Nicole Grey (foenix) wrote,
Nicole Grey
foenix

Oh, Mama...Care

Hoo, today was...interesting.

Got a few calls that the caller ID said were from "Urgent Caller".  Yeah, right.

I ignored the first two.  If it's so urgent, they can leave a message on the answering machine.  Those calls came literally back to back.  They hung up, and immediately called again.  I didn't even get a chance to move away from the phone.

But the third time...  My mother grabbed the phone.

She'll normally ignore unknown callers, but the area code is nearby, and actually where we do a lot of hospital visits, so she made the wrong, but understandable, leap in logic.

There seems to be a newish scheme of people trying to scam old people by claiming to be from a diabetes supply company, to get their important information and steal their identities.

This would be one of them.

My mother came THIS close to giving these people her Medicare number, and who knows what else.  Fortunately, dad pulled her off the phone before it went any further.  Although he was just more concerned about having to deal with Medicare than any actual identity theft.  But any port in a storm that gets you out of the rain.  Or something.

If he hadn't intervened when he did, I would've leapt in at that point myself, but it was fortunately unnecessary.  But wow.  You always hear about how easy it is for these people to get what they want, but to actually SEE...well, hear, it happen.  Yeesh.

I think tomorrow we need to sit down and explain what not to do over the phone to my mother.  And pray to whatever gods I believe in SHE REMEMBERS.

J
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