実践ビジネス英語 2019/6/14 L5(6)Robocalls and Scams
The current vignette talks about the growing problem of scam robocalls. Phone calls aimed at cheating people out of money. Of course, we have phone scams in Japan as well. Have you ever encounter that sort of things, Heather?
Not from someone trying to cheat me out of money, but I was plagued by a prank caller many years ago. Someone started calling my apartment and saying strange things into the phone. At first it was just every so often, but then it started happening more and more, until this person was calling many times a day, and all hours. It was frustrating and unnerving, but ultimately it became the source of romantic moment between me and my husband. He was my boyfriend at that time. And one night, the person called while he was at my apartment. I told my then boyfriend what had been going on, and he said, “Let me take the next call.” So, when the phone rang a few minutes later, he answered it. And said in the most aggressive butch language that I have ever heard from him. “Who the blankety-blank blank is there? Why are you bothering my girlfriend. Whoever it was, hung up, and never calls me again.
What about you, Sugita?
I used to get fraudulent calls when I lived in the States many years ago. The caller would say things like, “Congratulations! You’ve just won $5 million in a lottery.” The first time I got a call like that, I didn’t quite grasp what she was talking about. So I started asking questions like, “How did I win this prize?” Instead of answering, the caller asked, “Do you want the money?” When I said no, she just hung up. I started getting such calls time to time, So I asked my American colleagues, how to deal with them? They recommended just saying, “I’m not interested.”, which worked in most cases.
Yes, that’s what I do, when telemarketers call my house, as soon as they say, “I’m calling with a money saving offer.” Or, “Did you know about this great credit card?” I immediately reply, “Thank you very much. But I’m gonna pass on that. Then I just get off the phone. Have you dealt with any fraudulent calls in Japan?
My wife got one a few years ago. The caller said, “The quilt package that your husband bought from our local chain was insured for 10 years. Those 10 years are just up, so you’ll get a quilt product for free.” Then the caller made an appointment to come and deliver the product on condition that she signed a new contract. When my wife told me about it later that day, I told her it was a scam, because bought our down quilt on a business trip in Germany, not from a local chain. I made sure that I was home when the delivery was to take place. I was mostly curious about the caller’s story, but he never showed up. It’s probably just as well; I could have gotten myself in trouble.
That’s true. The idea of confronting these fraudsters is attractive, I mean I hate con artists like that, especially those who prey on the elderly. But we don’t know who they are, or who they might be connected with. They’re trying to rob people, so they’re unsavory by definition. It’s probably best to just say “no thanks and goodbye” on the phone.