This message was received by GTCO-ATL from one of our followers who lives near the Margaret Harris Comprehensive School in Atlanta. Please read carefully and report any such attempted scams to law enforcement or call 9-1-1. Remember that 9-1-1 works faster and better from a LAND LINE, not a cell phone!
|Fiber Optics at the schools are not in place so you can get|
residential Uverse, according to what ATT told a recent
resident who had been approached by someone saying
they needed personal data.
Hey everyone, BEWARE: FALSE AT&T UVERSE REPS without credentials blanket our neighborhood collection personal information.
I just wanted to let you know that there are people going door to door in our neighborhood saying they are with AT&T Uverse starting out by saying "I don't know if you've noticed the installation of fiber optic cables in your neighborhood but...." then go on to try and collect personal information from you. The last step of this guise is to make a call to set up installation which the person calls on their cell phone to their 'manager' or 'installation office' to check to see if you have any outstanding utility bills...then they ask for social security number and credit card information.
(... cont.) The girl who came to my door is very nice, early 20's with auburn hair.
After the incident, I called AT&T and spoke with several managers and they confirmed that they do not do door to door for anything. Their computers showed that they don't even service this area. So, unless all of the people I spoke with were dead wrong, then the people running around are scammers.
I think someone is hitting the areas around these (proposed) cell towers. Please circulate to others...I was under the impression that the fiber optic cables that were popping up around the schools was due to SPLOST money and their new technology.
And this article ran recently in the Tucker Patch:
Elderly Women Tricked by Scammers(Two similar incidents occurred within days in the same area.)
A woman of 83 had jewelry stolen from her Tucker home by thieves who were pretending to help her.
|Construction in the area is not a reason to give out|
personal data to anyone going door to door. Get the
name of their company and call them directly if you have
any doubts about their legitimacy.
The victim's daughter, Linda Trotter, recounted the events in an email. "Thursday afternoon about 2:30 a lady came to the door and told mother she needed to show her the property line as they would be cutting some trees and limbs on the property behind (her house)," Trotter wrote.
"She... went with the lady through the gate and the woman proceeded to tell her about trimming her bushes and (that) they would pick up the debris and mess. After several minutes the woman walked with her back to house, thanked her and got in the passenger side of a black truck parked halfway up the drive and left saying they would be back about 3:30 to do the work." They never returned.
Trotter says her mother did not know anything was wrong until later that evening when she realized jewelry had been taken from her bedroom. "Her Rolex watch, her oval diamond ring, a heavy gold necklace, all from my daddy, and her retirement diamond faced watch," she said.Fox 5 is reporting a similar incident happened to another elderly woman in Tucker a few days earlier.
The woman who tricked her is described by Trotter as being white and in her late 30s. Her mother is devastated and "feeling very vulnerable... and violated," Trotter said.