Called by the FBI

Given the quiet life I lead I found this surprising, but according to the caller The FBI were about to issue a warrant for my arrest. However, if I contacted a law firm – Walsh & Peters LLP (number supplied) – then they could act on my behalf and, presumably, spare me the risk of an orange jump suit and shackles.

This was a strange call. Firstly I live in the YUK, where the FBI’s writ does not run. Secondly, the message was recorded, so the sender had no way of knowing who would pick up the phone. It might have been a visiting five-year-old or our resident baboon, Bernard.

Let us assume Bernard takes the call. Are they really telling a baboon that the FBI has a warrant out for his arrest? I don’t think so.

Either this was a nuisance call or scam. I suspect the latter, and whoever answered at ‘Walsh and Peters’ would attempt to reel the target in by extracting information from him which they could then use – for example, to drain money from his bank account.

Given that the incoming number was 01196, suspicious in itself, and also that the caller’s command of English left something to be desired, it amazes me they thought they could bring this off with anyone. Even a baboon.

6 thoughts on “Called by the FBI

  1. Yes, there are a lot of them out there. We get so many nuisance calls, quite a few of them scams, that the better half is pushing for us to lose our landline altogether. This has its attractions.

  2. Watch out for promises of holidays and/or love. Here, there is a webside which you can contact and it stops nuisance calls.
    We still get e-mails of concerns that our banking details need updating and all credit will be stopped etc. The English is often worse than mine.

  3. We have a service here called the Telephone Preference Service, which we signed up to, but it is absolutely useless because most of the nuisance calls come from overseas where the writ of the Service does not run. We are considering dispensing with the phone altogether.

    A film came out many years ago (I think it was called the Ninth Day of December, or some such) which contains one of the few lines I have ever remembered from a film, namely, ‘The phone has no constitutional right to be answered.’

  4. I couldn’t agree more. I have read of another scam involving the scammer not putting down the phone at his end so, when you think you are phoning your bank to verify, you actually get through to him.

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