Sunday, 9 May 2021

World of Scam

We hardly use our landline phone these days and although I haven’t counted, it wouldn’t surprise me if we receive more scam calls than genuine ones. Calls supposedly about our Amazon account about to expire or from the National Crime Agency or obvious robot calls which never manage to begin the spiel in a realistically human manner. Cheap apps for scammers presumably. Surely none of it can be worth the effort as people wise up to it.

Texts and emails provide us with a rich source of scam messages too. A new payee set up on the bank account we don’t have, a mobile phone account about to expire, £2.99 demanded as excess postage for an unspecified item from an unspecified supplier.

Grandson receives email and text scam messages all the time. He’s only thirteen but already quite familiar with it all. Such as the new payee message for the bank account he’s not old enough to have. He just treats scams as part of daily life. It's an important lesson.

Yet the media would have us believe that the biggest internet problems are fake news, hate speech and online transphobia. Ironic really, because these are mostly scams too.


Sam Vega said...

There are "honest scammers" who try to fool us in order to get at our money. Then there are less honest ones who try to change our way of thinking in order to get money from their employers. Not only are they less enterprising, they would also leave us with our distorted ways of thinking.

A K Haart said...

Sam - it still surprises me how dishonest the second type can be, as if many never really confront themselves. Maybe that explains their reactions when confronted by others.