I received yet another call today from a familiar number. The number is familiar because it’s almost like mine. This call centre is hammering calls around Ontario with the same area code and exchange as yours and making up a random 4 digit number to slap on the end.
They start the call with an automated system reading that they’re calling from Air Miles Canada and you’ve won 260,000 Air Miles! Press 1 to claim them. The first few times I got this call, I hung up here.
Then you get to speak to a real human and they congratulate you for being ready to be scammed and ask if you’re 30 years old or older and have a credit card in your name. The next few times I got this call, I yelled at this person to take me off their list and die in a fire.
Then once you confirmed that you are over 30 but were still born yesterday, you get to the real meat of the pitch. They go through and tell you about their fantastic Sandos Resorts on the Rivera Maya and that once the call is over you have to make a decision about whether you want the deal or not, it’s a one-time deal after all. And after going through the entire pitch once to the very end, they explained that I just need to give them my credit card now and I believe the price ended around $1000, but who knows what they would actually slap on your card.
I called Sandos after going through all the pitch, with hopes of finding out who was running it, but I only ended up speaking to a very nice gentleman there who assures me that Sandos is a real resort and they have many dealers, so it could easily be any one of their dealers doing this and he couldn’t really figure out who. He’d also never heard of this report. (Odds are because only irritated people like me or suckers get to the end of the call.)
This last time was different though, I saw it coming so I recorded the call and I wanted to see if I could get anywhere with the guy. The call ended on a funny note but I still didn’t get anything to find these scum bags.
If you have a couple minutes the whole call is worth listening to but skip to 1:40 to hear it all wrap up for a good chuckle.