At one of the friends places that I work I received a call from 206-201-2152. The robotic voice said that I was being sued by the IRS and that if I called them to make a payment then it could be avoided. Spammers are so dumb. Why would the IRS warn people they are being sued? Why would they have a robotic caller which would be perceived as a spammer? Why would the suggestion for a payment not be a tip-off for spammers?
More importantly how effective is spamming when searching the Internet for an answer is always a possibility. I did a search immediately and found others who received the same call and even suggestions on how to report it. It is amazing to me that people still fall for scammers. I wonder sometimes if scammers benefit more from laziness of not asking, or just appealing to fear. You can’t allow fear to call the shots in any part of your life.
What would be neat if phone companies offered a free call filtering service that would automatically reject robo-calling parties. Yes it is against the law, but they still seem to get through that. If the law doesn’t provide a deterrent, than third parties can step in. What is happening with many people in all ages is a rejection of the phone. Not as a way to contact someone in an emergency, but its been transformed into being a primarily data device for text messages and video chatting. Especially in business people prefer to send an email or chat rather than hear someones voice. I find it kind of interesting. I like talking to people, but I respect that some people don’t always want to be so interactive. It does make me wonder though how effective people can be with each other when they try to avoid each other as much as possible and hide behind technology.
Working with technology as a living you come to appreciate non technology approaches to life. Well I do at least. Many IT people avoid social interaction which seems counterproductive to being useful to a company and growing as a person. Yes there is a balance in life, but too often what I see is that people retreat from real interaction rather than embrace it.