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February 12, 2009

Scammed!

Since I'm traveling, I wanted to call my bank and let them know I'd be out of the country so that my card would be allowed to work.

I searched on google for the bank, Wells Fargo. The top result claimed this was Wells Fargo's official site.

After talking to the woman -- and getting a very bad vibe about the questions she was asking -- I decided I might have just gotten phished.

I called Wells Fargo. They told me they did not recognize the number I'd called as one of their numbers. And the change I asked to be put through had not been put through.

It was a fake, I had gotten a bad feeling halfway through, but I went along anyway for fear of being put on hold again, and fear of being impolite.

So, I just had to cancel an ATM card one day before a big trip, and have been scrambling to get my credit card in a state fit for use.

Watch out. Don't be an idiot like me.

Don't trust Google's sponsored links to find phone numbers like this.

Oh: The trip. At first they kept saying "don't say anything yet, we're still making arrangements." I kept asking "Can I mention this now?" but they never said yes.

So, since it's tomorrow, the Michael Totten was kind enough to mention me to the Lebanon Renaissance Foundation and I'm getting a trip/junket to Beirut, with briefings by government and military leaders.

Hopefully. My itinerary keeps getting botched and I'm currently booked to leave from the wrong coast. And I have no ticket to actually get me to that coast. Because Lebanon is 10 hours ahead, I have to wait up to get a last minute call about this in a couple of hours, so we can hopefully work this out.

Otherwise, I guess, no trip.

This Puts My Scammage into Perspective: Madness. Utter madness.

Thanks to DavidC.



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