“Hello, this is Steven from Telstra…” comes the voice down the phone line. “Are you the person who manages the phone account?”
It is hard to tell the difference between the official Indian call centres and the scammers. Or is it? I get those call pretty much on a daily basis. On some days I have received multiple calls from possibly the same organisation, possibly a different one, but always from someone with a non-Indian name who speaks in broken English and claims to be able to
fleece our bank account help reduce our phone bills.
And while I feel sorry for those who are dumb enough to fall for these scams, I also feel sorry for those who have grown up in third world countries who get suckered into being part of these scams. I’m sure the lies that are sold to them are the same sort of lies that the fundamentalists or extremists sell to the young and poor souls living in Islamic countries.
“Your target is not the victim, YOU are the victim.” That’s what they are told.
When it comes to us living in the Western World, we are rich. We have ill gotten money. The money needs to be shared. The money needs to be taken from us.
And there are the plenty more lies.
So what’s a blog about scamming doing on on a Dad Blogging website? Good question. I can see that I can’t pull the wool over your eyes. Well played dear reader. I know that I have mentioned this in an earlier blog; I work from home. I have two phone lines running into my home office; the home one and the work one. I get these sorts of call on both phones but mostly on the work one. This scam must work well with small businesses or offices.
The other day after receiving one of these calls I sat back slumped in my chair. Just outside my office I could hear the boys watching television. They were laughing and singing. It was nice to hear them not fighting over some random toy that neither of them would normally want until the other spies it.
I sat back in reflection and pondered this thought. So many times we asked our older boy “what do you want to be when you are grown up?” No parent truly expects their child who is not yet even five, their child who has not even started school yet, or their child who has not even experienced the world enough to have shaped this form of ego.
“Who am I? What am I doing here? Where will I be in five years time? What is my calling in life?”
It just doesn’t happen.
But when it comes to those who are being recruited for terrorism, when it comes to those who are being sourced for petty crimes, and when it comes to those who are being taught how to scam others, children as young as our eldest are being moulded to learn the tricks of the trade.
Sure they aren’t using kids to make the calls. These telephone calls can only be done by those who are older and wiser. Those who can think fast on their feet, and know how to close the deal or know how to back out and hang up on their supposed victim when the jig is up.
So I want these people shut down now. Not just to save those
innocent fools who are easily parted with their money from being scammed. And it is not to stop my time from being wasted by these pointless calls, I’m never going to be scammed myself. What I do want though is to stop the next generation of children from being recruited into these scam organisations. Not just that, but I want their parents who can easily be taken away when they get busted to stop doing this. Think of the children. Please, think of the children.
I guess you could argue that they are doing this for their children. Really? Really? And do you want a side of morals to go with those lies? It is sad what they are teaching their children. Last Sunday night after I read another Dad Blogger’s post this thought came to me; how you raise your children doesn’t just affect them, it affects everyone in the world in which they live.
We are going to teach our children to help others. We are going to teach our children to be honest. We are not going to teach our children how to scam people…
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