The telephone solicitors

ONE OF THE many positives of moving to Mexico, at least years ago, was that I was no longer bombarded by junk calls around dinner time.

old-phone-3Alas, like so many aspects of living here, both good and bad, we’ve become more like the nation up north.

Starting only in the last year, junk calls started coming in a lot, and almost all were from banks. It’s either my own bank, BBVA, or my previous bank, HSBC. Calls from BBVA are usually to offer me a credit card or sell me insurance. I need neither.

But the real nuisance was HSBC, a bank I simply abandoned about three years ago. It’s a nightmare bank, so I did not bother officially closing my account. I merely zeroed it out and walked around the corner to Bancomer BBVA, which now goes by BBVA only. It’s a Spanish bank, as in Spain. As far as banks go here, it’s the best, I think.

Junk calls are not restricted to the dinner hour. It’s an all-day-long thing. Most were coming from HSBC. I don’t know what they wanted because I simply hung up on realizing it was that damnable nightmare bank yet again.

I have solved the problem, however. I installed a call blocker on my cell phone. At first, I simply had it block further calls from numbers that annoyed me even once. But it seems that banks have an endless variety of numbers, probably to dodge this sort of blocking.

I’d block one bank number, and then they’d just call me from another.

So I’ve set my call blocker to block all calls, every single solitary one that is not on my list of contacts. I now live in peace. However, my contacts include my entire Google list, so anything important appears to be getting through.

Being a hermit, I don’t get many calls anyway.

I wonder if the dinner-time sales calls still happen above the Rio Bravo. But the junk calls happened at dinner time, of course, because that’s when people were home, and before they were watching I Love Lucy at 8 p.m.

But cell phones mean people are “home” all the time. I imagine the dinner calls have ended above the border. Or have they? I have no clue. And do they come mostly from banks or from all over the place like before?