Madison Who's Who / unauthorized bank withdrawal
Company emailed me to congratulate me on my selection to its 2008 "honors book". They wanted +$900 for this privilege (which would include a free RT airfare ticket to selected desinations). Wanting to network, I bargained the deal down to about $200 for 2-year membership. Several months later, I received a call from the "managing editor" who continued to flatter my background and ended with saying that I had now paid the balance due of +$440! I said we had no agreement to do that, so he replied that the funds had already cleared my account and hung up. I then reported this as bank fraud, immediately emailed Madison and told them to replace the funds into my account immediately. Met with bank rep to close that account and reopen another. Because it was fraud, the bank credited my account with that +$440 and said the fraud dept would take it from there.
What a cheesy, sleezy scam.