The problem with running a telephone scam out of India is that anyone with half decent English grammar can get a job in a legitimate call center. Remember that 1 scene play I wrote about my experience with a caller a few weeks back? I now present the sequel.
MAV is finishing up his lunch so he can leave and drive to campus. His landline rings, he is immediately put off because that line is reserved for bill collectors, telemarketers and mother-in-laws. CallerID lists only “Not From Area.” He readies himself for the inevitable and picks up the phone. It is a CALLER with a heavy Indian accent.
Mav: Hello?[long pause]
Caller: Oh, hello. This is call concerning calling you back for computer problem you be experiencing.
Caller: You are having problem with Wind…
Mav: No, you are a scammer.
Caller: I scammer?
Mav: Yes, you do not work for the Windows Computer. You are a telephone scammer, and you’re reading from a script and you’re pretty bad at it.
Caller: Yeah? You scammer! Your Mother scammer! Your Father scammer!
Mav: Yeah, that’s real professional. Goes a long way at convincing me that you’re legitimate. Hello? Hello?
The line goes dead and Mav puts the phone back on its charger, forever amused by his ability to get THEM to hang up on him.