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FishLife 11-08-2019 06:44 AM

Scam Callers
 
I know that this has been beat to death in past topics, but its gotten funny, sorta. We still have a home phone and caller ID. Well I apparently called myself so I answered, but never spoke a word, not even 'Hello'. I get the computer voice telling me my Microsoft account is about to be shut down, yada, yada, yada, so I hang up without ever speaking a word. I've had to block my own home phone number on my home phone because they are calling dozens of times each day. Sometimes I just wish that I could have a face-to-face with these assholes....

What's the definition of insanity?

schwammerl 11-08-2019 06:46 AM

If your home line is VOIP install Nomorobo. Its free for with most VOIP providers and it works most of the time. I am thinking of paying the small monthly fee to use it on my cell line.

bakerjw 11-08-2019 06:47 AM


Originally Posted by FishLife (Post 13089777)
What's the definition of insanity?

That the phone companies could stop this quickly but since they can upcharge to block it they don't. AND... we keep paying them.

I get perhaps 2 or 3 phone calls a month that are legitimate. All of the rest are robocalls.

mystery 11-08-2019 07:08 AM

i only answer known callers

some phones / systems have a setting so unknown callers dont ring at all

williamwallus 11-08-2019 08:01 AM

For laughs:

But yeah I have my phone set to block all unknown I think most people do any day. Don't EVER give your number to anyone I always write my wrong one now. Everyone sells that crap

mikefloyd 11-08-2019 11:21 AM


Originally Posted by FishLife (Post 13089777)
I know that this has been beat to death in past topics, but its gotten funny, sorta. We still have a home phone and caller ID. Well I apparently called myself so I answered, but never spoke a word, not even 'Hello'. I get the computer voice telling me my Microsoft account is about to be shut down, yada, yada, yada, so I hang up without ever speaking a word. I've had to block my own home phone number on my home phone because they are calling dozens of times each day. Sometimes I just wish that I could have a face-to-face with these assholes....

What's the definition of insanity?

They're not insane. If they weren't making money they would not be doing it.

jbacc 11-08-2019 02:56 PM

I just received a recorded message that this is their last attempt to contact me regarding my social security account. Failure to answer will result in a lawsuit being filed for fraud. Press 1 to speak with a social security officer..... I hate these people. BTW, I rarely answer the phone unless I recognize the number, the above call went to my voice mail... Did I mention that I hate these scammers?

triumphrick 11-08-2019 03:35 PM

Since I have a business, I get calls from all over the place, consequently we have tons of scam calls....if I dont see a name in the caller ID I let it go to voicemail...

That was funny about the call from your own number...it happened to me yesterday.

GulfC 11-08-2019 04:49 PM

Conspiracy theory but may very well have merit. We, the general population, change cell numbers all the time. Sooooo there’s no real “phone book” published anymore. With tech where it is today, it would be fairly simple to connect cell numbers to devices, locations, IP addresses, etc via such calls. All that needs to happen is a call and subsequent offending number web search.

I know it sounds far fetched but there are many many reasons for this thought pattern. I hadn’t searched (scam numbers) in close to a year and nearly had no scam calls. A couple weeks ago I decided to search the numbers via a private browser... big mistake. I’ve had probably 10-12, maybe more calls since. Even had to block a couple repeat offenders.

donald/tri-again 11-08-2019 05:02 PM

There's an app being sold to track your calls and tells you how to make the offenders pay you off not to report them . News channel guy made $$$ so it worked . Only problem is you have to work them for more info . Every time they call you get more info until you have enough to file complaint . Then you attack . Blackmail them

Machartercaptain 11-08-2019 05:19 PM

Let me preface this by saying I'm 71 yrs old. So far this week I can reduce my student loans, I can pay 0% on my credit cards (I have one and pay it off every month), I can buy an extended warranty on my Honda Ridgeline (203,000) miles and there is a warrant issued for my arrest for Social Security fraud. Occasionally I take a call and when I get a live person on the phone I take my boat compressed air horn out of my boat bag, place the end of the horn next to my phone and give them a long toot.

GulfC 11-08-2019 05:36 PM


Originally Posted by triumphrick (Post 13091272)
Since I have a business, I get calls from all over the place, consequently we have tons of scam calls....if I dont see a name in the caller ID I let it go to voicemail...

That was funny about the call from your own number...it happened to me yesterday.

My wifeís (no pics) and mine cell numbers are 10 digits apart. A couple months ago, we had a call from the same number (our area code) precisely 10 minutes apart..... I feel for business owners dealing with this crap..... we can change numbers and not answer unknown junk but thatís not much of an option when your business depends on prompt contact.

FishLife 11-10-2019 04:10 AM


Originally Posted by triumphrick (Post 13091272)
Since I have a business, I get calls from all over the place, consequently we have tons of scam calls....if I dont see a name in the caller ID I let it go to voicemail...

That was funny about the call from your own number...it happened to me yesterday.

Yeah, Rick, It showed up as my whole name and number. They've called everyday now, but like I said, I blocked it but it still shows up in the call Id list on the phone....

yarcraft91 11-10-2019 05:10 AM

Lately, I've been getting calls where a voice answers as soon as I say "Hello?". The voice says "Hi! This is Frank Weller. Can you hear me?" I've been responding with things like "peanut butter" or "Chevrolet" and the voice responds "Good! Glad to hear it!". It's a simulated voice that sounds very much like a real human, but is unable to deal with non sequitur responses. Eventually, the telemarketers will be assaulting us with calls completely driven by good artificial intelligence engines. Screwing with those will be a lot less satisfying than messing with a real person. OTOH, you could get your own Jolly Roger AI voice simulator and let the AI caller talk to it for as long as you're willing to tie up your phone. https://thenextweb.com/shareables/20...or-15-minutes/


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