I received a phone call today telling me that I had been "carefully selected for my age demographic" for a "free" Florida/Bahamas cruise vacation. They then asked me if I had remembered filling out a ballot at The Taste of Lawrence festival a few weekends back, here in Toronto. I do remember doing so, however I remembered it being for a car, but I did also remember that there may have been some additional prizes.
He told me his name was "Andy Garcia" and even gave me his employee number. He then made sure that I had a pen and paper to write everything down. So I started writing some things nonchalantly. He kept going on and on and on about this vacation and as soon as I heard "your own transportation to Florida" and then "$199 /person fee to get you off the island (Lucaya Grand Island)" I knew what was going on.
Other things that tipped me off was when he was "inputting" some information. I could hear some loud keyboard clacking, however it sounded more to me like button smashing. It was clearly non-legit. He then put me on hold and that generic on-hold music played, nothing about "your call is important to us, please stay on the line :D" BS.
I stayed on the line to amuse him, because I was just waiting for that credit card number request. As soon as I refused to give him my number, he went off about how hotels and airlines and a whole bunch of other companies do it over the phone at that it was the "fastest and safest way" to give it to the company. He then proceeded to tell me that the call was being recorded and that at the end of the recording I would receive a verification number that i could use as a "receipt". He then also claimed that their company has "close ties" with all the credit card companies. At this point I asked him if I could enter my information online to which he put me on hold and I hung up. He called me back RIGHT AWAY. I didn't even bother picking up.
Some people have some nerve these days.