I answered a phone number from a blocked call. A kind soul informed me that he was a process server paying me a courtesy call. He had tried serving me twice at my home, and now was going to serve me at my place of employment. Isn't that thoughtful?
Who would want to be served with process at the office? How embarassing. No doubt I should arrange to have him serve me.
Of course, this isn't how process servers work. If they can't find you, they assume you're hiding from them. You don't warn someone who is hiding from you that you're coming to get them. Some uninformed souls would no doubt be tricked.
I asked for the caller's name and phone number. He identified himself as Paul Hughes of Process Serving Incorporated. He gave me a telephone number to call (888-753-3849) as well as a case number.
I immediately called 888-753-3849. A man answered with this greeting, "Corporate Office." I asked him what company resided there. "There are two entities," he told me. I asked him to identify them. He would not.
He then asked me for my case number so that he could route my call. I told him his company was a scam, and he hung up.
A couple of minutes later, I received another call from a blocked number. Someone who identified himself as David Allen was upset that I'd call his company a scam. He did, however, want to talk to me about an alleged debt.
Unfortunately for him, I monitor my credit report. There is no debt to collect on. He insisted I was wrong.
He then gave me the last four digits of someone's Social Security Number. So I had some fun:
My friends are consumer class action lawyers, and I'm actually doing an investigation on their behalf.
You are committing fraud!
Look, you deal with some unsophisticated people that you can take advantage of. I get that.
I am going to call the police. This is a crime!
I'm sure you're able to intimidate most people you talk to. This won't work on me.
Shame on you, for impersonating someone to get information!
He hung up on me, leaving me to wonder whether I should track him down.