The “reach out and touch” idealism of Mr. Bell’s invention has achieved a frightening new standard … the scam call.

I don’t know about others, but I am averaging nearly a dozen such calls every single day. That’s about 12 minutes of my life every day that I can’t get back.

Today’s phone scammers are sophisticated, relying on the latest and greatest in technology to help them gain access to the personal information of their potential victim. Even a simple answer of “yes” to an inquiry of “hello, are you there” can be used to obtain information you believe is safe.

The new phone spoofing technology makes matters even worse. I spoke to a local law enforcement officer who told me his phone rang and he was surprised to see that he was apparently calling himself.

Today’s scams run the gamut from threatening IRS calls to bank fraud to health care or insurance and beyond.

My favorite annoyance from the past month or so has been repeated calls from Joe, Sam, Dave, and Jenson, all speaking heavily accented English, claiming they are calling from Frontier (my ISP) and offering to fix my service if I will just give them the information on my router.

No problem, dudes. Why don’t I just make you printouts of all the information stored on all of my devices?

Last week, I told Sam, “listen, I know you’re not from Frontier so why don’t you do us both a favor and stop calling.” Sam’s reply exceeds the ethical…

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