This may turn out to be one of those posts I’ll delete later. But for now, please bear with me: I have to rant.
A couple of days ago, I received eight…count them, eight phone calls on my land line within three hours, all of which were junk.
I love technology. I’m the person friends call when they’re having computer issues. But when it comes to cell phones, I’m 100% dinosaur. My cell is an old flip model, and is always off. Unless I am traveling, or have to communicate with family or friends during emergencies, I do not use it. So, if a junk caller is using that number, they’re getting bupkis.
But, because I have family and friends who are in their “Golden years” (if you are over 60, you’ll understand why I’ve used quotation marks), and who have numerous health issues, I never turn off the ringer on my phone. And, even though I have both caller ID and voice mail, each piercing ring delivers a jolt to my nervous system which ruins my concentration. The interruptions can double the amount of time it takes to complete anything.
To make matters worse, junk callers have found ways of not only circumventing our ability to block calls, but also tricking us into answering, by routing solicitations through legitimate and recognizable numbers. So, a few weeks ago, when a call came from a local hospital, I answered. Within seconds, I realized I’d been had, and hung up. When I called the number they’d used, it was genuinely a line at the hospital. The woman who answered was shocked, and promised to report the incident to their tech department. To the hospital’s credit, someone from corporate headquarters reached out to me a couple of days later to apologize.
But the problems continue.
And it’s because every time we answer, or click, or donate, or sign a petition we become data to be mined. And the result is that we are inundated with junk and spam and pleas for money that demand our time and attention in the most obnoxious ways.
Therefore, to those who have somehow succeeded in getting me to answer a call I did not solicit, and who have:
Called to sell me something;
Called to ask for donations;
Called to ask for additional donations;
Used the phone in an attempt to frighten or intimidate me;
Claimed I’ve won something;
Claimed to be from anyone’s tech support;
Claimed there’s something wrong with my computer;
Tried to influence my vote;
Or, dared to address me by my first name…
…you will also get NOTHING.
I will hang up without a second thought.
There. That’s better.
Dear Readers, thank you for your indulgence.
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