|Some scammers are out of their depth. I refer to a phone call I got the other day.
A young lady with an exotic accent informed me that my bank owed me £4242 and that someone was going to come to my door in the next hour and a half to deliver the cheque. This was courtesy of the Office of Fair Trading.
This person's name was Alex Cooper and he would require to see my passport.
I thought I'd have a bit of fun so I did not immediately put the phone down.
"Really? That's very nice," I said.
The young lady passed me to her equally exotic manager.
"There are some formalities to be gone through," he said.
I would have to pay "taxes."
"But why should the government give me money with one hand and take it away with the other?" I said.
There was a stunned silence.
I put the phone down.
I was not honoured with a visit from Alex Cooper.