Na Na pinches her pennies

Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.

The scammers are everywhere

Do you get those annoying robot calls asking you to “press one if you wish to be removed”? Beware of pushing that “one button”! It lets the scammers know they’ve reached a live phone number, that you are home, and you are answering the phone. Word quickly spreads from robot to robot about you.

Do you get those phone numbers that appear to be from a neighbor popping up on your caller ID? You answer thinking something is wrong but then you hear that dang robot again saying stuff like “hi this is Julie” or maybe “this is the call back you requested about your _____” (fill in the blank). Sometimes the robot says your social security number has been suspended. Those are NOT calls from neighbors.

There are 10 billion combinations of phone numbers with 0-9. Multiply that by several hundred phone calling robots and you’ve got trillions of scam phone calls made each day. Yes, I’d say robots are very profitable employees. With free long distance it costs the scammer nothing to make calls all over the world.

I use nomorobo to screen my calls but many still get through. I get about 10 robot calls each day. Its very, very annoying! Most of the calls are caught after the first ring. But the others? Well there are some very cleaver scammers with robots who can change their own phone numbers just as fast. One scammer that keeps calling me uses the same call back phone number but moves up one digit at a time. For example the first one I got it had (502) 113-3800 on the caller ID. Next time it was (502) 113-3801 then it changed to 3802 and then 3803 and so forth. We do not have 113 in phone numbers in this area. There are other scammers doing the same kind of quick number changes. I know because I write them down so I can report it to nomorobo.

If I’m better informed I’m less likely to get scammed. When I want to know what the newest “scam” is that’s making its way around the world. That’s when I visit the nomorobo warnings site to read and listen to them. Of course these days the newest scams are about the CV19 pandemic.

Another type of scam comes in the USPS mailbox. On the surface it looks like a legitimate letter about a medicare eligibility review. See? Very official looking isn’t it?

I know that my medicare coverage does not need to be reviewed. At my age its permanent coverage. The only time a medicare case is reviewed is when someone under retirement age is getting temporary SS disability. At least thats what I’ve been told. Even on the back it warns me that its an appointment confirmation in big bold letters.

Its only when I find (in much smaller letters) the message “This is an advertisement”. Sorry its blurry. The type was so small my camera had a hard time focusing.

Legally they met their obligation to say its an advertisement. They also know many seniors can’t read the “fine” print. Without opening it that piece of mail went into the box of papers to be shredded.

I hope my posts are readable. Learning the new WordPress is very frustrating. Its taking me lots of time to navigate around to write a post. I’ll “get it” eventually. Probably just about the time when they plan newer changes. 😦

18 comments on “The scammers are everywhere

  1. Kathi Waite
    June 27, 2020

    as a former “tele marketer” or “phone solicitor” the LEGAL kind. NOT scammer. etc. TIME IS MONEY…….. now remember SOME of these people ,, that was the ONLY way to make a living. to make wages. REMEMBER that and BE KIND. however. the longer you keep them on the phone. the less time they have for the next call. so. if you just want to get rid of them. don’t pick up or hang up asap. but IF you are having a bad day. and want to play games. yes, keep them on the phone. I can tell you most of us HATED that job. I PREFERRED when I “moved up” and became a BILL COLLECTOR. at least then I had a REAL REASON to call……..

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    • Anita
      June 28, 2020

      Sure, I’m kinda nice to those who clearly identify themselves. I rarely buy over the phone but I’m polite in my refusal. Its the obvious scammers with the fake numbers that I hate. They have nothing for sale. Just outright theft by deceiving and lies to people.

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      • Selena
        June 29, 2020

        I am polite to legit telemarketers. But the grandma and “Microsoft” calls were clearly scams. And scammers do not warrant politeness. Every minute I keep them on the phone decreases the risk someone else gets scammed out of money.

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  2. simplywendi
    June 23, 2020

    thank you for sharing Anita!

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  3. Kathi Waite
    June 23, 2020

    The scammers and the robot calls drive me near biserk. I do get tired of running to the phone to check the caller id. and yes, every so often I’m unsure, so pick the phone up. Yup. robo call. I hang up. BUT THEN, it’s a new barrage. Just by answering the phone seems to set the fellow robots a calling away. Of late, we all have so much woe and calamity and insanity to deal with. The robo calls are just another bane of our new normal. “They” say they are trying to fix this. I don’t think they can every stop them. sigh. and on we go.

