Friday, June 18, 2021



My blogger Reading List is repeating post.   I have four post from Yellowdog Granny and they re all the same,   Three post from She Who Seeks - The titles are different but they are all the same post.    On every post I follow all new and old post are identical to .  

Any one else have that problem?

the Ol'Buzzard  

Thursday, June 17, 2021




Maybe it is because I am in my eighth decade; but I receive an average of five to six robo/unsolicited telephone calls a day.   Many of these calls come in on my caller-id with local Maine numbers and town names, but if I answer they are recordings or someone from Mumbai or Peggy from Russia – so now I don’t answer, and let them go to record.


Three times over the last year a man has identified himself as ‘a law enforcement officer’ and stated his ‘badge number’.   He says I am being investigated and unless I return his call immediately a warrant will be issued for my arrest. 


Another caller identifies himself as ‘with the IRS’.   He says that a problem has been found in my tax return and if I do not call back immediately $3,256 will be deducted from my checking account within the next three days.   I have had him three time so far this year.


My weekly caller is from India; he has a heavy Indian dialect but identifies himself as calling from Medicare.   He also identifies himself as calling from Microsoft, sometimes he says there is a problem with my credit card.    Often, he just says ‘hello, hello, is William there?


Back when I answered the phone, before caller-id, I would receive calls from a young man that would begin, ‘Grampa, I’m in trouble.’   He evidently stayed in trouble, because I received his calls about twice a year over three years.


And then there are the recordings.


These calls are annoying, and I think they are ridiculously funny; but I can’t help but wonder how many old people are actually taken in by these scams?


There are vulnerable older women whose husbands took care of the finances, and now alone are easy targets; and old men with onset of dementia…   Emptying people’s bank accounts is bad enough, but when it is aimed and the elderly, it is an additional sin. 



So now my answering machine states: Because I have received so many unsolicited telephone calls, I no longer answer my phone.  Leave your number and name and if you are a legitimate caller, I will return your call.

 the Ol’Buzzard