Worthless sons of bitches

Or possibly worthless bitches. The idea that I would care one way or another is risible.

The story begins at 6 pm, and not quite an hour later I had this to say:

As of now, the count is seventeen.

The following are the “obviously spoofed numbers”: 405-703-9427 and 405-814-2008. Both labeled “Out Of Area,” of course. I don’t really care what they were trying to sell. But of the ten Plagues of Egypt, I wish upon them two through eight, inclusive.

4 comments »

  1. fillyjonk »

    15 January 2019 · 7:14 am

    At least yours say “out of area.” In the past couple months, I’ve gotten calls claiming to be from

    – The US Postal Service (wasn’t home, didn’t pick up, no message left)
    – The Choctaw headquarters (I know a couple people who work there, picked up, it was the same old “YOU MAY ALREADY HAVE WON A RESORT VACATION” scam)
    – The local hospital, and I did pick up, fearing someone I knew was in the ER. Nope, same damned scam.

    This is something that simply should not be. I know it’s a small annoyance but it just violates the social contract in several very specific ways that are important to me.

  2. hollyh »

    15 January 2019 · 8:54 am

    Yes, FJ: there should be rules in place. Didn’t our esteemed legislators sell us out, a couple of years ago? According to Consumer Reports, a new bill is being considered (see link at bottom).
    But I’d feel better if they would start by making it illegal for political campaigns to use robo-calls. (Dream on?)

    I almost never answer the phone if it’s an unknown number. Recently, I applied for life insurance coverage, so I’ve had to make a few exceptions. So I answered a mystery call yesterday, and it was a recording about guess what? “Low cost life insurance….just listen to this recording and let our sales folks talk to you”……click.

    https://www.consumerreports.org/robocalls/markey-robocall-bill/

  3. Tom »

    16 January 2019 · 7:55 am

    Our salvation has been Google Voice. We ported our landline to GV, cancelled our landline account, and let the app screen our calls. We give the now-free landline phone number to those we don’t want to have our cellphone numbers. Voicemails are recorded & transcribed to text, then sent to us via email. And inbound calls? They’ve reduced to a trickle over a year.

  4. Joseph Hertzlinger »

    17 January 2019 · 12:06 am

    “We begin with the flensing knives. Once we have the skin nicely off…” from “The Reluctant Torturer” by Hayford Pierce

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