How To Win The War Against Telemarketers, Part 12

, | Working | February 17, 2016

(I work in the office of a small non-profit. We have had a number of “toner pirates” (people who try to scam you into buying their overpriced toner you already get as part of your contract with the photocopier manufacturer) call the office lately. This call happens after I’ve already dealt with several of these scams.)

Me: “Thanks for calling [Company]. [My Name] speaking.”

Caller: “Oh, hi, I was hoping to speak to the person in charge of ordering toner?”

Me: *immediately suspicious* “That would be me.”

Caller: “Well, if you can just give me the make and model of your photocopier, I have some great sales on toner to offer you.”

Me: “Thanks, but I’m not interested.”

Caller: “You really can’t pass this up. I just need to know your model number so…”

Me: “I’m sorry, where did you say you were calling from again?”

Caller: “Uhh…” *mumbles something* “You really need to—”

Me: *cuts him off* “I’m sorry, we only deal with [Manufacturer]. Goodbye.”

(I hang up the phone, but 30 seconds later it rings again.)

Me: “Thanks for calling—”

Caller: *interrupting* “How DARE you hang up on me! That was extremely rude and I demand to speak to your supervisor, you stupid idiot!”

Me: *flabbergasted* “Excuse me?”

Caller: “You heard me, you stupid idiot. I need to speak to your supervisor!”

Me: “You’re calling me a stupid idiot? I think we’re done here.” *hangs up*

(My “supervisor” and I had a good laugh about how I could have possibly turned down an opportunity to do business with a scammer who called me a stupid idiot!)

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