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    Phone and email SPAM and SCAM alerts

    I just received a call from (565) 454-3434. (That number doesn't look suspicious, does it?) 565 is not a valid area code.
    The woman on the other end of this very ... VERY short phone call had a pronounced foreign accent (perhaps from India).
    She claimed to be from the United Government for the States of America.
    HUH?
    I didn't bother to listen to anything more.
    I told her to quit scamming me.
    I hung up the phone.

    I have no idea what she wanted but I fear that others may be taken-in by these calls.
    Our younger RadioDiscussions.com members might want to warn their older friends and family members about this scam.

    Grumpy, crabby, short-tempered but not gullible ol' Frank
    Last edited by frankberry; 02-26-2016 at 09:22 AM.

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    My rule these days is if I don't recognize the number, particularly if it's an unfamiliar area code, I don't answer. 99-1/2% of the time, it's a scam. And I get dozens a day. And I'm on the do-not-call list.

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    I'm on the do-not-call list too. I knew it was a scam when I saw the phone number. I've blocked the number and any number with the area code 565. I'm not sure why my cell phone provider doesn't block these bogus calls. Oh well .... it gave me a chance to be nasty to someone without feeling guilty.

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    This is one of the older scams out there. They call and pretend to be either from the U.S. government or with "Windows Services" (note: not Microsoft, just Windows). They claim that there's a virus on your computer and that they'll instruct you on how to let them into your computer. If you do a reverse search on that number, you'll find a TON of postings to that effect on various message boards set up for exactly this reason.

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    The Do Not Call list means nothing to these clowns. They know they're breaking the law but don't care. They can post a fake number to the caller ID that has a valid area code or even a totally valid number, so they're harder to trace.


    I've had problems with calls that start with recorded messages with scams to consolidate your bills or sell security systems. Most of the time if you call it back you'll get a message that the phone number is no longer in service. I've also had some scam calls that have my own area code (731) and when I called it back it went to the voice mail for some valid phone number that didn't belong to the scammers.

    I like the idea that someone had on another forum, which was to press 1 to speak to a person, and then blast them with an air horn!!! I tried that with a car horn, but I found out that all it does is make them call you more, apparently because pressing 1 makes them think you're actually interested, and they get worse about calling you.

    I've found out the best response is to hang up on them immediately and don't press 1 even to retaliate.
    Last edited by anotherguy; 11-03-2014 at 02:09 PM.

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    We need to come up with a way to yank their chains so that their scams bounce back on them so hard that they just never recover. Until that happy day, however, I just don't answer a call I do not recognize. United Government for the States of America, eh?
    No irony there.

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    Not necessarily a scam but my technique for robo-calls is to listen for a couple of seconds after picking up the receiver. If I hear background noise (think of a call center) the call gets disconnected immediately. Same if someone asks for me by name without first identifying themselves. And the same if it remains silent. I figure if it is important they will call back. We are inundated with political calls, calls from charities and people with which we do not do business trying to do business. The Do Not Call registry helped for a little while but is being largely ignored today.

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    It depends on if I have time but sometimes I take the call and play along, recording the whole time. If it's good, I post them online. About half the time when they hear the "this call is being recorded" notice, they hang up right then. Then I add them to my lengthening block list.

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    I like this idea from Seinfeld: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hllDWSbuDsQ
    Last edited by anotherguy; 11-03-2014 at 09:59 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anotherguy View Post
    The Do Not Call list means nothing to these clowns. They know they're breaking the law but don't care. They can post a fake number to the caller ID that has a valid area code or even a totally valid number, so they're harder to trace.


    I've had problems with calls that start with recorded messages with scams to consolidate your bills or sell security systems. Most of the time if you call it back you'll get a message that the phone number is no longer in service. I've also had some scam calls that have my own area code (731) and when I called it back it went to the voice mail for some valid phone number that didn't belong to the scammers.

    I like the idea that someone had on another forum, which was to press 1 to speak to a person, and then blast them with an air horn!!! I tried that with a car horn, but I found out that all it does is make them call you more, apparently because pressing 1 makes them think you're actually interested, and they get worse about calling you.

    I've found out the best response is to hang up on them immediately and don't press 1 even to retaliate.
    It's called Caller ID Spoofing. How many of you have had this happen to you? The person listed on the caller ID calling you is listed as your name and number? I live with my Mom Tina and a few times we've gotten calls on the caller ID that say Tina B 860-xxx-xxxx. (I'm not posting our real phone number on a public forum). Of course we don't answer it.

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