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(WRAL)   Phone companies are finally going to be required to block robocalls starting next week. So your phone will be much quieter now   (wral.com) divider line
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2021-09-25 9:48:01 AM  
Oh no how will they be able to reach me about my car's extended warranty now?
 
2021-09-25 10:23:05 AM  
I am getting a dozen calls a day, from phone numbers all across the country, about my Medicare enrollment.
 
2021-09-25 10:56:00 AM  

propasaurus: I am getting a dozen calls a day, from phone numbers all across the country, about my Medicare enrollment.


That, and a shiat-load more texts.
 
2021-09-25 11:05:32 AM  

propasaurus: I am getting a dozen calls a day, from phone numbers all across the country, about my Medicare enrollment.


Same here. T-Mobile has most of them marked as spam calls, but they still go into voicemail. I don't call that blocked, it's just a heads up to not answer.
 
2021-09-25 11:28:07 AM  
I'll believe it when my phone stops ringing
 
2021-09-25 11:34:38 AM  

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Oh no how will they be able to reach me about my car's extended warranty now?


I keep getting calls on my cell & landline, (as well as snail mail), offering me an extended on a car I never owned.  Often it's a real person calling and then I and I tell them, "If you give me the car you claim I own, (which is far newer and much more money them my car), I'll gladly buy the extended warrantee.

They promptly hang up on me, so  it gives me a good laugh and then I block the number.
 
2021-09-25 12:00:38 PM  

lindalouwho: propasaurus: I am getting a dozen calls a day, from phone numbers all across the country, about my Medicare enrollment.

Same here. T-Mobile has most of them marked as spam calls, but they still go into voicemail. I don't call that blocked, it's just a heads up to not answer.


Yeah. Often, I'll get a call that comes up as 'Telemarketer' or 'Spam Risk'
Don't farking put the call through, AT&T. You know it's spam, just farking block it.
The Medicare calls though actually show up as incoming calls with phone numbers.
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And they're not 'robocalls' in the same way that the car warranty calls are, it's not a recorded pitch, it's a live human
 
2021-09-25 12:03:18 PM  
The weirdest ones are where they are spoofing someone else's phone number in your exchange to try to trick you into picking up and it is a real person's number.
 
2021-09-25 12:03:21 PM  
Nice, but... I get 4-5 scam/robocalls a day on my VoIP home phone, and even with NoMoRoBo registration and constant reporting, these calls would ring at least once even when caught.

So, I bought a phone with call-blocking - allow & block lists, call screening, etc. - and my day is now... quiet. That phone's been a lifesaver. I'd recommend it if you still have a VoIP home phone number.
 
2021-09-25 12:04:10 PM  

KarmicDisaster: The weirdest ones are where they are spoofing someone else's phone number in your exchange to try to trick you into picking up and it is a real person's number.


This - and vice versa. I had an irate person call me from another friggin' state because someone had spoofed my number to call them...
 
2021-09-25 1:11:01 PM  
Most of the spam calls I pick up these days aren't helping either party - just silence for about 10 seconds then it stops. I can't imagine their dialers fail to start a recording that often, so...what's the point?
 
2021-09-25 1:11:14 PM  
My car warranty is never gonna financially recover from this
 
2021-09-25 1:11:48 PM  
Weird. I have a European phone number and an American phone number. Only one gets fake calls. However, I have heard it is impossible to stop spam calls in the States.
 
2021-09-25 1:12:36 PM  
"Unlikely"

I guess I'm just lucky then, I get a few notifications a day about a call being blocked.
 
2021-09-25 1:12:52 PM  
Phone companies could have stopped telemarketers decades ago, but they only cared about money.
 
2021-09-25 1:13:37 PM  

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Oh no how will they be able to reach me about my car's extended warranty now?


Short code text messages.
 
2021-09-25 1:14:59 PM  

Schrodinger's toilet trained cat: propasaurus: I am getting a dozen calls a day, from phone numbers all across the country, about my Medicare enrollment.

That, and a shiat-load more texts.


The (name of city) detectives want to speak to me. (Robocall)
 
2021-09-25 1:15:46 PM  
I haven't had any robocalls for over 6 months since I blocked them all with my router. Well, they're still calling, but my router prevents them from reaching my phone.

With my smartphone, this has never been a problem.
 
2021-09-25 1:15:59 PM  
I still haven't figured out who Scam Likely is. Is that from some Gaelic descent?
 
2021-09-25 1:16:07 PM  
You know what they say about telemarketers. They're all pink on the inside.
 
2021-09-25 1:16:21 PM  

propasaurus: lindalouwho: propasaurus: I am getting a dozen calls a day, from phone numbers all across the country, about my Medicare enrollment.

Same here. T-Mobile has most of them marked as spam calls, but they still go into voicemail. I don't call that blocked, it's just a heads up to not answer.

