Did my mom just get scammed?
August 16, 2013 9:57 PM Subscribe
A strange man approached my mom at work tonight claiming to be from Verizon, asked for her by name, and insisted she take a backup battery charger from him. (Full story with additional weird details below the fold.) This is surely some sort of scam, but how? Have you heard of this happening to anyone else?
posted by rhiannonstone to human relations (39 answers total) 34 users marked this as a favorite
From Mom: "Really strange thing happened @work! A guy came up to me & asked me if I was [Firstname Lastname], & of course, I said yes! Then he gave me a Powerbank 2800 Super Magicstick! He said Verizon was very sorry for all the trouble I was having with mine, so he wanted to bring me one, personally! I told him I was sure it was not me who was having the trouble, but he insisted I take it! I didn't know what the device actually was, but someone told me it was a mobile power source. Very, very strange!"
Relevant details: She does use a Verizon, with a very old phone and a prepaid or pay-as-you-go plan. She hasn't contacted them with any issues, ever. The Powerbank 2800 Super Magicstick is a real thing, but not made or sold by Verizon. I've told her to not plug it into anything and to throw it away somewhere away from her home.
What the heck?