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no_spamGullible is the right word to describe me. Yesterday at this time of day I was in a battle with a telemarketer on my cellphone.  I am having a hard time forgiving myself for raising my voice to this fellow and anger at myself for answering the call.  I want to think of myself as compassionate and kind 24/7.

The day started with a phone call from an unknown source and with the right area code and city name for where one of my daughter’s resides.  My first thought was that maybe it was a medical center or police and there had been an accident.  I answered the phone.  It was a recording about credit card services.  I hung up and became angry at myself for thinking the worst and being gullible to a marketing call.  I will say that both my business and my personal phone numbers are on the DO NOT CALL LIST and I changed phone companies last autumn because my carrier would not honor my request. I still get about a dozen calls per week from marketers.  I have blocked several calls that I recognize and just do not answer many of the unknowns.

Then came gullible yesterday.   I was in the middle of listening to WAIT WAIT… DON’T TELL ME! on NPR.  I love to laugh and I can knit socks during this show each week and exercise my hands.  I was listening on my cellphone.

I was busy with 4 needles at the most complicated section, and the phone rang and cut out the program.   I reached over suspending yarn in my free fingers and complicating the yarn to answer the phone?  It was a strange number and I am not sure why?

The heavy accented male voice on the line told me that I was being offered a rescue service which was tracking my computer which was full of viruses and infections.  The Mother Board was a mess.   I responded, by saying that my computer is fine and I am on the “do not call list” so remove me from their list and do not call again.  I then hung up.

The phone rang again, and I answered to put this number on the blocked list.  On the other end was the same fellow now yelling at me because I hung up on him; he is saying he is trying to save my computer.   I was neither kind nor compassionate; I yelled right back at him, “YOU SIR Are a SCAMMER!   DO Not CALL ME EVER AGAIN!

The phone rang in from that number 6 more times.   I have now missed 11 minutes of my program and I am so angry.   I am angry for the folks who do not know this is a scam and that it puts a tracking system which can steal credit card numbers from you.  I am so angry that this man is yelling at me and telling me he is a Good Guy trying to help me.

I calm myself down, rip out a row of knitting because I cannot remember where I am and start over.  I also realize that I can download the program onto the phone and still hear the show.   I have something I can do to remedy.   I feel better.  I am frustrated that I cannot tell the world and save others from this scam and potential travesty.

Deep breath in and deep breath out.

Later in the day another gullible experience occurs, though this time I laugh at myself for being foolish.  We go to the grocery store where they are playing a game with lots of prizes.  I have a game board and pieces to attach come at the cash register.  I am hoping to win one of the 4 cars, because my Librarian Girl needs a car, or the mortgage payoff to allow my partner to retire before age 72.   I have been so hopeful and dutiful at playing the pieces.

The shopper ahead of me purchased $69 (US) worth of groceries.  I notice he has no fruit or veggies going into the bags and he has not brought his own bags.  He received 32 stickers for his game board. I think I am going to get lots and lots of stickers because I am having my book group for dinner and I have purchase enough food for a dinner for 12, many items I normally would not purchase.  Yep!  I have spent $150 (US) and they are all food items – only the 2 bottles of wine are taxed.   I receive 1 sticker game piece.

It is at this very moment, I realize one must purchase the specific products which are part of the game.  Organic veggies, fruit, and the other items I normally purchase from this store are not playing the game.   My optimism just slides down to my shoes and I felt foolish and gullible.

Then I laughed and laughed and laughed at myself!  Forgiveness achieved.

Have you ever had a telemarketer or scammer make you feel gullible?  Does your hope sometimes blind your perspective?  Are you willing to play the game?
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9 Responses to “Gullible”

  1. Patricia Says:

    If you get a chance wander over to Sam’s Wonders in the Dark for his reviews of Marigold Hotel with Judi Dench…Great post

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  2. vered | Blogger for Hire Says:

    Don’t be so hard on yourself! The world os full of idiots. Once in a while we are bound to come across one of them.

    Patricia Reply:

    That’s why I just had to start laughing at myself…I was too serious
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  3. susan blake Says:

    Hi Patricia,
    I put my land line and my cell phone on no-call lists – repeatedly – and still get junk calls. I just do not answer any number I don’t know. If it’s a new client, they’ll leave a message, if it’s important, they’ll leave a message. I think so much of the connectiveness of our lives today brings this unwelcomed stress.

    I never knew you could listen to a radio show on a cell phone. Why not just use a radio? Guess I’m so non-techie – me with my flip phone I barely ever use – that it sounded odd to me.

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    Patricia Reply:

    I am on the no-call list but still at least one a day comes in and I try not to answer them and hope they will leave a message, but then I was feeling gullible this particular day.

    We live in an area surrounded by mountains and water…no reception here without cable or satellite dish. I do not have $100 for those fees and just pay the $60 for the internet cable. I listen to the radio and TV on line along with movies.

    My special needs child needed a smart phone to get through college so she, IT Girl and I share a iphone plan and Yes the phone has an MP3 player on it and I can download Wait Wait! and listen to it another time.

    when my iphone is plugged in at home – I get fabulous radio reception from an app. and I can make comments on facebook and play games with my children. trying to keep connected. I do about 1/2 of what my children are capable of doing on their phones. I have an older phone my family has upgrades. I love the navigation system and have nearly ceased getting us lost on our trips and I can figure out where my husband is on his bike tours. I do not have a land line phone any more
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    suzen Reply:

    Wow. Well Iknow my kids have these smart phone things and do all kinds of stuff with them. I get teased a lot for not being “with it” as far as technology is concerned. I’m ok with that………I guess. :)
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    Patricia Reply:

    I find the computer stuff hard to do, and I do not know a lot about the phone either, but I am so happy to have the radio and pod casts without paying another cable bill/satellite bill so I just have the kids show me something each time we are together. One of my kids hardly uses her computer any more does everything including paying bills on her phone

    I do not like the feeling of being left behind
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  4. Davina Haisell Says:

    Vered is right, Patricia.

    Don’t be too hard on yourself. On the bright side, you were onto that guy. You knew he was a scammer!

    I’m glad you were able to find the laughter :) I’ve been there, having to deal with telemarketers. Just the interruption is enough to annoy me, besides them not taking “no” for an answer.

    Interestingly enough, sometimes even folk who call, who’ve dialled the wrong number, can be rude. But I’ve been pleasantly surprised over recent weeks. I’ve had a few “wrong numbers” call and they’ve been the most polite calls! “Oh, I’m so sorry to have troubled you,” they’ve said, quite apologetically. There are some good folk out there :)

    Patricia Reply:

    It was just such a whole day of spam in my face!
    I just could do nothing else but laugh to relieve the tension and move on.

    Yes there are some lovely people on the other end of the line
    and truly trying to help each other make the world a better place!

    I’ll tell you, writing on all these blogs to promote Wise Ears is not working like it did for PW….Whew who knew blogging was this much work and so time consuming and it just gets more and more
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