Busy office hours. My phone vibrates.
"Hello, I am from XYZ insurance company. We have a saving plan for you"
"Savings plan from an insurance company?"
"Yes, sir. It gives you fantastic returns."
"But I have never heard of a saving plan from insurance company"
"Sir, actually this is an endowment plan. But it gives awesome returns. So, it is a savings plan as well. Are you interested?"
"Yes, I am interested in savings plan. But I don't want to purchase from you"
"Not from me? Why, sir?"
"You tried to fool me first. It is an endowement plan, still you tried to cheat me by saying it is a saving plan. How can I trust you?"
A fool and his money are soon parted - so goes the proverb. In modern times, you need to be extra intelligent to safeguard your money. Too many crooks are around.One carelessness can cost a lot.
I was little bit upset when I got an SMS saying I won the big lottery. From the newspapers I have already read about such scams. They will tell you won a few Crores as lottery. They will ask you to call to a number. When you call, they will tell you you need to pay transferring charges, which is only a few lakhs. If you hesitate, they will tell you need to pay only thousands. Then you think "If I loose, only a few thousands. If I get a few crores". So, you pay. Rest is assured. Money is gone
If I am already aware of this, why should I get upset when I receive such a message? What upsets me is that such notorious people got my phone number. I need to be extra cautious. This proved true in a few days.
Some one called me while I was driving. I stopped on the side, and answered the phone. "Sir, you have won a fiesta car for the best credit card payer for 2012". Nice to hear that. But not being a big credit card purchaser, I smelt a rat.
"In order to claim your price, you need to prove your identity"
"OK, go ahead"
"Just tell me your credit card is a Visa or Master card?"
"It is Visa card"
"Absolutely right sir. Second question. What's your termination date on your card?"
I give it.
"Again, right sir. Third question. Which is your 15 digit credit card number printed on your card"
"You want my credit card number?"
"I will give you now. You !@#$%#$^$&^%^*"
I can imagine what would have been happened, if I give my credit card number.
If you are thinking that I have narrated two incidents to prove how smart I am, I will tell you another story. This time I was cheated.
I carry lunch to office. I know it is not that fashionable these days. But for your health and money, it is a good practice. I had a beautiful lunch box, which costs nearly Rs 1,000. One day, after lunch I put it in a bag and kept in luggage room. I forgot to zip the bag. While most of the area in our office is under camera surveillance, this room is not. After work, as usual I came to luggage room and took my bag. The moment I took it, I knew it is lighter than I expected. I checked inside, and found the lunch box is gone. Gone for good.
So, be always careful with your money.