Yeah. Often, I'll get a call that comes up as 'Telemarketer' or 'Spam Risk'
Don't farking put the call through, AT&T. You know it's spam, just farking block it.
The Medicare calls though actually show up as incoming calls with phone numbers.
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And they're not 'robocalls' in the same way that the car warranty calls are, it's not a recorded pitch, it's a live human


The car warranty calls are not a live human.  That's an AI that mimics a live human.  You can tell because they don't respond when you call them insulting names.
 
2021-09-25 1:17:05 PM  
And here come the discrimination lawsuits from robot "advocacy" groups.
 
2021-09-25 1:18:08 PM  

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Oh no how will they be able to reach me about my car's extended warranty now?


I try to get to a human with these car warranty calls (I get about 2-5 a week, only about once a month can I navigate to a human).

Me:  "Yes!  Yes!!  I'd love an extended warranty!!
Them: "Great!!  What make and model will we be covering?"
Me:  "It's a 1990 Toyota Pickup with 635,000 miles on it."
Them: "......  we can't warranty a vehicle of that age and with that many miles on it."
Me:  "B.S. YOU called ME for this!!  Let's do it!!  I've got my card in hand and ready to give it to you!!  When will the warranty start?"
Them: "... we can't offer a warranty on that vehicle.  Is there any other vehicle?"
Me:  "Nope.  Let's get this thing a warranty.  YOU did call ME to offer a warranty.  I gladly and happily accept.  Let's do this!"
Them:   *click*
 
2021-09-25 1:18:42 PM  
winedrinkingman:  The car warranty calls are not a live human.  That's an AI that mimics a live human.  You can tell because they don't respond when you call them insulting names.

How will I get service for my 2019 F*ckofundai?
 
2021-09-25 1:19:04 PM  

propasaurus: I am getting a dozen calls a day, from phone numbers all across the country, about my Medicare enrollment.


My parents are getting calls about their Amazon account (they've never had one).  So that phishing scam has expanded from just emails.
 
2021-09-25 1:20:56 PM  

UNC_Samurai: propasaurus: I am getting a dozen calls a day, from phone numbers all across the country, about my Medicare enrollment.

My parents are getting calls about their Amazon account (they've never had one).  So that phishing scam has expanded from just emails.


I've also gotten calls about credit cards and bank accounts I don't have.
 
2021-09-25 1:21:00 PM  
I keep getting calls for my car's extended warranty but I don't even have a car, I'm a walker.

/username checks out
 
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2021-09-25 1:21:41 PM  
I've been getting more calls from actual people. Got one yesterday from "Alex" who said he was from the Social Security Administration. His Indian accent was so thick I could barely understand him.
 
2021-09-25 1:22:44 PM  
I pretty much have to answer my work cell, because the call could be from almost anyone in the company. The only ones i let go to voicemail show.on caller ID as the same area code and exchange.

For weeks I was getting a robocall from, I think it was "Crystal," about rent-to-own homes and how am I doing? I finally decided I had a few minutes, and I made up lyrics for a country song and told "her" that I was not doing well at all, wife left me, dog died, truck broke down, got fired, etc.

The robo voice says "well, that's great to hear." I angrily replied, "If you aren't going to listen to what I said: Never. Call. Me. Again!"

And she hasn't.
 
2021-09-25 1:23:26 PM  

Walker: I keep getting calls for my car's extended warranty but I don't even have a car, I'm a walker.

/username checks out


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2021-09-25 1:25:30 PM  
Sometimes I mess with the car warranty ones by saying "Oh thank God you called before it's too late! I need to file a claim!"
They always ask what's my year make and model, and then hang up when I say it's a 97 Corolla. Maybe they know nobody with a Corolla will ever need to file a warranty claim.
 
2021-09-25 1:26:39 PM  

propasaurus: I am getting a dozen calls a day, from phone numbers all across the country, about my Medicare enrollment.


For me it's law enforcement that needs me to press 1 so I can talk to a cop about being arrested for my outstanding warrants.  Apparently all you have to do is not press 1 and you can commit whatever crimes you want.

How the fark are there enough people pressing 1 to make that a profitable phone scam?  Either you're smart enough to know it's bullshiat, or dumb enough to be afraid of helping the cops find you.  How many people can be JUST dumb enough to believe it without being dumb enough to think hiding is a good strategy?
 
2021-09-25 1:26:46 PM  

winedrinkingman: propasaurus: lindalouwho: propasaurus: I am getting a dozen calls a day, from phone numbers all across the country, about my Medicare enrollment.

Same here. T-Mobile has most of them marked as spam calls, but they still go into voicemail. I don't call that blocked, it's just a heads up to not answer.

Yeah. Often, I'll get a call that comes up as 'Telemarketer' or 'Spam Risk'
Don't farking put the call through, AT&T. You know it's spam, just farking block it.
The Medicare calls though actually show up as incoming calls with phone numbers.
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And they're not 'robocalls' in the same way that the car warranty calls are, it's not a recorded pitch, it's a live human

The car warranty calls are not a live human.  That's an AI that mimics a live human.  You can tell because they don't respond when you call them insulting names.


Right. But the Medicare scam calls are. I've answered a couple because I was expecting work calls, and it's always a live human.
 
