This is a thank-you to my blogging family friends, followers and readers for all the support and patient loyalty, that I and my work have been granted along with an update as to why I’ve been absent for a couple of months from the blogging world. I’ll be back to blogging on a regular basis by July 2020.
It has been killing me that I’ve not been able to blog anything until very recently. I’ve been watching major news events of the century while having my voice muffled.
You know that saying, “when it rains, it pours.” Well I’m drenched. I’m only certain of one thing, and it’s that I’m not alone. These are trying times.
My story starts with having kidney stone issues, 2 out-patient surgeries, on overnight hospital stay and all that these set of circumstances entail.
Then I find out that my adult son with a family has been undergoing treatment for COVID-19 and that a beloved IT coworker from his work place had passed away after contracting the coronavirus bug. My son is now in the recovery process.
Then I became a victim of fraud during the lock-down resulting from the Spring 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Whenever I’d type something on my lap top computer, multiple letters would appear. My computer had been infected by one of those viruses.
So on Google Chrome I looked up the customer service phone number for Geek Squad because I have an account with this service. The first number that appeared was 844-231-9883. Well guess what? That’s a phony number but the folks who answered the phone call acted like they were agents of Geek Squad. I was transferred to a Tech support representative with the California phone number, 949-534-2749.
While I was stuck in the hospital, my bank approved 3 charges on my credit card for over $1900.
It’s a long story as to how I allowed myself to be scammed but the short version is that I was desperate to get my computer working properly at a time when Best Buy’s Geek Squad was closed down because of COVID-19 and technicians couldn’t come to my house.
Consequently, I was dependent on accessing computer help, remotely. I was told that the (fake) Geek Squad had to send for a box worth over $1900 to complete the project of eliminating all the viruses from my computer, and that a hold for this amount of monies would have to be placed on a credit card. However, I was assured that I wouldn’t be obligated for these monies as long as I returned this box within 6 days. Yes, I did call my bank to warn their representatives about my concern over this questionable procedure, even though at the time, I had been convinced that I had been interacting with an agent from a reputable company, Best Buy’s Geek Squad.
After, I returned from my hospital stay, I discovered that my credit card had incurred charges totaling over $5,750.00 but fortunately, the bank is not holding me responsible for these charges.
Meanwhile, my son has promised to send me another computer. My daughter has advised me that she’s doing research to find me a great deal. This week of 6/1/2020, the Geek Squad is allowing for technicians to go to its client’s homes to do computer fixes and I’ve been granted a time slot.
I keep telling myself that tough times never last but tough people do. But I just don’t feel so tough.