As if there isn't enough crazy in our world, I have had some odd phone calls so far this week.
There have been the daily calls advising me to consolidate my credit cards. This would be tough to do considering I own zero credit cards. Sometimes I just play along and waste their time and sometimes I remark on their obvious lack of proper parentage and hang up. Depends on my mood.
But this week I have received two calls from someone with an accent claiming to be from the Social Security Administration. The first one I hung up on. The second I played along with to see what the scam was. Aparently my Social Security Number was used in connection with a crime in Texas. They could not recite my number to me for verification and they could not tell me the nature of the supposed crime and they did not know the name of the police officer in charge of the case. Then we had a short discussion about recording my calls and of attorney generals prosecuting fraud cases and they hung up on me. I may be old but that doesn't necessarily make me stupid.
Todays call was from someone who said they were from a fancy sounding law firm They tried three times to get me to say "Yes." They kept asking if I was agreeing to accept the call, to which I replied three times, "What is the nature of this call." Finally they told me that the call concerned a settlement of a lawsuit in which I was to receive a cash payout. We then had a short discussion about phone call recording and fraud. They hung up on me, too. Don't know why.:)
Sadly, there are lonely elderly folks who believe that the SSA is calling them and that a law firm really has money to give them.
There has to be a special place in Hell for those who prey on the vulnerable elderly.
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