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Estee Lauder is calling, or not


September 9, 2020

Working alone in the office on a quiet noon hour, I was interrupted by a phone call. Glancing at the caller ID, I was startled to see “Estee Lauder.” Why would the longtime cosmetic company be calling a newspaper in Alva, Oklahoma?

I answered, identifying the Alva Review-Courier, and there was a pause. Did some confused person enter the wrong phone number? Or was this the telltale pause of the telemarketer or scammer? Once the equipment recognized someone had answered, I had my answer.

A stern male voice (recorded) informed me that my Social Security account showed illegal or suspiciou...

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