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A most interesting telephone call

  • 29th Jan, 2005 at 1:36 PM

I picked up the telephone here, because nobody seemed to be answering it. Even though all the people here are awake.

Some Indian guy asked for A. Shaikh. I told him that he wasn't home right now and could I take a message. Here's where it gets weird.

I get asked whether I'm her husband. Then his brother. Then who I am. The caller would not identify himself.

Eventually, he says he's calling from Montréal-mumble and that this is a lucky call. I'm supposed to check a telephone bill and see if the people here are subscribed to Bell Canada. Apparently, they are offering 90 free minutes of long distance, drawn randomly by a computer.

Most puzzling. This took far too long because of the thick accent and his inability to parse commonplace English idioms. It was quite frustrating to convince him to call back later, and he apologised that he couldn't. So I thanked him and hoped he had a nice day.



( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
29th Jan, 2005 11:02 (UTC)
Shoulda run the EGBG.
29th Jan, 2005 11:06 (UTC)
I don't think he would have understood.

It sounded like he was a robot. He was probably looking at a big sheet of paper trying to figure out what I was saying.
29th Jan, 2005 11:08 (UTC)
Sounds fishy to me.
29th Jan, 2005 12:04 (UTC)
hey I just woke up.
coming over soon.
29th Jan, 2005 12:33 (UTC)
... to my place?
30th Jan, 2005 06:20 (UTC)
scam artist ?

I wonder if this is not why I get empty messages on my answering machine at home.
1st Feb, 2005 03:03 (UTC)
I agree this sounded like a scam call. Not leaving a number to get in touch with them at is one red flag.
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