Do phone scams work?

They must, at least a small percentage of the time, or they would disappear.

Susan Ladika of reports that a security company has analyzed online comments and determined the “credit card rate reduction scam” is No. 1.

This one involves robocalls and victims punching through asking to speak to an actual con artist, who then steals their credit card number or perhaps asks for an upfront fee.

My favorite is the “Microsoft tech support scam,” in which somebody who can barely speak English tries to persuade you to let them take over your computer remotely. My personal assistant unloads on these people with foul language that lets you know he grew up near a Navy base.

Somebody, somewhere must fall for these things, I guess.

Then there’s the “IRS scam,” in which somebody from the agency claims you owe back taxes and will be arrested if you don’t pay with a wire transfer or credit card. The IRS deals with people by letter, not phone calls, although Tea Party organizers should stay vigilant.

All this begs a question: If the NSA monitors everything, including blogs by orange cats, why can’t the government shut down phone scammers? Because many are offshore, you argue.

Oh, sorry. I forgot our leaders would never impose their will in other sovereign nations.