Monday, 9 February 2015

An invitation to a test?

After the blog last week about unwanted phone calls I have now had another on my mobile which was a bit worrying.
A young man who knew my name told me in official sounding language that he had been asked to invite me to have my hearing tested. He sounded as if this was a routine request.
I told him that I had had it tested in the last two years and it was fine.
He persisted. How long ago was that exactly? He sounded aggrieved.
"I am fine" I told him. "Nothing wrong with my hearing."
"You really should go when you have been invited" he said firmly.
I repeated that I was fine.
"But you have worked in factories during your life"
I laughed.
"In factories?" My tone clearly showed that I'd never worked in a factory at all! The phone went dead.
This call was on my mobile. I didn't like the tone of the was almost as though I was being bullied into going for a hearing test. As I had no trouble hearing the young man's instructions it should have been fairly obvious that I didn't really need a test.
If this is another scam, in the hope that people will respond to a semi official voice then it's very worrying....people may well think this was an official check up. Because I had accompanied my husband whilst he went for hearing tests I knew the drill. And also how very expensive his aids were...
Yet another ramp?

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  1. This rings bells with me Jean. I think if it is the same as the one I received about a year ago, that it is to try to persuade you that your hearing was damaged by something you worked with, and that you are eligible for compensation.
    Mynot very polite reply was along the lines of "Nothing wrong with my hearing, I can hear you only too well and I'd rather not"
    Followed by replacing the receiver of course.
    There really is no end to the money-grabbing tactics of the telephone bandits.
    You have to hand it to them, they are so inventive.

  2. I bet that he also with held his number. They are scammers and they use computer equipment to dial numbers at random until someone answers. If I get a mobile call from an a withheld number or where the number doesn't show up from my contacts I just block it. I know it might be important, but if I don't know them, why should I respond to them?

    I'm sorry that this idiot targeted you, but be aware that now they know that your number is live, they might well sell it on to other scammers.

  3. Oddly someone living a few miles away also got a similar call yesterday... I really don't think there's much mileage in this scam though!