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(Fox News)   Hello, Mr Subby. Sorry to bother you at home... Yes, I see you're on the do not call list, very wise these days, but this is a political poll -- we're exempt. Now then, would you care to purchase a time share?   (foxnews.com) divider line 103
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2012-05-16 06:22:57 AM

D_S_W: You guys pay if someone calls YOU on YOUR cellphone?
What a farked up system.


Pretty much, though most major cell phone service providers offer free calls & texting after 6 or 7 p.m. and on weekends. Most companies give you a set amount of talk time minutes per month.

My son gets 300 minutes per month on his plan, plus unlimited texting since he texts more than he talks. Calls (incoming/outgoing) in the evening or on the weekend don't use any of his allocated minutes.
 
2012-05-16 06:23:25 AM

Unobtanium: I have received this call on every phone I have or own - Desk phone at work, home phone, personal cell, Google voice, work blackberry. Multiple times. Every one of them is on the DNC list. If I had a little more free time, and could definitively ID these people, I'd like to try filing a small-claims suit. I have occasionally had robo / spam calls in the past to my cell, some in Spanish. For about 6 weeks, I was getting some collection agency or agencies calling for "Shaniqua." After the third one, I had a script, "My name is not Shaniqua, I have no idea who that is. I have had this cell number for about 15 years, so she either intentionally gave someone a wrong number or your records are messed up."


I mailed in a payment already, damnit! They always get my name wrong.
 
2012-05-16 06:24:06 AM

D_S_W: You guys pay if someone calls YOU on YOUR cellphone?
What a farked up system.


I do, I have a pay as you go phone, which works out great for me because I make 5 or 6 calls a month tops. I buy $15 worth of minutes every three months or so.
 
2012-05-16 08:15:02 AM

D_S_W: You guys pay if someone calls YOU on YOUR cellphone?
What a farked up system.


The calls are coming from INSIDE THE CELL PHONE COMPANY!

/They're trying to waste your minutes! GET OUT NOW!
 
2012-05-16 08:25:34 AM
The day that mobile phones are allowed to be subjected to this nonsense is the day I will go Hulk levels of angry.
 
2012-05-16 08:31:47 AM

cman: Let me guess, you do not have a land line, only a cell phone


There's nothing magical about a cell phone number. A phone number is a phone number they're going to call it regardless.

I've had a landline at my place since I moved in in 1998. I've never gotten any political calls ever. That unlisted number fee is worth every penny. Between being unlisted and the do-not-call list I don't get any telemarketting calls at all. It's wonderful.

My cell on the other hand gets that "Hi this is Tom from home security" robocall shiat every couple of months.
 
2012-05-16 08:31:58 AM
I keep getting calls from Heather at Account Services. When they make their pitch they say they were referred by Experion, since, supposedly, I have a business relationship with Experion. Most of the time, when I start to talk with the live operator, they hang up on me. Now I just use my whistle.

I've sent dozens of complaints to the FTC, but since the numbers are spoofed, it doesn't matter.

Worst are the pre-recorded political push-polls. Bogosity at a higher level.
 
2012-05-16 08:34:52 AM
Why do people answer the phone if you don't recognize the number? If it is important to the caller they'll leave a message: if it is important to me I'll call back.
 
2012-05-16 08:41:17 AM
Spend time getting as much info out of them,.. stopping them mid sentence to spell out a word from the previous one,... asking if they could explain that again for your friend, who sounds just like you, etc,... then advise them that you will keep them on the phone indefinitely, talking about nothing. You've no intention to pay anything to them,.. but,.. hey,.. their call time average will go up by a few minutes,... and they'll lose their job for not hitting targets. Of course,.. they could leave your number on the list, running the risk to call again tomorrow.. affecting their department's average, or they could remove it.
 
2012-05-16 08:41:44 AM
Step 1.. answer phone

Step 2.. determine that the call is a violation of donotcall.

Step 3.. one blast of a boat horn into phone.

Step 4.. hang up.

Step 5.. repeat as needed.. the calls will stop..
 
2012-05-16 08:44:11 AM

OlderGuy: Step 1.. answer phone

Step 2.. determine that the call is a violation of donotcall.

