Can robo calls kill? Consider the ill or elderly, often the same, and the effects of unwanted intrusions in their lives. Consider the senior citizen who receives a call from the “IRS,” claiming that his or her Social Security “account” has been suspended due to “irregular activity.” What would be the effect of this news on a heart patient living day to day on meager retirement funds?
This common scam has caused fear and consternation among countless thousands, and it is only one of many. Even ordinary sales pitches can be irritating, especially when some bloody stranger seems to know your personal information: “Based on your mortgage balance of $375,000, we are prepared to give you a low-interest refinance loan.” How did these SOBs get that information? And why is it any of their business?