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#4547499 - 10/18/17 07:14 PM Getting tired of telemarketing scams...
ZZman Offline


Registered: 03/17/08
Posts: 5789
Loc: Michigan
Been getting lots of calls lately that appear to be from a local number and a person per the caller I. D. Then I answer and it is telemarketers!

This is ridiculous!
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#4547507 - 10/18/17 07:21 PM Re: Getting tired of telemarketing scams... [Re: ZZman]
JohnnyJohnson Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 2754
Loc: Wet side WA
Originally Posted By: ZZman
Been getting lots of calls lately that appear to be from a local number and a person per the caller I. D. Then I answer and it is telemarketers!

This is ridiculous!


Be imaginative it won't take long to get them to hang up trust me.
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#4547508 - 10/18/17 07:21 PM Re: Getting tired of telemarketing scams... [Re: ZZman]
KD0AXS Offline


Registered: 11/13/12
Posts: 2442
Loc: Nowthen, MN
I just don't answer any number I don't know. If it's important they can leave a message.

I've been getting the IRS scam calls almost daily, sometimes more than once a day. They claim they're from the IRS and have a warrant for your arrest. Been ignoring those for a while now and so far no black Suburbans have showed up at my door. smile

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#4547517 - 10/18/17 07:27 PM Re: Getting tired of telemarketing scams... [Re: ZZman]
OneEyeJack Offline


Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 7479
Loc: S California
There's got to be a profit in this annoying business. It just does not go away.

It's got to be a great conversation starter when someone is asked what they do for a living. Oh, I [censored] people off with a telephone.

Like KDOAXS I don't answer unknown numbers and if I'm feeling ambitious I block them.

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#4547535 - 10/18/17 07:43 PM Re: Getting tired of telemarketing scams... [Re: KD0AXS]
StevieC Offline


Registered: 08/21/08
Posts: 17116
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Originally Posted By: KD0AXS
I just don't answer any number I don't know. If it's important they can leave a message.


+1
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#4547540 - 10/18/17 07:45 PM Re: Getting tired of telemarketing scams... [Re: ZZman]
Oldtom Offline


Registered: 07/05/14
Posts: 329
Loc: Cecil County Maryland
Amazon sells a wonderful device called a call sentry. Cost about 35 dollars. Callers hear a recorded message that this number does not accept telemarketing calls and to press zero to connect. Dialers are blocked because they have no way to press zero .

This is a better invention than flush toilets and antibiotics. :-)

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#4547557 - 10/18/17 07:50 PM Re: Getting tired of telemarketing scams... [Re: ZZman]
Chris142 Offline


Registered: 06/05/03
Posts: 16825
Loc: Deplorable in apple valley, ca
They must have a way to have a local number show up on caller i.d.
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#4547590 - 10/18/17 08:03 PM Re: Getting tired of telemarketing scams... [Re: ZZman]
Oldtom Offline


Registered: 07/05/14
Posts: 329
Loc: Cecil County Maryland
The scammers can spoof or fake any phone number on caller ID. This is illegal but no one in government cares. One day my home number came up on the box :-)

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#4547591 - 10/18/17 08:04 PM Re: Getting tired of telemarketing scams... [Re: ZZman]
THafeez Offline


Registered: 08/15/16
Posts: 651
Loc: New Jersey
I get recorded messages and even if I block them, the same people use a different local number every day.
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#4547599 - 10/18/17 08:09 PM Re: Getting tired of telemarketing scams... [Re: ZZman]
StevieC Offline


Registered: 08/21/08
Posts: 17116
Loc: Ontario, Canada
I find that Telemarketers will spoof part of your phone number in their number.

Eg: Your number is: 555-555-1234. They will show up as 555-555-8878
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#4547627 - 10/18/17 08:29 PM Re: Getting tired of telemarketing scams... [Re: ZZman]
Merkava_4 Offline


Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 17501
Loc: Clovis, CA
Turn your phone off. Everybody knows that if they need to contact me, send me an email and I'll call back.

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#4547643 - 10/18/17 08:44 PM Re: Getting tired of telemarketing scams... [Re: ZZman]
Reddy45 Offline


Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 2973
Loc: USA
I'm really surprised that they haven't started mass texting everyone with their [censored]. I'm sure it'll happen sooner or later, though.

As far as the calls.. if I have time I answer them and go through with the scam. You'll end up connected to a call center in India. Don't give them any info, but take your sweet time when you get a person on the line and troll them along with fake answers. I've had them get incredibly [censored] at me for doing this because their entire game is quantity. If they have to waste 30 minutes with you and not meet their quota, then it really [censored] them off.

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#4547644 - 10/18/17 08:45 PM Re: Getting tired of telemarketing scams... [Re: KD0AXS]
Wolf359 Offline


Registered: 04/27/12
Posts: 4757
Loc: MA
Originally Posted By: KD0AXS
I just don't answer any number I don't know. If it's important they can leave a message.

I've been getting the IRS scam calls almost daily, sometimes more than once a day. They claim they're from the IRS and have a warrant for your arrest. Been ignoring those for a while now and so far no black Suburbans have showed up at my door. smile


Still? They shut down a couple call centers in India that were doing it and arrested the people running it. But I suppose a few of those call center workers could have branched out and started up their own firm.

Maybe it's really the IRS and if we don't hear from you, we'll know what happened.

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#4547648 - 10/18/17 08:48 PM Re: Getting tired of telemarketing scams... [Re: StevieC]
linkbelt Offline


Registered: 01/26/11
Posts: 461
Loc: Tn. mountains
Originally Posted By: StevieC
Originally Posted By: KD0AXS
I just don't answer any number I don't know. If it's important they can leave a message.


+1


Works for me, now I never have to talk on the phone! LOL

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#4547700 - 10/18/17 09:33 PM Re: Getting tired of telemarketing scams... [Re: StevieC]
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Registered: 11/14/08
Posts: 8754
Loc: Phoenix
Originally Posted By: StevieC
I find that Telemarketers will spoof part of your phone number in their number.

Eg: Your number is: 555-555-1234. They will show up as 555-555-8878


Yes, it's been terrible lately. You know not to answer it but you can't block it because they just change it by another digit.
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