I received an unsolicited phone call today purporting to be from Directv, offering me a very significant discount. Since I have never received a call like this in over 20 years as a D* customer, my suspicion meter began to go off. I'm also originally from Missouri. The call was to my cell phone and came from 800-631-5000. The caller asked how my Directv service was working, and I said fine. Since I had a service call in the past 2 weeks, I at first thought this was a followup call, so I was not suspicious at this point. However, the next thing that came up was that I had been selected to receive a significant discount that would last for 2 years. Without going into details, it would have reduced my monthly bill by over 50%. Now I am in severe skeptic mode. Initially, the person on the call quoted me the new monthly charge, and due to the low number, I asked him what package his records showed I currently have. His answer was incorrect, so now I'm almost 100% sure this is bogus, but I informed him that his answer was wrong, and that I would like to talk to someone in Customer Service to verify what was going on. He gave me 888-200-7081. This doesn't match the number that I call for Directv 800-353-4388, but I thought maybe this was merely a different front end number. I called this number and asked them what package I had; the person on the other end didn't name the package, but he gave an amount for my most recent bill which was correct, or at least within a couple of dollars. At this point, I asked what the catch was, and I was told that it wasn't a catch, but that I would have to pay the first 4 months of the new billing amount in advance using Amazon gift cards! So now, I'm trying not to laugh, and I tell him that I can't talk any longer right now because I need to run to the store (true), and that I need to do a little checking into this (also true) and that I would call back tomorrow. After getting back from the store, I called the "real" Directv number and asked to speak to Billing customer service. I described what had happened and they confirmed that this was indeed a scam and that they were aware of it. I thanked him and told him that I was planning on calling them back tomorrow and having some fun with them. He laughed. I hope this helps someone less skepical/cynical than myself from falling prey to this scheme. Maybe I'll update it tomorrow after I speak with them again.