Be careful about NRA phone soliciters...

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Be careful about NRA phone soliciters...

I received a call the other night from a guy claiming  to be a NRA Membership Solicitor.  The conversation went something like this..

"Hi.  I'm Ted calling on behalf of the NRA.  Am I speaking to Mark Barr?"

  Being a card carrying NRA member, I responded "Yes".

  "Well Mr. Barr, I'm sure you are aware that American 2nd amendment rights are threatened more than ever by the Obama administration.  The NRA is continuing to fight to protect our rights, but we need Patriots like you to help us.

I could see this was a pitch, but Ted was using all the right power words (in bold above) and I found myself wanting to help this guy.  He continued,

  "I'm calling today to get your commitment for 3 years NRA membership.  Can I count on you to support us in this critical fight for our freedom?

 I was hooked.  "Yes", I replied.

  "All I need is your credit card number, and I can process that right away.  Will you be using Visa, Mastercard or American Express?"

 It was only then that I realized that I was about to break my rule.  NEVER GIVE YOUR CREDIT CARD NUMBER TO ANY STRANGER THAT CALLS ME.  After all, you can't tell who you're talking to or what they really plan to do with that number.  It's really like giving them a blank check.  I backed up and asked,

  "Can you mail me an application?"

  "Oh, no, Mr Barr.  We save a lot by doing it by credit card"

   "Well, I can't be certain that you are really with the NRA, So I would prefer  paying by mail.  Isn't that OK?"

  "Well, I'm not set up for that here.  I could give you two years membership for 60.00, if that works better for you.  Can I count on your support today?

I remained firm, saying "No.  I don't feel comfortable doing it by credit card."

Click!  He hung up.

WAS IT A SCAM?  I'LL NEVER KNOW FOR SURE.  JUST BE CAREFUL.  PEOPLE CAN GET OUR NAMES FROM THE NVSA RESULTS PAGES AND FIND OUR HOME NUMBERS IN THE PHONE BOOK.  FROM THERE, A LOT OF US ARE EASY SCAM TARGETS... I ALMOST WAS....