I had a scam call from India yesterday and, as per usual, I played along just to see what the con was. The call ended with more questions than I expected.
The person on the other end told me that the warranty on my refrigerator was about to expire and that I could renew with them.
As noted at the start, I played along. The person confirmed my address and then wanted my date of birth. I gave him a false one. He then requested my bank details and I asked him an important question.
'Which fridge are you talking about? I have three in this house.'
He took a stab in the dark and said 'the Beko one.'
'Wrong choice, I don't have a Beko, you scammer!'
The caller then told me 'okay, you've got me. I am going to continue working what are you going to do?'
I was stunned that he came clean. He threw me off, which made me not realise what he meant by his question.
I thought he was asking me what I was going to do for the rest of the day while he attempted to scam other people on his list. However, he then expanded on the question.
'I am going to continue phoning, so what you have to do after this call is complain about me. Okay?'
Was he asking me to report the scam to authorities? It sure seemed like that.
Of course, it could have been his attempt to make our conversation end with him looking like a good guy. After all - he did say he was going to continue to call people once he was done with me.
I'm not naïve enough to believe that he was working on the inside. He would have robbed me had I given him my bank details and not reveal to him that I was aware of his con.