Why? Because people keep prank calling her pretending to be interviewers or offering her nonexistent work.
Ann:“At this moment, I have been bombarded with phone calls. During the New Years, a lot of people called and pretended to be interviewers to the point where I had to relay to reporters that I wasn’t going to pick up the phone anymore.If they need to contact me, they should call my manager. I’m starting over because I don’t know who is who.”
What did you encounter?
Ann:“Various things, I’m not angry, they spoke well with me, possibly they like me and wanted an opportunity to talk to me so they pretended to be a reporter calling for an interview. Sometimes they call when I was resting or when I was busy. If it happens when I’m busy, I end the call. However, if I have time, I chat with them and chat for a long time. Since the end of last year, this happened continuously. People call to contact about work, I listen and I know they are lying and this is not regarding work so at this point, I’m afraid to accept work. However, if they want to chat, I chat and laugh with them. I’m not angry because they didn’t have any other method, so they used this method. At times I’m in a state of doing something, so I can’t chat. Right now, I’m taking specific calls and letting my manager handle phone calls about work.”
This one time Ann was contacted for work, her manager took the call and checked out the vendor for her. When he/she went to check out the vendor, no one was there and the phone number given could not be reached. Anne was a little annoyed because it was a waste of her time and her manager’s time.
Though not angry, she is still fearful. Ann recounts the time, she waited in the car and made her manager checked out the vendor to make sure it was the real thing. Ann fears being deceived and lured to a place and getting robbed. From now on, Ann is turning a new leaf, she has refuse to accept calls.
Picture source: Volume 2008 April issue and Ann’s middle school picture.