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Scam­mers scammed

MOST of us have re­ceived phone calls from would-be scam­mers who claim they are from a large com­pany ad­vis­ing that your com­puter needs re­pairs.

The tell­tale signs are that the per­son on the end of the line usu­ally has an overseas accent and you can tell he or she is from a for­eign coun­try.

There is a Western Aus­tralian driver who for some rea­son re­ceived nu­mer­ous of these calls for many weeks.

He has no idea how they had ob­tained his con­tact de­tails and in­deed his mo­bile num­ber which is di­verted from his home phone when he is away.

Any­way this lad has de­light in tak­ing the mickey out of such scam­mers.

He will let them go on with their con job agree­ing with them un­til they ask him to go to his com­puter so they can hack into it.

“I don’t even have a com­puter,” he said.

Ev­ery time they hang up.

Fuel prices

ANY in­crease in fuel prices af­fects the road trans­port in­dus­try.

Nu­mer­ous small fleet own­ers and owner-op­er­a­tors have ex­pressed that view in no uncertain terms to Spy re­cently.

Spy heard a car­a­van driver have a whinge about that very sub­ject af­ter a big in­crease in early Oc­to­ber.

He pointed out that 250 litres at $1.68 per litre cost $420 which was an in­crease of $13 from the pre­vi­ous fill up.

And some truck driv­ers agreed. Good to see agree­ment be­tween them.

Bro­ken wind­screens

RE­PLAC­ING bro­ken truck wind­screens seems to be a boom­ing busi­ness.

It is not sur­pris­ing how many wind­screens get cracked or dam­aged con­sid­er­ing the amount of time our trucks are on the roads.

Also the ter­ri­ble roads they of­ten travel along.

But Spy got a sur­prise on just the ex­tent when a wind­screen re­pair man came to his house to re­place one on a sedan.

“I re­placed four truck wind­screens yes­ter­day. One Western Star and an Iveco and two In­ter­na­tional Acco’s. It gen­er­ally takes about two hours,” he said.

He reck­ons the com­pany he works for av­er­ages about 20 truck wind­screens a week.

But the job is hardly ever done at road­house park­ing ar­eas.

The trades­man said when a wind­screen to­tally smashed it was al­ways hard to re­move all the bro­ken glass.

“We can vac­uum three or four times but small glass chips will still be there,” he said.

Make sure you hang up

TWO truck­ing col­leagues on an in­ter­state run were hav­ing a fa­tigue man­age­ment break when one had a yarn to an­other driver from the com­pany on his mo­bile phone.

It was all Par­ish Pump com­ment and af­ter about 10 min­utes the caller thought he had fin­ished the call.

Then the two lads were deep in con­ver­sa­tion and some of the chin­wag was less than com­pli­men­tary about the other gent.

Trou­ble was the call had not been ter­mi­nated and the driver who was the sub­ject of the bag­ging heard the en­tire con­ver­sa­tion.

Which would have en­sured a fair bit of ex­pla­na­tion when they next came face to face.

PHOTO: SPY

TRAV­EL­LING ABROAD: Our spy re­ceived this photo from a truckie trav­el­ling in Scot­land.

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