John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
Have you ever had any trouble with your Discover Card? We never received the last bill statement and therefore did not make the December payment. We kept getting calls from Discover ( I had no way to verify that it actually was Discover Card on the phone line.) demanding payment for December. They insisted that we allow them to withdraw money from our bank account, as they already had all of the bank statements and account numbers on hand.
Since the recent incident at Target Stores and the loss of personal data for employees of Milwaukee County, I was not going to give them permission to take money from our personal bank account through a telephone call. When my wife called their phone number back, it sounded like a "boiler room operation" in the backround. Having worked for the U.S. Government before I retired, I was in no way going to fall for a scam operation. We get a lot these scam operations on our e-mail and I turn them over to the government for investigation. Twice I received a message that the FBI would put me in jail if I did not correspond to their requests. If the return address on a e-mail is suspicious, I consider it to be fraud.
What would you do if you could not confirm the source of a threatening phone call? Would you accede to their demands? What would you do under these conditions? Discover Card has since refused to accept any charges from us. I will not accept any threatening calls from an unknown source to demand money from my personal bank account. They could at least sent us a letter to inform us in writing of any problem. I came close to contacting the federal government about their threatening phone call, since charge card problems and information theft are a federal matter.