I receive a lot telemarketing calls, most of which I don't answer. But I've noticed the tactics are getting sneakier. For example, instead of the caller ID saying "unknown caller" or "wireless caller," purposely being vague to trap me into answering, it now says, "call from Keene, NH," or "call from Salem, NH," which I fell for...at first. Then I started looking at the actual phone numbers and the area codes weren't anywhere near New Hampshire.
It seems as if lately there has been an increase in survey calls...about, what else? The upcoming election. No surprise there.
But the calls have made me think back to a few years ago when one particular survey-call turned into an interesting conversation (that probably ended up getting the caller fired afterwards).
Sally Breslin is an award-winning syndicated columnist who has written regularly for newspapers and magazines all of her adult life. She is the author of several novels in a variety of genres, from humor and romance to science-fiction. Contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org