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Old 12-04-2020, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Wooster, Ohio
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Sorry to hear this.
My issue is different. As a real estate agent, I have to answer all calls. I never know what legitimate opportunity may be on the other end.
So, I tire of scumbag robocallers and telemarketers.
This is a real problem for businesses. I used to have to deal with that at work. They would call and ask for an employee who no longer worked there. We started to tell these people that the employee was not replaced. One Asian caller was real persistent. After I had forwarded her call to IT or HR a couple of times, I decided I had to stop doing that. I was afraid the IT & HR departments would start hating me. So when she called back, I told her "I'm sorry, you have the wrong number" and immediately hung up. That actually seemed to work.

While working, I belonged to a couple of professional organizations, which my employer paid for. These organizations would send repeated renewal requests for people who had left years ago. The organizations were expensive, and of dubious value, so it's not something anyone would subscribe to after retirement. I did not want my fellow employees to be burdened by my junk mail after I retired, so over a year before I retired, I wrote to both professional organizations and told them I was not renewing because I was going to retire. Much to my surprise, this actually worked.
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Old 12-04-2020, 09:23 AM
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Kudos to the various govt agents that accomplished this, but I'm still getting 2-3 robocalls every day/night because my car warranty has expired.
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Old 12-04-2020, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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Well... I don't pay.

I just want my phone to quit ringing.
Glad this guy is going to do some serious time.
If you have an android there is a free app Calls Blacklist that I use and it works great. If the number calling is not in your contact list, the phone will not ring. They are allowed to go to voice mail in case it is a legit call. I've used it now for a few years and find it great. There are a few robocallers that do leave a full message, but usually just the last part. However that might only be about five percent of the calls that never ring and don't leave a message.
You are notified of call made that were ignored via a log if you care to look.
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Old 12-04-2020, 11:00 PM
 
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I hate spammers but I also hate knowing we will spend a ton of money incarcerating this person.
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Old 12-05-2020, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Kudos to the various govt agents that accomplished this, but I'm still getting 2-3 robocalls every day/night because my car warranty has expired.
And that credit care company that's going to lower my rates.

I answer them all now and mess with them.
"Hi. Is your credit card a MC or Visa?"
"You don't know?? You claim to be the credit care processing company?! Ok it's a Visa"
"And how much is your balance?"
"You don't know? Surely you must know?"
Yea, they usually hang up on me...
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Old 12-05-2020, 03:04 PM
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And that credit care company that's going to lower my rates.

I answer them all now and mess with them.
"Hi. Is your credit card a MC or Visa?"
"You don't know?? You claim to be the credit care processing company?! Ok it's a Visa"
"And how much is your balance?"
"You don't know? Surely you must know?"
Yea, they usually hang up on me...

That doesn't mean they won't call you back again, or sell your phone number to another scammer. Most of the calls I get are robocalls, which are happening more frequently at night.
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Old 12-06-2020, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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[quote=Peregrine;59839167]And that credit care company that's going to lower my rates.

I answer them all now and mess with them.
"Hi. Is your credit card a MC or Visa?"
Visa (Sometimes Diners Club to paralyze their little brains.)

"And how much is your balance?"
$17,000.

"Perfect. We can lower your interest rate to as low as 0."
Can't you just send me the money?



It usually goes downhill rapidly at that point.
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Old 12-14-2020, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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That doesn't mean they won't call you back again
And they do but the frequency has gone down.
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Old 12-15-2020, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Wooster, Ohio
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More good news, as Dish has been fined $210 Million for Telemarketing Violations:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YCvyMkXf1w

In this video, Steve Lehto talks about his experience with Directv. Their installer told him that their service would not work due to obstructed satellite view, but that Dish would work because their satellite was in a different part of the sky. As a result, Steve went with Dish. Directv called Steve every month, even after multiple explanation from Steve that they could not offer service to his house.

His experience is all too typical. When my parents died, I promptly notified the DMA (Direct Marketing Association). I also would mail back advertisements and inform them that the parent was deceased, along with the date of death. Despite this, I still get advertisements and charity pitches for my father who died in 2014. The amount of money wasted on advertising and charity pitches to dead people and others who cannot buy the product is incredible.
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Old 12-15-2020, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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.....Despite this, I still get advertisements and charity pitches for my father who died in 2014. The amount of money wasted on advertising and charity pitches to dead people and others who cannot buy the product is incredible.
Same thing happened when my grandmother passed around the same time frame. For the first few years I would write "Return to Sender" and place it back in the mailbox. It did very little to reduce such mailings. When I moved there was no need to leave a forwarding address in her name and finally no more SPAM mail addressed to her.
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