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    • Anita
      June 25, 2020

      So true Kathi. We can never stop them completely. Too many different countries to deal with and the “free” long distance. Sure wish we had an option button to re-route all the spam calls back to the number of the sender. Let them deal with all the spam calls. Or at a minimum start charging call centers for long distance.

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      • Kathi Waite
        June 27, 2020

        it used to be “businesses” had different rates. EVERY call cost money. Not just the long distance. Now, it’s a free for all. I’m OVERJOYED that long distance is NOT an extra cost for me anymore . but OH BOY. the cat sure got let out of the bag with the scammers, etc. Now I realize SOME of these are legitimate ‘sales” calls. Long ago that was the only job I could get to take care of my family. But I think we’ve all had enough of all of it now. sigh.

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  4. Linda in NE
    June 23, 2020

    I got tired of the constant robocalls and got an Ooma VoIP phone system that works over the Internet. My phone bill dropped to less than half of what my previous landline cost. A paid Ooma account blocks all the known robocall outfits. After things started opening up from Covid lockdowns sometimes something could get through with one ring. I’m hoping that was a robocall sneaking through and not someone trying to call me that got blocked by accident, but I did fix the one ring thing by changing a setting on the phone itself. Nothing’s perfect I guess.

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    • Anita
      June 25, 2020

      Thank you. That is another solution people can try. I’m happy for now but I’ll keep that in my mind if Nomorobo changes.

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  5. Silver
    June 23, 2020

    Ohh these people are so unscrupulous. We’ve had lots of warnings here as well about bogus calls and texts regarding COVID-19, and even the old ‘This is Microsoft calling’ still carries on.
    Husband’s youngest sister had the Microsoft call, thank goodness she had the sense to hang up and call Husband to check it was legit, as they can take over your computer if you let them ><

    I must confess, I detest the new Block system. Every chance I get, I ask it to revert back to the classic editor. May it never leave us!

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    • Anita
      June 25, 2020

      I got one of those “you computer is being held for ransom – do not disconnect or you will lose your programs” calls a few days ago. Ransom be danged! I quickly unplugged the internet connection and turned off the computer. Whew! I’m sure glad I had heard what to do several months ago.

      I can’t get back to the old editor anymore. Also I’m not receiving notice of comments in my email like before. I only find comments when I go to the dashboard. I’ve searched and can’t find where to check for a problem. I’ll ask the WP people for help tomorrow.

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      • Selena
        June 25, 2020

        Smart move – that is what I tell anyone who gets a ransom message – cut the lifeline, aka the internet connection.

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    • Selena
      June 25, 2020

      You want to mess with those callers claiming to be from Microsoft – repeatedly tell them you do NOT have a computer. The scammer hung up on ME and when his “supervisor” called me a bit later, DEMANDING I tell him what kind of computer I had, same answer – don’t have one. The “supervisor” hung up on me. I’ve gotten the “Grandma scam” also – again, my “grandhild” hung up on me. Just waiting for the “IRS” to call lol..

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      • Silver
        June 27, 2020

        What’s the longest time you’ve kept them on the line for? XD

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        • Selena
          June 27, 2020

          The first “Microsoft” call lasted 7 or 8 minutes. When the “supervisor” called, it didn’t even last two minutes lol.. The “grandma scam” call was quick – my “grandson” was ill-prepared for my answer!

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  6. catherine young
    June 23, 2020

    I have HAD to answer strange number and UNKNOWN CALLER phone calls lately because I’m looking into some things where the call back number is not necessarily going to be familiar. Yes, it’s terrible. I feel like this is far more invasive than getting all of those telemarketing calls from my landline back in the days I had one. It makes me very nervous when I get a scam call on my cellphone because of all of the information on it and that it knows where I am. I’m nervous even getting a spam stopper because I don’t trust that even.

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    • Anita
      June 25, 2020

      I remember the days when I had to use a public telephone booth to make a phone call. I had no worries about spam calls in those days. 🙂

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  7. Jane
    June 23, 2020

    Thanks for the scam info—we can never be too careful these days! Always enjoy your posts…be well…

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