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Old 01-24-2019, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I don't get aggravated. It's almost a game to me now. I LOVE when they hang up on me.

"Hi, yes, how do you do this job every day, I'm genuinely curious. Do people actually buy this... hello???"

Takes less then a minute of my life. I can spare it.


Coincidentally the # of calls I get is decreasing....
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Old 01-24-2019, 08:39 AM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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I don't get aggravated. It's almost a game to me now. I LOVE when they hang up on me.

"Hi, yes, how do you do this job every day, I'm genuinely curious. Do people actually buy this... hello???"

Takes less then a minute of my life. I can spare it.


Coincidentally the # of calls I get is decreasing....
To each his own I guess. To me, it's a pita, a minor one but still a pita. Coincidentally, I don't get that many robocalls either? A friend who runs a business using his cell phone number was hounded by too many calls. He went out and got another phone. I told him that it probably didn't matter, the calls still happen. Many of these robo-callers dial numbers sequentially and you will get the calls eventually. I hope something is done at the federal level (fcc) to put a stop to it or at least slow it down.
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Old 01-25-2019, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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In my experience it isn't really calling sequential numbers. People who get a lot of robocalls: you gave your number to someone you shouldn't have. My wife NEVER gets these calls.

Our number are the same first 6 digits and very close last 4.
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Old 01-25-2019, 11:21 AM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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In my experience it isn't really calling sequential numbers. People who get a lot of robocalls: you gave your number to someone you shouldn't have. My wife NEVER gets these calls.

Our number are the same first 6 digits and very close last 4.
If they aren't sequential then they are either random or targeted. So IMO, answering the call DOES make you a target. I know that if the number is blocked it goes straight to VM. That in itself should take you off the radar in theory anyway. It would be nice to just hang up instead of VM but I think the OS will not allow that. This is the reason I don't answer and then block. I can also say this, I've gotten robocalls on my office number which is unpublished and a direct line and I know for sure I've never given that one out. I still think some robocallers (maybe not all) do sequential dialing.
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Old 04-02-2019, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Inactive
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As a general rule, I do not answer calls with phone numbers I do not recognize and let it go to voicemail, but some exceptions:
- Its the area code and exchange for the local hospital. In my suburban area, most, if not tall, of that telephone exchange is for the hospital and the medical office buildings on the hospital campus.
- You get a call from the same number two times or more in 15 minutes. As an aside on my newer LG phone, its one of the optional exceptions in the Do Not Disturb mode. Does any telemarketer do this? Yes, more than once in a day, but not in a short period of time.
- Person has prearranged a time to call me, and they call within +/- 5 minutes of that time. In the past, a situation where interviewing for a job and the interviewer is calling from his/her cell phone.
- You log into a website with 2-step authentication to send a 6 digit code texting your cell phone or calling your landline phone if you have one. I like many just choose the text message option to my mobile, but some may choose the other option. I noticed on some of those websites, it will say if you choose the phone call option, the call will come from a certain area code.
- If are expecting an automated call from a doctor's office confirming appointment made, school maybe with weather closure update, etc., ask the business or organization who would be doing these automated calls to you, if not their own office number, at least what area code and exchange their automated calls will be coming from.
- If for some reason someone not calling me from their cell phone on the road and instead using a payphone wherever those may be now i.e. lost cell phone or forgot leaving it at home, remote rural area with spotty cell reception, its helpful if they use their Google Voice number (free) or a toll free number say from ureach.com (monthly and per use charge) so that number transmits through. Also generally, payphones last four digits more often begin with 9xxx, more likely the higher end of that 10,000 digits range. Otherwise, I hope they leave a voicemail.

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Old 04-03-2019, 01:16 PM
 
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I've gotten calls from U.S. pharmacy and Canadian pharmacy for 15 years. They are Indian scammers who are relentless telemarketers. They mainly sell Viagra type drugs without a prescription. I've never bought anything from them but used to love giving them a hard time whenever they'd call. I haven't answered my phone for anyone outside my contact list since I retired 6 years ago but once in awhile I google the numbers in my call list and i see that some of them are from these scam pharmacy callers. You gotta give them kudos for persistence. They never give up. I think it would be great if Americans started sending crap calls to India.
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