When the FBI Calls, Hang Up?

In just one month, Linda Blase received 74 phone calls — 57 of them from illegal telemarketers or robocallers. “It’s rampant,” the Dallas small-business owner told the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging this week. “These callers are an unwanted intrusion into my home.” It’s been nearly a dozen years since the federal government launched the Do Not Call Registry, allowing consumers to request that telemarketers not call them. But advances in technology since then make it easy for disreputable …

Would Your Bank Help Scammers Rip You Off?

Do you think your bank has your best interests at heart? A new report may have you thinking twice about that. Two banks, Zions Bank of Salt Lake City and First Bank of Delaware, were not only accused of allowing dubious merchants to illegally debit their customers’ accounts with unauthorized charges, according to the New York Times, but they actually profited handsomely from the transactions. Consequently, tens of thousands of bank customers, many of them elderly, lost more than $100 …

Robocalls: A Major Annoyance Gets Worse

I wish someone would research the detrimental health effects of constantly receiving those annoying robocalls. Maybe then those miserable irritants could be banned as a health hazard and we could finally escape their escalating, uncontrollable presence. Not likely, I know, and despite all the national “Do Not Call Registry” efforts, the number of these unwanted calls is increasing, according to a recent story in the New York Times. Writer Alina Tugend had written an earlier column about whether she should …