I’ve received a phone call on 2 different occasions now telling me I’ve won 270 000 airmiles. Pretty sweet, no?
Since I enter contests all the time, the first time they called I actually thought it was possible I had won. I don’t keep track of the contests I enter since I don’t have the time, so I thought it was plausible. The one thing that was skeptical was the fact that it was a machine that called, and the amount – seemed a little high. So I did a quick google search as I waited and sure enough, many people reported receiving the same call! So when the agent answered, I simply said “oh I just read about this horrible scam you’re running. Goodbye.” Then I hung up.
Fast forward to today and sure enough, same call. This time when they answered, the voice congratulated me on winning and then asked if I am over 30. I simply replied “if I won this contest, then you should have that information.” To which the scammer replied: “Yes, but I just need to know if you’re over 30.” So I responded the same way, and he thanked me and then hung up! Haha!
It’s clearly a sad reflection on the world that people have to resort to fraud to make a living, but please be forwarned and don’t give them your credit card information (the next stage after verifying that you are over 30)!