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Old 03-25-2016, 01:27 AM
 
Location: Washington state
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Originally Posted by choff5 View Post
I would be very careful, or actually not, return a call from an unknown number. One scam is set up when you do that you get tied into international calls which will then be charged to your account. I have an app I have on my phone called Truecaller. Type in a phone number and it will show you who, although honestly many cannot be traced. I do like the other phone ID sites that have been mentioned here. Oh, and blocking a number doesn't work as they keep changing the number. DH got another call from Payday loans yesterday about how his loan is approved. Very weird as it's the only junk call he ever gets on his cell. Most junk comes in on our landline where we don't have caller ID.
I have a pre-paid phone, so there's not much they can do except waste my minutes.

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Scam-O-Rama! You just put yourself on a bunch of phone lists by returning the call. Sometimes just picking up the phone will do that because it verifies they have reached a number with a living, breathing person on the other end. Don't do it. Let it ring. Then check the area code on your computer. Check a reverse lookup website. Chances are the number on the caller ID won't be listed. Block the number for future calls.
Well, I did give out my number, but they had already called me, and I called back on Skype anyway. I don't care about being on a phone list. I just finished reading a bunch of stuff on 419eater.com and I'm just aching all over to mess with someone's head.

What I miss are the obscene phone calls. I'd get the ones where someone would breathe on the line for a minute or so. I'd breathe back at him and then say, "It's your turn again now." They always hung up on me.
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Old 03-25-2016, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Mr. Number and having an Alaska phone number has eliminated the scam callers/texters for me. I recommend Mr. Number to anyone who gets scam/spam callers or gets harassing phone calls from disgruntled exes or obnoxious, overly persistent salespeople. It blocks phone calls and texts before they ring/ping the first time.

Being from Alaska I can tell you I've had my share of unsolicited phone calls over the years. Having a 907 area code does not make you immune. The vast majority of scamming and phishing is done on line or over the phone and and that's how they get money out of you. Geography is no longer an issue and it offers no protection.
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