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.