In reference to the story: Selling To The Business That Never Existed
I get a lot of spam calls at work. I work for the Big Blue Hands insurance company, for a paperless office agency management application. I've had people call and tell me they're the company's copier support and they need to verify the model number of the copier we don't have.
I laughed at him and told him "First, I know you're a troll because this is a paperless office."
He hung up then. I was disappointed. It's true, though. We have one printer, and it's a desktop laser printer.
Also get a lot of people trying to sell financial services and cleaning services, one of them argued with me today that they weren't SELLING anything, they were VERIFYING something. After I repeated that they (the bosses) don't take unsolicited calls 69,105 times, I finally hung up on her.
Might even have been legitimate, but when I answer the phone "OneName Support" and you tell me you're calling "Different Name" that my stuff was spun off of, I know you're dumb. Doubly so when they claim they've talked to the boss before... but don't know she's female despite the ambiguous name.
My very favorite so far though, was the guy who starts with "Who is your insurance company?"
"That would be Stateall, the company that owns us."
"Oh. I guess you're pretty well covered, then."