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Jack - Iowa    Posted 12-21-2018 at 16:46:14 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Scam Call
  • Had a new, different call a few minutes ago.

    Very dead pan voice: Hi, this is a emergency call from MicroSoft. All your computer services will be terminated.

    That's as far as he got before I hung up.

    Jack

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 12-22-2018 at 13:52:38 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Jack -why are you answering calls from unknown sources? That's why you have voice mailbox or with a land line, a message machine recorder. Once you answer a call, you've activated their system to list you as an 'active' source and will keep calling now.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 12-22-2018 at 15:01:47 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Tim, I installed 7 phones in this house so I could answer where ever I happen to be. I will not run to the living room each time to see who is calling before I pick up. On the "Smart" phone I simply look and laugh.

    dave#1    Posted 12-22-2018 at 00:20:51 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • The best one I ever heard, A friend had a swimming pool chain call him about buying a new in ground pool- "NO" hangs up, week later another call about a pool with a different operator "NO" hangs up, This goes on for a month,So the next call he bits, lets them go through the whole deal, Then he ends it with: "Gee that sounds great !, Let me check with my landlord to see where we can put it.......... "Landlord???, You don't own this property ????" "Why no I don't"

    Click,Buzzzz,
    Never heard from them again !
    LOL
    later,dave

    NTP    Posted 12-24-2018 at 09:27:48 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Thought I would share this phone call I received a couple of years ago.

    I received a phone call from someone selling a septic tank additive. Amused, I played along with him and asked how I would know if it was actually working. His answer was that I would "get more powerful flushes". I asked him if he could explain further and he said "sur, you will get more powerful flushes".

    I then asked him that if I were setting on the throne and accidentally hit the flush lever if I could get sucked into my septic tank?

    All I heard was CLICK.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 12-22-2018 at 13:49:05 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I'm still waiting for my million dollars to be deposited in my bank from some Nigerian prince. Here's what I do. If I don't recognize the number calling, I don't answer. Simple, eh? If I do know you, chances are you are in my directory and your a name will appear with the incoming call and number. If I do know you, and I'm busy, I let it go to VM. I will get back at my convenience. There is no law that says I have to drop everything I'm doing to answer my damn phone. That is one reason why we have Voice Messaging. If an unknown caller needs to contact me, then they too can also leave a voice message. BUT, they never do. Then I just delete the call altogether. Technology isn't always necessarily a good thing.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    dave#1    Posted 12-22-2018 at 19:41:24 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • BINGO !!
    If it's important......... Leave a message !!!
    Don't know ya, Don't answer !


    Later,dave

    Dean    Posted 12-22-2018 at 14:24:41 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • BTDT.

    Robocallers seem to be evolving rapidly.

    Recently, I've received two incoming calls identified as callers that I had spoken with within hours recently. Not busy so answered both. Both same robocaller.

    How do they do this?

    Yes, I am informing friends that they will henceforth need to leave messages.

    Dean

    Paul in MA    Posted 12-22-2018 at 17:38:25 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • We're getting a lot of Robocalls now and the # comes up as a local in town number.

    When you answer the phone for an unknown call don't say anything, most of them are voice activated.

    Dean    Posted 12-22-2018 at 20:21:02 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Thanks, Paul.

    Yes, I've learned that.

    One wonders how the robocallers learn the telephone numbers that their targets have recently called.

    Dean

    Paul    Posted 12-21-2018 at 18:49:08 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I told them "That funny, I have a MAC"

    Dean    Posted 12-21-2018 at 22:05:33 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I didn't answer.

    Even better.

    Dean

    Dean    Posted 12-21-2018 at 17:58:31 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I've gotten that call more than once.

    Recently, I've been getting robocalls identified by CID as acquaintances that I have spoken with on the phone within the last day or two.

    This is too much of a coincidence. Expect that phone provider(s) are selling telephone records to scammers.

    Dean

    Gaspump    Posted 12-21-2018 at 18:27:04 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I agree. Never a call till I bought a new cell to replace my aging one. Now I get them all often multiple times a day!

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 12-22-2018 at 07:56:33 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I went to a "Smart" Phone in May. Calls have been 80-90% scam! Used the number from my farm land line. 319 area code.

    Recently had a call from Jamaica and the other day one from 3191446205 Try to Google that and you get pages in some foreign language which I've not identified.

    Keeps life interesting!

    Jack

    Dean    Posted 12-22-2018 at 08:48:08 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I recently had seven robocalls within one hour. They have subsided a bit recently but expect things to pick up again after the holidays.

    I haven't answered the telephone in nearly two years unless I recognize the number and am expecting the call.

    Robocallers almost never leave messages, although the Microsoft scammer does.

    Still, Angela got me twice yesterday using recognized numbers of friends. I plan to inform all of my friends that they will need to leave messages henceforth.

    Recently, my neighbor received a robocall showing his own unlisted land line number.

    How do they do it?

    Dean

    Ed Gooding (VA)    Posted 12-23-2018 at 08:51:00 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • The robo-callers are using Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) to make calls and that allows them to spoof the call-from phone numbers. The latest scam is to use the same exchange as your phone number to make you think it's a neighbor or local call and encourage you to answer.

    Dean    Posted 12-23-2018 at 13:33:52 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • VoIP I understand, as I do area codes. I've been getting such calls for months if not years.

    Lately, however, I've been getting robocalls "from" known numbers with matching known names. Neighbor recently received one showing his own unlisted land line telephone number and name.

    How do they do it?

    Dean

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 12-22-2018 at 08:54:51 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I don't know how they do it but with today's technology I'd wager the phone companies could put a stop to it if they were willing to spend a few dollars.

    I suspect those dead line calls you get are probes to see if the number is active.

    Jack

    Paul in MA    Posted 12-22-2018 at 17:43:52 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • The other problem we have is with our Reverse 911 through Blackboard Connect. The number comes up as a Scam Call and people aren't getting the emergency information.

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