Another quick post for P&M readers. Please be careful of callers, impersonating your officemates, company executives, and friends.
The modus operandi is simple. Someone will call you, sounding urgent, and asking you to share your cell phone load. The caller will introduce himself as your officemate or one of your company executives. He’ll say that it’s an emergency so he needs to cell phone load right away and that he will pay you back later.
When this happens, pause for a few seconds and gather your thoughts first. Ask why are you being approached for this? If it’s an officemate who’s not close to you, why would he suddenly ask for a load? If it’s a company executive, can’t he afford to pay for his own load? Or better yet, doesn’t the executive have a secretary/admin assistant that he can approach?
Be very careful. Just recently, someone impersonated one of our company laywers. The caller called two people in HR and pretended to be our lawyer and asking for load. We were able to stop one of the two employees. Unfortunately, the second employee was scammed of P300-worth of load. The employee also didn’t realize that all office-issued cell phones are post-paid lines and therefore, didn’t need load.
The person who called our office uses the landline 701-0134. We are fortunate to have a called ID so we recorded this number. We are still in the process of tracing this landline.
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