You know how it goes, you just get into a writing rhythm when the phone rings and it’s another of those pesky scam calls.
Or in my case not one but three, so far.
The first has to do with the NBN, which is Australia’s laughable answer to world-class internet, and which is, in reality, a complete stuff up that cost us, the taxpayers, 50 billion dollars, and for nothing.
Most nights during the peak hours, you cannot continuously stream without breaks, pixelation, or just nothing at all. World-class? I’m afraid not. Perhaps I should relocate to Romania where I hear, the internet is much faster and more reliable.
Enough with the rant, the call this time around was the NBN scam, where they try logging into your computer and stealing everything, including banking information, credit card information, and the rest of your life, if it’s possible.
I have no life so they would be badly disappointed.
The second scam call is for solar panels. Yes, they are selling solar panels, but they are the junk no one else wants, years out of date, and then charge three times what they’re worth, even when you get the government rebate.
I’ve got solar panels already, so I don’t care. I just put the phone on the other side of the desk and let them prattle on. They get the message eventually.
The next is for raffle tickets. It generally relates to some form of charity, in which the caller goes through the charity’s functions chapter and verse and then tries to hit you up for ten tickets at a discounted price.
Sounds legit. Yes, I’ve heard of the charity. Yes, I know what it does.
It’s not the real charity calling, but some scammer trying to get your credit card details, along with that all-important 3 digit cvc number.
Not today Josephine, or whatever your name was.
I’ve got an app on my phone that tells me if the caller is a scammer, and this one had red lights flashing and a large red ‘fraud’ stamped across it.
An hour later, all thoughts are gone.
I suppose I better have some lunch and try again later.