you’ve placed an order.
We told them to go blow themselves. Hubby, being far smarter than I, suspected a scam. I got online and found the Yellowbook scam, link provided above.
I’m sure this is very effective because the plausibility factor is quite compelling. You’re thinking, “Gee, did I place an order?After all, it’s wild busy around here…” And bam, they have you. You’ll pay the money and be done with it, especially since the hosebag from the “collection agency” is adequately intimidating. However, we’re a very small outfit and know what’s going on in our office.
When she calls again, I’ll be armed and dangerous. After all, how many people have beagles with access to an entire hit squad of doberman pinschers?