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Old 02-25-2016, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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I just received today an e-mail wanting to up-date my VISA account. Ha ha don't have one, block block block.
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Old 02-26-2016, 04:54 PM
 
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Do you really think it would be difficult to track back on phone calls? Wired or cell phone it does not matter. Records of calls - but not the content - are maintained, if nothing else for billing purposes. Easy or not, our government has sunk into sheer incompetence and seems capable of doing almost nothing correctly.


Years ago, I had a car stolen and also received information on its location. The police took the report but would not investigate. They told me that many cars per day were stolen and never recovered because they were taken to chop shops and sold for parts. How could they possibly investigate all of those incidents? I suggested maybe investigating just one would allow them to bust a chop shop. That did not happen. Nor did I ever hear of any successful busts in my area. It seems that 90% of police "action" is just pretense. Unfortunately the serious criminals figure that out quickly.
Lots of scam calls come from interface cards in servers overseas. They spoof their numbers using North American phone number formats. Any machine with internet access can generate a phone call using VoIP.
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Old 02-26-2016, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles>Little Rock>Houston>Little Rock
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I don't answer calls from unknown numbers unless it is in my own area code. The calls go to voicemail and if the voicemail is over 10 seconds long I will listen. The other day I got a voicemail claiming to be from the IRS, but the voice sounded like one of those electronic things that disguise your voice.

I am getting at least 20 weird calls a week on my cell and I always block the number.
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Old 02-26-2016, 09:02 PM
 
Location: On the road
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I don't even answer calls within my own area code, if I don't recognize the number. A few times, caller ID has shown the caller to be my own number.
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Old 02-27-2016, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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I always answer my phone, and if I determine it's a solicitation, I cut in and tell the caller I don't respond to telephone solicitations and to remove my name and phone number from their calling list. It doesn't take long for calls like that to drop down to almost nothing. Telemarketers and scam artists don't want to waste their time on calls that consistently produce no results. There is the sucker list and there is also the don't waste your time on this number list. The latter is the list I want to be on.
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Old 02-27-2016, 09:17 AM
 
Location: On the road
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I always answer my phone, and if I determine it's a solicitation, I cut in and tell the caller I don't respond to telephone solicitations and to remove my name and phone number from their calling list. It doesn't take long for calls like that to drop down to almost nothing. Telemarketers and scam artists don't want to waste their time on calls that consistently produce no results. There is the sucker list and there is also the don't waste your time on this number list. The latter is the list I want to be on.
That's all very nice when the caller is human and they really give a crap. but robo-calls don't listen to you, and even most of the boiler room guys will just say ok, and hang up, and move on to the next number.
You can take the time to report the number to the national do not call system, and maybe it helps.

Best thing to do is just hang up.
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Old 04-15-2016, 11:53 AM
 
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A relative got a message today from someone claiming to be irs and claiming to have a lawsuit against her. She called me all frantic and upset. I kept trying to explain to her that it is a scam, I even sent her a link to the IRS website where they list all of the scams. I think she is still worried. LOL Poor thing.
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Old 04-15-2016, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I have a friend who is a wealthy attorney. She is not dumb or demented. She almost fell for the scam where someone calls saying they are a relative in jail. Usually they claim to be a grandchild. This is their 1 phone call and they have to have X dollars for their attorney immediately. Their voice sounds odd because they were in a car accident and their nose is broken.

She ALMOST sent the money! The thing that bothers me about this one is they had to do some research to get the names and relationships right.
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Old 04-17-2016, 01:08 PM
 
Location: On the road
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I have a friend who is a wealthy attorney. She is not dumb or demented. She almost fell for the scam where someone calls saying they are a relative in jail. Usually they claim to be a grandchild. This is their 1 phone call and they have to have X dollars for their attorney immediately. Their voice sounds odd because they were in a car accident and their nose is broken.

She ALMOST sent the money! The thing that bothers me about this one is they had to do some research to get the names and relationships right.
Yup. My sister-in-law almost fell for it. Fortunately, the small town she lives in has only the one bank, and the officers of the bank pretty much know everybody in town. The president of the bank overheard her requesting the money transfer, and stopped her from completing it. He then invited her into his office, and called her Son to verify the grandkids were just fine.
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