JJ Luna

Chad & The Secret Service

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[If this is a scam, and I suspect it is, everyone who visits this site needs to know how to deal with yet another identity theft scam.]

Chad, did whomever called you give you a a MAIN number to the Secret Service FIELD office in your state where you can call them back? (See the site below to find the FIELD office in your state. Next time they call, get their name, ID number, and location (city and state) and tell them you'll call back. Don't tell them you know the number. Just say you'll call them back and if they insist you speak with them right then, gently and calmly but firmly tell them you won't until you call them back THEN HANG UP. REAL Secret Service agents won't be offended! They understand you don't believe them.

Call the main number for the Secret Service FIELD office in your area and ask for that officer by name and give the ID if asked (if you get it, that is). If you don't get a name, ID/badge number and location, that likely means it's a NEW IDENTITY THEFT SCAM of some kind. Someone wants to scare you into revealing personal information about yourself in order to steal your identity. BE CAREFUL. If this seems like a scam, report it to your local Secret Service office.

HOWEVER, know that the Secret Service's original mission and ongoing investigative purpose is related to counterfeit cash and cash instruments like checks, money orders, coins, etc. and since 1984 "includes crimes that involve financial institution fraud, computer and telecommunications fraud, false identification documents, access device fraud, advance fee fraud, electronic funds transfers and money laundering as it relates to the agency's core violations." ARE YOU OR ANYONE YOU KNOW INVOLVED IN SUCH CRIMINAL ACTIVITY? If so, well, you know something they may be calling you about.

If that's the case, call a criminal attorney, FAST, because you have a right to one.

If not, do what I first said above and that may solve your problem.

URL #1: http://www.secretservice.gov/field_offices.shtml

JJ Luna Responds:

Wendy e-mailed me an additional comment, which makes sense:

". . . they'd usually show up at your door if it was that bad, not call you and give you a heads up so you can run."

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