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Scam and Telemarketing Calls

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by WAYNO, Feb 3, 2016.

  1. WAYNO

    WAYNO Oregon City Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Am I the only one who is lucky enough to receive these calls, 24 hours a day?

    So I wont be accused of profiling, I'll just say many of these callers coincidentally have the same accent as you'd expect to hear from the middle east. But they work for the IRS, reminding me that if I send them a money order immediately for my tax error, I may not be prosecuted. Or they notice I have a problem with my computer and I should log in to their website for correction.

    All day long, and sometimes in the middle of the night.

    You can place your cell phone on the do not call list, and that's about 90% effective, but there's no protection for land lines.

    I only share my land line number with businesses, and I do need to keep a land line, otherwise I'd pull the plug on what's left of Ma Bell.

    Signed,
    Frustrated in Oregon City.

    WAYNO.
     
  2. Larrytpdx

    Larrytpdx Portland, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Drives me crazy. Especially "Card Services"
     
  3. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    You're not the only one. We're getting the same calls on landline and cell phones. Our general rule is we never answer a call for a number we don't recognize. We're on all of the do not call lists, but it doesn't stop them.
     
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  4. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Wow, a harassment call (sales call) is so rare for us, knocking wood, I can't remember the last one! We are on all the lists also, and don't have a LL.
     
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  5. lucifermonkey

    lucifermonkey Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    The land line call list is probably so small by now that they have you on speed dial.
    One guy working part-time can probably call the entire list in an hour, lol.
    ;)
     
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  6. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    get a small air horn. that will keep at least the same person from calling back.:s0087::s0087::s0087:
     
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  7. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    Yep, I'll get mine out of the boat and bring it inside for the next unlucky SOB that calls trying to force me into doing something against my will....:p:Do_O
     
  8. giddyupgo55

    giddyupgo55 Vernonia Active Member

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    My cell phone is on a no call list, my land line is for the computer and Fax. If I don't want someone calling me I give them my line line.
     
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  9. Larrytpdx

    Larrytpdx Portland, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Unfortunately that does not work. The telephone system is designed to limit high frequency noises and loud sounds to prevent cross talk. Whistle and air horn blasts are not loud on the other end.
     
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  10. DuneHopper

    DuneHopper Douglas County. Well-Known Member

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    What I notice they do here is spoof numbers with local area code and even prefixes so you think it local and its some guy in Jamaica. I am on the do not call and I have blocking on all my lines but still ever week I get a few. I don't answer if I don't know it, I (hypothetically) would answer Blank Blank Police Department, of one that doesn't exist was fun to hear the panic in their voices, then a law buddy told me that could be seen as impersonation so glad I didnt ever do that ;)
     
  11. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    And in this day and age they are not being caught and convicted because the GOV does not think it is worth conviction unless millions of $$$$$ are involved, pizz on the peons (sheep)....
     
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  12. teflon97239

    teflon97239 Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    Phone scams like these are against the law, yet hey persist. Perhaps an executive order by that arrogant pantload in the whitehouse, imposing more stringent regulations and fees on telephone users everywhere, would convince those criminals stop doing criminal things?
     
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  13. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    donotcall.gov
    Haven't gotten any except two the last week that were for "Marriott rewards" and I wasn't too happy.
     
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  14. 308

    308 ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Platinum Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Thanks for that link. After I dealt with LegalZoom and Godaddy, my phone blows up with offers for credit and business loans. The jackazzes calling about my Toyota warranty running out soon have seemed to taper off tho.
     
  15. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I have yet to have these calls on my cell phone, but then again I don't answer calls from numbers I don't recognize.

    I haven't had a land line since ai moved out of my parents home/
     
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  16. Foreverlost

    Foreverlost South of LesbianVille, OR. Active Member

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    #1 on the list: Do Not Call has never worked, don't waste your time. The phone companies are making a bundle of money because of scams, etc.

    Those that make the scam and harassing phone calls have to make thousands of calls per day in order to find a sucker. That cost $$, no way around it.

    Then toss in the fact many are paying extra $$$ for caller ID & call blocking in an attempt to avoid those calls. Phone companies love it. Money flooding in, both directions.

    I will no longer pay extra for caller ID or call block. Land line is just for local calls now....most of the time a phone is "not" connected. Nice not to hear it ring or having to listen to BS on the answering machine.

    Use a smart phone with a free call blocker. Only numbers on the contact list are allowed to ring. End of BS!

    Just to drive in a point to honest business, upon leaving the dentist office a while back I told the office my reasons they "the dentist office" will not be able to contact me via phone. I will not give them my cell phone number. From now on, send a post card!! Or if they are smart, contact their "yuk" politicians and complain about scams, etc.

    Foreverlost,
     
  17. WWShooter

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    I have a business land line that I really can't afford not to answer. Recently, I got one of the calls from "Microsoft tech support."

    I knew it was a scam, but decided I'd have a little fun. I kept the guy on the phone for about 15 minutes while he got more and more excited about reeling in a fish. When I finally had enough, I told him "You're a thief. I figured I'd use up time you'd spend trying to steal someone else's money."

    Click.

    It was, all in all, pretty satisfying.
     
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  18. 66PonyCar

    66PonyCar Tigard, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    Actually the do not call list works for landlines too
     
  20. WWShooter

    WWShooter Member

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    My cell and both landlines are on the list. Worked at first, not so much for the last couple of years.
     
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