Jack Simpson

Jack Simpson

If you have a telephone, I bet you are familiar with calls from “unavailable” or “wireless caller” or some other unknown solicitor.

Some of our friends have experienced so many of these calls as to make them wish they did not have phones.

Experience tells us many of these calls are made by scammers seeking enough personal information to separate the innocents from their money. Engaging with these calls only leads to more calls and more harassment.

One company that seems to call many people is selling medical supplies. They do not take “NO” for an answer and continue calling even when asked to be removed from their calling list. Some of their calls are robocalls. It matters not if you are polite or rude in responding to these callers. They continue calling, and if you block their number, they only return on a new line, perhaps even under a new name!

Innocent people have reported the loss of thousands of dollars as a result of being scammed. Be skeptical of unknown callers. Best not to answer, and if you do, do not engage and release personal information to people you do not know.

The red flag should go up if a caller addresses you by your first name. Be careful not to answer “Yes” to an inquiry from these individuals. They may later use this response to justify sending you some product you did not order.

It is difficult to believe that some people have fallen for the story about their being named beneficiary in some unknown foreigner’s will. All they have to do to claim the money is send a fee to be used to process the will. Yeah! There are some who did fall off the turnip truck. They actually sent the money!

If you have a telephone, it will eventually ring. If the caller is unknown, do not answer. If you do answer, be careful of your response. Do not send money to claim prizes. Do not give out personal information to people you do not know.

Scammers are out there seeking victims. Do not be some unknown scammer’s victim. Their offers may sound too good to be true. Yes, and we already know — there are no free lunches!

Jack Simpson is a former educator, a veteran, an author and a law enforcement officer. His column appears each week in the

weekend edition of this newspaper.

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