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Is this call a joke?
When I was a kid, we used to make some pretty elaborate (and not very cruel) prank phone calls. But thanks to caller ID, the golden days of prank (or ‘crank’ as some people say) calls are gone. If somebody calls you and says something that sounds ridiculous or that can’t possibly be true, it could be a joke, but it could also be a scam. You have to be careful.
If the caller starts saying strange things to you, you could say:
Excuse me, but who did you say you were? – asking somebody to repeat a strange or unknown name.
How can I be sure that this is on the level? – you can use this question to ask for guarantees that what is being said is for real.
Excuse me If I’m wrong, but this just seems so (incredible, unbelievable…) – a phrase you can use to apologize if the call does indeed turn out to be real.
Excuse me, but is this some kind of joke? – a polite phrase to express your strong doubt.
Just like it’s better to be safe than sorry, it’s better to be polite- even when you doubt – just in case the call is real. You never know when your long-lost great uncle will call out of the blue and offer you a house or something.
Prank phone call – broma telefónica
Caller ID – identificación de llamadas
Joke – broma
Scam – timo
On the level – de verdad
To turn out – resultar que
Doubt – duda
Great uncle – tío abuelo
Out of the blue – de repente, de la nada
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