I consider myself a "Live and Let Live" kinda person. I'm the guy who will trap a roach in a cup and take him outside so he can go along his merry little way... at least 50 or 100 feet away from my building because I don't need that in my life. But there is one thing that makes my blood boil.


Now I don't have a landline and the National Do Not Call List is hit or miss with cell phones. Because of my line of work, I do need to take calls. I can't just ignore unknown numbers because that may be money coming for your guy here. And I won't send them to voicemail because there's something shady about screening calls to those on the other end. I do my best to not use my phone number to sign up for things (as you should too) but they still come...

The biggest offender? My cars' warranty.

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By the way, this is my glorious truck... Don't laugh, it's paid off. And it was paid off many many years ago. Looking at it, a warranty is the last thing I even want to consider for my pride and joy...

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Michael J. Rivera/Townsquare Media

If these guys want to warranty a 1998 Chevy Truck with 197,000 Miles on it... great... If it gets me a new paint job... you got a customer for life... how much you want?!

But 12 times a day today... really?!

There are plenty of apps that you can all recommend for me and that's fine and dandy... but I don't want to pay for something that I shouldn't even need in the first place nor do I want to waste my time setting another thing up on my phone because I got better things to do... like watch cat videos.

So how do you stop this nonsense? Supposedly Uncle Sam is on this:

And they offer a few handy tips:

  • Don't answer calls from unknown numbers. If you answer such a call, hang up immediately.
  • If you answer the phone and the caller - or a recording - asks you to hit a button to stop getting the calls, you should just hang up. Scammers often use this trick to identify potential targets.
  • If you get an inquiry from someone who says they represent a company or a government agency, hang up and call the phone number on your account statement, in the phone book, or on the company's or government agency's website to verify the authenticity of the request. You will usually get a written statement in the mail before you get a phone call from a legitimate source, particularly if the caller is asking for a payment. (By the way we've seen this scam here in Amarillo a time or two)

and plenty more on the FCC website.

What's the craziest call you got? let us know in the comments below.

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