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Old 03-18-2017, 05:18 AM
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On Do Not Call and NOMOROBO. Still get dozens a day. The caller ID's do not give numbers and sometimes give your own number. You can block all but have to go into your Comcast account to identify the numbers and then you can block them - very tedious and they keep morphing.

It costs more to unbundle and get rid of the land line so we are now just turning ringers off and using cell phones.
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Old 03-18-2017, 08:54 AM
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Originally Posted by yarcraft91 View Post
Good luck collecting a judgement!
I figure it is a better chance than them getting any money from me because of a recorded "yes".
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Old 03-18-2017, 09:42 AM
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I would love to have that happen to me. Then I would have someone to sue. The reality is you can just refuse the charge and let them fight with your credit card company.
I don't really get than many telemarketing calls because I have the ringer turned off or set at a very low volume on the only phone that rings here. They usually hang up on the machine. People who really want me either leave a message or I hear them and pick up.
Why would sue a telemarketer calling your phone.
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Old 03-18-2017, 10:35 PM
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The do not call list comes with a civil penalty. You usually just have no way of proving they called. If they recorded your voice and then tried to bill you for something you did not order, you have a name and a crime in addition to the DNC violation.
The reality is if you just refuse to pay one of these "yes" scammers they will go away.
Only people dumb enough to give a stranger their bank info or a credit card number get scammed.
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Old 03-19-2017, 12:08 AM
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So the do not call registry is still active? Does this work for cell numbers too?
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Old 03-19-2017, 05:22 AM
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IMHO the telephone company should do a better job stopping them. This stupid ass guy with a foreign accent, keeps telling my Microsoft PC has a problem, LOL we are mac users. He in doing the robot calls 2-3 times a week, but the number on the phone is different.
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Old 03-19-2017, 05:39 AM
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Originally Posted by 29 NORTH View Post
IMHO the telephone company should do a better job stopping them. This stupid ass guy with a foreign accent, keeps telling my Microsoft PC has a problem, LOL we are mac users. He in doing the robot calls 2-3 times a week, but the number on the phone is different.
I have the most fun with those calls. Ask which computer he's talking about because "we have several". When he says "the one running Windows", ask the same question again. If he says "the one running Windows 10 (or 7 or 8 or XP)", ask the same question again and then ask for the IP address. Sometimes that stops them, sometimes they'll guess. If they persist, tell them you've hacked them and can read their computer screen. That's usually when they panic and hang up.

I no longer get many of those calls.
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Old 03-19-2017, 05:54 AM
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Originally Posted by lazyboi1212 View Post
Some of us deal with customers calling from all over the County. We don't have that luxury.
Same situation here and it's very annoying. What I did was set up a virtual number which emails me a VM of any call to that number which I give out to whoever I need to. It helps some.

The most annoying part is that they keep calling because enough people around the country still buy whatever they are selling.
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Old 03-19-2017, 06:48 AM
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That's why I look at caller ID. Don't know it can go to Voice Mail.
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Old 03-19-2017, 10:27 AM
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Originally Posted by yarcraft91 View Post
I have the most fun with those calls. Ask which computer he's talking about because "we have several". When he says "the one running Windows", ask the same question again. If he says "the one running Windows 10 (or 7 or 8 or XP)", ask the same question again and then ask for the IP address. Sometimes that stops them, sometimes they'll guess. If they persist, tell them you've hacked them and can read their computer screen. That's usually when they panic and hang up.

I no longer get many of those calls.
I have played with them a few times. I really had fun with a guy when I said I was running W/3.1 and DOS. I was giving him the response (from memory) to everything he had me typing. ("bad command or file name" sort of thing) No, I can't find anything called Control Panel and I don't see "settings". We escalated to his 2d level support and it wasn't until we got to the 3d guy that they hung up on me.
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I'm getting pounded with "Sarah from the warranty department" and others like that. I believe they're simply looking to see if the number they're calling is valid, so that they can add it to a list of real numbers to sell to telemarketers.

