Jan 15, 2010, 1:11 PM
Post #11 of 25
Re: [Reefhound] Extortion/Threatening calls
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You are misunderstanding how things don't work in most of México. Telmex is a monopoly, it used to be a federal government owned service, it was sold to an individual some 20 years ago, but nothing changed, except that prices rose. Like most businesses down here, customer service is virtually unknown. They give you what is convenient for them when they want to.
I haven't seen a stand alone answering machine for sale anywhere in about 25 years. I try to have as little to do with Telmex as possible, so we have the most basic service possible. We live in an area with very poor cell phone reception or I would probably quit using Telmex. The only place in our house where we can make, or receive cell phone calls is in an upstairs front bedroom that I use as my computer office.
Last night we got a highly suspicious call. My wife answered it and the caller asked for her name and phone number so he could “verify” that he had reached the right person. I told her to hang up as they were probably fishing for information. After all, if they had called our number, why would they need to “verify” it?
It has been found that in the very few kidnapping and extortion cases solved here that the person behind them is usually a close relative, or a trusted person such as a banker, real estate broker, financial advisor, etc. Trust no one here. By that I mean trust no one. If that seems like being a little paranoid, so be it. Trust no one.
In our Colonia, all of the houses have walls around them as is typical here. There are always a very few people sitting on chairs on the sidewalk in front of their houses. What are they doing there? They are watching to see which houses are empty so their gang may break in. I caught one guy climbing the wall in front of a neighbors house about a month ago. I yelled at him and he took off running. Trust no one.
Whenever we all leave our house, I always wave goodbye to an empty upstairs window. I want to give the impression that someone is always home. With the general lack of any law enforcement here, you are on your own to protect yourself.
It is not as bad as it sounds down here. Learn how things are done here and don't make any naive assumptions that laws, or that things are done similarly to the way they are done in any other country, and you will be OK. Forget everything you know about your own country, it won't apply here. It is also a good idea to forget everything you think you know about the real México, you are surely mistaken. Forget about using logic, that means nothing here.
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