From the Wall Street Journal:
Authorities are fighting a scourge of phone crime enabled by cheap technology that blasts out nefarious calls and hides wrongdoers’ whereabouts. The scammers are heavily targeting the elderly, sparking a push in Congress to fight back.
Callers often pose as cash-strapped grandchildren, tax collectors or providers of technical support.
My grandchildren would never call to ask for cash by phone;
instead they know I might call them for an ad hoc loan.
The IRS and I have gone a few rounds in the past;
I call them quite often, so they feel a bit harassed.
As for tech support, I would not talk to such a squirt;
anyone with jargon I will treat like poisoned dirt.
I’m too wise and foxy to be fooled by simple talk.
(Though Amazon oft tricks me with an offering of schlock)