I'm trying something to see if it will slow it down in the long run. When you call a number that is not in service or disconnected, the recorded message is preceded with 3 tones (Special Information Tones - SIT):

http://www.yourhomenow.com/sound/sit-tone.wav

I know years ago I did this on my "answering machine" and it worked quite well (I'm sure these bastards have gotten smarter over the years). I've added them to the front of my voice mail. I screen any number that I don't recognize, and if it's important they'll leave a message.
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Old 04-14-2017, 12:16 PM
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Originally Posted by tcpip95 View Post
I'm getting pounded with "Sarah from the warranty department" and others like that. I believe they're simply looking to see if the number they're calling is valid, so that they can add it to a list of real numbers to sell to telemarketers.

I'm trying something to see if it will slow it down in the long run. When you call a number that is not in service or disconnected, the recorded message is preceded with 3 tones (Special Information Tones - SIT):

http://www.yourhomenow.com/sound/sit-tone.wav

I know years ago I did this on my "answering machine" and it worked quite well (I'm sure these bastards have gotten smarter over the years). I've added them to the front of my voice mail. I screen any number that I don't recognize, and if it's important they'll leave a message.
I used to have a device that generated those tones whenever a call was answered. Wife complained bitterly about the noise, so to keep peace I removed it. If she's in the house, she won't let any call go to voicemail. Sigh.
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Old 04-14-2017, 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Halfmoon View Post
NOMORBO works well, but these bastards are figuring ways around it. Once they do I manually block their number on the handset. Sometimes i'll F-with them just for fun. I can't say here topside what I say to them, but they hang up on me


http://www.nomorobo.com/







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Love the idea of nomorerobo.... But $1.99/month is too much for the amount of time I have to deal with.

For now anyways....
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Old 04-14-2017, 03:11 PM
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I get lots of robocalls and most of the time I just hang-up. If I feel like messing with the ones wanting to make a loan to my small business I string them along until they ask the nature of my business. I tell them I am the owner of Lilly's Whorehouse. I accuse them of discrimination because they won't loan me money. They hang up.
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Old 04-14-2017, 09:54 PM
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Originally Posted by beenie View Post
When and if you talk to one of the callers avoid at all cost saying the word YES. They can record it and use it to say that you agreed to buy something.
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Happened to me twice in the past week. Basically said, "I'm NOT gonna' give you the "word" you're looking for!" and hung up.

Second time it happened ... well, I won't say what I told them.

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Old 04-15-2017, 04:42 AM
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Latest call. I pick up phone after 3 rings, dead silence at other end. I wait 2 seconds and say "Hello". Dead silence for a couple seconds, then a robo-voice pipes up "Hi. This is Phil. How are you today?" I wait 2 seconds and "Phil" says "are you there?". I say "Hello, Phil". Dead silence and "Phil" hangs up. WTH was that about?
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Old 04-15-2017, 05:46 AM
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Originally Posted by yarcraft91 View Post
I used to have a device that generated those tones whenever a call was answered. Wife complained bitterly about the noise, so to keep peace I removed it. If she's in the house, she won't let any call go to voicemail. Sigh.

wives cant stand to miss a call , maybe its the woman "talks" thing
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Old 04-15-2017, 05:57 AM
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Download Mr Number app.

Blocks spammers, telemarketers and anybody else you don't want to talk to.
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Old 04-16-2017, 09:06 PM
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Originally Posted by yarcraft91 View Post
Latest call. I pick up phone after 3 rings, dead silence at other end. I wait 2 seconds and say "Hello". Dead silence for a couple seconds, then a robo-voice pipes up "Hi. This is Phil. How are you today?" I wait 2 seconds and "Phil" says "are you there?". I say "Hello, Phil". Dead silence and "Phil" hangs up. WTH was that about?
They were trying to get you to say "Yes" - same scam as I described.

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Old 04-16-2017, 10:22 PM
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At one time cell phones were supposed to be exempt from these types of calls. I used to get about 10 a day. With the latest Android update to android 7.0 there is a block number option that you can use.

It's supposed to block any number that you add to your blocked number list. Since I started blocking numbers the amount of robo calls seems to have dropped off a bit.
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