Today I was calling a company on their toll-free number, when a message came on saying their “number had changed” and that I needed to “hang up and call 10-15-15-800 (101515800?) for National Toll-free Directory Assistance to get the correct number.”
Being the cautious type, I didn’t trust this was legitimate, so I Googled the number, and found out it is some sort of scam. (Click here to see the results from Google)
If I HAD dialed that number, I would have been charged $5.00 for the directory assistance, or possibly much more according to some of the posts I found.
It turns out that I had mis-dialed one digit in the phone number I was calling and the number I mis-dialed was connected to this scam number. When I actually dialed the correct number, I reached the company I was calling. The classic “fat-finger” dialing mistake.
Lesson learned: If this happens to you, DON’T dial the number!
Oh, and if you actually do need directory assistance, I’m still loving Google SMS…and it’s FREE!