It started with the phone calls.
The first one came as I was driving to work on Monday. When my phone rang I noticed that the call was from some far away area code, so I chose to ignore it until I arrived at the office. When I did call back a recorded message said, “Sorry, this number does not accept incoming calls.”
That was when I realized this probably wasn’t going to be anyone I wanted to speak to. But as it turned out I did anyway, because the caller buzzed me back less than 10 minutes later. It was Ali informing me that “we are offering IT services at modest rate.” Note that the article “a” was missing from that sentence.
Soon more phone calls began pouring in from other distant locales, and emails started popping up on my computer from people with names like Garima, Sidhra and Lavesh.
That’s when I