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Dean    Posted 03-28-2019 at 07:56:44 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Robocalls
  • Anyone wonder why the robocallers ignore the Do Not Call list?

    Dean

    Joe in Texas    Posted 04-02-2019 at 07:16:12 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • There is an underlying issue I have with the whole mess. (Forgive me if you have seen my comments on this before....) With all these unwanted calls, supposedly trying to do something to separate you from your money, do any of you know anyone who has ever bought anything from any of the callers? Anything, insurance, trips, prizes, whatever it is they are trying to push?

    I don't know of anyone at all. So the big question to me is: Assuming a large percentage is really sales oriented, how do they survive? What is the acceptable rate of return? 1%...2%...or something smaller than that?

    Now, I know that many are simply what they seem to be, scams aimed at taking advantage of whoever is dumb enough to answer the phone. Even at that, what is the accepted rate of return there?

    I just don't get it in this kind of business model. Maybe it can be compared to using a shotgun: If one pellet out of a handful makes contact the whole shell isn't wasted on the shot.

    I answer most of my incoming calls, partially because I work and many calls I receive are legit from numbers I don't know. The first word or two from the robocall gets a quick hang up. This is only annoying, nothing else. I pay for that phone and what it does for me. There needs to be a way for the caller to be billed for unwanted calls.

    Walt/Tx    Posted 03-30-2019 at 11:36:02 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I got 6 calls Thursday and blocked each number, all from yogi computer services, and 10 more yesterday. iPhone sends them to my voicemail and I cannot find any option to prevent it so I have to unload my voicemails. All messages are identical. Thereís probably some way to stop them going to voicemail but I donít know it.

    Larry TX    Posted 03-30-2019 at 16:25:08 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Same here Walt. Get 'em throughout the day on our land line and the No Call crap doesn't prevent a single one, but now they're popp'n up on the Smart phone regularly. Looks like we're sadly faced with 'em.

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 03-30-2019 at 16:12:02 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Robocalls
  • I've now had my "smart" phone for almost a year. That is exactly why I have not set up voice mail. However, after a year of ignoring any number which I don't recognize I do believe the robo calls are slowing down. Another year perhaps I'll set up voice mail!
    Jack

    Dean    Posted 03-30-2019 at 19:34:04 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I haven't answered my (land line) phone in nearly two years unless I recognize the number AND am expecting the call. No let up in robocalls. I've gotten as many as 7 within an hour.

    In years past, telephone solicitors would make several calls to a number on their list but give up if no one answered after a few calls. Computers will continue to call the numbers unless someone takes the trouble to remove the number from the computer. Who does that?

    I'm planning to get a new cell phone within a couple of months. I plan to give the number to absolutely NO ONE.

    Dean

    Mower    Posted 04-01-2019 at 06:46:58 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • "I'm planning to get a new cell phone within a couple of months. I plan to give the number to absolutely NO ONE."

    Makes no difference. The computer generated calls don't use "lists", they simply run all the possible number combinations within an area code.

    And since you're clearly quite the phone genius, you probably already know that number spoofing makes it easy to make the call appear local, even though it's from overseas. They simply use the same area code and (sometimes) 3 digit prefix as the number they're calling as the spoofed origination number.

    Dean    Posted 04-01-2019 at 07:53:12 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Interesting.

    I do not recall claiming to be any kind of genius, telephone or otherwise.

    Unlike some, I abandoned attempting to read the minds of others during adolescence or shortly afterward. I was never any good at it and such attempts routinely resulted in invalid assumptions.

    You are not able to read the minds of others either but have apparently not yet given up such futile efforts.

    Behavior modification is clearly in order. If such is impossible or ineffective, consider therapy.

    Dean.

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 03-30-2019 at 19:45:04 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • But you won't be able to make any calls on it either! If you do somebodies caller ID will capture your number.

    Almost a year ago I moved from a flip phone to the "smart" phone as I was using a hot spot for internet at the farm. That contract expired and it did not make sense to get another when I could change phones and have a built in hot spot. So I took the farm land line out and reduced the number of bills I pay. Not sure I did much for reducing the amount! Shortly before I did that I was still getting calls for a family friend who passed away in 1999! Beggars just will not give up! Follow you to the grave.

    Jack

    AL CT    Posted 03-29-2019 at 09:46:31 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I wait until I actually speak with a human then I pull out my whistle and blast their ear drums. Serves them right.

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