It Must Be National Phone Scam Day

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Some readers wonder why I find it so necessary to be outdoors when I write my novels.

Well, today the phone scammers have been out in force–every few minutes, the phone rang. Two of these, back-to-back: “Hi! This is Alexa from the Credit Card Dept.!” Like I can’t tell it’s a robot. Also, in a thick Indian accent you could cut with a knife: “Hello, Mr. Dugong! This is Harry–” oh, come now–“with Medicaid Services…” And several calls with nobody on the other end of the line, just robots mindlessly searching for phone numbers in current use.

Oh, and let’s not forget the one that goes, “This is Jidrool Stores with your call-back.” That’s deeply insulting. But it probably works against defenseless people with memory problems.

This has gone on all day.

These scammers, these parasites–why can’t anybody stop them? Why are we expected to put up with this? Life isn’t hard enough? And I know there are innocent people out there who are getting robbed: my aunts made perfect targets. Never harmed a soul in all their lives.

It’s a quality of life issue. You didn’t buy your phone just so people could use it to annoy you. It doesn’t take many of these calls to explode a writer’s concentration.

Give me the squirrels and the jumping spiders every time.

7 comments on “It Must Be National Phone Scam Day

  1. Today at our monthly Q&A Meeting (of which I am the treasurer), our featured speaker was one of our U.S. Senators, John Boozeman who has been in D.C. forever. He was asked about the phone scammers and all he could say was it was up to the phone companies (i.e. not my problem). One candidate running against him was also at our meeting and was given five minutes to speak. He is sic foot seven inches, a Razorback football star, played for the Patriots and has a Super Bowl ring, and then served in Iraq as an Army officer. He says we need warriors to go to D.C. and fight for our rights and values. Guess which candidate I am going to vote for?

  2. There is a way to make this better. Caller ID is known as ONI, Originating Number Information. Here’s the problem, any phone admin can set ONI to anything they want. There are legitimate reasons to do this, for example, companies with online phone support people will use their main support number as ONI to prevent people from bypassing the Call Center and calling their favorite agent directly. That’s a legitimate concern and well within the rights of such a company.

    But, there are innumerable unscrupulous companies that mask ONI and deliberately use false ONI to present their calls as coming from your neighborhood, which is exactly what these pest callers do. However, it would be entirely possible to attach security certificates to ONI and if the call does not have an accurate certificate installed it would display on caller ID as suspect. Adding the ability to have such calls not ring through would be simple.

  3. I hear you, Lee. My phone has a scam guard, and they interrupt their call by telling them my number has been blocked. But they continue calling anyway, maybe in some misguided hope I would actually pick up and answer. Lately they tried going around that by using phone numbers from say, Mississippi for example and I still don’t answer. I don’t know anyone from there, so the joke is on them.

    1. Sometimes it works if you ask the caller, “Is this about the murder?” and get all indignant about bumbling police work. You get two points if the scammer hangs up on you.

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