March 10, 2017 by phicks2012
Get ready for it! As you get older you will suddenly find yourself getting added to a lot of fairly insulting nuisance email and mailing lists. I’m not entirely sure how they get your contact information, but suddenly you will start getting offers for medic-alert medallions, walk-in bathtubs, back & knee braces, scooters, Viagra & testosterone boosters (whether or not you’re male), nursing home ads, funeral homes, cemeteries, and incontinence supplies. 😉
They’ll offer you all sorts of things you don’t need or want — along with maybe a very FEW you might find useful. As well as more frequent “Nigerian Scams”, they’ll send you endless numbers of emails and brochures promoting medications that very probably don’t work (or aren’t what they perport to be), seniors cruises with boring themes, funeral plots and insurance plans to see you safely buried, and “miracle” wrinkle creams.
They have no shame, but I have a LARGE trash can and a very functional spam folder and delete key, and I very gleefully report scammers to the proper authorities DAILY. That (almost) evens the score. 😉
I’m sure this isn’t a new phenomenon. Years ago my grandmother used to get mail of the regular kind from Oral Roberts telling her flat out that she had very little time left to make her peace with God by (naturally) giving money to Oral Roberts, and telling her that if she couldn’t afford to do so they could tell her where to BORROW it. The first time I saw one of those flagrant attempts at spiritual extortion I just about hit the ceiling, and certainly I lost ALL respect for Oral Roberts as a human being! Yeah, nothing more Christian than using scare tactics on the elderly to get them to donate money they don’t have, and I’m sure there are still televangelists out there (in all liklihood Old Oral as well, if it worked for him in the past) doing the same thing today. Think they can buy their own way out of Hell with the cash they squeeze out of elderly listeners on fixed incomes? God, I hope not!
So here’s a thought. I think I’m going to compose some really irritating ads to send back to the folks who innundate me with this crap. Maybe I’ll offer them medications to cure stupidity, or “miracle” creams containing “ethics”, or pads to help with advertising incontenance. What do you think?
It’s sort of the email version of answering scammer phone calls with “Newton County Fraud Unit”. 😉