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