Step 3.. one blast of a boat horn into phone.

Step 4.. hang up.

Step 5.. repeat as needed.. the calls will stop..


Person refers the number to collegue to phone, for hilarity. Person claims to be deafened, lawsuit for assault probably.
 
2012-05-16 08:47:22 AM

OlderGuy: Step 1.. answer phone

Step 2.. determine that the call is a violation of donotcall.

Step 3.. one blast of a boat horn into phone.

Step 4.. hang up.

Step 5.. repeat as needed.. the calls will stop..


Phones in call centers have a maximum volume. It doesn't matter if you are yelling or using an air horn it only goes so loud on their end and that is only slightly louder than if you're talking. You'd need to whisper for a few minutes to get them to turn up their phone for that plane to work.
 
2012-05-16 08:50:37 AM
They called me a week or so ago. They were frustrated because I wouldn't say "yes" or "no"; evidently they were supposed to stay on the line until they got an answer. Finally they gave it to a salesman and I kept googling his statements and caught him lying and misrepresenting himself time and time again. They he insisted he wasn't lying. I told him that a liar would say that. He'd say he wasn't a liar. He had no conception of the circular logic.

I spent about ten minutes, then hung up.

He called back. He really wanted me to get this free cruise. I kept pointing out he was lying and misrepresenting himself. I showed that the BBB rated his company a D+. He said Wal-Mart also gets complaints. I said the BBB rated Wal-mart A+. And that they had far fewer complaints than he did.

I eventually tired of the game and hung up, proud to have wasted a half hour of his time.
 
2012-05-16 09:34:24 AM

9beers: What % of people still have home phones? I'm going on around 10 years without one and haven't missed it once.


I have one. But I live on a lonely country road, and people constantly drive in my ditch and fark up their cars. I leave it on the kitchen table with a note (door's unlocked) saying here's the number to the local garage, they tow. make yourelf to home. Close the door behind you but don't lock it.
 
2012-05-16 09:40:31 AM

Carth: Phones in call centers have a maximum volume. It doesn't matter if you are yelling or using an air horn it only goes so loud on their end and that is only slightly louder than if you're talking. You'd need to whisper for a few minutes to get them to turn up their phone for that plane to work.


Oh you are evil. I like that.
 
2012-05-16 10:08:33 AM

Bathia_Mapes: As I stated earlier, these telemarketing calls are being received by cell phone users as well, myself included.


Cellphones, however, have at least some apps or features that can help combat this problem. A landline phone doesn't offer much, other than some Panasonics have call blocking based on number, and the phone company will block 12 numbers for $4 a month. Other than that, there really aren't many options other then things like Telezapper, which don't always work either.
 
2012-05-16 10:24:12 AM

cman: Bathia_Mapes: cman: DeltaPunch: I've never received a robocall, telemarketer, political polling, etc. I'm 32 yrs old and -- other than the occasional wrong number -- I've never received a phone call that wasn't from a friend or family member.

Do you guys give your number away or something? Is it like signing up with an email address and then receiving spam? How does one go about getting robocalled?

Let me guess, you do not have a land line, only a cell phone

Landlines get robocalls too. Used to get them back when we still had a landline. Fortunately, Oregon has made all robocalling to landlines & cell phones illegal. The penalty is a $5,000 fine for every number called.

Yeah, thats what I was talking about. Robocalls never come over mobile phones. This is because there is no phonebook aval for cell phone numbers.


I've gotten the call specifically mentioned in this article as well as political polls. I only have a cell phone.
 
2012-05-16 10:27:26 AM
Anyone else get the "Take a quick survey about the economy and we'll reward you with a free cruise" scam?

After the 3 question "survey" it transfers you to a live person who was obviously trying to get me to say the word "Yes" to anything. I avoided that word knowing that most likely they'll take the recording of me saying "yes" and sign me up for a crapton of services.

These crooks deserve death. Period.
 
2012-05-16 10:27:41 AM

Carth: OlderGuy: Step 1.. answer phone
Step 2.. determine that the call is a violation of donotcall.
Step 3.. one blast of a boat horn into phone.
Step 4.. hang up.
Step 5.. repeat as needed.. the calls will stop..

