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    Have i just been scammed?
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    • 16th Jul 10, 11:25 AM
    Have i just been scammed? 16th Jul 10 at 11:25 AM
    hello all, long time lurker, first time poster. Not sure if this is the right section but just had a weird phone call:

    I work as a systems analyst in a small IT department. I am used to dodging sales calls but i had a weird one just now from a company called Millenium Computers. It went like this:

    MillC: hello andrew, Andy from millenium computers here, we tried to get hold of you last week at 5:30 but you had already gone home, we must have just missed you.

    Me: yeh, i am out of here at 5 sharp, don't like working late

    MillC: The reason i am calling is we have just won a sponsorship deal for (something, i can't remember, might be the world cup???) We are sending out some free football shirts, are you into football?

    Me: no, don't like football

    MillC: what sports are you into?

    Me: i like tennis, wimbledon etc.

    MillC: we might have some tennis shirts left i can send you then, please take a note of this security code.

    Me: ##writes down code##

    then he starts telling me about a printer survey that i don't remember taking about the printers we use on site, i answer a couple of questions about model numbers etc and he starts talking about a product they do, a very high capacity 40'000 page toner and steel bearing'd drum. we talk printers a minute or so more and suddenly:

    Millc: so these shirts, when we send them they don't always make it to who we send them to so i would rather send it out to your home address. What's your home postcode.

    Me: ##still thinking of printers so no alarm bells, reluctantly gives postcode

    Millc: and first line of your address?

    Me: ##gives info still reluctantly.

    Millc: your not planning on going on holiday anytime soon? need to make sure you will be in in the next 4-5 days to sign for it?

    Me: Nope, i am not going anywhere, but i am starting a new job in 3 weeks time.

    Millc: well thanks for letting me update my records, i finish work today at 8:00pm, how about you?

    Me: 5... ##suddenly the alarm bells start in my head.

    at this point he talks a little more about business oppertunities and offers to meet me for lunch when he is "in the area" next week. so i say, No, i am leaving soon so i am not involving myself in any businessy stuff.

    As he gave his parting goodbyes i tried to ask him a bit more about his company (because his product would actually be of use to us) but he seems to ignore me and hangs up on goodbye.

    After i put the phone down i am left genuinly thinking WTF? He sounded british and sounded like he was calling from a very busy call center but only after thinking back about the questions, alarm bells are now ringing.
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