The scammer who didn’t know where I was, but knew how to contact me.

I swear, these scammers and spambots and griefers are just flailing. Their goal is to try to get me to click on one of their scummy links, which in turn might infect my phone or my computer with malware or ransomware. Case in point. Last Wednesday – February 16 – I received a curious text…

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Allstate’s trying to gaslight me.

The term “gaslight” comes from a 1944 motion picture, in which Charles Boyer uses psychological tricks to drive Ingrid Bergman insane. One of the tricks he uses is to slowly turn down the illuminated gas lights in a house, while telling Bergman that the lights are still at the same brightness, essentially trying to circumvent…

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Spammer pretending to be Verizon, spamming me through Verizon. Wow.

I have cell phone coverage through Verizon. It’s a love-hate relationship with Verizon, sometimes they treat me like I’m just a bill-paying schlub, and there are other times when they barely acknowledge even that. But yesterday, they sent me a gift through my cell phone. Well, “Verizon” sent me a gift. Let me show you…

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The catfished fan and the sucker-punched wrestler.

The interactions between pro wrestling fans and pro wrestlers is equal parts close and distant. When wrestlers compete in an arena, fans are encouraged to cheer or boo, to bring signs and take photos. What they’re not encouraged to do, however, is jump the guardrails and try to attack a wrestler, or to interfere in…

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Hey, Scammers – I’ve got itches in my pants!

Ah, it never ceases to amaze me. The scammers will call any day or night, hoping to get me hooked into purchasing some extended vehicle warranty that’s worthless, or they’ll try to sucker me into a vacation to the sunny shores of Utica. One of the tactics these scammers will employ is to have a…

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Hey, Scammers – you’re trying too hard. And failing too easily.

It was less than a month ago when someone contacted me, claiming that I had poached some of their photos for my blog. Upon a little careful discovery, I found that this “person” was a scammer, who was trying to fool me into clicking on a link that would have installed horrible ransomware on my…

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Why is Express Scripts calling me for exciting offers?

Cold-call scammers are in my Top 5 of people that I can do without. They are the usual ilk of “Your car warranty has expired,” or “We have an exciting travel offer for you,” or “Hydroxychloroquine can be the new Viagra, let me tell you about the possibilities.” So when I started receiving cold calls…

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