Our family businesses were affected by the oil spill, just like a lot of other businesses. One business is in the process, one is trying to get the rest of the paperwork together for a lawyer and the other hasn't thought about making one.
BUT!!! Last week I took a call at my job for my Grandfather wanting to talk to him about his BP claim that he had filed (from the business that doesn't have all their paperwork just yet). So I politely told them "Sorry, but Granddaddy has been dead and in the ground for 5 years, so I don't know why he would care about money. But, I would love to have your information so that my brother & SIL can give it to their lawyer so that he and your business can talk about their claim"... CLICK. Yea, that's what I thought.
Then today I get a call for my oldest brother.. nothing about his business or his name would make you think that he is family to the other two businesses.. so why call my job? Anyway, so the lady asked for him and I asked where she was from.. of course she gave no name or business name "I just wanted to talk to him about his BP claim that he filed." So I asked where she got the number that she had called seeing as he doesn't use our information for anything, "Oh, I think his representative had put it in as his main contact number", and she was a bit hesitant and got a bit giggly. So I asked what other number she had for him so that I could verify if it was correct or not because it would nice to get him on the right track *wink wink* Total silence and then the "Uh, um, huh, um" So I politely told her that my brother had never made a claim and never will and if she called this number again that we would prosecute. (Which I can't .. but they don't always know that.) She got a bit flustered not knowing what to say anymore so I hung up.
I guess it's just a friendly heads up .. if someone is calling in regards to a claim (whether you know for sure or not) .. don't give it out any information what so ever!! Get as much out of them as you can!! If they can't give you a business name, phone number and address .. you or a family member are about to get screwed!!