Possibly an urban legend, but there's a message circulating
about a phone scam offering a free Corel Office Suite. You're
asked what kind of computer you have and when you'll be home to
accept the shipment. Guess what? They show up when you're NOT
home and ship out your hardware. The best defense is to tell
them you don't have a computer. [Lily Laws ,
10/8/96.] (Or you could coordinate with the police to catch
I previously mentioned scammers tricking people into calling
809-area numbers in the Virgin Islands. A variant on that
con game is a brief email message stating that "Unless you pay off
your balance in full, you will be taken to court. ... Call
Mr. ... at +1 (809) ... if you wish to discuss the matter."
Callers get a recorded message and a $25 phone charge.
[Matthew Dillon, best.com, 10/4/96.] (And another variant
is a phone call saying that your CEO, or whoever might be
traveling, is being held by the police in some far-away place.
Anyone who returns the call is likely to get an incoherent
response in broken English that delays recognition of the scam
and extends the call length.)