I suppose you don't have to worry about getting a scam caller posing as an AT&T representative is you're not an AT&T customer. But I imagine the other service providers have their fair shares of issues like this.

It's now gotten to the point where if my phone actually rings, I'm going to assume it's something somewhat serious.

Most people I know text if it isn't THAT important.

This means that I sometimes answer before I look to see if it's one of those numbers with an odd area code. I usually avoid those.

I was driving down to Muhlenberg County today and I got a call from a toll-free number. The automated voice on the other end told me that it was AT&T and that my account had been suspended.

How strange since I was, you know, ON THE PHONE when I got this message.

The voice then asked me for the last four digits in my social security number.

RED FLAG!

I hung up and called AT&T...the REAL AT&T...asked a nice lady named Jackie about that call.

I barely got the words out of my mouth before she told me they get that all the time and that I should download the AT&T Call Protect app and report the number.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Technology is a wonderful thing, but it's really opened the door for less scrupulous individuals to figure out how they can get you.

Of course, my parents always told me NEVER to give out personal information over the phone if it's the CALLER asking for it.

Done, Mom and Dad. And thank you!