The very official looking message appeared on the computer screen and stated that Betty’s online purchase had been processed and would be charged to her credit card in 48 hours, unless she called and cancelled it.
The message on the monitor looked very official. It contained the date of purchase, the amount, the time of day, and a phone number.
Betty was puzzled because she had not made an online purchase on the date indicated and she was not familiar with the company. Thinking it was a mistake, she started to pick up the phone and call the 767 area code.
Fortunately, Betty started hearing alarm bells at this point and checked with Call For Action. Guess what? The area code was for the Dominican Republic and this sure looked like a scam.
The Dominican Republic company is trying to bill her for the $375.98 they say she owes. There is no proof, however, that she ever made the purchase or received the item. If she had placed the call, it’s likely she would have been charged a hefty fee for listening to a recorded message.