Sunday, October 25, 2020

Almost Scammed Last Week

By Terry Whalin @terrywhalin

Throughout my day, I receive a number of phone calls. Often they are my Morgan James authors asking questions or returning my phone call. Other times they are friends or family members. For most of the people in my contacts list, I have added their photo in addition to their name so with a glance I can see who is calling.
This week on a whim, I answered a random number not in my contact list (not a good idea). It was someone who claimed to be from Amazon security checking to see if I had recently purchased an iPhone. The location for the purchase was in California and I'm in Colorado. I listened and said it was not me. Then this person directed me to a website address. I typed it in and it looked like an Amazon site but was not an Amazon site.
I accused them of being a scam, disconnected the call then blocked this number from being able to call me again. Then I went to my Amazon account and checked my orders. No iPhone was ordered and the call was a scam. Whew. I narrowly avoided it and gave the caller zero personal information.
I wrote this article because even though I've been online for years, I came close to being scammed. As writers we need to be cautious and be careful. I'm not answering any more phone numbers which are not already in my phone. These numbers are mostly spam, political or scams. If you call me for the first time,. leave a message and I can return those calls.
Scams also happen within publishing. I wrote about one of those possibilities in an article recently published on the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference called Should I Self-Publish? (follow the link to read this piece).
Finally, last week I had two additional articles published on other blogs. Once a month I contribute an article to Writers on the Move. This month I wrote about how Published Writers Must Be Pitching. Finally for the Suite T Blog, I wrote an article, “Do Editors Fix All My Mistakes?” It is another publishing myth which I attempted to dispell and encourage writers to make a good first impression with their submission. I hope these additional articles help you. 
Have you been scammed or like me, almost scammed through some phony pitch? Let me know in th ecomments below. 

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2 Comment:

At 5:49 PM, Blogger Karen Lange Left a note...

Those scams are terribly deceiving. I returned one of their calls last year because although I figured it was a scam, I wanted to check. I hung up after 30 seconds.

At 8:26 AM, Blogger Terry Whalin Left a note...


What a wise move. It's a terrible world in some ways and wee need to guard ourselves.



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