I received a postcard in the mail about a week or so ago and it mentioned it was alumni verification from the high school I attended. I ignored it. I received another in the letter today and the front of it says “IMPORTANT ALUMNI VERIFICATION NOW DUE Please call 1-800-366-4146 (Update 11/14/17, the number may be 866-663-5992; Update 12/20/17, the number may be 888-369-3759; Update 02/04/18, the number may be 877-403-4987, 877-582-3193 or 877-875-5958) in the next 5 days.” It is addressed to me (my maiden name) with my address and the emblem of the high school I attended. The back of it is a longer letter that basically says verification of alumni information is now due for all alumni and my alumni file has not been confirmed. So they just need me to call 1-800-366-4146 in the next 5 days so that they can confirm my data and mark my file as verified. I looked up the phone number online, didn’t find much. Looked up the address, didn’t find much but then spotted a better business bureau record for it. So I clicked on that, looked at the complaints and sure enough – sounds like once a person calls to “verify their data,” they are also being sold an alumni book of some sort. Later, they receive an invoice saying they owe however much money for an alumni book. No thank you. I don’t want to verify my data and I don’t want an alumni book.
These spammers are rather creative sometimes. And maybe this actually is legit and people actually do verify their data and then buy publications of the data so that they can find out what their former classmates are doing many years later. It’s quite possible that this is a legit business that some people actually benefit from.
All I know is that it definitely isn’t for me and it sounds tricky and I’m not falling for it. Please feel free to add a comment if your postcard had a different phone number to call and I’ll keep updating this post.