You Have Voicemail!

No, Your Phone Didn’t Ring. So Why Voice Mail From a Telemarketer? NYTimes June 3, 2017

(Can’t get this to work as a hotlink right now ….)

So here is another example of how the machines have wormed their way into every aspect of our lives. We think we “pay for” smart phones in a monthly charge to AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, etc. But another cost is something like a voicemail showing up without the phone “ringing.” You are probably like me. When my phone rings, and I don’t know who’s calling, I never answer it. I think if it’s important enough, they’ll leave a voice message. That’s a way I maintain some freedom over my device. But this ploy, which happened to me yesterday in voicemail from Wells Fargo, defeats that freedom. Wells Fargo, remember, is the company that signed people up for accounts without them knowing it. So now they leave me voicemails without me knowing it. Unfortunately, my car loan is with this company. Are they going to buy me a new truck without me knowing it? Oh, yeah. We traded in your truck for a new one. It’s only like $100 more a month! This is possible because a lot of these seem to be related to selling cars and financing. About a month ago I got what appeared to be a very earnest email from a guy at Beaverton Toyota telling me how my low-mileage 2013 Toyota Tundra is in such high demand and how he can help me out and get me a brand new truck for hardly much more per month (because the loan will go from 48 months to 72) because, well, he care so much about me. This message went to everyone with a similar vehicle of course, with a different recipient and a different Earnest Car Salesman’s name in each one.

This is a small thing, but the small things add up.

I will use the complaint link in the NYTimes story.

© 2017 Joseph Galligan

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