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March 6th, 2003, 11:21am
I just got a call from "Jolene at central verifications" just needing to know the model # of my printer. I asked her Who? From where? You need what? what for? then she hung up on me. Watch out, something not right at all there. Any one else get this?
March 6th, 2003, 12:15pm
That's the question they ask before awarding the HGTV house. Too bad you didn't give the right answer. :smile3:
March 6th, 2003, 12:56pm
You gave me my laugh for the day Groovy. I am going to go check my printer right now...
The Seahorse Lady
March 6th, 2003, 1:08pm
Thank you for the heads up.
March 6th, 2003, 1:46pm
I got a funny (not really) telemarketing call...the typical mortgage pitch, from some ninny at XZY Financial Strategies.
First, the typical long wait while the minimum wage goofus realizes that the red light means a sucker has picked up the line...then, "hello, is Mr. or Mrs. Comstock home?"
This is George Comstock, who's calling please?
"This is (name withheld because I couldn't care less), from (probably just a front for some other company) and I'm calling to ask if you considered refinancing to take advantage of today's historically low interest rates?"
Well, I'm a Realtor, I replied.
"I didn't ask that," she snipped.
Are you a Realtor? I asked (you don't need a license to cold call, but you certainly *do* need one to solicit mortgage business).
"I'm not talking about that," the flummoxed no-nothing stumbled, "but obviously you're not interested in saving money."
Then, and here's the "funny" part, she apparently thought she'd hung up...a bit unclear on the equipment I suppose...and starts gossipping with her boiler room coworker..."man, what is it with these people? This guy's all "I'm a Realtor" like he's a big f**k. What's a Realtor, anyway?"
At this point, I'm still on the line, happy to explain to her why "a Realtor" isn't the best prospect for a mortgage cold call, and said "hello in there...I'm still here." Heard a brief laughing scream, and she then figured out how to actually hangup.
March 6th, 2003, 2:36pm
gcomstock - that's funny - I would'nt mind getting a telemarking call like that. Do you think she made anymore calls after yours?
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March 6th, 2003, 2:49pm
George, that story made my day! Absolutely hilarious-----
"What's a Realtor anyway?" hee hee
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March 6th, 2003, 2:56pm
We get calls like this at my office all the time. The caller says they just need me to read off the numbers on our copier/ printer for them. When I tell them that we OWN our printer/copier outright they hang up real fast.
They are just trying to sell our information to make money on office products no doubt.
I hate it when people knowingly lie.
March 7th, 2003, 7:41am
They are trying to send you a bogus bill. They will send it and say it is for supplies for your printer Modle XYZ with serial number 1223456789. They are hoping someone at the business they are calling will see that the numbers verify as a printer they really have and will pay the bill thinking supplies were actually ordered for it. After all, if they weren't ordered, how would the company know the model and serial number? Scam.
March 7th, 2003, 1:14pm
Guess what? Jolene (or someone) from "Central Verifications" just called here this morning. My husband got the call, was suspicious, and hung up on her.
I almost wish I had taken the call, so I could have had a little fun with her.
Thanks so much Randy and others for posting about this scam.
March 7th, 2003, 1:59pm
Maybe not the same thing but....FYI: When I worked at an accounting firm while in between college and career, I recieved that type of call all the time. If they think they may have a business number, some idoit (well, they often get away with it), will call and find out information about your office equipment &/or company &/or employees. Then, later they will call back and try to convence seceratries that the company has approved for them to ship office supplies and give such specific information many people fall for it. :(