I just had a phone call. Nothing unusual about that really, except that this one was. Unusual, that is.
Here’s how it went:
Ring…ring… [I check number, it’s unavailable. I answer anyway, there‘s a few seconds pause and I clearly hear the caller put the phone down.]
Ring…ring… [I check number again...still unavailable. I answer.]
Me: Hello Him: Is that Mrs Sharon? Me [thinking it’s strange he didn’t use my surname]: Who’s asking? Him: I’m calling about your loft and cavity wall insulation for [tells me my house number and street] Me: Sorry, I know nothing about any insulation. Goodbye.
I was rather abrupt in my manner when I put the phone down but the whole thing felt very dodgy to me and I wasn’t about to stay on the line with him.
1. Why an unavailable number? 2. Why put the phone down the first time he called? 3. Why not use my surname? 4. Why, even though I asked, did he not introduce himself?
I’m sure that whatever he was up to, it wasn’t kosher. He even sounded nervous, like he knew he didn’t really ought to be doing what he was doing; the pause between me asking who wanted to speak to me and him responding was just a bit too long, if you get what I mean.
It really is worth being aware of dodgy phone calls. I mean, I can’t say for sure that he was up to no good, but the signs are definitely there. I should really have asked him for the name of the company he worked for and his name, but I wasn’t in the best of moods and I do remember reading something a while back that said you shouldn’t keep anonymous callers on the line for longer than you need to but it would have been interesting to have heard what he’d said if I had asked.
I guess I won’t be getting any loft or cavity wall insulation.