And the answer was...... E: Really, really dedicated to meeting me despite having no connection to me that I can discover.

There is, apparently, a local person who sells makeup (and has been quite successful at it for years, according to local news). And one of her sales tactics is to call people who are new to the area and offer to bring them a “welcome package of free samples and information about this makeup/skincare line”.

Fine. Do that. Sell your heart out, lady. BUT DO NOT CALL MY 93-YEAR OLD GRANDFATHER AT 9:30 AT NIGHT AND THEN LIE TO HIM ABOUT WHY YOU NEED MY PHONE NUMBER!



She told him that she was a neighbor who wanted to “welcome MamaBear to the neighborhood” but... she lives on the other side of town. Not a neighbor by any stretch. Also, her googling skills aren’t so hot. We moved here from 2.2 miles away. I didn’t exactly need help getting to know the area!

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Also, if you are using a phone for business purposes, HAVE A FREAKING VOICEMAIL SET UP. Had I called that number and heard “Hi, You’ve reached BettySue, Saleswoman for Makeup!” I wouldn’t have spent a day freaking out about out old pseudo-stalker becoming active again, or some identiy theif...

On the bright side, that phone call was what finally got me motivated to put some fraud protection on my SSN, bank accounts, etc. Gah.

Also on the bright side, since she is very good on the phone, and rather pushy, if she hadn’t gone to crazy lengths to get my info, and had just called me, I would not have been on my guard, and I would not have come up with an easy reason for “no, thanks” (I already have a friend who sells your line, and when I want something from your company, I go through her - which I am hoping works since they are not supposed to poach each others’ clients, I believe). Then I’d have ended up with a meeting with her, her giving me samples, and then... because I really suck at this... I just KNOW I would have bought something I neither needed nor wanted. So yay?