Learning Curve

Mom called me last night and said she was almost afraid to answer the phone. She said a man called her earlier in the evening, irate, and demanded to know who he was speaking to. She gave her sirname, then he said that a man from her number (home, landline) had been calling his cell phone over and over and he was sick of it. He insisted this was the number. I said, "Mom, you didn't say there was no man there, did you?"… she responded, "No, but I told him there had been no man here this week."  Doh.

He proceeded to tell her if anyone called her from that number again he would be calling back.

Well, I did what any good daughter would do. I called the police. I mean, the obit was in the paper. The phone number is in the book (along with her address, of course). They are going to make extra trips through her neighborhood and she's to call them back immediately if he calls again. No, she doesn't have caller ID (like Hubs said, it would probably be blocked anyway). I did suggest to her that if he was legitimate he would be willing to give her his number and to ask him for it politely. Tell him you are going to check with the phone company to see if there is a wiring problem or something, but to never, ever, ever, let a stranger know you are there alone.

She's an easy target. She's elderly, rather weak, and she goes out with her dog at all hours of the night and day. Anyone watching her would find her easy prey, I'm afraid.

I swear… you just get your kids grown and think you've got them to where they can take care of themselves, then you get to start all over again… with your parents.

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8 thoughts on “Learning Curve”

  1. After the second call,I’ve have been all over that caller. Then again, I HATE phones.

    Good luck to your mom.

    Hey, how about you? How are YOU doing?

  2. We were finding this more and more with The Man’s dad when he was living on his own. He was prey to so many telemarketers and schemes… luckily nothing like this. ‘

    It’s so hard to watch them deteriorate.

  3. That’s scary! With all the stories that I see on the news about how old people are taken advantage of financially, I wondered if it happened b/c they “lost” the red flags that would’ve alerted them in their younger days of a scam or if they were just that way in the first place.

    I hope everything’s okay with her.

  4. My dad died over 40 years a go…and my Mom still to this day when “Mr.” is asked for on the phone, replies “he can’t come to the phone.” I don’t think anyone but family knows the man ever died…;)

  5. Oh, my goodness, Sue..if it’s not one thing to worry about, it’s another!

    That is a dangerous situation, taking the dog out, alone, at night, no matter how young or old.

    I hope she never gets scammed over the phone the way one of my elderly aunts was. We found out,after she died, that she had lost at least 32,000 dollars, but then it was too late to do anything about it.

    I guess there’s no good advise to offer, but I hope things go well for her, and you.

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