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Happy Father's Day

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

I never put too much thought into the wide variety of cards that are appropriate for Father's Day. This changed a few days ago.

Shopping for a card, I noticed some that seemed geared toward sons and grandsons, and not dads. What could it mean?

My first thought was that in some circles, fathers exchange cards with their children. Of course I'd never heard of this practice before, but perhaps it existed nonetheless. Why not? A parent could reciprocate the feeling of appreciation on Father's Day, especially since there is no Children's Day.

But alas, this theory was wrong. And rightfully so! Father's Day is Dad Turf Only.

Quickly I mentally hopped from Theory The First to Theory The Second, and realized that the cards for Sons and Grandsons are going to Fathers as well. So Billy's Grandfather Hector sends Billy a father's day card, "To My Grandson," because Billy himself is a father.

A ha! It's all so clear…

First comment: Duh!

Second comment: Dude, there is a kids day, kidsday.com

Phone Home

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Sometimes when you don’t have any coinage, the next best method for making a call is to use a phone card. In fact, some phone cards will actually give you a better rate than using plain old metal money.

PhoneCardsAvenue.com is a business specializing in cheap phone cards. They’ve been doing what they do on an international level for a while now. Yep, you guessed it. If you wanted to get an international phone card through PhoneCardsAvenue, you could. And there’s a bonus.

Recently, PhoneCardsAvenue began a cash rebate program. So for every calling card or phone card purchase you make with them, you’ll be entitled to getting 3% back. So if you spent One Hundred Billion Dollars, you’d get 3 Billion Dollars back. Can you imagine what you could buy with 3 Billion Dollars? Like, the world! Totally!

PhoneCardsAvenue.com can provide you with a means to an end, the end being a phone call from one nation to another (perhaps from overseas to your home in the good ol’ US of A for some happy holiday moments), and the means being inexpensive and convenient.

Charge It!

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

I once heard that there’s a credit card company that operates a little differently than one might expect. Under normal circumstances, you get a credit card, go out, buy a $100 pack of Cadbury Eggs, and charge it to your credit card. Then later, the bill comes. You pay the $100, and you’re set. Mission Accomplished!

But this other company is different. You buy the $100 pack. Wait around. The bill comes. Says $100. You pay $100. And they charge you interest. They say you didn’t pay enough. They say, “You need to pay enough to cover any possible interest. We’ll credit your account with anything leftover.” So what you should have done was pay $110, and get $10 back later. Instead you got charged interest …on what? On nothing!

Now, I’m not really sure if that’s what happened. I only heard this story once, and it hasn’t happened to me personally. But I think it’s pretty lame. It’s the kind of thing you have a problem wrapping your head around, and yet some company has that rule for some reason. I’ll bet there are a lot of similarly messed up rules, and that’s why so many people are having debt problems. At least there are plenty of debt consolidation articles to read.

ATM FROM CBN (Email Spam)

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Man! I'm so rich, I know so many professional people, and I'm in such good standing with Nigeria these days! I can't wait to spend my millions of dollars…

[Begin Email]

From: "UNITED NATIONS"
Subject: ATM FROM CBN
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2008 07:36:15 -0800

From The Desk Of
Prof. Charles Soludo
Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)
SUBJECT: Immediate Release of Your FUND Via ATM CARD

Attention: ATM Card Beneficiary,
I wish to use this medium to inform you that your CONTRACT/INHERITANCE
Payment of USD$10,000,000.00 (Ten Million United States Dollars) from
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA have been RELEASED and APPROVED for onward
transfer to you via an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw all the
USD$10,000,000.00 in any ATM SERVICE MACHINE in any part of the world,
but the maximum you can withdraw in a day is USD$10,000.00 Only
We have mandated CITI BANK IN NIGERIA to send you the ATM CARD and
PIN NUMBER which you will use to withdraw all your USD$10 Million
Dollars in any ATM SERVICE MACHINE in any part of the world, but the
maximum you can withdraw in a day is USD$10,000.00 Only.
You are therefore advice to contact the Head of ATM CARD Department of
CITIBANK NIGERIA
Contact Person: DR MICHEAL BROWN
TEL 234 80 22348461 OR 234 7027682725

Tell DR MICHEAL BROWN that you received a message from the CENTRAL
BANK OF NIGERIA. Instructing him to send you the ATM CARD and PIN
NUMBER which you will use to withdraw your USD$10 Million Dollars in
any ATM SERVICE MACHINE in any part of the world, also send him your
direct phone number and contact address where you want him to send the
ATM CARD and PIN NUMBER to you As you will take care of the little
insurance and shipment fees
We are very sorry for the plight you have gone through in the past
years. Thanks for adhering to this instruction and once again accept
our congratulations.
Best Regards.
Mrs brown
for
Prof. Charles C. Soludo.
Executive Governor,
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

[End Email]

Sent from frnpresidency@gmail.com. Wow, a foreign Presidency? Wow, gMail?! I must really be making an impression.

Professor Soludo is so nice to acknowledge the "the plight [I] have gone through in the past years." How very kind. It has been tough. What with everything going on, and all. It will be nice to finally have access to an ATM card that can withdraw more than a couple hundred bucks at a time. $10,000, here I come! But I wonder if I can tweak things so that I can eliminate all those extra trips? It would be really great if I could just walk right up to the corner ATM, the one with the card-washing station, and withdraw the full Ten Million in one fell swoop. I think I'll give that a try tonight!

***Update: It didn't work.

Ha ha, fooled you! I didn't really try it. I just thought it was funny to picture someone going up to a random ATM and planning on taking out $10 million! That's crazy…

By the way, just in case you hadn't heard about this before, a card-washing station next to an ATM is usually a means for thieves to gain access to your card information and or funds. So don't wash your cards! Dirt is back in style.