Phones in call centers have a maximum volume. It doesn't matter if you are yelling or using an air horn it only goes so loud on their end and that is only slightly louder than if you're talking. You'd need to whisper for a few minutes to get them to turn up their phone for that plane to work.


We were getting a phone call from a Verizon call center asking "Is this (head of household)?" And rather than answering her question I said "What is this about?" and she asked "Are you (head of household)?" and I just repeatedly said "What is this about?" and "Are you offering to cut our prices?" without ever answering her question.

She hung up on me.

It can be fun to screw with a phone peon.
 
2012-05-16 10:48:26 AM
I'm just posting to say that I saw what subby did there in the url. I can't be the only one who saw that right?

On a related note, anyone know how to get Firefox to stop shortening urls?
 
2012-05-16 10:49:20 AM
The only problem calls I get now are on my work line. The person I inherited my desk and phone from was in debt to someone. And most of the time I get robocalls that dont give me any option of speaking to a live person. I have gotten live people call about the debt a few times and told them its a work line and the person they are looking for hasent worked here in 2 years. It gets real annoying when I am on the other line and they leave a voicemail. Ive told my boss and client about this but they dont seem to care.
 
2012-05-16 10:50:17 AM
I actually like getting calls from collection agencies that are trying to reach some idiot who gave them my number. I play along. They ask for the guy and I tell them I'm him. Then I start asking the collector weird questions and tell him that I'm going to kill his family and my family too. It's fun.
 
2012-05-16 10:52:23 AM

Red Sparrow: On a related note, anyone know how to get Firefox to stop shortening urls?


Here. Don't know if it's still accurate.
 
2012-05-16 11:05:27 AM

Misch: Red Sparrow: On a related note, anyone know how to get Firefox to stop shortening urls?

Here. Don't know if it's still accurate.


Thanks, that's what I was looking for. Had done it before but when I reinstalled Firefox, I lost it and couldn't find it again.

Back on topic: Fark these guys. I don't know if it's the same ones who've called me but I keep getting calls on my cellphone that start with the sound of a ship's horn. At least it's a good indicator that I can hang right up.
 
2012-05-16 11:10:50 AM

sugarrushjunkie: Spend time getting as much info out of them,.. stopping them mid sentence to spell out a word from the previous one,... asking if they could explain that again for your friend, who sounds just like you, etc,... then advise them that you will keep them on the phone indefinitely, talking about nothing. You've no intention to pay anything to them,.. but,.. hey,.. their call time average will go up by a few minutes,... and they'll lose their job for not hitting targets. Of course,.. they could leave your number on the list, running the risk to call again tomorrow.. affecting their department's average, or they could remove it.



"Hi! Is this Mr Hiker9999"?


"No; hold on a sec; I'll go get him"

20 minutes later......
 
2012-05-16 11:35:56 AM

D_S_W: You guys pay if someone calls YOU on YOUR cellphone?
What a farked up system.


Yup! That's the way things work in the USA. You pay in both directions.
 
2012-05-16 11:37:12 AM
These farkers called me the other day too. Their "political poll" was three softball questions that had virtually no relevance to anything. Then yeah, at the end it's "stay on the line to learn about how you can qualify for a free cruise!"
 
2012-05-16 11:51:27 AM

StrangeQ: These farkers called me the other day too. Their "political poll" was three softball questions that had virtually no relevance to anything. Then yeah, at the end it's "stay on the line to learn about how you can qualify for a free cruise!"


Yep. And the person you get transferred to is a scammer trying to get you to say the word "Yes" as well as get your credit info in order to process the cruise which is absolutely NOT a scam because the operator actually SAW the boat at the harbor! Am I calling him a liar?
 
2012-05-16 01:08:05 PM
I don't see how this isn't a form of harassment, electronic trespass, or just a plain common law nuisance.

Some shills for certain corporate or political agendas claim this is a freedom of speech issue. It's not. I don't pay to have a phone line so I can have these asshats calling me. It would be a different matter if these companies/organizations were giving me free phone service in exchange for receiving their solicitations.

