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Old 04-23-2015, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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These are the lowest of the low. We must all alert our neighbors, parents, friends to the unscrupulous practices of people like this.

Telemarketer accused of "bullying" the elderly - CBS News
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Old 04-23-2015, 09:08 PM
 
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From what I read he was charged with calling people on no call federal list. Sounds like all they could charge with for whatever reason. I mean I'm on that list and get calls all the time like that.
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Old 04-23-2015, 09:27 PM
 
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The area I'm at is probably one third retired folks and the local tv stations are always trying to stay on top of the latest scams. And these cretins are inventive-they think of damn near everything.

All I can say is this is pretty damn disgusting. Well, I can say more but the language filter will catch the expletives.
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Old 06-11-2015, 04:18 AM
 
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From what I read he was charged with calling people on no call federal list. Sounds like all they could charge with for whatever reason. I mean I'm on that list and get calls all the time like that.
Sorry I targeted you, texdave, but we do need to get awareness out. I plan on saying something like, 'Has the attorney General approved this. Are you aware I'm on the 'do not call' list? BUT, there were many times I had to be aggressive in my business life. I don't know how to let other seniors know. I do plan on putting info on the community bulletin board as I become aware of it, but most of the folks here are 70-90 and do not have computers & are not interested in having one. This is one of the times I am so appreciative of having this knowledge & the machines.
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Old 06-11-2015, 04:34 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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So the easy fix is just don't answer the phone. Let them leave a message. You can always return the important calls.
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Old 06-11-2015, 07:07 AM
 
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DH & I never pick up the phone without checking caller ID first. We must get a dozen telemarketer calls a day, even being on the Do NOT Call list. When no one picks up the phone, they disconnect. A few go to voice mail and get deleted. I'm just surprised people actually pick up the phone every time it rings without screening. Maybe the 75-90 contingent grew up in a simpler time where you didn't have to worry about idiots.
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Old 06-11-2015, 08:20 AM
 
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I get a lot of calls from non-profits and charities. I do check caller ID and let it go to voice mail most of the time. Very few people communicate through calls anymore, it's true. Scams have to target elderly because so many people have stopped having landlines. I think they will go the way of the dodo bird as more and more people stop having landlines.

But yeah, bulling older people who are too decent to conceive of a scam… very low indeed.
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Old 06-11-2015, 10:59 PM
 
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If you pick up the phone and it's a telemarketer, just hang up. No need to be polite, No need to get angry, No need to be mean. No need to speak to them. No need to acknowlege anything they say. Just hang up. Just hang up.
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Old 06-12-2015, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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I get a lot of calls from non-profits and charities. I do check caller ID and let it go to voice mail most of the time. Very few people communicate through calls anymore, it's true. Scams have to target elderly because so many people have stopped having landlines. I think they will go the way of the dodo bird as more and more people stop having landlines.

But yeah, bulling older people who are too decent to conceive of a scam… very low indeed.
I agree. I'm living in a senior building where I believe I'm the only one with a computer or cell. Most folks here are in their 80's & 90's. I'm sure they answer the phone because that's what you do. Should add that the charities that I donate too send me letters rather than phone.
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Old 06-13-2015, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Caller ID is not a free service included with your phone connection. You have to pay a for-profit corporation for your protection from another for-profit corporation, and those two corporations are in bed with each other.

Actually, I get so many calls from friends with unlimited long distance to talk my ear off, sometimes it is a welcome relief when it is a telemarketer that I can hang uo on.
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