My alter ego is a salesperson for a computer center (my boss owns the computer center and the ISP--I do sales for one and network admin for the other). At least once a week, often more, I get a call supposedly from a hearing impaired person using a relay operator. This person always has a different name but the same request--they want me to drop ship notebook pc's and charge them to a credit card. Now, these calls come through the AT&T and Sprint relay services--legitimate operations. When I have called them they say they are aware of the scam but are legally obligated to perform the relay duty. However, they both told me that if I simply ask the operator if the caller is using a home device for TTY or is using an Internet site I'll be given a straight answer. The scam calls are always using the Internet sites. We have "real" deaf customers here in town. They call using the Montana Relay, they can provide call-back numbers, etc. So, there are some ways of distinguishing the legit calls from the fraudulent one.
In any event, I simply tell all callers that it is our policy not to drop ship merchandise ordered over the phone to be charged to a credit card. About two years ago we were asked to ship a large quantity of memory to a location in Colorado. It seemed odd that someone from CA would call someone in MT to ship memory to CO. The caller claimed they had been referred to us by one of our customers--which was plausible but it still smelled fishy. We declined unless payment was in the form of a cashier's checked. Another reseller in town fell for it. It was a big enough hit to hurt them very badly. They are no longer in business.
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