The "Do Not Call" registry is ineffective. It needs to be replaced with a "These people will hunt you down and f**k your sh*t up if you call them" registry.
 
2012-05-16 01:10:26 PM

cman: Let me guess, you do not have a land line, only a cell phone


And your number was never previously assigned to a Russian guy named Markil who cancelled his phone service as a means of avoiding his many creditors and family members.
 
2012-05-16 02:32:00 PM

Cinaed: The day that mobile phones are allowed to be subjected to this nonsense is the day I will go Hulk levels of angry.


Maybe you should read the thread. Cell phone users are getting these telemarketing calls. In fact, I've gotten numerous telemarketing calls to my cell phone from the assholes mentioned in the article.
 
2012-05-16 02:37:34 PM

Sun Worshiping Dog Launcher: Bathia_Mapes: As I stated earlier, these telemarketing calls are being received by cell phone users as well, myself included.

Cellphones, however, have at least some apps or features that can help combat this problem. A landline phone doesn't offer much, other than some Panasonics have call blocking based on number, and the phone company will block 12 numbers for $4 a month. Other than that, there really aren't many options other then things like Telezapper, which don't always work either.


If you're using an inexpensive prepaid (Tracfone) like me since I rarely use my phone more than 10 minutes a month, there are no features or apps that allow me to block phone numbers.

And in the case of this telemarketer, they use spoofed numbers, which they change frequently. Even if you have blocking capabilities on your phone, that doesn't help much if they keep changing to a new spoofed number.
 
2012-05-16 02:40:41 PM

natazha: D_S_W: You guys pay if someone calls YOU on YOUR cellphone?
What a farked up system.

Yup! That's the way things work in the USA. You pay in both directions.


And overall, it works out the same unless you're forever alone guy, because the rates per minute are much much lower than in Europe.
 
2012-05-16 02:49:24 PM

PillsHere: DeltaPunch: I've never received a robocall, telemarketer, political polling, etc. I'm 32 yrs old and -- other than the occasional wrong number -- I've never received a phone call that wasn't from a friend or family member.

Do you guys give your number away or something? Is it like signing up with an email address and then receiving spam? How does one go about getting robocalled?

My biggest problem has been the past 2 landline numbers I've gotten have both belonged to some negligent person who obviously was trying to change their number in order to avoid bill collectors. Thus I get spammed called looking for these people who previously had my number. It really sucks. Luckily once I got a phone with caller ID I could filter them out for the most part, but it's still annoying. With my old number I was still getting calls for this woman 5 years after the fact!

The woman who had my old number apparently gave her number out to everyone and anyone because in addition to bill collectors calling for her and her husband, I would get calls from her friends and then calls for her daughter. Also her daughter's school would robocall us 10+ times a day with all sorts of messages like what was being served in the cafeteria that day, what events were going on at the school, and who was in charge of carpool for that day or whatever. It would keep re-dialing until a person picked up, for some reason it was able to detect the answering machine and would just ignore it as if the call didn't go through. So we would have to pick up, sit there for a few seconds before the message started and then the calls would stop for the day otherwise it would just call repeatedly. It took us two years to get our number off their stupid list. I kept having to call the school and reassure them that I didn't have a teenager in their school. Why would I lie about that and who cares if I did? If I don't want you to call me, don't freaking call me.

I'm 2 years into this current number and am still getti ...


We had the same problem with the landline at our old house. Dozens and dozens of calls from AT&T, bill collectors, etc. It wasn't until I got an irate phone call from a bar owner in Delaware who received a rubber check that I realized the person who had our number previously was STILL giving it out as his number, a year after it had been assigned to us. So he wasn't just a deadbeat, but a true con artist. At that point, we realized we were dealing with such an arsehole that we had no choice but to change the number (we ended up cancelling the landline altogether).

Not saying this is going on with anyone else, but if it is, the problem isn't going to stop.
 
2012-05-16 03:39:55 PM
Have gotten these myself (and the "Home Security" scam, and as of late the "Free Roof Exam For Hail Damage" scam even though I HAVE no hail damage).

