June 14, 2008

No Chance in a Google Era

Filed under: 100 Days of Summer,Random Crap — Katrina @ 6:34 pm

So the other day, I got this strange call on my cell phone. Annoying recording. Voice came on saying something like “this message is to warn you that the warranty on your vehicle is about to expire” and went on to say to wait for a rep to come on and talk, blah blah. Hung up right away and didn’t give it another thought. Not sure how telemarketers got my number, but whatever. My car is several years away from warranty expiration.

The number is usually blocked, but this time it wasn’t. It was 818-870-8127.

First I went to SuperPages to reverse look it up. Didn’t tell me much, just that it was a landline in Canoga Park, CA, and the provider was some company called Digitcom, Inc.

Then I went to Google and searched that number. Got four hits. One was a website called Call Ferret that seemed to be about phone scams and gathering information on them. It didn’t have much on the page because they were saying they were having a DDoS attack. They figured it was scam companies attacking them for being against them.

The other links that popped up in the search weren’t working at the time, but when I tried them again later on, they were basically sites for people to report about scam calls they receive. Had fun reading through some of them, basically fake debt collectors trying to swindle idiots into giving personal information or signing up for unneeded services or whatever. Yeah, about what I figured.

Then I searched Digitcom. Whoa! Tons and tons of hits about more of these scams and what people have dealt with. I’m guessing I’m a lucky one. Calls have been very few and far between. Some people were getting them several times a day, regardless of whether they were even on Do Not Call list, and if they got as far as talking to these people and telling them not to call again, they were ignored or treated rudely or hung up on.

Which leads me to wonder. How can these scammers think they have any chance when people have this wonderful invention called the internet and a wonderful site such as a search engine? Look up the number once and they know you’re full of shit and to ignore you.

You also hear about the elderly typically being taken in by this sort of thing. Well, old people tend to not be on the internet as much as the rest of us, but they do still use it quite a bit, so it’s probably a fading issue with them. That’s just my guess, though.

But even without the internet, should still be obviously a fake. Why would old people be so taken in? Doesn’t everybody say you get wiser as you age? Yet they fall for this stuff.

I just remembered a line I love from the Drew Carey Show, when his parents are moving in with him because they lost all their money due to a scammer like this. He says “I couldn’t even get you to give me fifty cents for ice cream when I was little, but one stranger calls you and you give them fifty thousand dollars?!”

Seriously! 😆

But I digress. When this stuff is widely available online that these telemarketers are full of shit, people have no excuse to think otherwise, and the perpetrators themselves are just wasting time. You’re going to get found out, jackass! You’re going to get your asses in hot water with the law. Just a constant annoyance. If that. I ended the call and was done with it, got back to whatever I was already doing.

Though what happened to Alex almost three years ago was just funny.

This has been Day 22 of the 100 Days of Summer, Round 8.

3 Comments

  1. If you have a chance to speak to a telemarketer, use it.
    “Look, could you call back in five minutes? I just put the baby in the blender.”

    Comment by maxh — June 15, 2008 @ 2:22 pm

  2. LOL!!!

    Comment by Katrina — June 15, 2008 @ 9:01 pm

  3. “HI! You’ve reached our billing department, we’re going to need your name and account number to continue.”

    Comment by maxh — June 16, 2008 @ 2:20 pm

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