Yesterday I received eight -- eight! -- phone calls within five hours. All eight were from the same caller. Caller ID showed "APPLE INC" and the message was a recording alerting me to a problem with my Apple iCloud account and inviting me to press 1 to speak with an agent who will show me how to resolve the issue. Of course Apple does not contact users by telephone unless requested -- and certainly not eight times in a five-hour period. I also do not own or use any Apple products. The calls are made by scammers seeking to learn passwords and/or seeking to gain remote access to people's computers. The FTC says several robocallers have been shut down. Hey, FTC, talk to me again when the "several" becomes "all."

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