I was talking to my sister-in-law Nancy a few weeks ago and I was kind of making fun of a girlfriend of mine who entered all these dumb contests online. She really thinks she going to win a laptop or a car or whatever the prize is for some of those contests that are blinking almost every place you go online that I wouldn’t click with a ten foot pole. Anyway, she so kindly reminded me of my blunder-headed contest I got involved in 25 years ago!! Dontcha just love sister in-laws who remind you of all your screw ups?????
These were “trivia” contests and you would call a phone number and answer the questions of your choice. I always picked the soap opera questions and I won ALL THE TIME. Only I didn’t really know what I was winning until my prizes started arriving in the mail. Then I knew I’d been taken. My prizes were things like a pen with a digital clock on the side or a plastic picture frame. I won “dollar store” prizes. I was so disappointed. I’d become addicted to calling these numbers and answering the questions.
BUT GUESS WHAT HAPPENED??? I got my phone bill. One month my phone bill was $300. This was a LONG time ago and that was an unheard of amount of money for that. I knew Paul was going to kill me. He wouldn’t care if I spent that money calling someone. He wouldn’t care if I went out and bought something and spent that money but I knew his point was going to be that I spent that on NOTHING! Phone calls and junk prizes. Well DUH! I didn’t know what the prizes were going to be until they started coming. I knew I had to tell him because I knew the phone bill had to be paid. I ended up crying while trying to tell him what dumb thing I’d done and it ended up working for me in a way I didn’t intend. He must have thought it was going to be something MUCH WORSE because he never really got mad.
The point is people get taken by scams and other people all the time. Has any scam come close to anyone in your life? Or you?? Come on, you can admit it.