DIARY: Dastardly phone card collectors will stoop to any level to get their prize

Hot on the heels of last week’s diary story about collectors’ salivating over unusual BT telephone cards, it seems that Alastair MacDonald, Siemens corporate communications general manager, has been the victim of a cheeky card scam.

Hot on the heels of last week’s diary story about collectors’ salivating

over unusual BT telephone cards, it seems that Alastair MacDonald,

Siemens corporate communications general manager, has been the victim of

a cheeky card scam.



Apparently, after Siemens produced a customised card, which they offered

free to collectors for a pounds 5 donation to charity, the company

received a very sweet letter from a Devonian schoolboy called Nigel.



Young Nigel, it appears, had been shown the Siemens card by a chum at

his junior collectors’ club.



‘It’s very beautiful and colourful,’ he writes in sloping hand-writing,

‘My school has also [sic] a small club so if I could have a Siemens card

it would be very nice of you.’



Sadly, for young Nigel, the lad’s Plymouth address, and his distinctive

writing style, had a familiar ring to MacDonald’s secretary. Indeed, on

looking through her files she found two other requests from the very

same address, written in an identical hand - including one from an

indulgent mother requesting two cards for her children.



MacDonald says: ‘We deduced we probably had a commercial enterprise

preying on our benevolence. Needless to say, Nigel did not receive a

card.’



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