One of our visitors emailed us today to detail a scam call she got, as follows:-
I had a call today to my mobile, the number was “blocked” and the voice on the other end was clearly from Liverpool with a deep scouse accent.
The usual introduction “Hi there, my name is Paul and I spoke to you back last year and at the time you said unfortunatly you wasnt in a position to help us but you very kindly said you would the next time around”
“We are now producing a KIDS ACTIVITY BOOK for disabled children in your area and we are just looking for a small donation from yourself and in return we will include a short mention about your company in the book”
“As you know, all proceeds will be donated to local charities of disabled children in your area”
“Can I put you down for a credit card size advert or a smaller mention?”
My next question was – What company are you from?” – The reply was very vague and he said “community”, when I asked is that the name of your company he said YES !! (Strange name)
I told him that I wasnt in a position to help and I dont remember the call but he was VERY PUSHY and wouldnt go away. In the past callers like this would normally put the phone down and call the next victim but not this guy.
He said the publication was going to print and he was desperate to sell his last few spaces. He didnt want to dissapoint “the little kiddies” and our contribution would go a long way.
Still a NO from me
“ok as its you, I can do the insert for £50 with no vat”! NO, “ok what If I do it for £40?” NO,”£60 and I will give you a half page”
“OK, Il be honest with you – I get £10 commission for every one I sell and I need to meet my quota for the week or I will get fired – Can you help me out please?”
“You should come and work for us, your good at this!”
No thanks – Caller ends call.
As you can see, he took some talking out of and he was very pushy, he wasnt agressive or nasty but very smarmy and determined.