So Mom and I had been hanging out together for a few hours after work when I got a phone from an unfamilar number with a local area. Thinking it was one of the moving companies I've recently contacted, I answered.
The caller has an Indian accent and says he's calling for <insert my first and last name> with Washington Gas & Smart One Energy. I remembered boyfriend saying he had just gotten the gas bill transferred to our new apartment, so I assumed that's what it was about.
When I asked what address was he calling in reference to, he gave my parents address which was an instant red flag because even though I live at home, everything at my parents house is in their name.
I looked at Mom and asked if she had put my name on anything. She said no. I told the caller it was my parents house and I wasn't sure why he was calling. The caller said, "Our records indicate that you are the primary contact for this address and have sole responsibility for the gas bill."
I said, "Your records are incorrect then. It's not my house. Nothing is in my name."
He held the phone then said, "Oh. Okay. Sorry to have disturbed you." and hung up*
No explanation as to why he was calling. No phone call to Mom or Dad who are the account holders.
I googled the company and found the following report: http://www.scamexposure.com/scam-rep...ly-c66879.html
Basically they call people, pretend to be with Washington Gas and get them to switch their natural gas bill over to Smart One Energy LLC.
I was totally freaked out because like I said, I had just talked to my boyfriend about the gas bill and if they had said anything about me relocating or if they had known my Mom's name, we probably would have thought it was our company.
This is seriously why I almost never answer my cell phone unless I recognize the caller.