I just got off what seems like the 100th “last and final call” to extend the warranty on my car. Of course, I haven't owned this car for many years.

The call came from a local number, one that the caller has hijacked. And then there are the calls from Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, the IRS, the Social Security Administration, etc.

It is now almost 52 years since the U.S. landed a man on the moon. It is 14 years since the first Apple iPhone was released for sale. It is now just months since the world's great scientists produced a vaccine to help defeat Covid-19. In spite of all these and other amazing accomplishments, our phone companies can't figure out how to combat all these phony calls that we get from hijacked phone numbers.

Nobody can convince me that if the phone companies wanted to get these thieves of people’s private telephone numbers that they could not figure out how to find these criminals, solve the problem and, if appropriate, bring these people to justice.

Robert Apter


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