Scammed . . . .
I guess I can begin by saying that it was stupid of me to believe
this guy to begin with, and I didn't except that I didn't realize
how much information I was giving away. About 2 or 2:15 this
afternoon I received a call from someone identifying himself as
"Lee," and giving the "Operator #27401," from "Bell Atlantic." I
am looking at the note I wrote out for my husband, Keith Henson,
who has been systematically harassed for more than three years for
attempting to perform the public service of exposing the $cien-
ologists as dangerous lawbreakers.
"Lee" said something vague about someone was using our phone
number. I was not friendly, but confirmed for him my name and my
husband's name and our phone number. I told him our phone account
was in my husband's name. I even apologized to him for being
suspicious, and said the $cien-ologists (pronounced money-ologists)
had been harassing us. I unfortunately said that my daughter had
a cell phone with a certain carrier (not giving a number), trying
to figure out what could be causing our phone number to wind up
where it didn't seem it should be.
I also unfortunately gave "Lee" my husband's work number as well as
his pager number, believing that the $cien-ologists already had
this information. I knew they know where he works, because they've
subpoenaed the place.
"Lee" gave me an 800 number where he wanted Keith to call. I told
him to tell Keith to please call me back after they had talked, so
I would know what was going on.
Keith received no calls or pages. When he returned home I gave him
the phone number "Lee" had given me. It turned out to be US West's
repair service. Bell Atlantic's 800 number, according to directory
assistance, only has one number in common (and not in the same
position) as the number I was given. Neither Bell Atlantic nor
Pacific Bell, our carrier, has anyone available this weekend to
talk with me about this--not security, not a fraud division, not
any office anywhere. I can't reach anyone now to report this
except my local police department, who have given me an incident
number and an agent name in case there is further harassment. One
phone call doesn't constitute harassment. There is no law against
lying. But if they call again . . .
October 15, 1999