If I get a live person, I explain to them the fun fact that calling my number is a felony (yes, it actually IS in my state; yay for having probably the strictest laws in the country re telemarketing! Oh, and we banned robocalling back in 2006), that felonies CAN result in extradition from a country and my state Attorney-General has been quite willing to do so in fraud cases, and Quit Farking Calling or I will be contacting law enforcement in BOTH countries.

The only ones who still call are the vishing scams, and I've resorted to long discussions with the A/G's office (FTC is pretty ineffective) and call trace. (Call trace costs a bit, but at least it can get the actual ANI record flagged instead of a spoofed CID and you can at least tell which particular VoIP provider is responsible so as to send nastygrams and/or discovery subpoenas for suing for your $1500 per willful offense in small claims court.)

And as noted--assuming you can find the perps (which will usually require call trace, filing a complaint in Small Claims court against John Doe, serving a subpoena to your telco to get the Call Trace records, and obtaining the records on who's calling either via request or subpoena from the VoIP company responsible) you can sue and usually WIN in small claims court for $1500 per offence (the forging of caller ID, calling numbers on the do-not-call registry, and use of robocalls are ALL considered prima facie evidence that they're willfully disregarding telemarketing laws). You can also file a subpoena for discovery purposes very easily once it's in the small claims court system and you still make more on the judgement--the big thing would be time required. (Also, this tends to make them stop calling if nothing else--they realise you're Farking Serious about this.)

And THEN after you've gotten all that info...share it with your state Attorney-General if they have an aggressive anti-telemarketing law (like my state that considers it a felony) and watch the REAL fun start...if they're in Canada or India, they're screwed as the US does have extradition treaties with the countries in question re felony offenses :D.

/presently going through that whole "Hunting down to find where the bastards live" stage and siccing the AG on them
//thank the gods I do have a bit of info on how telco works
///eventually they WILL learn NOT to farking bother me. Or else :D
 
2012-05-16 03:41:46 PM

Snakeophelia: PillsHere: DeltaPunch: We had the same problem with the landline at our old house. Dozens and dozens of calls from AT&T, bill collectors, etc. It wasn't until I got an irate phone call from a bar owner in Delaware who received a rubber check that I realized the person who had our number previously was STILL giving it out as his number, a year after it had been assigned to us. So he wasn't just a deadbeat, but a true con artist. At that point, we realized we were dealing with such an arsehole that we had no choice but to change the number (we ended up cancelling the landline altogether).

Not saying this is going on with anyone else, but if it is, the problem isn't going to stop.


Well the good thing is we moved so the number we got all the calls for the lady on is no longer ours, but on our "new" number (which we've had for 2 years) we get calls for some guy about bills. Thankfully the calls are much less frequent than they were with the woman, but we still get a few a week that are automated. That sucks though that the person was still actively giving the number out. That's pretty shiatty.
 
2012-05-16 03:44:07 PM
And as an aside...

Personally, it's my feeling that both telephone AND email marketing SHOULD be made opt-in rather than opt-out (just as it is for junk faxes and cell phones--for those who've gotten this shiat on cells, it's very very illegal and you have grounds to sue the perps right then and there; I have collected info on the likely perps in Ft. Lauderdale FL who are doing this, but I also know the rule against posting addresses on Fark). In fact, the initial anti-spam laws WERE opt-in-only and did result in shutting down some of the most notorious offenders (Kevin Lipsitz--who went honest and is now a competitive gourmand--and Sanford Wallace, who did not but went into advertising-via-badware and is not only responsible for the section banning junk faxes in federal law but is now going to sit in prison for the next 25 years).
 
2012-05-16 03:54:51 PM
Why does everyone in this thread hate the free market?
 
2012-05-16 04:08:40 PM

Great Porn Dragon: you can find the perps (which will usually require call trace, filing a complaint in Small Claims court against John Doe, serving a subpoena to your telco to get the Call Trace records, and obtaining the records on who's calling either via request or subpoena from the VoIP company responsible) you can sue and usually WIN in small claims court for $1500 per offence


I would like to opt-in to your newsletter. This sounds like a good moneymaking opportunity.

