Looking for the Catch

You can never be too careful I thought as I scanned the letter.
“Congratulations! We are pleased to inform you that you have been randomly selected to receive Two (2) Round-trip Airline Tickets, and a Three (3) day, Two (2) Night Weekday or Weekend Getaway at a Marriott Resort Hotel of your choice. Your Getaway will be booked through Expedia and Air Advisor. As a BONUS Call within 48 hours and you will also receive a $50 Outback Steakhouse gift card. Call toll free 1-(555)-555-5555”

Nowhere does it say the getaway is free. Hmmm. I’ve been fooled before. This is definitely a scam. Yes, I’m pretty sure. Sparky called. The first thing they wanted to know was when and where he wanted to go and then they started with the booking of a flight and hotel reservations. He stopped them and asked how much it was going to cost. Then he hung up. Yeah. Not free. Not even reduced prices.

Then there was the “contest” I didn’t even know I had entered! Seems a local window/door replacement company got my phone number. Could my computer have notified them about my warped front door?? Are they reading my blog?! Anyway they wanted to confirm my registration in the drawing for a free door replacement. I was very wary. But they already had all my info and just wanted me to let them know if I wanted an estimate for new windows as well… I declined the estimate and told them I’d take a new front door if I won but without winning I would hold off for awhile.

Then there was the email to let me know my social security card had been “compromised” and my benefits were in danger of being frozen. Good grief! They never give up. Then there was the phone call telling me that a warrant had been issued for my arrest and to avoid jail I needed to pay up. Not likely. I’m so law abiding that this one made me laugh out loud. I’ve never even gotten a speeding ticket! The latest one was a phone call telling me that my computer had a virus and my personal information was in jeopardy of being stolen – along with all my financial transaction records. All I needed to do was grant them remote access to my computer and pony up some cash and I’d be safe. Oy! I had to break it to them that didn’t own a computer so it was impossible that I was in danger from a computer virus (they lied so I lied back). They hung up quickly!

The last one was the hearing aid advertisement. Now to be clear I can hear pretty well. Sparky not so much… But there have been half a dozen letters sent to me trying to entice me to purchase their specific hearing aids. Each letter has had greater and greater incentives. First it was the free hearing exam. Then they upped the ante with free batteries for 6 months. The letter following touted the free monthly cleaning and adjustment/programming for the hearing aid. By the last letter they were saying that they would increase the warranty from 12 months to 24 months and a 8 week money-back guarantee if I didn’t like them.

I’m guessing that if I dropped off the grid the junk mail, scams and shady operators would still be able to find me. Speaking of which, the gift Sparky bought me for Christmas that hadn’t arrived by the 25th of December, which he then intended to give me for my birthday which didn’t show up in time for that, and had been promised for St. Valentine’s Day but was still MIA, has arrived. He had been in contact several times and they kept promising delivery in 5 weeks more and then he was told it would be another couple of weeks. After the latest conversation to the effect “they are on their way please be patient.”, we were getting the feeling that we’d been ripped-off and the company was a scam. So Sparky called the credit card company and contested the charges. What an ordeal! Anyway 3 days later the gift arrives! I suppose it is like washing the car and that induces a rain shower…

42 thoughts on “Looking for the Catch

  1. so much of this going on around the world. we have the same tactics here too and it can get very exhausting and annoying. some of the callers really just keep on talking when you politely decline.

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    1. They are certainly tenacious. I just hang up when I’ve declined their offer. Took me a long time to get to that point. My husband just puts his phone down and walks away for a few minutes… They usually hang up.

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  2. I’m also curious about the gift. 🙂 I get calls selling funeral plans and telling me they are calling from Apple. I have no Apple, I don’t say anything I just hang up. The Presidents robo call finally quit calling me.

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    1. The robo calls are the worst! The gift was the hat and the shoes that Sparky ordered for Christmas. I’ve finally got them and of course the weather is starting to warm up… I might be able to wear the hat a couple more times and then I’ll wait for this next winter.

