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Paul Reis
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Posted: 10 October 2018 at 4:45pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

my friend had an answering machine and left a message something like "i am not available right now, but if you want to sell me something please press '9' " - he got almost daily messages of people pressing '9' many many times! 
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Robbie Moubert
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Posted: 10 October 2018 at 5:12pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Forgive me if I've told this story before.

I got a call from one of the "We hear you've been in an accident" calls and decided to play along with them. The young lady who made the call put me through to her supervisor who proceeded to ask me about the supposed accident. I had to mention the hooker tied-up in the boot three times before he ended the call!
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 10 October 2018 at 9:43pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Nice one, Robbie M!
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Joseph Greathouse
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Posted: 12 October 2018 at 11:35am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Let me open with saying I recognize a difference between people who have a legitimate telemarketing job and those that are scammers.  Now, when I have a legitimate telemarketer, I do go out of my way to be courteous.  It isn't a great job, but for some, it may be the only job they can get and often they are treated like crap and paid very little.  

That said, scammers are horrible individuals who know they are going out of their way to commit a crime. They deserve awful things to come to them. But, I think they are going to a level that will get them noticed and hopefully there will be a way to take action.  We have a local one just reported that is spoofing itself as 911.  Last night, I had a call come in that my ID read as a Wells Fargo number (it was for a health related issue upon hearing the message).  By utilizing such numbers as part of the scam, I do hope there will be straws breaking backs and a call to action.

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Drew Spence
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Posted: 12 October 2018 at 2:52pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

One got me by saying my first name really loud in a friendly tone.
<ring ring>
Me; Hello?
Caller: Hey Drew!
- so I'm like...'yeah...who's this?'
and then they suddenly drop into this deadpan disclaimer high speed pitch, like they were reading a script. I flipped out and spent 5 minutes ripping them a new one about calling a 'customer' by their first name. I'm f'in Mr. Spence to you!
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