ANNOYING phone calls from people wanting to sell something to you or simply steal your cash seem to be on the up again in our house.
The tricks they try may be new but the aim remains the same. To get at the money you’ve probably not even got in the first place.
The latest ploy is people in call centres on the Indian sub-continent pretending exceptionally badly that they’re English and are based in a call centre here.
I spoke to ‘Alan’ on the phone this week who told me with his strong Asian accent that he was phoning from Manchester.
He reckoned he was in a Windows Service Centre and they had spotted problems with my computer that needed fixing.
In short, a scam as they want to scare you into thinking your computer’s faulty by taking you to false links and then getting your credit card details to pay to repair the damage that wasn’t there in the first place.
So I took Alan to task and asked him the name of the shopping centre in the middle of Manchester city centre.
It’s Arndale, of course, but Alan said he didn’t know as he’d only been in the country from India for a week.
He still stuck with the name Alan though, so credit him for his consistency.
So I thought we’d try a couple of easier questions. What are the names of Manchester’s two Premier league football teams. Alan said as a newcomer to our country and the Windows Service Centre (which didn’t exist) he didn’t know.
So it was 2-0 to me. I asked him the name of his company and a phone number. He spelled out the name and gave me the number. I then had to let him go about his unscrupulous business.
The name isn’t on Google and the phone number’s not working either.
It’s just a shame Alan still is.
So beware calls from strangers. It’s always going to end up being bad news no matter how good it may sometimes seem to be at the start.