Or at least a way to get under telemarketers' skin for relatively little investment, as I'm assuming the odds of ever collecting on those small claims victories from foreign companies is pretty minimal.
 
2012-05-16 04:35:57 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: I got one of those calls the other day. I let it go to voicemail, then called it back and they gave me a list of options including one that supposedly took me off their list. Obnoxious farkers.


Anyone with an Android needs to get Mr. Number from the app store. I don't answer callers I don't recognize (esp. calls that aren't from local area codes) and this app will even list on its own caller id that it's "suspected spam." The best part is that I can save a caller to one of my predefined contacts (i.e. zzzzzzz_spam) and, the next time they call (and they ALWAYS call at least 2x), Mr. Number will pick up and hang up the call automagically. The phone doesn't even ring, and all these vultures get is a click and then dialtone.

/You can set it to go straight to VM too, but fark that
//No, I'm not compensated for the program
///I just think it works great
 
2012-05-16 04:58:53 PM

IamSoSmart_S_M_R_T: The My Little Pony Killer: I got one of those calls the other day. I let it go to voicemail, then called it back and they gave me a list of options including one that supposedly took me off their list. Obnoxious farkers.

Anyone with an Android needs to get Mr. Number from the app store. I don't answer callers I don't recognize (esp. calls that aren't from local area codes) and this app will even list on its own caller id that it's "suspected spam." The best part is that I can save a caller to one of my predefined contacts (i.e. zzzzzzz_spam) and, the next time they call (and they ALWAYS call at least 2x), Mr. Number will pick up and hang up the call automagically. The phone doesn't even ring, and all these vultures get is a click and then dialtone.

/You can set it to go straight to VM too, but fark that
//No, I'm not compensated for the program
///I just think it works great


Interesting tidbit you should be aware of regarding the telemarketer mentioned in the article. They tend to use spoofed numbers that use local area codes. The last 6 calls I got from them have all had the 541 area code (which is for certain parts of Oregon). Four of them have had local prefixes as well, for either Eugene or Springfield.

When I google the number after receiving a call, I see reports from other people stating that the area code this telemarketer used was from their area. And I'm talking about people who don't live in my area, or in Oregon, for that matter.

Just another method being used to trick someone into answering the telemarketing call.
 
2012-05-16 05:48:17 PM
I am so tired of these calls. Especially since I pretty much never give out my number. Unfortunately, the dip who had my number before me apparently didn't practice such restraint.
 
2012-05-16 06:40:11 PM

IamSoSmart_S_M_R_T: The My Little Pony Killer: I got one of those calls the other day. I let it go to voicemail, then called it back and they gave me a list of options including one that supposedly took me off their list. Obnoxious farkers.

Anyone with an Android needs to get Mr. Number from the app store. I don't answer callers I don't recognize (esp. calls that aren't from local area codes) and this app will even list on its own caller id that it's "suspected spam." The best part is that I can save a caller to one of my predefined contacts (i.e. zzzzzzz_spam) and, the next time they call (and they ALWAYS call at least 2x), Mr. Number will pick up and hang up the call automagically. The phone doesn't even ring, and all these vultures get is a click and then dialtone.

/You can set it to go straight to VM too, but fark that
//No, I'm not compensated for the program
///I just think it works great


I was going to ask "who in this day and age answers a call from an unknown number?" They all go straight to my voicemail.

I'll have to check out that app, sounds nifty.

On a side note, when Mrs JHFTP got a new cell phone number a couple years back, the previous owner of the number must have been a stripper. It was apparent that her old number was her "throwaway" number she gave to the guys she really didnt want to talk to outside of the club. Made for some entertaining voicemail messages.
 
2012-05-16 08:43:37 PM
"Why don't you tell me more about these timeshares"?

/set phone down, walk away
 
2012-05-16 09:42:31 PM

Bathia_Mapes: Sun Worshiping Dog Launcher: Bathia_Mapes: As I stated earlier, these telemarketing calls are being received by cell phone users as well, myself included.

