Sometimes a telemarketing call can be fun. Not often, but occasionally. I had such an occasion today.
The cell phone rang while I was sitting in my motor home, eating breakfast, in an RV resort just a few miles from Orlando. I answered the call and a salesman launched into a breathless speech congratulating me. It seems I have just "won" an all expenses paid trip to Orlando!
Perhaps I should point out that my cell phone has a Massachusetts phone number and I suspect the caller believed he was calling a Massachusetts resident. My cell phone's caller ID shows the caller has a 407 area code number, which I know is the Orlando area.
Somewhat amused, I listened to the entire sales pitch instead of hanging up, as I usually do. After going on at some length, I was told that all I had to do to accept this "free" trip was to give a credit card number for a deposit and that I would also need to take a quick, one-hour tour of a timeshare property. I asked the caller why I had to give a credit card number if the trip was free and was quickly assured that it was "standard procedure" and used to make sure I would take advantage of this "wonderful offer."
I then suggested the caller simply give me the address and I would drive over this afternoon to check the place out. Obviously confused, the caller asked how I would do this. I then explained that he had reached my cell phone and that was only about a 30-minute drive from Orlando and all the attractions there. I assume the timeshare in question is also a short drive away.
It was the first time a telemarketing caller ever hung up on ME!
Gee, and I never got to ask if "all expenses paid" meant they would pay my campground fee for a few days.