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So here’s a great, creative way I came up with to respond to phone scams:

A guy with a foreign accent called me today claiming to be from the Treasury department and telling me he wanted to give me $9,000. “Would you like to know how we chose you?”

 

I said, “You know what, I’ve got a great offer for you. I am one of the top life coaches in the country. I’d like to help you quit this scam and have a real life. Are you interested?”

“Could you get me a good job?” he replied immediately. (Clearly, the Treasury Department wasn’t working out for him).

“Where do you live?”

[Short pause while he tried to remember where the Treasury Dept. was located] “Washington D.C.”

“Okay. So what do you want to do in life?”

“Can you get me a good job?”

“I’ll help if you want it. But let’s start here: what do you really want to be?”

[Another pause] “A porn star,” he deadpanned.

I laugh. “C’mon, this is a serious offer! You don’t have to sell your soul to scamming people. You can do something rewarding with your life. What’s it going to be?”

“Well, sir, I thank you for your time today,” he said, signing off.

“You’re welcome.”

“Would you pray for me?”

“I will.”

“Yes, please pray for me. Goodbye, and… God bless you.”

I don’t know where in the world he was calling from, but I think if I could have given him a real job in his town he really would have taken it.

So, what if we figured out creative ways to love these people well instead of hanging up on them in disgust?

What ideas do YOU have?

Tony StoltzfusTony Stoltzfus is the owner of the Coach22 Bookstore (www.Coach22.com) as well as the Leadership MetaFormation Institute (www.Meta-Formation.com). He trains leaders to engage life and work from the heart, and is the author of 10 books on coaching and leadership.