I detest scam telephone calls, and I am specially upset about how these scammers take advantage of elders.
I am off work during much of the time this week, and today alone I’ve received three scam telephone calls — two from the people who claimed that my Microsoft Windows has a glitch and one from Rachel at cardholders services. It’s only 10:00 AM in the morning.
Why can’t we put a stop these calls? I know how to identify them and basically hang up — but they are truly irritating, not to mention a huge waste of time. Moreover, while I have the knowledge to ignore the phone calls when I feel like it (or sometimes give the swindlers a hard time), plenty of other people, including many elders are victims of fraud.
I am surprised that telephone companies allow these calls to proliferate. Most of my friends dislike their landlines, largely because of these phone calls. I share their views. Are these phone lines so unprofitable that the telephone companies simply don’t care whether people associate negative experiences with them? At my house we almost never answer our landline — we figure that anything important will result in a message. From time-to-time, we even consider getting rid of it altogether.
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