Anyone else here had to deal with this BS?
My mom has always had a healthy skepticism, that has stood her in good stead over the years, fending off the email scams, the fake tech support calls out of the blue, the “grandchild scam” etc.
But last week some jerk calls her up saying he’s an ex-student of my late dad’s, who supposedly “changed his life” and turned him around in college. That in itself would not be suspicious: a one time call to the widow of a former prof to express appreciation.
But wait! Come to find out, he’s called two or more times since then, as we figured out yesterday. We (her kids) told her that was definitely hinky, to not talk to him again, to let the machine pick it up unless it was one of us or a longtime friend. He calls this evening (and my mom let the machine get it) and she plays some of the message back to me after: classic scammer BS about “exciting things to talk to you about” and hinting about some outfit (charity? investment?) and going on to name drop old celebrities like Rock Hudson and Ann-Margret like they were involved somehow, asking her to call back to a certain number.
I’ve reported the number he apparently called from to the appropriate FTC site, and tomorrow I’m going to see about getting the phone co. to block it. Also going to call that number back myself and tell them to fuck off.