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Is That All It Takes To Make Them Go Away?!

, , , , | Legal | July 24, 2022

I have recently moved back to Michigan to be with my family, and for some reason, since moving back to that state, my scam calls on my cell phone have risen drastically. The ones that really annoy me are the ones about my supposed car warranty. Due to health issues and PTSD from being hit by a car three and a half years ago on top of that, I’ve never even had a driver’s license, though I have owned cars and sold them. (Long story, as a teenager I paid for a car at a used auction to be my first car before I learned I couldn’t drive, and I also have bought a car through the same dealer and the same auction company until my mother could pay me back.)

So, here I am, with my grandmother and my mother, enjoying a day of gardening. I’ll admit, I’m a little tired and in no mood for games, because I’m the one doing most of the digging and heavy lifting despite having a bad leg from being hit by the car. My phone goes off, and it’s a local number. As I’m looking for a part-time job to supplement my freelance income, hey, this is a good thing!

Well, no, it’s a scammer using the whole “expired/expiring warranty” spiel. I almost hang up… before deciding to have some fun. When I choose the option to speak to an agent, a man with a very thick accent picks up in a matter of moments, and he sounds giddy as he asks what the make and model of my current car is.

Now, even though I can’t drive a car and some instances in a car can trigger a horrible mental breakdown, I actually love looking at cars. My uncle is a mechanic who taught me how to diagnose and fix a lot under the hood before we found out I couldn’t drive, too, so I wouldn’t be that girl on the side of the road with no idea what to do. I could give any nice brand and model, but instead, I decide that if you play stupid games, you should get stupid prizes.

My response? “My non-existent car is a… Pontiac Hyundai, I think?”


I haven’t gotten one of those calls in two weeks, despite having gotten one at least three times a week the last few months.

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