Press 1 to step into my web.
The “missed call” was sort of familiar so I called back. A machine answered. It said “thank you for returning our call. To continue setting up your account, press 1.”
Setting up my account? What account? I hung up. This was brilliant. If I call them and press 1, I will have done the unthinkable. I will have called them to do business. What business? Probably the business of giving them my name and phone number, thus making them ineligible for the “do not call list.” And giving them the license to sell my data to any bidder.
My data aren’t worth much. But this was clever. Some day they’re going to really crack down on unsolicited callers. You know the type. Purveyors of such bologna as “there has been suspicious activity on your Amazon account.” Or “We’ve noticed that your new car warranty has expired and…” Or “This is the Fraternal Order of Police of NewRoses PA inviting you to contribute to…”
Those people. People with computers who chose an area code and exchange and then dial every possible four following digits in order until some dumb bug flies into their web.
Oh… and if the call was legit… this post presents a marvelous new opportunity for a tech savvy crook with a few bucks and the time to spend them on a dialing machine.
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