By Mike Austreng
It’s pretty sad – most of us have learned not to trust anyone, not to believe any offers – and we’re all bombarded with offers on the telephone, through emails, and social media.
Lately, there have been a lot of calls to my cell phone asking me to verify an order apparently placed on my Amazon account. Right away I knew it was a scam attempt...why? Because I don’t have an Amazon account set up. Apparently, I placed an order for an Imac Pro laptop computer. The total was nearly $1,500, but I had to connect with a “representative” to verify the order. Most often I just hang up, but one day I decided to press 2 to be connected to a representative. I gave a fake name, fake address, and fake zip code – the representative still asked me for credit card information. I played along for a while. He was amazingly patient. You see, I couldn’t find my credit card, no matter where I looked. After a few minutes I told the representative I was on to him, I knew he was trying to scam me. He proceeded to tell me he was coming to my house to “beat me silly”. My response was for him to go ahead with his plan. I have a couple guns. They are loaded. He told me I couldn’t shoot him. I told him if he entered my home I wouldn’t hesitate. His response was that he would stop the bullet with his chopsticks. If the gun was a shotgun he’d stop the BBs with his chopsticks. I couldn’t help but laugh at him and tell him I was happy to waste several minutes of his time so he had less chance to scam someone else. Then I suggested he get a real job and hung up.
There are calls from hotels, there are calls from people selling great deals on vacations. There was even a call from our internet carrier telling me my account qualified for 50% off if I called them back. I didn’t call them back.
Yes, it’s pretty sad that many of us have reached a point where we don’t trust anybody anymore – who knows what legitimate deals will be passed up because there’s very little trust left in our world.
After nearly six months off – recuperating from knee surgery – I finally got out on the golf courses a week ago. Starting with just nine holes a week for a few weeks, then doubling and tripling the amount of play. It seems like a long time and my golf swing isn’t what it was before the accident because the knee still hurts some – but that’s temporary and things should get back to normal over time.
Thankfully the high temperatures still hover around the upper 70’s so getting outside won’t be a problem.
Hey guys there’s around 19 shopping days left until Christmas – might be time to start asking those you buy presents for what they might want.