Unable To Grant Your Request

, | Working | April 5, 2017

(I’m at home when I get the following call from a telemarketer:)

Me: “Hello?”

Telemarketer: “Good afternoon, may I speak with [My Name]?”

Me: “This is she.”

Telemarketer: “Congratulations! You’ve been selected to receive a $3,000 government grant! I will just need to take some of your information before you can receive your money.”

(I immediately know that this is a scam, but I want to get more information from the telemarketer as I intend to report the number to the FTC.)

Me: “Okay. What’s the name of the grant?”

Telemarketer: “The… name?”

Me: “Yeah, grants are usually named after a person or whoever is paying out the grant money. So, what’s the name of the grant?”

Telemarketer: “Um, one moment.”

(I heard her whispering to someone in the background, asking about the name of the grant. They spoke back and forth for a moment before the line abruptly went dead. I guess I derailed the scammers’ script by asking a simple question.)

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