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Robocalls getting out of hand?

Discussion in 'Too Hot for Swamp Gas' started by gatorknights, Mar 17, 2019.

  1. gatorknights

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    She was called more than 1,800 times: When robots collect the bills

    After Mrs. GK passed last year, the robocalls started hitting me fast and furious with scams. It's almost as if they scan newspapers obituary column, and then look to target and exploit grieving widows. How despicable is it to do that? Imagine if Grandma's husband just died, is a little older and not so tech savvy, and definitely not thinking correctly and she falls for one.
     
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  2. GatorFanCF

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    Sad situation all around: too much consumer debt, poor money management, an adverse event, relentless automated calls = financial and personal hell. Very tough going for the middle and lower class.

    If you owe the someone $1,000 they tell you what to pay. If you owe that same entity $10,000,000 you tell them what you’ll pay.
     
  3. citygator

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    I get robocalls daily. Fortunate I have a phone with an area code I haven’t lived in for years. Just ignore any calls from that area code now that aren’t in my address book.

    Phone companies should do something.
     
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  4. GatorNavy

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    I got a spoofed cell phone call from my own cell number the other day.
     
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  5. anstro76

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    The craziest trend I've noticed is the amount of spam calls I get at work, at my office and on my work provided cell. My personal cell is set up to automatically block robocalls
     
  6. VAg8r1

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    Never got one from my own cell phone number but have gotten many from numbers that are very similar to my cell phone number. Even getting calls to my landline phone (I'm an old guy who still has a landline) from spoofed numbers similar to the landline number.
     
  7. OklahomaGator

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    The calls are showing up with local cell numbers. If I dont recognize it and if I answer I don't say anything. If it is a real person, they usually say "Hello" but the robobcalls just hang up after about 10 seconds.
     
  8. citygator

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    What do you mean?
     
  9. madgator

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    Another big one is calling seniors who just listed their houses. People calling to try and make appointments to get into their places to rob them.


    Some people are absolute slime with no souls
     
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  10. anstro76

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    Between registering on the no call list, using AT&T's call protect service and then manually blocking any that sneak through has reduced my unwanted callers to 1 or 2 every few months.
     
  11. exiledgator

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    Most carriers have spam filters. I just left ATT for Google Fi, and my robocalls have disappeared.

    I used Hiya when I was w/ ATT (on a Samsung) and it worked well. There are a few free apps that are a little sketchy, like Hiya, cause you give access to your contacts. There are a couple pay services too.

    Im not sure how effective the DNC list is. Most these calls are originating overseas by folks that don't care much about laws.
     
  12. fastsix

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    I wish Apple/Google(maybe they do?) would build in a feature to block entire area codes and exchanges (allowing an exception list).

    Let's say my phone number is 305-361-5705. I'd love built in functionality to block all 305 number and all 305-361- numbers, and then have a whitelist for the few I need to allow. Would be nice if I could completely block them or send them straight to voice mail, or a combination. I bet 80% of the fake calls I get are from my area code plus exchange, which is ridiculous in a city. I know exactly one person with my area code plus exchange, and that's because we got our phone numbers at the exact same time.

    I know there are 3rd party apps that allow this, but would rather have to trust one less person with my phonebook.

    I don't answer them regardless, but I'd rather not even have to look at my phone because of them.
     
  13. anstro76

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    That's why I receive so many with my work cell. We aren't allowed any administration rights due to staying compliant with HIPAA laws. and the work I do I may receive calls from unknown numbers that are legit. Can't do anything about it. Always some kind of debt consolidation scam.
     
  14. citygator

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    Signed up for ATT mobile security and protection. Was free. Why didn’t they just turn it on for me?
     
  15. gatorknights

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    I heard a couple stories where some perv would read the Sunday homes section and look for listings by female RE agent. They'd call on it pretending to be a homebuyer and request a showing. Then they'd meet at the vacant listing. So it would be him, her, and nobody else. You can imagine how things went downhill from there. I would never tell a female agent to meet at a property without an escort of some kind.
     
  16. mutz87

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    Did you ever listen to the Tom Mabe prank on a robocall/telemarketer solicitation? I still crack up even though I've lost count of how many times I've listened to it.

     
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  17. exiledgator

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    Because ATT is is the devil. Worst CS I've ever encountered. Whole biz is designed around booby traps for its customers.

    Run!
     
  18. flgator2

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    Agree, it's starting to happen our employees also on the cell phones I provided them from verizon
     
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  19. citygator

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    Been with ATT for 20 years. Too intimidated to switch everything. Kind of like apple could start beating me up but it’d be too hard to leave.
     
  20. danmann65

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    If a number and not a name (from my directory)shows up I dont answer the call. Occasionally I will be expecting a call and will answer. How I got on the list for my vehicles extended warranty is about to expire, I have no idea