Telescammers are annoying, but sometimes they do spice up the otherwise boring office life:
TS: Hello Sir! Thank you for participating in our survey a while ago. In appreciation of your help, we’re giving you 500 dollars of supermarket coupons!!! Please pick them up at our office at…
Me: I don’t recall having done any survey…
TS: Well that was about a month ago. Perhaps you’ve forgotten. So…
Me: No, I adopt a hang-up-immediately policy for these calls. There’s just no way I could’ve done any survey.
Me: So, goodbye.
TS: Wait! I… i… it doesn’t matter. The coupons are yours, just come and pick them up.
Me: Sorry, I don’t have time, gotta work.
TS: How about the weekends?
Me: No time either.
TS: (In a sarcastic tone, throwing her pretended politeness away) Don’t you have to REST?
Me: Of course I have to. That’s exactly why I can’t come.
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I’ve heard too much about these scams on the news. First they call the victim promising gifts. When the victim arrives, they take away his/her ID card for “registration purpose”. Then, they (in groups of 3-4) ask the victim to buy outrageously priced “travel packages”. All the while the ID card is held hostage. They bombard the victim with persuasion for hours, hoping he/she will eventually give in to the pressure and pay. For this reason, university students and professors are favorite targets because they are considered more “timid”.
A recent survey shows some victims paid more than 30,000 dollars before they could get their ID cards back and leave.
Meanwhile, the HK government charges 335 dollars for a replacement.