A strange phone call-what do you think of this?

@kalav56 (11464)
India
September 9, 2010 6:49am CST
Today I got a phone call where the caller told me that my mail and phone numbers were selected and I am one of the lucky winners to receive a RS 3000/- pearl set for Rs.599/-only .The caller told me he spoke from “Yellow Umbrella Promotions” and also added that if I was interested , the bargain gift would be sent to me by courier. Of course I flatly refused the offer .But what do you think of this friends?
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@johnpillai (2082)
• Germany
9 Sep 10
I live in Germany. Day before yesterday I also had a telephone call like this. i hate these sort of calls.
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@kalav56 (11464)
• India
9 Sep 10
Oh! Really! This si where posting these discussions really help us. What spams these are!Disgusting!
• Germany
12 Sep 10
They know human psychology. Still there are people still to be cheated. But this is a season earning. After some period they will change their trike.
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• India
12 Sep 10
But I could not understand that if the spammer who knows that all public knows that these types of activities are scam,then why are thay(spammers)spending money on all these sort of fraud works...Pls somebody reply.................
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@voldrox (7191)
• India
9 Sep 10
Hello kalav56, A rupees 3000 pearl set for 599 only. Sounds like flight promotion, scratching for the code and buy this thing worth this much for only this much. Only thing you are not in the air, LOL. I will not be able to tolerate such spam calls.
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@kalav56 (11464)
• India
10 Sep 10
The lenghts that people would go to sell an item and make some small money is amazing.
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@kalav56 (11464)
• India
14 Sep 10
Of course they can voldrox.But they will come back after 30 years to be the fashion then.
@voldrox (7191)
• India
11 Sep 10
I just came to think about it, like professor started a new discussion that people sell outdated products at a cheaper rate. So could they be probably doing it with jewelry.? Can jewelry get outdated.
@donnaheff (158)
• Nigeria
10 Sep 10
i think you should notify the authorities of the number so that you save some innocent people pains by falling victim to these scam
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• United States
11 Sep 10
I agree. There are places on the Internet where you can notify authorities of this phone number and possible scam.
@srganesh (6340)
• India
10 Sep 10
Cheaters in another form! I too had received a phone call like this last year. The girl ( first hook) on the other end told me that they were randomly selecting some phone numbers to whom they had decided to give out free insurance. Only thing was to attend a meeting by the evening with your wife. I just denied the offer. They would try to persuade us when we were in person there. She showed surprise in her voice to why I was refusing a great offer?!
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@kalav56 (11464)
• India
10 Sep 10
She must have been used to fooling many gullible people with the offer of her 'wonderful gift' and that is why she has been surprised. Real cheats !
@vandana7 (99172)
• India
9 Sep 10
Hi kala - I feel so glad that we now have myLot to share our experiences and wisdom on. :) I am glad you did what you did. :) These marketing folks are such pests! :(
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@kalav56 (11464)
• India
12 Sep 10
Yes Vandan! We can share our experiences and get information from others too.I am also very happy with mylot.
@handy91 (113)
• Thailand
10 Sep 10
I received a lot mails say that I won lottery or something like that but they all are swindlers. Don't ever trust them!
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@kalav56 (11464)
• India
10 Sep 10
yeah1 They are spams.Welcome to the forum
@balasri (26537)
• India
9 Sep 10
They usually invite you to come for a presentation to accept this gift.As you go there they try to sell a holiday package or something with an exorbitant price tag and the name of the package is definitely going to be unheard of showing how cheaply they have estimated us,and showing their audacity of not caring us seeing through their fly by night attitude. I appreciate your stand on this Kala and I pity those gullible.
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@kalav56 (11464)
• India
9 Sep 10
Hullo bala! Nice to see you here. Ahh! so there is also an invitation to a presentation!Thanks for the appreciation. I am said to be a salesman's nightmare normally . But such attitudes help us. I would rather go to a shop , look at things and get something for myself after assessing the product. Here it was supposed to be delivered by courier. THe audacity of people!
@twoey68 (13627)
• United States
10 Sep 10
Unless you actually know the company and do business with them, I'd take caution. There are a lot of scams out there just looking for a way to get their hooks into you. I certainly wouldn't do it. [b]**AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~[/b]
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@maximax8 (31053)
• United Kingdom
9 Sep 10
I think that you were very wise to refuse that offer. It might be a scam so they could get your money off you. I remember a man from Malaysia was told he had won a very large prize. However to get it he had to make several purchases. He went ahead and spent lots of money and his prize wasn't worth much at all. In the scam you might have sent RS599 and not received anything at all. I like to be ex-directory and when I phone someone they don't find out my phone number. This is to cut down on those sorts of phone calls. By email many scams are sent. They are all about getting money off people. Well done for telling the caller no.
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@kalav56 (11464)
• India
9 Sep 10
Tha nk you Maxima. Even if I had received soemthing that would not have been worth 599 /- I am positive about it.
@Sreekala (34312)
• India
10 Sep 10
Hi Kala, Once we also received a call (telling that our telephone number is selected so and so) and they invited us for some presentation and give us address and name of the contact person. We almost ready to go and to know what they are doing but that time I was pregnant and I got some discomfort and I told my hubby that I can’t travel. But those people are keep on calling us and insisting us to visit them, finally I told that lady, I am not in a situation to visit (they preferred to visit both of us). So I don’t know what exactly they want to do by selecting our telephone number and inviting…. May be they want to do some promotions for their products. The offer of Rs. 3000/- for 599 is unbelievable and must be a trick.
