It seems telephone scams will never stop.
Sault Ste. Marie Police Service reminded the public this week not to divulge personal information to anyone over the phone.
The warning came about because members of the public have been receiving phone calls from scammers posing as Canada Revenue Agency workers. The callers are telling them their bank accounts have been targeted for fraud. Potential victims are also being told Sault police will be following up with them.
The number appearing on people’s caller ID is the phone number for the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service, 705-949-6300, and the person on the other end of the line pretends to be an officer with the police service.
Actually this is not the only phone scam making the rounds at the moment. There also is one using Visa as the hook.
Most of the calls seem to come early in the morning, the caller telling those being targeted that their Visa accounts have been compromised, with unauthorized charges in the neighbourhood of $500 appearing on their statements.
Three of the people I coffee with got calls recently as did I, the phone being answered by my wife while we were still in bed.
“Why are you doing this?” I heard her ask. “You should be ashamed of yourself.”
She said he replied that he needed the money.
Anyway, we haven’t had a call since, an indication that they maybe realize there is nothing for them here.
We have also had many calls over the years about problems with our computers. Where my wife and I once hung up immediately when we knew we had such a call, we now play a little with the callers.
Now on many occasions the callers are the ones who end up being annoyed, some of them actually getting quite angry when they realize the fish is not on the other end of the phone.
When they first tell us about the problem, we might ask which computer is involved, since we have two desktops and a laptop. This doesn’t stop them as they will try to get us to open one, which the two desktops usually already are.
We will let them talk about Microsoft and Windows for a bit, then tell them we have a MacIntosh. That usually ends it with a snarl coming from the other end of the line.
But we think turnabout is fair play.
If they are going to wake us, if at all times they are trying to scam us, it is only fitting that we do things that annoy them as much as they do us.
And it must never be forgotten that they are only an annoyance to some of us; others who have fallen victim to their stories have been badly hurt financially.
Solid jail sentences should be meted out to the perpetrators of these crimes when they are caught.
LAST WEEK I WROTE about the trouble I had with the yellow-painted steps in some arenas, those in the John Rhodes Centre being among them.
Well, I had occasion to sit in JR1 when attending a women’s hockey tournament to watch a granddaughter play last weekend and found that the steps there were different. They were not all yellow, as they are in JR2 where I seem to usually end up sitting. Instead they are grey, with a narrow yellow strip at the front for definition, pretty well the same as they are in GFL Memorial Gardens.
I found I had no problem climbing the steps or coming down.
Mind you, I would prefer a railing but it is the yellow colour of the steps in the Peewee, Rankin and JR2 arenas that trouble me.
It is somewhat strange that they are yellow in JR2 as JR1 was the first one built.
A NEW TEAM really seems to give a new life to some players.
Ryan Roth had two goals and four assists in six games before being traded to the Sarni Sting by the Soo Greyhounds.
As of Friday night, he had five goals and five assists in six games with the Sting.
It will be interesting to see if that kind of production continues. If it does, one has to wonder why he couldn’t muster the same stats with the Hounds.