"got a call" as in a phone call? Strange since WordPress.COM does not have phone support.
Do you have any upgrades?
If you have any upgrades you will get an email asking you to renew them starting 60 days before the upgrade expires ( if there is a problem with an upgrade this gives time to correct any problems)
Sounds like you might have been the target of a scam - all renewals are also handled from the Dashboard >> Store of your blog
Your base blog cliffgarinn.wordpress.com/ never expires since it is free and good forever.
I will flag this for the staff to review your account just in case