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(KING 5 News)   Woodinville man plays golf with new clubs bought with money earned from striking back at telemarketers. No word if he also flipped them a birdie   (king5.com) divider line
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2021-07-29 10:39:04 PM  
Awesome Spossum!!!!!!
We won Round 1!!!!! Next!!!!!
 
2021-07-29 10:42:06 PM  
He can have all the mulligans.
 
2021-07-29 10:42:55 PM  
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2021-07-29 10:43:10 PM  
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2021-07-29 10:46:36 PM  
Like a Baus
 
2021-07-29 10:51:51 PM  
Finally!  A "Timbertoes" feature length movie.
 
2021-07-29 10:52:13 PM  
Baus, who owns a software company, may spend hours of his day on the phone with telemarketers attempting to draw out that information. In one case, he bought a refundable car warranty just to get the contact information of a company that called his phone repeatedly. "You buy the policy and you get the contact information of the marketing company," explained Baus. "Then you have clear-cut evidence that it's them."

This is what government enforcement agencies should be going -- setting up honeypots, getting the relevant info on the corrupt companies to find out who and where they are, shut them down and keep them down. Instead of leaving it up to individual citizens to do it, which is far less efficient. But Congress won't fund that.
 
2021-07-29 10:53:11 PM  
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2021-07-29 10:55:43 PM  
I should do this. My cell phone will be quiet for a week and then I'll get hammered with calls a day for a few days, then go quiet again. Rinse, repeat. Today was apparently my day to be back in the rotation. I got like 5 spam calls today.
 
2021-07-29 10:58:54 PM  

abhorrent1: I should do this. My cell phone will be quiet for a week and then I'll get hammered with calls a day for a few days, then go quiet again. Rinse, repeat. Today was apparently my day to be back in the rotation. I got like 5 spam calls today.


sorry
 
2021-07-29 10:59:01 PM  
I mean, a real victory against telemarketers would involve kneeling them, dousing them in gasoline, and lighting a match.  But good on him.
 
2021-07-29 11:01:20 PM  
I used to be "Woodinville man", so I am really getting a kick out of these responses.
 
2021-07-29 11:04:03 PM  
"Doc Compton, a Texas-based credit expert who sold Baus a $47 online kit on how to make money off the calls."

Hmm, seems like there should be disclaimer at the end of the article saying that results may vary, because I would bet that this victory is the rare exception.
 
2021-07-29 11:16:23 PM  
The robocalls to my phone come from spoofed phone numbers.
A bit of work on my part revealed the real number is 919-368....from Morrisville, NC.
Guess who owns that exchange- Verizon.

Now you might ask why Verizon doesn't shut that down if they are providing the service to the robocall center.

And you won't get an answer, because I've been asking Verizon corporate for years.
 
2021-07-29 11:21:17 PM  
Damn, news story carries your advertorial, and THEN it gets greenlit of Fark?

Jackpot for whoever sells these kits.
 
2021-07-29 11:23:54 PM  
The first step is often the most difficult:  Trying to identify the company that is behind the call.

Baus spends hours of his day on the phone with telemarketers attempting to draw out that information.



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Good on this guy for going to such lengths to destroy the livelihoods of some bread winners in distant third world shiatholes, but 3K worth of golf clubs doesn't sound like much of a return for his efforts.
 
2021-07-29 11:25:28 PM  
Very few of the calls I get are from US based companies.  The vast majority are offshore, and judging from the accents of the callers, most of those seem to originate in India.   You will not collect a dime from an offshore scammer.   Even if you could ID the callers, and made a complaint to the Indian authorities, you'd just get laughed at.  The best you can do, if you have the time, is to play dumb and waste the offshore scammer's time.

Example:

Indian Scam Caller Recording:  Hello this is administration for Social Security.  We have detected serious problem and illegal actions on your account.  Your account is currently suspend.   To resolve this issue and avoid arrest, press 1 now to speak to agent.

Me: {Presses 1}

Agent Johnson:  {Thick Indian accent}  Hello, this is Agent Brad Johnson, how can I help you.

Me: Uh, yeah.   I just got a call about something wrong with my Social Security account.

Agent Johnson: OK sir, what is your Social Security number?

Me: My phone number?  212-555-87....

Agent Johnson: No, no, sir, not your phone number, your Social Security number.

Me: Oh, right.  I mean why would you need my phone number since you can see it on your caller ID....

Agent Johnson:  Sir, I need your Social Security number.

Me: 155-87-1897 (made up number)

Agent Johnson: Sir that is not a valid number.  (They know if you give them a SS number that's out of range)

Me: What?  It's wrong?  Oh, 155-87-1879

Agent Johnson:  Sir that is still incorrect.

