Thursday, September 29, 2011

Texting Scams

I have never claimed to be the sharpest pencil in the box when it comes to the techno department.  As a matter of fact, if it weren't for friends and family giving me a leg up every other day, this blog wouldn't even exist.  It's been a huge learning curve and the bad news is, there's no end in sight.  People like Mark Zuckerberg (of Facebook Fame) lay awake nights thinking up ways to confound the few computer skills I have so far mastered.  They keep changing the rules!

When everyone and his dog, all my kids and extended family, finally shamed me into getting my own cell phone to become accessible 24/7, I thought I was pretty hot stuff.  Two years down the road, here I am complaining to the Rogers Rep that my phone charges are escallating out of control.

Hello!  Those silly, little, unsolicited PREMIUM TEXT MESSAGES, telling me to eat healthy breakfasts, avoid potato chips and to snack on fruits have been charging me $5.00 a pop.  Over the past three months alone, I have been indebted a whopping $95.00!!!

The good news is, I have now mastered the vital skill of "stop all".  I have also learned that when you sweetly and firmly refuse to accept, "I'm sorry, I am not authorized to reverse those charges," and that if you patiently persist, the stranger representing the devious scam artists at the end of the line will eventually cave.  I got back 75 of my precious $95.00, or at least the disembodied voice over the phone line assured me a cheque for that amount will arrive in 10 to 14 business days.

Didn't the world used to be a simpler, kinder place back in the day?
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