I just got a phone call from a woman from China (for the third time) speaking to me in Mandarin. I used the same trick by speaking in English, "Sorry ... who is that speaking please?" And predictably, she stammered,"er ... sorry ... wrong number" and hung up. 3 for 3 ... strikeout!
The following is a press release by the Singapore Police Force dated 3 Nov 2007:
One Singaporean Falls Prey To Lottery Scam Every Day
The number of people falling prey to lottery scam fraudsters remains a concern to Police. In the past month, on average, 1 Singaporean falls victim to it daily. So far this year, more than 210 victims have been cheated of over S$2 million.
The fraudsters, claiming to be staff of an overseas company, would typically call their victims on the pretext of conducting a survey or inviting the victims to attend an overseas event. The following days, their accomplice, also claiming to be staff of an overseas company, would call and inform the victims that they had won a cash prize in a lucky draw entered on the victims' behalf. To claim the prize, the victims would be requested to make a payment in advance to them through a remittance company or to a bank account in China. This being payment for administrative or processing fees. In some cases, local bank accounts were also used. To lend credence to their claims, the fraudsters would in some cases provide the victims with login Personal Identification Numbers (PIN) and website addresses, or phone numbers purportedly belonging to overseas audit or law firms.
Another tactic of the fraudsters is to send winning notifications to victims’ handphones via SMS. The messages tell the victims to call an overseas number to claim their prize. The victims are also asked to make payments in advance.
These lottery winnings do not exist. They bear the hallmark of requesting the victims to part with some money before being able to claim the lottery winnings. This is commonly known as ‘Lottery Scams'. After pocketing the money, the fraudsters either conjure up more tales to solicit further payments from their victims, or may abscond altogether. Legitimate lottery companies do not conduct themselves in this manner. If anything sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Police take a stern view of such cases and will not hesitate to prosecute anyone if there is evidence of fraud. The public can provide information on such scams to the Commercial Affairs Department at 1800-3250000 or 391 New Bridge Road, #06-701 Police Cantonment Complex Block D, Singapore 088762, or at any police station. Members of public are also advised to visit the Commercial Affairs Department's website, www.cad.gov.sg, for more information.
Public Affairs Department
Singapore Police Force
3 Nov 2007 @ 10am
A few weeks ago, I received a call from an unfamiliar number on my cell phone and I was greeted by a female voice speaking in Mandarin with a China accent.
The conversation went as follows:
"喂, 你好, 请问..." (hello, how do you do, may I ...)
"Sorry? Who is that speaking please?"
"请问你可以讲华语吗?" (could you speak Mandarin please?)
"Sorry? Who is that speaking please?"
"Ah ... er ... ok ... sorry ... never mind ..."
This was the second time I have received a cold call from a woman from China (judging from her accent) and both times, the trick of speaking only English has scared them off, simply because they can't speak English! If you start speaking in Mandarin to them, even though you are aware that they are trying to con you, they will keep pestering you on the phone, refusing to hang up. When they finally do give up on you, they will curse you before they hang up.
Do you know that someone is trying to con you all the time every single day? No, it's not your husband! I am talking about the devil (well, some of you might say it's the same thing but ...).
The devil will plant thoughts in your mind to make you feel condemned or unworthy, and you have to reject those thoughts! How? By speaking only God's language, and not speaking the devil's language.
The devil will always speak the language of condemnation to you. When the devil says to you that you are not worthy to be a Christian after you have quarreled with your spouse, just keep saying "I am the righteousness of God in Christ." (2 Cor 5:21)
The devil will always speak the language of fear to you. When the devil says to you that you are going to die because of your illness, just keep saying "By His stripes I am healed." (Isaiah 53:5)
The devil will always speak the language of doubt to you. When the devil says to you that God is not around to help you now that you are in trouble, just keep saying "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." (Psalm 46:1)
Don't try to have an interview with the vampire ... er ... I mean devil, because he will suck the blood ... I mean life out of you. Just keep speaking God's Word over yourself for "those who discover these words live, really live; body and soul, they're bursting with health." (Proverbs 4:22, The Message)