Me: You know, I have trouble remembering numbers since my surgery, let me go get something with my SS number.

Agent Johnson:  OK sir, hurry up.

Me: {making noise like I'm looking through drawers}  OK, here it is.  My SS number is..  OH CRAP, I dropped my reading glasses.

Agent Johnson: Sir you need to give me your Social Security number...

Me: Can't you look it up with my name?

Agent Johnson: OK sir, what is your name:

Me: Ben.

Agent Johnson:   Ben?  Your name is Ben?

Me: Yeah..well it's really Benjamin, but I don't like that, sounds too old fashioned, everybody calls me Ben...

Agent Johnson:  What is your last name sir?

Me:  Chod

Agent Johnson: What?

Me: My name is Ben Chod.  Here let me spell it for you B-E-N-C-H-O-D.  Got it?  Benchod?

Agent Johnson: {long pause} FARK YOU! MOTHERFARKER! {hang up}

Benchod -- "sister-farker" in most North-Indian languages; ben (sister) + chod (fark).
 
2021-07-29 11:36:15 PM  

The_Sponge: I used to be "Woodinville man", so I am really getting a kick out of these responses.


No, I am Spartacus Woodinville man!

/WHS '91
 
2021-07-29 11:39:23 PM  
"A lot of the guys I play with will remind me about the fact that some guy in Pakistan paid for these clubs," said Baus, with a smile as he stepped up to tee on the fourth hole

Sure.  A guy in Pakistan settled your lawsuit. Sure.
Not a white American guy like the ones you golf with. Sure.
 
2021-07-29 11:41:19 PM  

WrongTrousers: The_Sponge: I used to be "Woodinville man", so I am really getting a kick out of these responses.

No, I am Spartacus Woodinville man!

/WHS '91


'97 for me.
 
2021-07-29 11:44:03 PM  
sex_and_drugs_for_ian:
Good on this guy for going to such lengths to destroy the livelihoods of some bread winners in distant third world shiatholes, but 3K worth of golf clubs doesn't sound like much of a return for his efforts.

I think you pretty much have to assume he does it as a hobby, because as you say, it doesn't sound like he's making much per hour out of the exercise.
 
2021-07-29 11:49:52 PM  

nytmare: This is what government enforcement agencies should be going -- setting up honeypots, getting the relevant info on the corrupt companies to find out who and where they are, shut them down and keep them down. Instead of leaving it up to individual citizens to do it, which is far less efficient. But Congress won't fund that.


It would be even more effective to just add requirements for the telcoms on all calls going in and out of exchanges. My hazy recollection is that this idea was even floated by the FCC at one point, but was rejected by the telcoms because they didn't want to pay for it.

The tolerance for spoofed numbers within the network is the root problem,

Once all originating calls have verified subscriber information enforcement becomes so easy you could automate it. If an exchange has too many "subscriber not found" on enforcements, or is a very new exchange, you just don't pass on the calls or you only pass on a few until you can establish they aren't spam. This is exactly how email providers finally dealt with the majority the email spam issue in the early 2000s.
 
2021-07-30 12:19:59 AM  
And here I was considering switching from Crapcast to Ziply. Not anymore. F those jerks.
 
2021-07-30 12:33:54 AM  
I would really like to go after these people who call me, but I am afraid that if I pursue them, then my meetings with the FBI that are coming to arrest me will not be good. I'll pay anything to keep from going to prison.

I love getting these calls. I screw with them unmercifully.
 
2021-07-30 2:13:03 AM  
You'd think they'd give up eventually. Like "We've done the free stay at Marriot like 37 times now, sir, and evey time he hangs up within 2 seconds. Don't you think maybe we should give up and focus on other numbers?"
But then the boss is all "No way Patel, it might be the 38th call that does it!"
 
2021-07-30 2:19:24 AM  

arkansized: The robocalls to my phone come from spoofed phone numbers.
A bit of work on my part revealed the real number is 919-368....from Morrisville, NC.
Guess who owns that exchange- Verizon.

Now you might ask why Verizon doesn't shut that down if they are providing the service to the robocall center.

And you won't get an answer, because I've been asking Verizon corporate for years.


$hocking
 
2021-07-30 2:28:02 AM  
It was really nice when some time ago I finally retired my iPhone 5s and upgraded to a model where I could automatically silence all calls that are not in my contacts list. That is a really nice feature.
 
2021-07-30 8:28:46 PM  

Priapetic: And you won't get an answer, because I've been asking Verizon corporate for years.

$hocking


Ain't that the truth.
 
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