Today I received a phone call from a woman in a 'boiler room' who said that my name and phone number had been selected by the US Federal Government to receive a $10,000 grant. This is not the first such phone call I've had. Of course, I knew that it is a scam. The US Government is certainly profligate in its spending, but not to that extent! Although the woman claimed to be calling from a government office in Washington DC, her West African accent leads me to believe she was probably calling from the world headquarters of fraud, Nigeria.
A quick Google search showed that many other people have been receiving similar calls. Some people have taken the time to play along with the story until they are asked to send a small amount of money ($150ish) via Western Union or another money transfer service.
I took a different tactic: I told the caller she is a liar and that she needed to turn to Jesus in repentance and trust if she wanted to avoid hell. I said this with a gentle voice. What surprised me was how brazenly the woman continued to assert that she was telling the truth. We continued to go around and around for several minutes: me pointing her to Jesus, her asserting her innocence.
Come to think of it, I guess we are all like that before Jesus saves us. Although we might admit to sin when caught, normally we justify ourselves; we think we're basically good people compared to others.