2021-09-25 1:28:07 PM  
Any calls (from a human) offering some service like cell phone, internet, satellite, power, etc...  (using internet as an example here) I just tell them that I'm grandfathered in and pay $28, including taxes, for a 400/200Mb connection.  If they can beat that price, then sign me up!

Cell phones, I will always tell them something along the lines of, "Well, I pay $35 a month for unlimited US/Canada/Mexico calling, unlimited global SMS, unlimited 4gLTE data.  For two lines.  If you can beat that, then I'll gladly be your customer".

Always tell them you're paying some ridiculously, absurdly low price and ask them to match or beat it.

Me:     "Oh, I pay $0.007 per kilowatt-hour.  What can you offer me?"
Them: "uh... we can't match that."
Me:     "I know."
 
2021-09-25 1:28:15 PM  
My phone had been blowing up with calls identified as "spam caller" since forever. Just recently, the majority of those calls are no longer identifying as "spam caller", instead as some random unrecognized number. Seems like the phone spammer arms race has already got the spammers upping their spam game. Spam. Green eggs and spam. Spamalama-ringy-dingy-ding-dong.
 
2021-09-25 1:29:35 PM  
The new text messages are 100% worse.  You can't ignore them and just clean up vote mail.  They can word them to be specific yet vague enough that it relates to something going on.  It almost enough for me to just go back to land line.
 
2021-09-25 1:31:17 PM  

propasaurus: I am getting a dozen calls a day, from phone numbers all across the country, about my Medicare enrollment.


I've started getting calls from Australia. And one Skype call today. I'm on the east coast of the USA. It makes no sense
 
2021-09-25 1:32:44 PM  

fragMasterFlash: My phone had been blowing up with calls identified as "spam caller" since forever. Just recently, the majority of those calls are no longer identifying as "spam caller", instead as some random unrecognized number. Seems like the phone spammer arms race has already got the spammers upping their spam game. Spam. Green eggs and spam. Spamalama-ringy-dingy-ding-dong.


Which is ridiculous.  The phone companies know the origin and destination of every call.  They have to in order to route the call.

What needs to happen is phone companies not properly vetting connections (or, more likely, vetting them but not caring if they are making $$$) need to be disconnected from the system by their peers.  Add a new *## combo to the system for reporting the previous call as spam, shut that crap down quickly.
 
2021-09-25 1:33:07 PM  

PhotoshopCrazy: I haven't had any robocalls for over 6 months since I blocked them all with my router. Well, they're still calling, but my router prevents them from reaching my phone.

With my smartphone, this has never been a problem.


I would like to learn more
 
2021-09-25 1:33:59 PM  
Can make money off of them if you're willing to pay $47 and put in the time. This guy made $22,000 so far:

https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/inv​e​stigations/10-investigates/robocall-co​mpanies-pay/67-37f504cc-13f8-4958-b21d​-4c188235ffa4
 
2021-09-25 1:35:38 PM  

NilartPax: The new text messages are 100% worse.  You can't ignore them and just clean up vote mail.  They can word them to be specific yet vague enough that it relates to something going on.  It almost enough for me to just go back to land line.


I'm getting a bizarre number of texts. All different topics but always a link. So I assume they just want to zero day my phone.
 
2021-09-25 1:35:45 PM  
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2021-09-25 1:38:21 PM  
This both stirs and shakes me.
 
2021-09-25 1:40:36 PM  

guinsu: NilartPax: The new text messages are 100% worse.  You can't ignore them and just clean up vote mail.  They can word them to be specific yet vague enough that it relates to something going on.  It almost enough for me to just go back to land line.

I'm getting a bizarre number of texts. All different topics but always a link. So I assume they just want to zero day my phone.


Basically. I just block any & all text convos that I didn't start, or didn't come from one of the few recognizable sources.
 
2021-09-25 1:41:16 PM  
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2021-09-25 1:49:07 PM  

Somaticasual: Most of the spam calls I pick up these days aren't helping either party - just silence for about 10 seconds then it stops. I can't imagine their dialers fail to start a recording that often, so...what's the point?


Those are purely list-selling operations.  Anything that connects - and especially if anyone speaks words into the silence - gets sold to other robocallers.
 
2021-09-25 1:50:28 PM  

SloppyFrenchKisser: [i.imgur.com image 850x478]


Remember a couple of years ago when someone uploaded the wrong list somewhere and everyone started getting lengthy voicemails in Japanese?
 
2021-09-25 1:50:59 PM  

Somaticasual: Most of the spam calls I pick up these days aren't helping either party - just silence for about 10 seconds then it stops. I can't imagine their dialers fail to start a recording that often, so...what's the point?


You answered it, proving it is a live and viable line.
 
2021-09-25 1:55:02 PM  
"Are you Chaiwala? You sound Chaiwala."

That pi$$em em off every time.
 
2021-09-25 1:59:09 PM  

NINEv2: You know what they say about telemarketers. They're all pink on the inside.


Are they, though? Are they REALLY?
 
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