Dec 182015

As much as I’m sure she would’ve preferred to be weaving, Terry spent a lot of time this last week getting my new book, Black Friday, proofed. Yesterday I finished the last of the corrections and revisions she suggested, then sent it off to my cousin Beverly down in Tucson so she could give it a second proofreading. I think it will be out sometime this coming week.

I also got the new digital issue of the Gypsy Journal uploaded, and sent a link to our digital subscribers. Hopefully the print issue will get shipped to us sometime in the next week or so.

While I was doing all of that, some scammer with a foreign accent called to tell me that he is holding both of my sons at gunpoint for a debt they owe, and if I don’t wire him $1,000 they would be shot. Since I only have one son, I was understandably distressed to learn I even had a second one. The caller was also distressed when I told him to go ahead and shoot them, I didn’t want them back.

I’ll give my son Travis credit. When I called to tell him that I was going to miss him, he was very gracious about it. I think he was comforted when I assured him that his wife Geli is a beautiful, intelligent young woman and that I was sure she’d be able to find love again.

These kind of scams go on all the time. In fact, when I posted about this on Facebook yesterday I heard from several people who had received telephone calls like that, or that a family member was in jail in a foreign country and needed either a credit card number or money wired to them to get out.

Another popular scam going around is someone calling and saying they are from the IRS, and if you do not give them your credit card information immediately, police will come and lock you up for back taxes. And none of these people seem to be able to have a decent grasp of the English language. Don’t fall for it if you get a call like this, just hang up. Or, tell them to go ahead and shoot whomever they are holding hostage. What the heck, the world’s crowded enough as it is.

Have you entered this week’s Free Drawing. yet? This week’s prize is an audiobook of Gun Shy, the fifth book in my friend Ben Rehder’s excellent Blanco County, Texas mystery series. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.

Gun Shy

Speaking of books, my friend Meghan Doidge just released her 10th book yesterday, I See You. It’s the second book in her sci-fi fantasy series Oracle. Check it out.

Thought For The Day – I got kicked out of the hospital. Apparently the sign “Stroke Patients” means something entirely different than I assumed.

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  7 Responses to “Scammers And Proofreaders”

  1. I won 2.5 million bucks yesterday. I only had to send him 2500 and the rest was ours. It’s funny, his first sentence or two when he said his name was John Day was quite clear English but after that he really slipped into his foreign tinged English. I strung him on for quite awhile before hanging up.

  2. I got a call from one yesterday said something about it being my computer, I kept saying what was a computer! he got confused, finally hung up on me. They should learn to not call old people that have lots of time on our hands and get bored real easy!!

  3. But Nick, what should we do if we get a call and they tell us they are holding the famous Nick Russell and they have a gun pointed at your head and will shoot if we don’t cover your debt? I’m confused. Do we have your permission to tell them to pull the trigger? (LOL).

  4. That’s my favorite game of the week. I’ve received calls about going to jail for my unpaid taxes, about how they can PAY my unpaid taxes for a small four figure fee and about all the millions I have won, not to mention the inheritance from my relatives. I get pretty inventive with my stories before they hang up in frustration. Just doing my part to spread the JOY!!

  5. I got the IRS scam call telling me I owed back taxes and would be going to jail. my reaction was immediate telling them it was a scam the call was being recorded and my husband was on our other phone with the Attorney General reporting it. My ear rang as she slammed down the phone. Tried to call the number back they left on the phone but were told the phone had been disconnected. Be aware there are a lot of bad folks looking to take your hard earned money. Nick Loved your response.

  6. I got that exact same call except he said it was my daughter being held hostage. And we were at her house sitting on her couch talking to her when the call came in! Stupid jerks. But people fall for it or they would not be doing it.

  7. My 87year old aunt got scammed not once but twice by these callers. The first time was last year when they called to say her husband owed over $50K in back taxes. She told them he had been dead 10years but they said she was responsible. She gave them $5K to settle it. Next was this summer and it cost her another $500

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