Letter: They're out there

Wow, those scammers are persistent!

I have now received seven calls over a period of about a month, some showing the phone origin as Jamaica and some as "private caller."

But all of them – in spite of their failures in English and strong accents – insist that they are about to reward me with a trip or a prize, or both.

The most recent was about a certified, then cashiers check for $1.5 million; earlier it was a trip.

They are getting better at this, they have learned to refute the arguments I have offered and the clear statements I made to each of them: "It's a scam!"

This most recent caller told me that after an "activation fee of $199'' I would get the check.

Whoopee! I hung up!

I offer this for those who might be enticed to take that chance because these guys don't give up.

Please, avoid being taken. Stay strong and realize that they have nothing else to do but try to find someone who trusts them, and then they get richer and you get poorer.

Your best bet: don't engage them in conversation, that's when you might get trapped by saying something about your accounts or address or other information that could lead them to make their case even stronger and more believable... for their next call.

Try not to get angry, just hang up and consider that you avoided losing money you have carefully kept for that rainy day.

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