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  3. If the gift is something a little embarrassing, like the six matching trash cans my husband got me for Christmas one year, or something inappropriately saucy for this audience, I understand your holding out on us. Otherwise, it’s a good tactic to keep us coming back.

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    1. Ha! No kinky stuff here – just the fur hat and some green high top shoes! He really got you 6 trash cans?!?! I guess that is useful. Sparky got me an exercise bike one year. Needless to say it was not appreciated. I did try to use it but it was designed to fit a 6′ tall man. I could barely hold onto the handles. It was like riding one of those mechanical bulls!!

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  4. I used to get lots of calls from telemarketers. Now I hand the phone to Wrangler and he takes care of them. A bad one is this company calls and says to consolidate your credit cards into one. We don’t have ne credit cards. They hack local numbers to use.

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  5. I’ve had many of these calls … but the most persistent is an ex-real estate guy I dealt with and the solar panel sales!
    The RE guy gives my number out to all his trainee salespeople, I’d call it harrassment and am thinking of where I can report him. I already live off-grid with solar panels and you can’t fit any more on my 7m x 2.4m space!
    I just hang up and block their number … RE people leave a long sales message …

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  6. Been there many times. You missed the one about how your electricity is going to be cut off if you do not send a prepaid card to an agent in Mombasa right away! Sad things is, they would not do this if it did not work. I guess some people are just that stupid, and, unfortunately they are allowed to vote.

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    1. I haven’t had that call. The one that seems to sucker most people is the “grandson” calling from some far off place and having his car break down and would grandma please wire some ghastly amount of money… That one doesn’t work for me since I don’t have any grandchildren. But they still try. Some times I just hang up and other times I play along until they get wise that I’m just toying with them!

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      1. My parents and my in-laws both got calls a couple years ago. They were told that our youngest was arrested for a DUI in a nearby town at some hour in the morning. My parents were concerned. We basically said you don’t know your grandchildren. At the time she didn’t even have a driver’s permit and never was up in the morning.

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        1. Too bad your parents have no clue… but it is a little funny when the scammers start their spiel and you can respond with something like “Is that you Igor?” And they just go with it! hehehe!

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  7. Too many scammers in the world these days! Last year, I got the “arrest warrant and going to jail if I didn’t pony up” call. I just laid the phone down and walked away. Didn’t hang up, just laid it down. I figured if they can waste a few seconds of my time with such nonsense, then I’ll do something to waste theirs.

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        1. Turning the tables! In the old days of land lines if you didn’t hang up they couldn’t break the connection and every time they picked up the phone you’d still be on the line – waiting. Or not – just have the phone sitting on the counter or whatever… It was always a fun time to then have your mother replace the handset in the cradle a couple hours later!

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      1. Haha! It sure was! Back in the day, I transferred schools to get away from bullying and moved to the next county. And back then, we had an area-wide phonebook that covered four adjacent counties. The bullies from my old school must have looked us up because they somehow find my number and made a few harassing phone calls.

        Mind you, calling into another county was calling “Long Distance” in those days. On Long Distance calls, the phone company would charge by the minute and it could get pretty damn expensive.

        On the third or fourth time they called, I picked up the phone and the idiot starting screaming and cursing on the other end, as usual. It finally dawned on me to just lay the phone down and walk away.

        After that, the harassing phone calls tapered off veeeery quickly!

        I can just imagine the ass-chewing they got when their parents got the bill! LOLOLOL

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  8. Haha! It sure was! Back in the day, I transferred schools to get away from bullying and moved to the next county. And back then, we had an area-wide phonebook that covered four adjacent counties. The bullies from my old school must have looked us up because they somehow find my number and made a few harassing phone calls.

    Mind you, calling into another county was calling “Long Distance” in those days. On Long Distance calls, the phone company would charge by the minute and it could get pretty damn expensive.

    On the third or fourth time they called, I picked up the phone and the idiot starting screaming and cursing on the other end, as usual. It finally dawned on my to just lay the phone down and walk away.

    After that, the harassing phone calls tapered off veeeery quickly!

    I can just imagine the ass-chewing they got when their parents got the bill! LOLOLOL

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