A few weeks ago I was the first person in the office, and for a brief period of time, the only person in the office. So, of course, the phone started ringing, and wouldn’t quit ringing.

The first phone call coming into the newsroom that I picked up was from a telemarketer — and more than likely a scammer.

You can always tell when one of these scammers are calling, as there is normally a delay on the other end of the telephone before they actually say anything. Thus, I had to say “Bluefield Daily Telegraph” not once, but twice.

At which point, the suspect scammer then began reading from a script informing me that he was calling on behalf of a major tech company. I’m pretty sure it was a scam. I didn’t engage him in a conversation, and the call was quickly transferred to the editor’s line.

The bigger question here, of course, is why are scammers calling a newspaper?

That doesn’t seem like the smartest move to make, now does it?

If nothing else, the scammer in question prompted me to write this column. And, with hope, this column might help to alert a few more people to the actions of these unscrupulous individuals.

They are calling us, you and just about everyone else out there with a cell phone or landline on a regular, if not weekly, basis.

I can’t tell you how many scam phone calls I get on my…

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