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(Some Guy)   "If you get a call from a number you don't recognize, don't automatically ignore it. The person on the other end could be calling from County Public Health Services to tell you you've been exposed to COVID-19." - yeah, good luck with that one   (countynewscenter.com) divider line
    More: Stupid, Health care, contact tracing efforts, Health, Contact tracing, County Public Health Services, contact tracers, contact tracing of positive COVID-19 cases, close contacts  
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348 clicks; posted to Geek » on 02 Jun 2020 at 6:05 PM (5 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2020-06-02 5:22:53 PM  
With doctor staff, appointment makers, voting and social services organizations etc. havin people working from home, I answer every call so I don't play phone tag forever. Bullsh*t calls have pretty much disappeared, at least for me.
 
2020-06-02 5:32:29 PM  
Hey, if you call someone and it's important, leave a farking voicemail. No one answers unknown numbers anymore.
 
2020-06-02 5:51:24 PM  
You mean the robocall that is so smart, it uses a local number to call me, but from a town I don't know anyone?
Yes, I always answer those.
 
2020-06-02 5:55:34 PM  
So Rachel is in on the COVID game now?

That girl gets around.
 
2020-06-02 6:12:37 PM  
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2020-06-02 6:14:19 PM  
I still have my Flint number but haven't lived there in about a decade, everyone that I keep in contact with I either have their number or we talk on FB, yet strange 810 numbers still come in. No random Minneapolis / Minnesota numbers though.
 
2020-06-02 6:17:46 PM  
Ugh, they opted for that route here.

They were calling people who may have been exposed with a private number, and when you answered it played an automated message in English and Chinese saying you were being routed to an agent, and if you stayed on the line the first thing they did before identifying themselves is ask for personal information.

They later put up a Facebook sponsored post saying, "It's legit, we're not scammers" and all I could do was question how they ever thought that was a good idea. It's like they got in touch with phone scammers and asked them to write their operating procedure.
 
2020-06-02 6:44:36 PM  
All my phone says anymore is "UNKNOWN NUMBER". It's not until after I've missed it that I can go back and see what the number was or what city it was calling from. This is extremely annoying as I have a number from one upstate NY area code (Rochester) but live in another (Albany). So when I see an albany number, I answer it because its likely something real, and when I see any other number (ESPECIALLY Rochester ones) I ignore them because they are almost always robocalls.

This is apparently mostly a Verizon (or Verizon with iPhone) issue - but there's no good way to fix it I can tell from the little googling I was willing to do.
 
2020-06-02 6:45:15 PM  

Bootleg: Hey, if you call someone and it's important, leave a farking voicemail. No one answers unknown numbers anymore.


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2020-06-02 6:56:58 PM  
Working the helpdesk from home, I got a call from a Grand Rapids, IA number. When I answered, all I heard was a car driving by like it was on a highway. I kept asking if someone was there, but kept hearing a car drive by. Not *cars*, car. Finally realized they were spaced evenly apart and determined it was a 20sec recorded loop.

Have no idea what it was for, but the conspiracy part of my brain thinks it's a robocaller trying to trick you into staying on the line thinking someone's stranded by the road and needs help.
 
2020-06-02 7:04:28 PM  
I did get an automated call from an unknown Tarrant County number and it was a recorded message from the former fire chief saying that Covid tested had been expanded, what the criteria was, and where to go for more information. It would have been a little better if the caller had been listed as the county health department or something.
 
2020-06-02 7:05:27 PM  

dyhchong: Ugh, they opted for that route here.

They were calling people who may have been exposed with a private number, and when you answered it played an automated message in English and Chinese saying you were being routed to an agent, and if you stayed on the line the first thing they did before identifying themselves is ask for personal information.

They later put up a Facebook sponsored post saying, "It's legit, we're not scammers" and all I could do was question how they ever thought that was a good idea. It's like they got in touch with phone scammers and asked them to write their operating procedure.


To be fair that was probably to confirm you are you and avoid violating HIPAA. For that reason they also might not leave a voicemail - or at least not a specific one.
 
2020-06-02 7:12:45 PM  
if you have my number and want me to get a message, text me.  i will not answer the phone and i do not have a voicemail set up so calling is just a waste of your time.
 
2020-06-02 7:14:49 PM  

Bootleg: Hey, if you call someone and it's important, leave a farking voicemail. No one answers unknown numbers anymore.


This. My transcription app handles the rest.
 
2020-06-02 7:29:27 PM  
I don't answer phone calls from numbers that I don't recognize. If it's an important number, it's on my contact list.

Leave a voicemail. Preferably one that's to the point (name, contact info, and the purpose of the call) and understandable. Don't mumble or speak so quickly, I have to replay the message to catch what you're saying.
 
2020-06-02 7:29:30 PM  
Wife just had a COVID test because a friend of hers tested positive.  Two days later, we're driving on the highway and the phone rings from an unknown number.  We pick it up on the car speaker and the following exchange occurs:

"Hello?"

"Hello, is this [Mrs. Uzzah]?" (awkward pronunciation immediately raises red flag)

(wife) "Yes."

"Can you verify your date of birth for me?"

(me) "Oh, hell no!"  (stabs at disconnect button but misses)

(a pause)

"Oh, I'm sorry.  I forgot to say that I'm calling from [whatever testing lab it was].  I have your test results..."

It seems like these companies hire people who don't understand the first thing about how telephones are actually used these days.

/she's negative
 
2020-06-02 7:34:12 PM  

Uzzah: .

/she's negative


We know that; she's married to a farker.

Is she infected?
 
2020-06-02 7:34:26 PM  
I'm one hundred percent sure I have been exposed.
I'm still not answering any calls not in my address book.
 
