Post # 1
Recently, I started a bridal registry with Macys via WeddingChannel.
Today, I received a random, confusing call from a man claiming to be a bridal consultant with Macys based in Miami, Florida. He was rather difficult to understand in part because of his accent.
I could not understand why he was calling me. I asked him to clarify the purpose of the call several times, but he rambled and said something about a $17.00 red tote that would be available if I visited a Macys store. He also mentioned my registry and asked me if I had a Macys account. I did not answer that question and said I was not interested in opening such an account. He said he was not trying to get me to open an account.
I asked him for his name. He gave me a name. He then told me that he was not calling from a company telephone, but from his personal cell phone because the call was long-distance. (My telephone number is a California number; he claimed to be based in Miami). At least I have his number on caller ID.
I called Macys wedding channel and they agreed it was suspicious. They couldn’t find the guy’s name in their list of bridal consultants, though she did note that the list is not updated. Also, when they tried to call the number on my caller ID, it appeared to be a fax line.
Has anyone else received random calls from purported "bridal consultants" at Macys? If you have, please let me know! The call I got today really worried me; it was so suspicious.
Post # 3
hmm, sounds suspicious that he’s calling all the way from miami, but i did register at macys and i know that you are eligible to get a handy dandy red tote. you would need to go to an actual macy’s store to receive that free gift though. they give it to you after you’ve met with a bridal consultant there. i know they encourage you to open a macy’s account and they have perks for it like you get macy’s reward dollars for every gift that’s purchased from your registry by your guests. we actually racked up over $80 just from that. and there are free gifts just for registering with certain labels like calphalon, etc.
sorry for rambling about the macys stuff… but i can see how the call could be somewhat legitimate. just weird that he’s calling from across the country. good luck!
Post # 4
I registered at Macys and got a red tote and got some rewards thingy where I get $$ back after the wedding (and extra for our Macys charge). I think it’s legit, but just physically go into Macy’s (if you can) and investigate. If you didn’t give him any info, I wouldn’t be concerned.
Post # 5
That is a lot weird..i know that if I was at work and making a business call, I would not be using my cell and minutes to call a client (and trust me, if the call is to cost $1k, i won’t use the cell). Just to be on the safe side, I would keep a close tab on your account informations and be careful when you’re out alone. It may be nothing, but you can never be too careful.
Post # 6
We registered with Macy’s, and, since we started our registry online, the local store called us and tried to get us to come in. They mentioned a free gift (which I think was different at that time). Also, if you open a Macy’s account, you get some extra benefits.
I think the distance thing is weird, but honestly, they might outsource the calls.
Post # 7
Did you do a area code cross reference to be sure it is miami? Or a reverse number lookup?
Post # 8
That’s not happened to me but I did recieve a red tote when I went in and registered at the store with Mr S the other day.
They also asked me if I had a macy’s account because if I did I could get a certain % off my remaining items blah blah blah – I don’t know why this man would call you from Miami, but his deal sounds just like the one I got from a cute little woman in the store last weekend.
I’m glad you called them!!! Hope it all works out, and from now I’m I’m signing up in store and not online just in case.
Post # 9
As with ALL personal information, please do NOT give any information over the phone. There have been numerous scams where callers identify themselves as members of a bank/church/hospital and through "true"-sounding stories (some fact with some fiction), to elicit bank account numbers, credit card numbers, social security number, and mother’s maiden name. Even many personal wedding sites (as someone recently posted) have enough information to cause some major identity theft.
Someone sent me a link of their brother’s wedding site pictures, but I had previously ‘googled’ the wedding venue, and his site came up! They wanted me to keep the site private since there was personal info on it, but it was already too late…..it’s in Google-land!
Post # 10
I got a call from them. I never answer my phone though – I screen – but I think usually they do call if you don’t set up your whole registry with them and talk with them and all that. They just want you to be a customer I think. I constantly get stuff in the mail and emails, and I have gotten rid of my macy’s registry….but if you didn’t tell them anything, its probably not an issue.
Post # 11
I second dreambml, I would never believe someone who wants you to open a credit card over the phone, even if they know such details as the red tote/Macy’s. Nowadays you never know how people are stealing identities and credit card numbers to make purchases!
Post # 12
Thanks for all of your replies!
P.S. <font size=”2″ color=”#99cc00″>babagrlshell</font> – i did look up the area code and it is a miami number. thanks for the idea!