While whole country is hurriedly basting turkeys in preparation for a family feast one department of Federal Government occupies themselves with bearing gifts to struggling population – rain or shine, holiday or not, they are serving as messengers of giving back to community.
10min ago I received a call from 206 area code. The woman, calling herself Flora, had a soft-consonant accent, possibly Romanian – but I’m not entirely sure – and announced that she calls on behalf of Federal Grants Department.
You see, as a person who always pays her bills on time, has no outstanding debt and no criminal record in the past 2 years (“Is that right, M’m?”) I am selected to be a recipient of US$9,320 in tax-free grant money. All I have to promise is not to spend it on gambling (“even in State-sanctioned casinos?”,-I innocently asked) or other illegal activity.
You might guessed already – and you’ll be right. The scam is, apparently, well known, although I haven’t heard of it before. Flora sounded very confident and tenacious (fatigued but carrying on under orders), seemed to know me and my circumstances pretty well, and when I interrupted the flow by asking to send me the paperwork, she only requested to confirm my address. “Is it…[the address of one of my previous workplaces], M’m?” -“No, – I said, – I am not giving you any information about myself. You seem to know my phone, so you should know my address; please mail the paperwork”. -“But how can I if you don’t confirm the address?,- said exasperated Flora and….hung up!
Greeks Federal Agents Bearing Grants!