Forgive me for not posting something amazing and absolutely spellbinding today. It's just that I've been overwhelmed by robocalls. Yes, robocalls. About every ten minutes my cellphone rings and I look at the caller I.D. to see who might be calling (since most humans now skip speech communication and go straight to text or, if slightly older, e-mail).
I answered the first couple calls since the callers spoofed both my area code and the three numbers of my local exchange. I thought it might be a neighbor or someone's number that I had forgotten. Once I answered the call the pre-recorded message started and "informed" me that they were calling from "Amazon's Fraud Dept" to let me know that "an unauthorized charge of $729 was attempted on my account in Dayton, Ohio." I was prompted to press "1" to speak to a representative. But, of course, Amazon never calls with accounting alerts. They send e-mail. Always. So I was immediately alerted that this call was a scam.
Just to be sure I hung up, went to my Amazon account on a hardwired computer (not wi-fi) and went through the additional, two factor authentication process. No such charges had been made to my account. Nothing was amiss. I contacted Amazon and they confirmed that this is not the way they operate.
After the first call I started getting calls, on average, about every 15 minutes or every half hour (the duration rotated) during the day. This morning, after swim practice, there were eight calls complete with eight voicemails all chirping on and on about this fictitious charge from Dayton. The interesting thing, besides the persistence of the calls, is that each call comes from a different "local" telephone number. This makes it nearly impossible to just "block contact" with one's cellphone.
I spent some time this morning, after a lovely coffee and pastry from Trianon Coffee, filing a complaint with the FTC. They recommend installing a call blocking app on one's phone. I suggested that they institute a federal death penalty for even the first episode of a robocall and further suggested that they get the NSA and Palantir to immediately focus 100% of their manpower and computer power on solving the USA Robocall Crisis. This is an issue that I hope both sides of the political aisle can get behind and may be the the issue that reunites our fractured populace. Death to RoboCall Scammers!!!
If anyone in the VSL braintrust is an expert in repelling, ending, diminishing or otherwise destroying robocalls and their human masters can you please let me know if there is something else I can do to protect my sanity (at least as it relates to robocall issues....) and get some much needed relief from this harrowing menace????????
Help me, I'm drowning in calls.... Grrrrr.