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GardenGal

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #6825 on: July 11, 2017, 03:59:50 PM »
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I've started picking up the phone and pretending I'm not human - I got so fed up with silence when I answered a call, that I'm now not saying a thing.  Real humans will go: "hello?" and then I will answer, but I'm much less irritated when the machines hang up on me now.  It won't change a thing, but is providing a small amount of entertainment for me as I pretend to be a robot. :)

I do exactly this and you know what, it is NEVER a human.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #6826 on: July 12, 2017, 07:04:54 AM »
Earlier this evening I received two phone calls from numbers I didn't recognize, so I ignored them.  Later, when checking to see if I had any messages, it turned out one of the two calls left the following message:

Sorry.  You did not reveal yourself to be human.  Good-bye.

That makes both of us.

I've started picking up the phone and pretending I'm not human - I got so fed up with silence when I answered a call, that I'm now not saying a thing.  Real humans will go: "hello?" and then I will answer, but I'm much less irritated when the machines hang up on me now.  It won't change a thing, but is providing a small amount of entertainment for me as I pretend to be a robot. :)

I always say a very quiet hello when I pick up the phone if I don't know the number. This usually stalls out the computers, but the people will usually say something.

Rob
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Redneck Gravy

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #6827 on: July 12, 2017, 12:18:45 PM »
I have a fax line that gets calls from the same phone numbers, we never get a fax from those numbers.  When are they going to realize it is always going to be the fax machine and stop calling? 

Maybe never, I've been here over 10 years  :o

At least you know they aren't important calls.  If they were, the caller would either google your proper phone number, or (if that's something truly hidden) they would send a fax asking you to call them.  The fact they do neither probably means some robot is getting ticked off that the fax machine doesn't speak its language! ;)

A couple of times through the years I have snatched up the phone before the fax answers, and I am not kidding you, the very first time a voice said, "Hello, this is Microsoft we are getting warnings from your computer about a virus..."

Sometimes, when I am bored or just need a break I will pick up and converse with them, I have told people it is the lifeguard stand at the beach - what is your emergency?  The elevator in the bank building - state your problem please.  The CIA, what is your password, followed with how did you get this number?   It takes so little to entertain me sometimes.   >:D


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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #6828 on: July 17, 2017, 02:38:52 PM »
This was on my caller id Friday evening when I finally got home, I got a good laugh:

ILLEGAL SCAM
410-996-4474

I took a picture of the caller id but I don't know how to post it here apparently.  Now I ask you, who would want to answer that incoming call? 



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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #6829 on: July 18, 2017, 09:04:31 AM »
I've gotten several cell phone calls that show up as "Scam Likely" on my T-Mobile phone......

gramma dishes

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #6830 on: July 18, 2017, 09:18:20 AM »
This was on my caller id Friday evening when I finally got home, I got a good laugh:

ILLEGAL SCAM
410-996-4474

I took a picture of the caller id but I don't know how to post it here apparently.  Now I ask you, who would want to answer that incoming call?

Perhaps they thought someone might interpret it as a call that was going to be about an illegal scam and how to avoid it.

Lulubelle

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #6831 on: July 18, 2017, 09:27:09 AM »
This was on my caller id Friday evening when I finally got home, I got a good laugh:

ILLEGAL SCAM
410-996-4474

I took a picture of the caller id but I don't know how to post it here apparently.  Now I ask you, who would want to answer that incoming call?

Perhaps they thought someone might interpret it as a call that was going to be about an illegal scam and how to avoid it.
Who's there?
Landshark.

gramma dishes

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #6832 on: July 18, 2017, 09:37:54 AM »
This was on my caller id Friday evening when I finally got home, I got a good laugh:

ILLEGAL SCAM
410-996-4474

I took a picture of the caller id but I don't know how to post it here apparently.  Now I ask you, who would want to answer that incoming call?

Perhaps they thought someone might interpret it as a call that was going to be about an illegal scam and how to avoid it.
Who's there?
Landshark.

Candygram.

crella

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #6833 on: July 18, 2017, 10:27:54 AM »

VorFemme

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #6834 on: July 18, 2017, 10:35:23 AM »
Dum-dum, dum-dum....
Let sleeping dragons be.......morning breath......need I explain?

Redneck Gravy

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #6835 on: July 18, 2017, 03:12:44 PM »
This was on my caller id Friday evening when I finally got home, I got a good laugh:

ILLEGAL SCAM
410-996-4474

I took a picture of the caller id but I don't know how to post it here apparently.  Now I ask you, who would want to answer that incoming call?

Perhaps they thought someone might interpret it as a call that was going to be about an illegal scam and how to avoid it.
Who's there?
Landshark.

Candygram.

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Lindenharp

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #6836 on: July 19, 2017, 12:23:15 AM »
I don't know if this was a scam or a wrong number. I got a text on Monday morning that said:
I had a great time last night!  :)

It was not a number I recognized. I did go out Sunday night--for an early dinner at a diner with my aunt and uncle. I didn't reply, but I do wonder what it was about.
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Outdoor Girl

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #6837 on: July 19, 2017, 07:17:30 AM »
Probably a wrong number.

I got a text once, 'Dude, my knee is [expletive]ed!', followed a few minutes later with, 'Sorry, wrong number.'  I just laughed.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #6838 on: July 19, 2017, 09:30:16 AM »
I got a call on my landline a few years ago, around January 3. When I answered, a cheerful male voice said "Happy New Year!"  I didn't recognize the voice, so in my formal, you-sound-like-a-telemarketer tone, I said " to whom do you wish to speak?"  He asked for "Mary," sounding a bit nonplussed. I told him he had a wrong number and he apologized and hung up.

He called right back. OK, I'll allow that, maybe he thought he must have misdialed. But he called back a couple of times more, begging "don't you know Mary? Do you have a daughter or a niece?"  Finally, I told him in exasperation that he must have copied down the number wrong and to please stop calling. I didn't tell him what I really thought. "That nice young lady you met on New Year's Eve gave you a fake number."

Back to scammers Woman loses $5000 in Blessing Scam. This one crops up every so often. The scammers tend to prey on elderly Asian immigrants who do not speak English.

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andi

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #6839 on: July 19, 2017, 12:13:52 PM »
My dad said he's gotten the IRS call  4-5 times a week fir the last month. He laughed at the Microsoft call - they don't own a computer