No quote today: I'm too pissed.
For the last two days the peace, quiet and sanctity of my home has been invaded by an unceasing program of telephone calls from obvious scam artists.
I have received no fewer than 14 -- yes, 14 -- calls from what purports to be Amazon, ALONE, "alerting" me to "possible unauthorized use" of my Prime Account.
I don't have a Prime Account.
The calls also don't originate with Amazon. How do I know? Your Overlord is omniscient, that's how. Actually, the Caller ID tells me it's not Amazon (as the calls have all originated through private numbers in places like Provo, Utah, Bronx, New York, Virginia Beach, Miami, and even one from Billings, Montana). In addition, after the first five yesterday, The Overlord used some of his superior IT skills to monitor calls as they came in directly from the exchange.
Every last one of them was a "spoof" hiding the origin of the call, which all appear to originate in various, non-American locales, like Macedonia, Russia, Nigeria and the Mother of All Scam Pits, India.
(You CAN track these calls as long as you keep the asshole on the line long enough and know how to read a data packet as it comes off a telephone switch and you have the proper equipment).
This is no shit: in the last two days I have not only heard from fake Amazon, and fake Microsoft (a perennial favorite), but also from my fake gas company, my fake electric company, my fake credit card company. In between, I'm pestered with calls concerning my expiring boat insurance (I have no boat and never had), people expressing concern over my outstanding Student Loans (I have none), various versions of the "Customer Service Center" regarding my car's warranty, my health and home insurance, Medicare, and my 20-year-old refrigerator.
The other dead giveaway is that they never ask for a specific person by name. They simply declare they are _____ from _______ , give you a bogus "badge" or employee ID number, and start asking for personal information. Information, one would think, a "Customer Service Center" would already have.
When they cannot reach me by landline to torture me with repeated attempts to steal from me they ring my cell, fill up my voicemail box, and then I get a bill for calls that were completed that I never asked for, never wanted, and which are often in a foreign language.
(An awful lot of them are in Chinese).
You can attempt to contact Amazon and tell them someone's trying to scam you; if you do manage to get a human being, they thank you profusely for alerting them to this problem....and then do nothing.
You can contact your utility carriers and alert them their phones are being used to scam people, they thank you profusely, and then nothing happens.
You can contact your phone company(ies) and let them know -- complete with a list of phone numbers -- that their equipment is being used for felonious purposes, they thank you profusely, and then do absolute squat.
Being on the No-Call list means nothing.
Blocking individual numbers on my phones is a time-consuming and ultimately pointless activity, because there are obviously a lot of unsecured PBX's in this country with assigned numbers and connections, but no actual phone attached, to take their places.
And when it isn't the scammers, it's goddamned politicians grandstanding on COVID, the stupid fucking poll takers, the repeated "will you take a customer satisfaction survey?" morons, and the fucktard who wants to sell me aluminum siding ("did you know it's tax-deductible?"), solar power ("did you know you qualify for a government subsidy, so it's free?"), window treatments, or seeking money for some fake charity you've never heard of.
Obviously, these people got their contact information somewhere: there's probably more security breaches taking place than we know about. Someone ought to check those out, if they're not too busy investigating who keeps making fun of AOC.
My usual response is to waste these motherfucker's time and yank their chains for a while before hanging up on them. It's good for a laugh.
Forty-two calls in two days, however, means this gets boring pretty quickly and loses its humor (no, I did not speak to 42 scammers, but it feels like it).
The businesses affected don't seem to care.
Law enforcement does not seem to care.
The government does not seem to care.
Millions of consumers and victims reporting this activity doesn't matter a fucking inch.
Maybe if we claimed the callers were all White Supremacists, someone might demand effective and immediate action. Any ideas on how I can get scam callers cancelled?
Drop me a line without the request for my Social Security Number.