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BaileyCatts
03-16-2011, 05:55 AM
I received a strange (to me) phone message I'm not sure if I should return. Exact text (hiding real names of course :D):

"Hi BaileyCatts, this is John Doe at State Bank. Can you give me a call at (local phone number). Thanks."


This call came in at 6:40p at night (so after business hours). Now strange to me is, I do not do business with State Bank and never have. This guy knew my first name (creepy). I looked up local phone number and its a State Bank branch in my general area. I am job hunting but I don't recall applying for a job at State Bank, and if he was calling about a resume/interview, wouldn't he have: 1) said "I'm calling about the position you applied for" or something to that affect, or any reason at all; and 2) called during normal business hours?

I tried to search on the guy's name too, but its so common there are too many hits to find him. Normally I would ignore a call like this since I don't do business with this Bank. But since I am job hunting, I'm wondering if I should call back because maybe its a job I applied for (maybe I applied via a corporate office site or something since I don't recall applying for anything at State Bank)?

Would you call back?

overedge
03-16-2011, 06:27 AM
Hell NO.

Wait until the branch is open and then call and ask if a John Doe works there, or if there are any companies doing work on behalf of State Bank who might have contacted you on their behalf. If they say no then ask to speak to the branch manager and tell him that John Doe is calling people after hours claiming to represent the bank. If they say yes, then speak to John Doe and ask why he is calling you after business hours.

My guess is that it's some guy who is randomly trolling people. If no one answers, he leaves the message to make them nervous and ready to cooperate when he calls back. When he connects, or if he gets someone on the first try, he'll tell some story about their account security being compromised, and he needs all their account information and passwords to investigate the problem. And once he has all that information he then goes and takes all the money out of their account, or racks up big purchases on their credit card.

Can you still do a *69 (call trace) to find out what number the call actually came from?

skateboy
03-16-2011, 07:48 AM
Do NOT call back!

Flatfoote
03-16-2011, 10:29 AM
He didn't leave a "regarding this matter" message. So yea it does sould fishy.

I like overedge's suggestions. Look up State Bank in the phone book (to double check the number you found on line). Is the result of your on line search of the number one of those "who called me from this number" bulletin boards? Cause people's responses saying it is State Bank could be just them posting where the guy said he was from. So I'd still be suspect of the number until I saw something I knew was originated from State Bank.

Also like the *69 (or if you have caller ID). Look up the number and see where it originats from, if its not the same number he gave to call back. It is possible for the number on your caller ID to be different than the direct number he gives to call back, as most companies have several phone lines.

What does your VM say? Hi, this is BailyCats..... that could be why he "knew" your first name. Is your name/number published/searchable? Could be another way he "knew" your first name.

If it's legit and is a job offer thing, and he calls again, and ask why didn't you return my call, just tell him you didn't get his first message. In today's technology, mixed up phone messages aren't hard to believe.

As far as applying for jobs, you should keep a log of who/where you apply, and what job description it was for. It helps when someone calls you back, and you don't have to say, "now, what job was this I was applying for? I've applied for so many, I just don't remember you." that doesn't exactly endear you to that potential new employer! LOL.

mrr50
03-16-2011, 10:35 AM
Check the phone number on white pages or such on the internet. BUT my first thought is don't call.

numbers123
03-16-2011, 12:04 PM
DO NOT CALL. It is probably one of the get your bank number schemes

Aceon6
03-16-2011, 12:19 PM
Hell NO.

Wait until the branch is open and then call and ask if a John Doe works there, or if there are any companies doing work on behalf of State Bank who might have contacted you on their behalf. If they say no then ask to speak to the branch manager and tell him that John Doe is calling people after hours claiming to represent the bank. If they say yes, then speak to John Doe and ask why he is calling you after business hours.

This, and if you're job hunting, I might word things a bit differently. Something on the lines of, "I'm trying to verify that John Doe is an employee or authorized representative of State Bank. I'm doing a job search, and am wondering if a call I received after hours might be related to an open position at the bank. Is it possible to check? If so, could you give me Mr. Doe's direct line so I can return the call?"

Who knows, you may get a job lead out of it. At the least, you'll come across as very professional. The manager might remember you should your paths cross later in your search.

milanessa
03-16-2011, 01:32 PM
I can honestly think of more reasons that this is a legitimate call instead of a scam but you'll never know until you call back. Make sure you do it using a phone number from the bank's website or out of the phone book but I don't see anything to be alarmed about.

Angelskates
03-16-2011, 01:37 PM
Why wouldn't you call back? What can happen to over the phone? Don't give out any personal information obviously, but I can't see how calling back will cause you harm.

So what if it is a scam to get your bank details? Call back, realize what it is, don't give out any information, and hang up. Then give the number to your local fraud investigation agency. No harm done to you at all.

And it might be legitimate, and then some good may come out of it.

skaternum
03-16-2011, 02:08 PM
Seriously? You have to even ASK that question? NO!

milanessa
03-16-2011, 02:09 PM
Seriously? You have to even ASK that question? NO!

Ridiculous.

PDilemma
03-16-2011, 02:17 PM
My cousin's husband works at a bank and they are now required to make cold calls to get customers for IRAs, CDs and other investments.

It could have been for that.

milanessa
03-16-2011, 02:34 PM
My cousin's husband works at a bank and they are now required to make cold calls to get customers for IRAs, CDs and other investments.

It could have been for that.

That's the first thing that came to my mind.

attyfan
03-16-2011, 03:18 PM
I would take overedge's suggestion and call the branch during business hours about this guy. If he is mis-using their name, they may appreciate the information.

Prancer
03-16-2011, 03:18 PM
Why wouldn't you call back? What can happen to over the phone? Don't give out any personal information obviously, but I can't see how calling back will cause you harm.

ITA. Call the bank's main number if you're worried, but.....what will happen if you just return the call?

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