It takes a certain kind of special to cause me to deviate from my once weekly blog postings. And currently, it’s a special kind of annoyance.
The Missed Call Scam, popular back in 2008 & 2009, has apparently come back in vogue (with a vengeance), and they’ve zeroed in on my mobile number.
In case you’re unfamiliar, here’s how this works:
The scammers, generally overseas, set up premium rate numbers, and then use that number to call randomly selected phones around the globe. Usually your phone will only ring once, or on rare occasions, you’ll answer and they will immediately disconnect. Then, human nature kicks in. (Have we learned nothing from cats?)
In any event, if you call that number back, you’ll be hit with exorbitant charges on your phone/mobile bill. So don’t.
In my case, the calls are coming from multiple numbers with an are code of (268), which comes back to Antigua. They come in at all times of the day and night and blocking the number(s) hasn’t alleviated the problem since the calls then just come from another (268) number.
I’ve never been to Antigua. But that may change soon.