Wednesday, September 24, 2014
PHISHING and PHONE SPAM
PHISHING and PHONE SPAM
While sifting through files on my backup computer because some young punk rat bastard geek prick planted a virus on my good computer and rendered it useless just because he could, the piece of shit; I found this blog which I don’t believe I ever posted. I searched blogger and did not find it. If I don’t remember, no one else will either so here it is again…maybe.
My cell phone is registered as a no-call number. I thought this meant cold callers could get in trouble if they contacted me. Maybe, but how do you report these calls?
I receive these cold calls daily, generally they are recordings. Who do I report these callers to? How do I report them? How do I identify the callers, often they do not arrive showing a number.
For the most part these calls are only a minor inconvenience. The main reason they chaff my butt is they are clearly designed to scare the crap out of old people, and it will not be that many years before I become part of their target audience.
The latest scam is for some kind of credit card. The recording hits upon everything that scares the what-not out of old people.
“We are calling about a VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE that could affect your CREDIT RATING. This is your FINAL WARNING and if you want to lock in preferred rates, YOU MUST CALL TODAY. Due to recent changes in THE LAW, our GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS have DECREED these preferred rates WILL NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE in the near future. If you want to avoid CREDIT PROBLEMS, you are DIRECTED to press one NOW.
It seem like our Government is trying to protect us from everything these days. They try to protect our children from bullies, sexual harassment, God, and violence. Schools have expelled kids for name calling. First graders have been punished for holding hands. “America” is now sung, “Mmmm bless America…” Chewing a piece of bread into the shape of a gun will keep you after school.
Government is worried about our health. Cigarettes are not allowed anywhere. Soda can not be sold in large containers. Helmets are required for riding a bike, or roller skating. Don’t even think about jay walking.
Government protects us from hate. Make an ethnic joke, mock fat people or use politically incorrect language and you will pay a fine, go to jail and do community service for a hate crime.
I get it. Bullies are bad, kissing can be bad, God must stay in church or at home, no one likes violence, cigarettes…very bad, head injuries are bad, and doesn’t everyone hate hate?
But, what about phishing? Why can’t government track down those assholes from Nigeria and blow their computers up? Can’t we do more to stop identity theft? Why don’t we crack down on obvious phone scams that scare and rip off old (and stupid) people. Why does fine print that no one can read, or a fast talking announcer spurting out disclaimers allow scam artist to legally take people’s money?
Come on Government, help me out here. Let’s create a “Department of Kicking the Shit out of Scam Artists,” and do it now.