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Retroflash. Β Lite.

Profile photo of Tom Steenburg Tom Steenburg
Retired attorney and investment management executive. I believe in life, liberty with accountability and the relentless pursuit of whimsy.

Characterizations: funny, right on!


  1. Laurie Levy says:

    I wish I would get this message whenever I receive a junk call. Occasionally, I get “unknown caller” but generally I just have to guess by the area code if the call is worth taking. Not a great system as I have missed calls from doctors, but those robo-calls make me so angry, especially when I am driving.

    • Yes, “unknown caller” is a regular occurrence, as is “private caller”. I simply don’t pick up for any number I don’t recognize; “real” callers will leave a voicemail. My phone has what is billed as “talking caller ID”: a system-generated voice will say, “call from . . .”. Have to say that seeing the caller ID was one thing; hearing “call from . . fraudulent caller” was a hoot. Needless to say I didn’t pick up.

  2. Betsy Pfau says:

    I agree, Caller ID helps a lot. We rarely get calls on our landline any longer, so screen calls assiduously.

  3. Marian says:

    Love this, Tom! My cell phone indicates, “Possible scam,” which is useful. My favorite was one not marked a scam in a nearby area code, so I picked up and the recorded message was in Chinese. I had a good laugh. Wish my Taiwanese neighbor could have heard it so I knew what scam they were promoting.

  4. Indeed.

    Ultralite comment. πŸ˜‰

  5. Suzy says:

    Yes, a tribulation indeed. But scam calls would be so much more annoying if we didn’t have Caller ID, so that’s a triumph of technology.

  6. John Shutkin says:

    Your phone is better than mine, Tom. Occasionally I will get a message that an incoming call is possibly “spam,” but I would much prefer if, like yours, it spared me the euphemisms and just called it “fraudulent.” I suspect my phone is worried about defamation suits.

    Anyhow, very well said — if wordy.

  7. Dave Ventre says:

    Scam calls have become a plague. They are the vast majority of all the calls we get.

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