So far today, I have received about 20 calls from a variety of numbers all with the same message. When I answer the call, an automated voice tells me, “This is a call from Direct Express. We’re sorry, but your debit Mastercard has been locked. To reactivate, dial one and someone will be on the line to assist you.” 20 times I have gotten this call. 20 times I have hung up. They are persistent. I know these calls are part of an elaborate phishing scam and I know that people fall for it. If people did not fall for it, I wouldn’t be getting the calls all morning. What happens when a person presses “one”? Someone will come on the line and ask you to verify your personal information including your credit card number, expiration date, and security code. Yeah….seems totally legit.
It’s a shame, but as long as there are people who can be duped out of their money, there will be those willing to take advantage of them.
This reminds me of the old saying, “Fool me once, shame on you; Fool me twice, shame on me.” According to George Horne, in an 1786 essay; this saying comes from an old Italian Proverb which says, “When a man deceives me once, it is his fault; when twice, it is mine.” Most of us have been tricked at one point in our lives. Hopefully we learn from our mistakes and are not tricked a second time. This brings to mind a couple of other sayings with similar meaning: “Beware the person with nothing to lose” and “Once bitten, twice shy.”
I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks of Great White when they hear that last saying, so here you are: