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##### Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2460 on: March 26, 2014, 08:53:28 AM »
I don't answer calls from numbers I don't recognize, so I have missed out on all these phone scams.

On the other hand, I recently discovered that out of all the external email that comes into our university, 92% is spam.
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#### AmethystAnne

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##### Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2461 on: March 29, 2014, 11:32:15 AM »
I've gotten calls that I find out are from supposedly cancer awareness companies. The calls go like this (Daniel is the name I made up for my son's real name):

Caller: is Daniel there?
Me: No, may I take a message?
Caller: no actually this call is for either Daniel or you. This is <so-and-so> Calling about breast cancer awareness. Did you know that blahblahblahblah...could you send a donation?
Me: Could you send me a letter? I don't talk money to people that call on the phone. -click-

I've gotten about a half dozen calls like this over the past 2months. The last call went like this:

Caller: Is Daniel there?
Me: No.  -click-

#### Lorelei_Evil

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##### Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2462 on: March 29, 2014, 12:41:51 PM »
"I'm fully aware that breast cancer exists."  *click*

#### jedikaiti

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##### Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2463 on: March 29, 2014, 01:15:29 PM »
"I'm sorry, I don't give in response to telephone solicitations."
What part of v_e = \sqrt{\frac{2GM}{r}} don't you understand? It's only rocket science!

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#### hermanne

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« Reply #2464 on: March 29, 2014, 01:45:38 PM »
^^ Add to that a preschooler loudly asking "who is it, who is it!?" over and over, because if it's daddy or grandma,of course he wants to say hi!

The caller got "sorrywedon'tdodonationsoverthephone pleasemailusthanksbye!" click! and I explained to DS that it wasn't daddy or grandma.
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#### Lynn2000

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« Reply #2465 on: March 29, 2014, 07:37:24 PM »
It's been a weird week for me. Friday when I got home I found I had an envelope in the mail with my address handwritten on it. Inside was a three-page handwritten letter, on looseleaf notebook paper, which seemed to be from someone in an evangelical religion, along with a bunch of related pamphlets. I guess I don't know exactly what they wanted, as I merely skimmed the letter then threw the whole thing away. I'm still amazed by the handwritten letter--imagine all that they sent out, all over the neighborhood.
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« Reply #2466 on: March 29, 2014, 10:13:53 PM »
I am getting calls from an Oregon number on my cell phone with no message being left.

Then twice I have received calls from a +10000000000. I don't know what number that is, and they don't leave messages.
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#### AmethystAnne

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« Reply #2467 on: March 29, 2014, 10:33:56 PM »
We get calls from 000-000-0000 quite often. I pick up, say hello, and if there is no immediate (within 2 seconds), I hang up.

When I am watching the grandkids, I don't pick up the phone if I don't recognize the number that comes up on the caller ID.

Heh, my habit got my DH nowhere yesterday. He called the landline of OldestDD&family (where the kids and I were) and the number that appeared on the ID was the 000-000-0000 number. So I didn't answer.

Oh well, if he wants to block his number from Caller ID, then he's taking the gamble (and losing) if he wants me to answer the phone.

#### snowfire

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« Reply #2468 on: March 29, 2014, 10:40:20 PM »
We've gotten a couple of the Microsoft scam calls this week.  DH answered the last one.  After hearing the first part of the spiel, he just laughed & said " I'm a Cyber Security specialist.  Get lost."  Totally true.  He is getting CISSP certification.       We probably have the tightest security of any home network, and a lot better than most corporations.

#### nutraxfornerves

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« Reply #2469 on: March 30, 2014, 10:41:41 AM »
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t's been a weird week for me. Friday when I got home I found I had an envelope in the mail with my address handwritten on it. Inside was a three-page handwritten letter, on looseleaf notebook paper, which seemed to be from someone in an evangelical religion, along with a bunch of related pamphlets. I guess I don't know exactly what they wanted, as I merely skimmed the letter then threw the whole thing away. I'm still amazed by the handwritten letter--imagine all that they sent out, all over the neighborhood.

It may not be a scam. Take a look at this previous post of mine. There are denominations that carry out this kind of activity. They consider it a way for "shut-ins" to be able to promote the religion.

http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=130886.msg3047172#msg3047172

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#### Lynn2000

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« Reply #2470 on: March 30, 2014, 12:26:45 PM »
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t's been a weird week for me. Friday when I got home I found I had an envelope in the mail with my address handwritten on it. Inside was a three-page handwritten letter, on looseleaf notebook paper, which seemed to be from someone in an evangelical religion, along with a bunch of related pamphlets. I guess I don't know exactly what they wanted, as I merely skimmed the letter then threw the whole thing away. I'm still amazed by the handwritten letter--imagine all that they sent out, all over the neighborhood.

It may not be a scam. Take a look at this previous post of mine. There are denominations that carry out this kind of activity. They consider it a way for "shut-ins" to be able to promote the religion.

http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=130886.msg3047172#msg3047172

Yipe! The mass-manufactured feeling of that is so tacky and cynical, I think.

I'm very curious if any of my neighbors in the apartment building got one. It had my name but not my apartment number on it, I noticed. The gist of the letter seemed to be complaining about rising crime and how that happened because people didn't believe in Specific Tenets. I have not been the victim of a crime (fortunately! I think I would be terribly upset by this if I had). Some of our local papers do police blotters and I wonder if maybe someone in my building had something minor that was mentioned there (minor in the sense that the landlord didn't feel the need to make everyone in the building aware), and this person decided to launch a campaign focused on all the tenants.
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#### Jloreli

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« Reply #2471 on: March 30, 2014, 05:26:51 PM »
^^ Add to that a preschooler loudly asking "who is it, who is it!?" over and over, because if it's daddy or grandma,of course he wants to say hi!

The caller got "sorrywedon'tdodonationsoverthephone pleasemailusthanksbye!" click! and I explained to DS that it wasn't daddy or grandma.

I might have been sorely tempted to hand the phone over to the preschooler!

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« Reply #2472 on: March 30, 2014, 05:52:45 PM »
I came home today to find magnetic business cards for moving services on every door on our building and the one across.

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#### nuit93

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« Reply #2473 on: March 30, 2014, 06:04:49 PM »
^^ Add to that a preschooler loudly asking "who is it, who is it!?" over and over, because if it's daddy or grandma,of course he wants to say hi!

The caller got "sorrywedon'tdodonationsoverthephone pleasemailusthanksbye!" click! and I explained to DS that it wasn't daddy or grandma.

I might have been sorely tempted to hand the phone over to the preschooler!

I knew a family that did this.  The kid LOVED it.  The telemarketers, not so much.

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« Reply #2474 on: March 30, 2014, 07:02:09 PM »
^^ Add to that a preschooler loudly asking "who is it, who is it!?" over and over, because if it's daddy or grandma,of course he wants to say hi!

The caller got "sorrywedon'tdodonationsoverthephone pleasemailusthanksbye!" click! and I explained to DS that it wasn't daddy or grandma.

I might have been sorely tempted to hand the phone over to the preschooler!
I've done that.  Hey, they ASKED for him, full name including middle name.

I think hermanne's case EvilMama would say to the child (in the caller's hearing) "It's not Daddy or Grandma, it's a man who wants me to give him money" and then go into the "no donations over the phone" spiel.
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