Opinion: These scammers need to go … now!
There always are scams in our midst, engineered by (a) greedy people with far too much time on their hands that believe they are more sophisticated than they actually might be, (b) outright criminals or (c) both of the aforementioned. Too often they succeed, frequently with older, unsuspecting adults. They love calling landlines, but now they’re branching out to cell lines. And so it has gone the last month or so with one such attempted swindle that failed miserably – if you discount the fact that it elicited fear, anger and utter outrage from some targets we know. It went like this, and we assume it’s still going like this: Someone calls and says there was a warrant for one’s arrest and that a lawsuit was being prepared by the Internal Revenue Service (we have to believe for “unpaid taxes.” The IRS itself would contact you and, we assume, would be far more professional.). This is tantamount to proffering the Brooklyn Bridge or “land” in south-central Florida for sale. In some cases, it’s an automated dialing system instructing the theoretical defendant to call back. Someone we know did that; she called back and played along. She told the cretin on the other end of the line that she would meet the caller at his office to rectify the situation, whereupon the guy disconnected. The fact is, folks, there was no office. These creeps are tech savvy, to be sure, but they need to find another line of work … if you can call it that.