Are You For Real
June 23, 2009 by admncc
My four-year-old answered the phone last night and said, “Daddy, it’s for you.” Below is the gist of my five-minute conversation with the caller:
Solicitor: Is this Mr. Zkghwkfhalfie (they slaughter my last name)?
Solicitor: I’m calling because you entered a contest to win either a new car or $25,000 (keep in mind that I don’t remember entering the contest – so either one of my buddies entered me or it’s a scam).
Solicitor: Congratulations, you’re a semi-finalist.
Solicitor: All we need to do is verify some information. Is your address still _____? And are you still married?
Me: Yes and yes.
Solicitor: OK, well, all we need to do is get you scheduled for your tour.
Solicitor: Yes, in order to get your key (that may open the doors to your new car), you and your wife must take a tour of the _____ resort.
Me: I’ve heard of it, but that’s about two hours from my house.
Solicitor: Also, if you come in for the tour, you are guaranteed to receive two of the following five items: TV, camcorder, digital camera, $500 or a Vegas/Florida vacation. I repeat; you will get two of those five items just for showing up and taking the tour.
Me: Sounds too good to be true (inner voice prompts me to hang-up). Listen, I’m busy and you’ll have to call me back.
After I hung up, I told my wife about the free gifts and that I should consider pushing them on their promotion. Meaning – I have a phone recording device, so when they call back, I’m going to record it and post it on here. And I might just go for the tour and see what happens…
My wife said, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” I think she’s right. What do you think?