2020-06-02 7:54:22 PM  
If I haven't been tested, the only way I'd be getting such a call is if someone close to me DID test positive, and gave my info out (in which case I'd hope that person would have alerted me directly), or that we had some actual, effective contact tracing going on.

Last I heard, contact tracing in the US is a joke. Am I misinformed?
 
2020-06-02 8:02:25 PM  

NateAsbestos: Last I heard, contact tracing in the US is a joke. Am I misinformed?


No you're not.
 
2020-06-02 8:12:33 PM  

BlazeTrailer: dyhchong: Ugh, they opted for that route here.

They were calling people who may have been exposed with a private number, and when you answered it played an automated message in English and Chinese saying you were being routed to an agent, and if you stayed on the line the first thing they did before identifying themselves is ask for personal information.

They later put up a Facebook sponsored post saying, "It's legit, we're not scammers" and all I could do was question how they ever thought that was a good idea. It's like they got in touch with phone scammers and asked them to write their operating procedure.

To be fair that was probably to confirm you are you and avoid violating HIPAA. For that reason they also might not leave a voicemail - or at least not a specific one.


I know the reason why, and it's not because they're violating another country's laws, it's just their method of achieving that end is stupid. They put the Facebook post up because everyone was naturally telling them to get farked which should have been completely foreseeable.

I posted on their Facebook page the recorded message should have said something along the lines of, "Hi, this is Healthline making general calls about the current epidemic. Could you please contact us as soon as possible on X number. Alternatively visit the Ministry of Health government website and call us using the number there to verify the source."

And have a banner on there saying they're calling around, and this is the 0800 number to call them on.

That way there's no suspicion it's a targeted call, isn't dodgy as fark and gives you an opportunity to verify the source.
 
2020-06-02 8:28:38 PM  

NateAsbestos: in which case I'd hope that person would have alerted me directly


No kidding. I'm not taking random calls from strangers telling me I've been exposed but they won't tell me when, where, and from whom. Unless someone I know tells me they tested positive, everyone else can fark off.
 
2020-06-02 8:30:00 PM  
For some reason, 99% of the scam calls I get come to my landline number and not my cell. I've always wondered why.
 
2020-06-02 8:32:51 PM  

mrmopar5287: NateAsbestos: in which case I'd hope that person would have alerted me directly

No kidding. I'm not taking random calls from strangers telling me I've been exposed but they won't tell me when, where, and from whom. Unless someone I know tells me they tested positive, everyone else can fark off.


Not only would telling you who it was violate HIPAA, they probably want to avoid acts of bloody revenge.
 
2020-06-02 9:14:02 PM  
Whenever I see a random number, I always wonder if it's someone lost in the woods or locked in the trunk of a car or something, like in that sh*tty Kim Basinger movie and somehow they've dialed my number and maybe I'm the only one who can get them out of their jam.
Then I figure if it's important, they'll leave a message and I ignore it.
 
2020-06-02 10:04:55 PM  

tokinGLX: if you have my number and want me to get a message, text me.  i will not answer the phone and i do not have a voicemail set up so calling is just a waste of your time.


Robotexts are already a thing.
 
2020-06-02 10:55:45 PM  
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2020-06-03 12:04:19 AM  

Biledriver: Whenever I see a random number, I always wonder if it's someone lost in the woods or locked in the trunk of a car or something, like in that sh*tty Kim Basinger movie and somehow they've dialed my number and maybe I'm the only one who can get them out of their jam.
Then I figure if it's important, they'll leave a message and I ignore it.


if it's important it's a wrong number.
 
2020-06-03 12:46:30 AM  
Only calls I get is what is whitelisted from my contacts. Everything else goes straight to voicemail.
 
2020-06-03 1:15:41 AM  

Trump's Merkin: Only calls I get is what is whitelisted from my contacts. Everything else goes straight to voicemail.


I only take personal calls on my bongo phone.  Business calls are limited to the banana.
 
2020-06-03 8:22:36 AM  

eyeq360: I don't answer phone calls from numbers that I don't recognize. If it's an important number, it's on my contact list.

Leave a voicemail. Preferably one that's to the point (name, contact info, and the purpose of the call) and understandable. Don't mumble or speak so quickly, I have to replay the message to catch what you're saying.


As a public service, here is how all voice mails should be formatted:

<Who The fark am I?>  Hello, my name is Mr. Jonb.

<What organization do I represent>  I'm with Some Random Farking Company...

<Hey, you might want to scramble for some paper and a pen!>  and my call back number is 123-456-7890

<Why am I farking bothering you?>  I would like you to know that your inquiry into the prize that the Spanish National Lottery claims you have won is complete.  Please call me back so we can discuss this in detail.

<now that I have a pen, and I do want to talk to you, who are you again?>  Once again, I am Mr. Jonb from Some Random farking Company...

<ok, got the name, but I am going to be pissed it I have to replay the message again for you number> and my number is 123-456-7890.  I look forward to talking with you.

<and I you, since you are a person of rare intellect.>

Bonus with name and number up front is that if you absolutely MUST leave me a rambling 5-minute word salad of a voice mail, I don't have to sit through it again and kill more brain cells to just get you number if I miss it on the back end.

This shiat should be taught in schools.
 
2020-06-03 12:25:58 PM  

Thosw: Working the helpdesk from home, I got a call from a Grand Rapids, IA number. When I answered, all I heard was a car driving by like it was on a highway. I kept asking if someone was there, but kept hearing a car drive by. Not *cars*, car. Finally realized they were spaced evenly apart and determined it was a 20sec recorded loop.

Have no idea what it was for, but the conspiracy part of my brain thinks it's a robocaller trying to trick you into staying on the line thinking someone's stranded by the road and needs help.


FYI: logged back into my work computer and called the number back. Got a recorded "Press 1 for English" and then it hung up.

So, yeah, robocaller.
 
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