Honie Briggs

Seriously!

Changing gears, sort of, today I was listening to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ You Don’t Have To Live Like A Refugee and pulling together some photos I thought my dad would enjoy. Even though I am a corporate refugee, I don’t live like one. I am surrounded by beauty and am fortunate to have time to pursue my passion. It may seem that I am too comfortable making observations from the sidelines. I may sound snarky and cynical sometimes. I really haven’t given readers who don’t know me personally any reason to believe that I know what I’m talking about. After all, anyone who can read can formulate opinions about business or politics. Plenty of people know much more than I do about these and other topics.

End of disclaimer.

My observations are honest assessments and, at least to me, humorous. People don’t need to see my résumé to know I’ve been around the block, so to speak. I really do try to follow the advice “judge not, lest ye be judged.” Most of the time I can laugh at absurd things happening in the world with a knowing that I too have believed in things that turned out to be too good to be true. I am familiar with the saying, fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. I understand the meaning well and would add the refrain, fool someone I care about and you’ve gone too far.

Now to me, scammers and spammers, for the most part, are just a damn nuisance. They try to reach me in every way possible. Caller ID is a great feature that I rely on to keep them from bothering me. WordPress bloggers are fortunate to have excellent protection that captures junk for us. Thanks WordPress for taking steps to do that!

I do wish email hackers and data miners could find a better line of work. I guess being a low-life scum-sucker pays well because every time I turn around, there seems to be more and more of them. Today one of the lying scam bastards cold callers, claiming to be a representative of Microsoft, called my dad claiming to be checking into a computer problem my dad had reported. You know when you have an issue and a dialog box pops up that says, “send report”? Well, my dad had done that several months ago and thought maybe Microsoft was finally getting around to catching up on their work and took the caller at his word.

The waste of human flesh directed my dad to a website that allowed this scam scum to take remote control of the computer. He spent some time trying to demonstrate where the ‘problems’ were and in the process tried to convince my dad to pay a fee for a service that would fix the computer. Of course, my dad didn’t buy anything, but who knows what information was extracted by the malicious terrorist.

I know it doesn’t hurt these creeps to call them names, but they are malicious terrorists and should be run over with a cement truck punished. This is a worldwide scam, by the way.

If there is ever an IPO for a company that invents a super-sonic laser-pingback that fires a shit storm at them, that’s where I’ll invest my money. Aren’t these classic vehicles awesome?

8 thoughts on “Who Do They Think They’re Fooling?

  1. Waiting for this company, too: “a super-sonic laser-pingback that fires a shit storm”. So irritating.
    But the cars are terrific – thanks for finding them!

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      HA! yeah, irritating. I’m keeping an eye out for emerging markets of that kind of fire power.
      I’m always on the look out for vintage anything that someone has taken care to preserve. Thanks!

  2. Hala J. says:

    A good punishment for spammers is to give them a taste of their own medicine. Let them not go to a damn place without being bombarded with so much crap they would wish for a solitary confinement cell just to calm their over-stimulated brains down. I’m glad your dad didn’t buy anything from that loser. It’s a good thing we can always learn from our mistakes and avoid morons like that next time.

  3. swlothian says:

    I chuckled out loud again at another great post.
    If only we could scam the scammers.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      : ) It’s nice to know someone else is laughing. We have a saying around our house, ‘if you’re the only one laughing, it’s not funny.’ That really never stops me from laughing at my own jokes; sometimes that’s the only thing that keeps me sane! Thanks so much for your comments! BTW I read the same phone scam was moving around Australia a couple of years ago. I guess that particular scam scum took a slow boat to the states. =: 0

      1. swlothian says:

        It still happens here in Oz. My m-in-law gets the calls quite often. Worse thing is, she doesn’t even have a computer – mix the call with her dementia and it totally confuses her. We are always concerned about these types of things as they can take advantage of those who are vulnerable.

        1. Honie Briggs says:

          Exactly. My dad calls and says, “tech support” and I say, “please hold while I transfer your call.” Then I sing some elevator music into the phone before passing it to my husband. That’s what passes for fun around here. It’s usually minor stuff. I really cannot stand for anyone to take advantage of my dad.

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