Had a strange phone call this morning. Guess what I won this time?
Voice starts out confiming who I am, all the personal information, I have won either one fo the following: LOng list of fantastic prizes from $100k, to cars, or trips, or airlines tickets, long long involved process of coming down to Ventura Blvd, spinning wheel, either get this or that, maybe a further scratch off, endless convoluted ridiculous steps, and finally the hook comes,where you will be responsible for the taxes. I stopped her asked how do we do that, do you withhold them? Then it started getting her frustrated as we got to the next thing, a resort presentation, I can just imagine that would have been after getting you to Las Vegas where you are trapped with an army of sharks, probably like the Glen Gary, Glen Ross movie, just a boiler room operation scamming poeple.
The entire thing began as telling me You filled out a card at the Northridge Mall for a Mercedes, which is where all the information came from on that card. I played dumb, and questioned her when, and she tried to tell me November 4, 2011. I said, "NO Way", I never filled out a card in November, I actually never go to the mall, but I did remember when we did fill out that card. It was a drawing for a Mecedes, displayed right outside Sears in the middle of the mall, so I filled out a card and dropped it in the box, that also had the name of a major local dealer as the supplier of the car. Galpin Ford if I recall, the biggest Ford dealer in the Nation.
I filled that card out at least 7 years ago or more. Who hasn't done these things, where you figured this is a major mall, major car dealer, outside Sears, and look where that card ended up.
As soon as I got real pointed with her about the card date, last November she started to end the call and hang up on me, but at least I let her waste close to 10 minutes of her time with the presentation, as I just listened and let her talk. I just waited for the hook, which was step one to get us to the resort scam presentation, and/or scam us to write a check for the taxes on the so called prize.
Moral of the story again, nobody ever wins anything, but we all think we might and probably have all done the same things, filling out a card to win that shinny new car. this is where it ends up 7-10 years later. If you ever saw Glen Gary Glen Ross, it was rather a depressing movie, but also showed Alex Balwin, the boss, who held the contacts from the sellers. You had the earn "The premium" contacts, as he held a packet of them in his hands. Cards that probably came from these kind of drawings in a mall. You give them everything they need to know as a profile of age, the targeted groups for time shares.