Lastly, here's a new one for the thread: "I'm ringing you about your car accident."
I've had two or three of these, where someone opens the conversation with those words. My immediate response is generally, "What car accident?" So far, I've yet to have anyone argue the point with me so I'm still not entirely sure what the scam is, but it's all rather strange...
We had a rather weird one the other day, and the best that we can come up with is that the insurance agent thought that we
were part of a scam.
DH witnessed a minor traffic accident; someone in a pickup truck cut off another driver, so close that the other driver hit him. Pickup didn't even slow down, but took off at a dangerously high speed. We stopped to give the other driver our contact information; while we were there, a cop pulled up, took the driver's statement, took DH's information, then told us that someone else had witnessed the accident and got a plate number from the pickup.
Some days later a person who said that she was from an insurance company called.
Insurance Lady: "I'm asking about the accident that you witnessed on December 31st on X road."
DH: "I did witness an accident on that date, but it was on Y Highway."
IL: "Oh. Is that in Smalltown, Maryland?"
DH: "No, it's in Major Suburb."
IL: "I see. And it was a single lane in each direction?"
DH (by now very confused): "No, it's two lanes in each direction, plus left turn lanes."
IL: "Okay, I think I have all I need. Thank you!" And she hung up.