Why The Landline Stays Unplugged

Written for:  One Woman's Quest II
VJ's Weekly Challenge - Scan/Con/Catfish

"Scams are everywhere. Sometimes, they are laughable, and sometimes they can do a lot of damage.

Join me this week in focusing on the con, the scam, or the catfish."

"Hello Mrs. (mispronounced). I
am calling from Medicare about
the back brace you ordered."
I tell him to keep it.

"You have just won
a free vacation to . . ."
Define free.

A No Soliciting sign
graces my front window.
Still, knocks and bell
ringing continue.
"We are Jehovah's
Witnesses, We are Jews
for Jesus.  Would you
like to receive . . . "
I point out the sign.
They explain that they're
not there to solicit.
I shut the door.

Publisher's Clearing
House sends "no cost 
to you" magazines
like Golf Digest,
Wall Street, and
Cowboys and Guns.
Not a one would we
choose to read.
Also, they are not

VJ’s Weekly Challenge:  scam/ con/ catfish

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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7 Responses to Why The Landline Stays Unplugged

  1. V.J. Knutson says:

    Ugh! We no longer have a landline for this reason. Now they call our cellphones. Good one.


  2. Zelda Rene says:

    Yep, I hear ya–Comcast called to say they wanted to Reward me for my Loyalty (24 years). They went on to describe the additional service they were offering for a great price….I managed to stop myself from explaining that a reward is generally No-Cost, as in FREE.


  3. -Eugenia says:

    We got rid of our landline several years ago. Our cellphone service catches most of the scammers but some still slip through.


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