Friday, December 23, 2011

Step Away from This Number

My phone’s been blowing up – with incoming calls from overseas tech-scam artists who are trying to remotely gain access to my computer and get my credit card number; and from the same person who’s been wrong-number-dialing me for at least a year.

It’s been a big week for the struggle. It looks like I’ve finally scared the tech thugs away. And after this text-message exchange (that didn’t last nearly as long as I would have liked it to), I doubt I’ll be hearing from the Maryland-based wrong number ever again:

Maryland: Aye bro how much u want for that spider ski pants

Me: $480

Maryland: U said u want 480 for tha pants only dam bro u should let me hold these down for that winter and I got 100 for u

Me: U gotta point. How much total $$ u thinkin?

Maryland: 100 nigga

Me: For pants like this? How bout a cool $160? Sale of the century

[At this point, I feverishly changed my voicemail greeting so, if he called to discuss the transaction/bargain he was getting, he wouldn’t hear my name or voice.]

Maryland: OK

Me: When u need em by?

I never got my answer.


  1. Oh, Kadzi, all this sounds kinda scary. I sure hope you never hear from this guy (or the tech scam people) again. It makes all the spam I get trying to sell me theater tickets and cosmetics seem very innocuous.

  2. Nothing much to say, but snorting with laughter because this is so you. Hope there will be another chapter in this story.

  3. Happy New Year to you!!! Been just gave me the first good laugh of the year. That's why I love my Betty Flinstone's simple phone. Good to say hello and goodbye. Cannot handle too much technology at the same time. And this year I am trimming down complications, so maybe the echo will suffice. Keep making me laugh. It is good for the soul.

  4. My cell phone number long ago belonged to someone who owed lots of people lots of money. People who called a lot and didn't want to hear that I didn't know who they were talking about. To this day, if I don't know the phone number, I don't answer my phone.