Describe a time you received a call from somebody you don’t know in public. You should say:
When you received this call
Where you received this call
What you were doing at that time
What the call was about
and how you felt about this call
So, to kick things off, I’ll talk about a time—a few months ago—when I received a phone call from someone I didn’t know. I don’t usually pick up unsolicited phone calls from numbers I don’t recognize, but I decided to this time since Spring Festival was just around the corner, and it may have been one of my relatives. Besides, I wasn’t exactly occupied with anything at the time either; in fact, my friend and I were taking a quiet and relaxing stroll in Century Park in Pudong when my phone rang, and I actually welcomed some conversation.
Unfortunately, the phone call turned out to be some kind of fraudulent scam, but I wasn’t too surprised as these things happen pretty often. When I picked up the phone, the caller said that he was an official from the national Ministry of Education, and that I owed tuition money for my university. Well, this seemed incredibly strange and blatantly false to me, as I had already paid my tuition at the beginning of the school year. Yet, the caller persisted and said he could dredge up my records to let me know the details. I hung up on him right then and there. This was obviously a scam, and there was no way I was going to fall for it.
To wrap things up, as for how I felt about the phone call, I was slightly miffed, to be honest; these sorts of phone calls can be annoying, and I shouldn’t have answered the call in the first place. But, it also reminded me of how prevalent these scams are, from telemarketers asking you to invest in some get-rich-quick scheme to scammers posing as various individuals to steal your personal information. Believe it or not, I actually know people who fell for these scams, so it’s important to always exercise caution and guard your private information safely.
around the corner
taking a stroll
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