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Matt Hawes
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Posted: 09 October 2018 at 11:11am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

 Phil Kreisel wrote:
...People can leave a message.  If they don't, it's a scam/telemarketer call...

Even if they do leave a message, it can be a telemarketer. In fact, the scammers I mentioned in my post above would leave messages. They are able to do it before the blocking of their number takes effect on my phone, too.

These telemarketers (most are the scammer variety) get worse all the time:

Block them, and they still bombard you with calls from multiple numbers filling up your phone's block list.

and...

They spoof their calls to appear to be from your area code, or, as I posted above, they appear to even be YOU calling yourself.

Obviously, the worst of them do not adhere to the "Do Not Call Registry."

Many of these telemarketers call to the point of harassment. Hopefully, some day there will be a way to bring them to task legally for their actions, but for now they seem to be getting away with it.



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Posted: 09 October 2018 at 11:18am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Matt, I\ve only had the you calling yourself happen once. 

The irritating thing about it spoofing other numbers? I've had a couple of people call me who had my number spoofed and didn't answer, who thought it was me calling them.

My rule is if I don't recognize the number, I either ignore it or answer and immediately hang up. ie, click on, click off. If it's important, I figure they'll call back. No skin off my nose if they don't. 

(Due to cable bundling, we have a land line. 90% of the calls we get on it are bs. The cell....only about 15 to 20%.)


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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 09 October 2018 at 11:30am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I no longer have a landline because of that reason.

I got a call once from a company offering me preferential rates on pallets. It was the umpteenth call that week. I could not help but lose my temper and shout, "I live in a flat, I'm not a business!"

I get fewer scam calls on my mobile phone, but one is still one too many.
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Matt Hawes
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Posted: 09 October 2018 at 11:32am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Robbie, I haven't had a landline for years, yet I have been getting these calls. It only takes one rotten scammer to get ahold of your number for this stuff to happen, sadly.
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Posted: 09 October 2018 at 11:40am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I have AT&T and have activated AT&T Call Protect, which automatically blocks known spam numbers and identifies suspected spam calls as such through Caller ID. It doesn’t catch everything, but the phone doesn’t ring as much as it used to and most unknown numbers come up as suspected spam.
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Robbie Parry
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Would I be breaking any laws if I play a trumpet down the phone?
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Gundars Berzins
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For the amount telemarketers that have called me over the past few years, I'd have been penniless by now if I accommodated or answered them all.
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I once got the call from a 'Microsoft representative' that called to tell me my computer had been hacked, and that for a low price they could remotely check my computer, yadayadayada...
I played along. Gave the caller a fake name and a false IP address to go into. Stayed on the phone for quite a while, actually. Built up a good natured rapport with him. At the point of the conversation where they were undisputably full of shit, I flipped on the guy, said I'd been tracing his call back to him, and that I was going to do some things to him and his extended kin in excruciatingly vile detail. Fire, excrement, various forms of penetration. You get the drift.
The guy didn't know whether he was coming or going. I got him so flustered that he hung up on me.
Haven't been called back since.
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 09 October 2018 at 12:22pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Oh, Michael, that's the kind of thing Batman would do!

I've had the 'Microsoft representative' call. On one occasion, I replied, "Not sure how I have a virus as I own a Google Chromebook - and they don't get viruses!'
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Matt Hawes
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 Robbie Parry wrote:
...Would I be breaking any laws if I play a trumpet down the phone...

I can't say for certain about the exact law, U.S. or, in your case, the U.K., but it could leave you open to some sort of lawsuit. I must confess, I have been tempted to use something like an air horn on a telemarketer, but even as scummy as they are, I'd hate to cost someone their hearing.

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Robbie Parry
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Yes, tempted is the keyword here. ;-)

EDIT: As ever, I am referring to fraudulent individuals or individuals who misrepresent where they are from, not people sincerely trying to sell breakdown recovery insurance or whatever (they are simply doing a job, unwelcome though it is).


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Bill Collins
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I keep receiving calls "You recently contacted us about
your accident"

No you didn`t you liars! If i have the time, i string
them along before revealing that my accident was
trusting a fart, and that i would like to claim for new
trousers!

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