By Kathy Sweeney- email@example.com
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - A local woman took not one, but two suspicious calls this week about a debt she says she didn't owe.
But, rather than worry the caller wanted her personal information, she found out the stranger on the phone already had it.
"What happened was her husband took the first call. They called and asked for her," said Ruth Dockins.
Dockins works at the Southeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging where one of her co-workers told her about the suspicious calls.
The first one, Dockins says, came on the woman's cell phone.
"The caller said that his name was Lee, but he spoke with a very heavy foreign accent, and that he was calling from UNLD", Dockins said.
The man identified UNLD as the United Nations Legal Department, and said he was calling about a thousand dollar debt. He said they would take $300 to settle the matter right away.
Dockins says her co-worker turned to the Internet to look up UNLD and the 866 number on her caller ID.
"There were several responses that came up that said this was a possible scam", Dockins said.
That co-worker's second call from UNLD came to her office phone. Another man with a foreign accent not only wanted money. This time, he shared some shocking news.
"He said, is your social security number, and he read off her true social security number and her phone number", Dockins said. "And she said no, that is not my number."
Dockins' co-worker reported UNLD and the calls to the Missouri Attorney General's office.
"This woman has already been victimized by an identity theft', said Doug Ommen, chief legal counsel with the Missouri Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division.
"The fact that they had this personal identifying information indicates to us that they've already gained access to that type of information and were trying to use it, potentially, to scam her out of funds," Ommen said.
Ruth Dockins often warns area seniors about scams. She says this case really proves we're all at risk.
"Even if they have your social security number, do not admit it", Dockins said.
She suggests asking before filling out medical or other forms if giving out the full nine digit number is necessary.
Doug Ommen also stresses reporting calls like this to the Attorney General's office in your home state.