One of the ex-servicemen claimed that the Rupees 9 Lakh which he received at the time of retirement, went into establishing a visibly small tea shop-cum-general store. The meager Rs 12000 per month which he gets as pension, doesn't meet his and his family's needs. In Rs 12000 per month, he can either send his children to good school; or live a dignified Life.
Some months ago, I happened to be in a cyber cafe or internet cafe.
While I was surfing the web, I heard a boy addressing the cyber cafe owner as Sir. He was asking the Cyber cafe owner something specific. He was asking -- "Will We get a Prize ('Inam'), if we send Rs 5000 to a Sir?". The Cafe owner asked , "which Sir?". The boy (now his father standing besides him) told the owner about a person who's called them from a specific mobile number (He showed the mobile to the owner), telling them to send Rs 5000 to a certain bank account, so that he can send them a prize. The cafe owner said he had no idea.
At this point, I gave a proper look to the boy and his father. From the very appearance, they looked very poor. The boy was wearing old and torn half-pants and half sleeved t-shirt, at the peak of Winter.
I asked the father to show me the Mobile Number. I asked them could I make a call to that number. The offer which they readily and happily accepted.
I called the number from the man's mobile. A man answered the call. I asked him why he wants these people to send him the money. He told me about a policy where the "Luck Winners" will get the "Big Prize" only when they send the processing charges. I asked him to send the Prize First. He tried to convince me again of their strict Prize policy. I asked him, from where he's speaking and where the Company is situated. He told me Jamshedpur.
By this time, my patience had run out. I shouted at the man and told him not to deceive people by such fraudulent schemes. I told him, even if he seems to have no conscience; still as someone who calls him a human being; he should have the conscience to spare the poor. I cautioned him, not to call the number again. Else, I will report him to the police. The man disconnected the call.
Now it was the time to teach the father son duo. I told them that all such schemes are fraudulent. Hence don't send even a single paisa to such people. To make the message clear, I told them, if they don't pay attention to my advice, they will lose their hard earned money. I reminded the father : There's no Free Lunch (means -- No One feeds you For Free. You always have to give something in return. In other words, it is impossible to get something for nothing).
The man told his son to delete the fraudster's number immediately.
On a lighter note, when I asked the man what he does for a living, he told me, he's a construction labour from Bihar.