I was sitting in my bedroom/office on Thursday was the phone rang. Who was calling, I wondered.
“UNKNOWN CALLER,” said the caller ID on the phone. This sounded like a challenge – I picked up.
Once again, it was a phone call wanting to reduce my credit card interest to some ridiculous rate. You may have noticed during the annals of this blog that I have been getting these calls for years, and every call seems to be its own battle. Not finding a strategy that is successful – I change gears, never throwing the same “front” out there twice. Sometimes I pick up, sometimes I don’t, sometimes I get insulted, and sometimes someone accuses me of being somebody named Terry Makichute.
(Unfortunately, Terry isn’t a person but a rather foul and NSFW insult.)
With no other option available but to press “1” and speak to somebody live, I do so. If I hang up, the process just starts all over – so that’s not an option that would solve the problem. The caller asks if I was interested in the “credit offer” (which I hear is bad news – they want the digits to your credit or debit card to pick you clean), and I firmly decline.
“I’m not interested today, I’m not interested tomorrow – I’m not interested forever,” I explain to him.
The caller, notwithstanding the fact that they called me, tells me to do something that rhymes with truck off. (They hate it when you call them, by the way – they often complain that it wastes their time as if they don’t waste ours collectively.)
I’ve noticed an increase on YouTube of videos and users that solely focus on “scam-baiting” these calls to increase recognition that they are indeed scams. Some of these artisans have live streams, and I was in a chat room of one on Friday night. I groused a bit too much about how most of these scams seem to emanate from India, therefore I must have sounded like some sort of xenophobe.
One of the moderators set me straight.
“Not every scammer is from India,” the user told me, “And not every Indian is a scammer.”
Needless to say, the thought gave me a new perspective. Checking back at the history of this blog alone going back to 2011 shows me these scams began over here in the United States. Most of us being wise to these frauds, it’d make natural sense that these companies gravitated to Asia – where workers would be happier with fewer wages than the average telemarketer makes here. In other words, they went where they could to make more money by paying less.
Maybe it’s karma for being a telemarketer myself – though I’ve always tried to be one with a conscience. Call me demented, but you should periodically try to find a dignity in life – even if it has to be devised.