Cellphones, however, have at least some apps or features that can help combat this problem. A landline phone doesn't offer much, other than some Panasonics have call blocking based on number, and the phone company will block 12 numbers for $4 a month. Other than that, there really aren't many options other then things like Telezapper, which don't always work either.

If you're using an inexpensive prepaid (Tracfone) like me since I rarely use my phone more than 10 minutes a month, there are no features or apps that allow me to block phone numbers.

And in the case of this telemarketer, they use spoofed numbers, which they change frequently. Even if you have blocking capabilities on your phone, that doesn't help much if they keep changing to a new spoofed number.


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So much this.

Man you must have been cheesed at the new Dark Shadows movie.
 
2012-05-16 11:18:58 PM
Ahh good, old fashioned, american business ethics.

This is the kind of shiat that folks on the right will defend to their graves because its "capitalism" and therefore awesome.

I'm sure the free market will sort this little issue out promptly.
 
2012-05-17 12:23:40 AM

jetblack21: Bathia_Mapes: Sun Worshiping Dog Launcher: Bathia_Mapes: As I stated earlier, these telemarketing calls are being received by cell phone users as well, myself included.

Cellphones, however, have at least some apps or features that can help combat this problem. A landline phone doesn't offer much, other than some Panasonics have call blocking based on number, and the phone company will block 12 numbers for $4 a month. Other than that, there really aren't many options other then things like Telezapper, which don't always work either.

If you're using an inexpensive prepaid (Tracfone) like me since I rarely use my phone more than 10 minutes a month, there are no features or apps that allow me to block phone numbers.

And in the case of this telemarketer, they use spoofed numbers, which they change frequently. Even if you have blocking capabilities on your phone, that doesn't help much if they keep changing to a new spoofed number.

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So much this.

Man you must have been cheesed at the new Dark Shadows movie.


I haven't seen it yet.
 
2012-05-17 07:33:11 AM
I've gotten a couple of these. The second robocall I got from the same place (political poll with the chance to get a "free" cruise for two), I finally let it get to an operator, let her do her sales pitch (was reading something on Fark at the time, so I wasn't listening) and then told her to go fark herself. They love it when you waste their time.
 
2012-05-17 07:35:48 AM

IamSoSmart_S_M_R_T: The My Little Pony Killer: I got one of those calls the other day. I let it go to voicemail, then called it back and they gave me a list of options including one that supposedly took me off their list. Obnoxious farkers.

Anyone with an Android needs to get Mr. Number from the app store. I don't answer callers I don't recognize (esp. calls that aren't from local area codes) and this app will even list on its own caller id that it's "suspected spam." The best part is that I can save a caller to one of my predefined contacts (i.e. zzzzzzz_spam) and, the next time they call (and they ALWAYS call at least 2x), Mr. Number will pick up and hang up the call automagically. The phone doesn't even ring, and all these vultures get is a click and then dialtone.

/You can set it to go straight to VM too, but fark that
//No, I'm not compensated for the program
///I just think it works great


I've never heard of the app, but I will check into it.

Is there an option to deliver an electric shock to someone at their call center?
 
2012-05-17 09:42:41 AM

Bathia_Mapes: jetblack21: Bathia_Mapes: Sun Worshiping Dog Launcher: Bathia_Mapes: As I stated earlier, these telemarketing calls are being received by cell phone users as well, myself included.

Cellphones, however, have at least some apps or features that can help combat this problem. A landline phone doesn't offer much, other than some Panasonics have call blocking based on number, and the phone company will block 12 numbers for $4 a month. Other than that, there really aren't many options other then things like Telezapper, which don't always work either.

If you're using an inexpensive prepaid (Tracfone) like me since I rarely use my phone more than 10 minutes a month, there are no features or apps that allow me to block phone numbers.

And in the case of this telemarketer, they use spoofed numbers, which they change frequently. Even if you have blocking capabilities on your phone, that doesn't help much if they keep changing to a new spoofed number.

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So much this.

Man you must have been cheesed at the new Dark Shadows movie.

I haven't seen it yet.


Don't....Just...Don't. Tell you hat we'll go see the Avengers instead. :)
 
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