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@dawnald (85135)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Sep 10
I think scam, scam, scam....
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@crazy100 (71)
• India
9 Sep 10
Its a SCAM !! its getting very popular in India one of my friends also had the similar experience the guy on the phone asked to sent the money first ... dont know if any one will fall for such cheap tricks ....
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@kalav56 (11464)
• India
9 Sep 10
There are some gullible innocent people who think they have really won a prize and thta is why they are getting a bargain.Little do they know they are going to be saddled with some useless trinket.
@bingskee (5234)
• Philippines
10 Sep 10
it is a hoax. do not fall into these schemes. it is but right you refused.
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@chhetp1 (467)
• India
9 Sep 10
now that you know its scam and fake promotion, just make sure you don't share your personal information like your credit card number or your address. These days there are plenty of phishing attacks going on and the new trend is with the help of cellular technology. I have a friend of mine who actually lost Rs. 3000 from his credit card similarly.
@kalav56 (11464)
• India
13 Sep 10
It is indeed risky.I have also had my share of phishing mails.
• India
9 Sep 10
This is nothing but a sales scam. The so called pearlset usually does not cost more that a couple of hundred bucks. Usually these people get the phone numbers from some employees of the telephone company, and they make a call to all of those numbers. Otherwise as balasri has mentioned, they might have got the number from some of the so called resorts or holiday home promoters.
@kalav56 (11464)
• India
9 Sep 10
one thing I was sure about and that was that the pearl set would not be worth much. your views seem to be similar. Thanks for the response.
• India
12 Sep 10
All these are scams,my request is not to spend time in all these fraudulent activities.
@ShepherdSpy (8544)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
10 Sep 10
That's 2 Words that don't go well together in a conversation about "Winning" something...."winner" and "Payment"..(Unless,of Course,it's YOU that's the one receiving the payment!) Generally,if you have to pay for something You've WON,watch out... and there's another 2 mismatched words.."Gift" and "Bargain".. if it's a gift,it's something for nothing,not a Bargain..If it's a Bargain,it can't be a gift..
@kalav56 (11464)
• India
10 Sep 10
Very valid.Why should we pay for something that is agift alotted to 'lucky' members? What frauds people are
@kalav56 (11464)
• India
10 Sep 10
a gift alloted to --sorry for the typo.
@sunnycool (12714)
• India
9 Sep 10
Until and unless you had registered in some online shopping sites with your details you wouldn't get such kinda calls.Some of these marketing guyz just pick up the telephone directory and start calling all the members...this is one way to sell their products atleast they do not have to knock each and every door in various localities. Good that you refused.great day.
@kalav56 (11464)
• India
9 Sep 10
I have not so far.but my phone is registerd with a few sites online and apparently this is how they got hold of the number.
@kalav56 (11464)
• India
14 Sep 10
He had also sent me a mail geniouslin.
• Poland
11 Sep 10
I am thinking that the stranger probably dialed the wrong number lol this can happen pretty often :) happened to me a couple of times
@allknowing (130292)
• India
11 Sep 10
It could be a genuine offer and there are ways to stop this spam by telling them that you will call them back and ask for their phone number and if you do not want to go ahead with the deal you could alert the consumer forum or some such organisation or even may be the police to track them through the phone number. I have not received such deals but several calls from banks, cellphone owners make their offers through telephone calls.
@x298163 (13)
• China
10 Sep 10
There are many phone fraud in our country. Besides situation you have mentioned,we often received call such as return vehicle purchase tax, provide mobilephone replenishing charges for free. Last month , i receivea a mail from yahoo it told me i will receive a new computer and 10thousand yuan. As one proverb says:there is no such thing as a free lunch .I think when we reveived such similar phones , we must think it over seriously.If necessary ,we must veryfy them to relavent department. To my mind ,despite we attention by ourselves , the government must take some steps to solve this serious problem. After all ,some old people or people who had little vell education can't identify the truth and fauth.
@kalav56 (11464)
• India
10 Sep 10
What you say is true to a certain extent.We cannot expect everyone to be vigilant and they can get deluded to believing that they are getting something at a reduced cost and land up with a trinket worth a couple of hundred or less rupees. THe lack of integrity among people is amazing.
@chayapathys (2111)
• India
10 Sep 10
Most of us who have telephone and interest receive such calls and emails.They are all scam.I also received many and at the beginning and I was thrilled. I began to dream that I had become a millionaire overnight and also began plans as to how to spend such big amount. I started building castles in the air. Believe me I last balance of mind.The other aspect is they want to charge service and make some payment before delivering the amount.After sometime I began to reply saying that they can recover service charges from the amount I am eligible to receive.No reply.After wards the emails contained a provision that as per their rules no service charges can be deducted and asked me to send the service charges immediately.I noticed a Government notification that they are all scam and we should not send any money.I understand many people have lost money in such scam offers. I advise you not to believe such scam calls and scam emails. One more thing you should understand is why any one should select you for giving a gift.Our close friends and relatives also, many times, hesitate or think twice before making gift unless there is some benefit for them. Is it not?
@kalav56 (11464)
• India
14 Sep 10
I guess you are very young. I have never believed such spam mails or calls ever. Nothing is cheap or free in life and as you said why should anyone give anything to us?
• India
14 Sep 10
I am happy you agree with me.Why should anybody anything free to us. They are not running charity.
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