The line was silent for a few seconds then, as if we were speaking on either end of two tin cans and a piece of string, a heavily Indian accented voice announced that he was David speaking on behalf of the Telephone Preference Service.
He wanted to know if I was still receiving unsolicited phone calls. The obvious answer ‘yes, and you’re it’ but I bit my tongue to see where this was going.
I told him that no, we didn’t get many such calls which flummoxed him a little and he went silent. Then he got on script again and said that he needed to check my payment details.
If you know the TPS then you also know it’s a free service but I let him go on. ‘We need to check your bank details, You pay by Visa Debit card with an expiry date XX/XX.’ he said. I don’t think so I replied. ‘Then we definitely need to update our records,’ he said and I swear I could hear him smacking his lips.
‘No, you don’t’ I said and put the phone down.
I could say that this post is a warning to you all but if you’re intelligent enough to visit Shooting Parrots then you really don’t need it. But it makes me angry that there must those more vulnerable to this sort of scam.
You would think it wasn’t beyond the wit of man to block calls emanating from outside the country. That day can’t come soon enough.