Don’t call me, I’ll call you. That is me referencing all the annoying phone calls that have come to the Kosey household lately, so I am going to consider this column a public service message to all my readers, here goes.

Those of us who carry cards proving we’re of a not-to-be-mentioned age receive more calls than we want. If you don’t have caller ID, then by all means get it. It will help you screen your calls. If they say “unknown,” from Montana or any other state where you don’t know anyone, you don’t answer. 

For us, those calls are from people who are convinced Husband Joe and I are suffering from back pain, knee pain or any other kind of pain and are entitled to a brace. On those rare occasions that I answer those calls, I will tell the person that the only pain I have is from the constant calls. And, well, you know where the pain is. Please take me off the list and you know that doesn’t happen.

But, there are other calls you should be aware of – scams. Riverside police issued an alert about such call last week. Sometimes the callers claim to be the IRS or someone stating a company you have recently signed up with is no longer in business. 

Do not, I repeat, do not give any information. They are scams. I know of cases where people have innocently given out information out and as a result have had their identities stolen.

Some scammers can be quite tricky. Last week, Riverside police reported that a resident received several calls from someone claiming to be from the Riverside Police Department. The department’s non-emergency number even popped up on the target’s phone. The caller asked for cash to pay the bond on a warrant – but it was completely false. Police are still investigating the situation.

Residents should know that Riverside police never conduct any business regarding bonds or warrants and don’t give out criminal information over the phone. If you get such a call, phone the police department to file a report.

Be careful to whom you give your phone number and other personal information, particularly bank account or Social Security numbers. Strangers do not need to know them. 

When in doubt, if you receive an unusual call and request, hang up the phone. You also can contact the police to let them know you have been receiving these calls.

Be safe!