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Robocalls
« on: March 14, 2019, 05:37:14 PM »
My phone gets called about once a day from some random number. Sometimes more than once per day. I don't even bother answering them, but it's annoying to have my phone light up all the time.
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Re: Robocalls
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2019, 05:50:05 PM »
I feel like they are getting more frequent as well.

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Re: Robocalls
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2019, 05:51:32 PM »
I've been experiencing an even better phenomenon increasingly over the last few months. Consolidated Labs is calling me to discuss payment for invoices under account number #603570.

This was like once a month during the fall, starting last month it's been weekly. And now there's a second outstanding payment related to the account.

They never call when I have my phone near, I just get to hear the voicemail later. And they call from multiple numbers that seem to indicate it's actually a collection agency. While acting like I should know how to contact them back since I know those numbers won't be the one to call.
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Re: Robocalls
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2019, 05:52:04 PM »
At least the people in D.C. have stopped calling me about the unpaid child support for my kid who keeps missing days of school finally.

One of cowardly Mandark's moves I assume.
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Re: Robocalls
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2019, 05:52:49 PM »
i just installed a call blocking app on my phone and that shit stopped

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« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2019, 05:53:41 PM »
Once a day?

Try like 8 times a day in the past week or two. It's gotten really bad suddenly. I signed up for the free blocker on my AT&T account and it stops maybe 1/4th of them. Might try using the paid apps (like $20/yr) to see if they have a higher success rate. It's really annoying when I'm on the phone with someone and keep getting calls interrupting it.

i just installed a call blocking app on my phone and that shit stopped

Which one are you using?

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Re: Robocalls
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2019, 05:59:43 PM »
Mr. Number. It's probably stealing all my info but the calls stopped so its still a win

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Re: Robocalls
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2019, 06:06:41 PM »
If you have iOS this app is pretty great https://www.robokiller.com

Itíll block the call and then wastes the scammerís time with a recording that sounds like a real person. Can be hilarious.

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« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2019, 06:52:17 PM »
If you have iOS this app is pretty great https://www.robokiller.com

Itíll block the call and then wastes the scammerís time with a recording that sounds like a real person. Can be hilarious.

I'm on Android, but I'll see if it has something like that, too.
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Re: Robocalls
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2019, 07:00:37 PM »
If you have iOS this app is pretty great https://www.robokiller.com

Itíll block the call and then wastes the scammerís time with a recording that sounds like a real person. Can be hilarious.

I'm on Android, but I'll see if it has something like that, too.

They've juts started android support. Less features than the iOS version for now, but still.

https://support.robokiller.com/hc/en-us/articles/360000476086-Why-doesn-t-RoboKiller-for-Android-have-all-the-same-features-as-the-iOS-version-

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Re: Robocalls
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2019, 08:04:17 PM »
It's not available on my carrier [Boost Mobile]. :(
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Re: Robocalls
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2019, 08:05:48 PM »
Mr Number is on Android. I don't know how it compares to the iOS version features wise but I've had great results with it. On iPhone i can look up numbers or it will also just auto-block known bad numbers or just put something like "Probably scam" if you don't want to auto block.

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« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2019, 08:12:24 PM »


Shows news segments where the reporters got robocalls while filming.  :lol

According to this, 60% of all calls in the U S. are robocalls. :dizzy
« Last Edit: March 14, 2019, 08:23:10 PM by bork »
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Re: Robocalls
« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2019, 08:15:52 PM »
Don't know if this is a thing on all Android phones, but my Pixel has a call screening option where a Google Robo voice will tell the caller that the call is being screened.  If they respond, you can either use preset chat options to talk to them or answer the call.  Robocalls just end with this and it stops sales calls dead in their tracks.  When the call ends, it then prompts to block the number.
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Re: Robocalls
« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2019, 08:15:52 PM »
If youíre on T-Mobile in the US, dial #662# and youíll be enrolled in scam call blocking. Itís a godsend.

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Re: Robocalls
« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2019, 08:21:05 PM »
Somewhat related- the other day I got a call from a local number I didn't recognize and let it go to voicemail.

The voicemail went on for a bit and was just picking up chatter from whoever it was.  They didn't realize that the call was still going.  I hear this guy laughing and cussing with his co-workers, then before the call cuts off, he goes "...got 'em. Just call me the DRAGON MASTER!!" :lol

Googled the number and it came up with reports of a "pushy sales guy from Sirius XM."

Wish I hadn't erased the message now. 
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« Reply #16 on: March 14, 2019, 09:16:48 PM »
According to this, 60% of all calls in the U S. are robocalls. :dizzy

I believe it.

It's kinda funny that all this scams shit does is create jobs for blocking them so it ends up getting people's money through helping the economy?
Still annoying af. Will probably buy the robokiller one and see if it helps. Like here's an average call log day from this week using the AT&T free app that's powered by Hiya:



The delaware and blank number were both scam calls that it didn't pick up. I also get at least one call from UNKNOWN per day that these things can't block sadly.

Also when I do answer some of these calls, you guys ever get ones where it's just like silence on the other end? I always feel like those are the ones where they're trying to record your voice saying hello so they can try to use it somewhere or something. It's why I usually wait for them to talk first.

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« Reply #17 on: March 14, 2019, 09:18:02 PM »
Some of those silence ones are recordings that don't activate unless you say something. It'll just hang up on you after so many seconds.
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« Reply #18 on: March 14, 2019, 11:05:52 PM »
According to this, 60% of all calls in the U S. are robocalls. :dizzy

I believe it.

It's kinda funny that all this scams shit does is create jobs for blocking them so it ends up getting people's money through helping the economy?
Still annoying af. Will probably buy the robokiller one and see if it helps. Like here's an average call log day from this week using the AT&T free app that's powered by Hiya:

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The delaware and blank number were both scam calls that it didn't pick up. I also get at least one call from UNKNOWN per day that these things can't block sadly.

Also when I do answer some of these calls, you guys ever get ones where it's just like silence on the other end? I always feel like those are the ones where they're trying to record your voice saying hello so they can try to use it somewhere or something. It's why I usually wait for them to talk first.

Unless I'm expecting a call from a number I might not know (sometimes the vet will call from a personal phone to tell me the dog is doing fine after a checkup, for instance), I just don't answer.  If it's important, they'll leave a VM.
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Re: Robocalls
« Reply #19 on: March 15, 2019, 09:34:39 AM »
According to this, 60% of all calls in the U S. are robocalls. :dizzy

I believe it.

It's kinda funny that all this scams shit does is create jobs for blocking them so it ends up getting people's money through helping the economy?
Still annoying af. Will probably buy the robokiller one and see if it helps. Like here's an average call log day from this week using the AT&T free app that's powered by Hiya:

(Image removed from quote.)

The delaware and blank number were both scam calls that it didn't pick up. I also get at least one call from UNKNOWN per day that these things can't block sadly.

Also when I do answer some of these calls, you guys ever get ones where it's just like silence on the other end? I always feel like those are the ones where they're trying to record your voice saying hello so they can try to use it somewhere or something. It's why I usually wait for them to talk first.

At least the robots aren't calling during the night, right? That's one positive.

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Re: Robocalls
« Reply #20 on: March 15, 2019, 11:28:01 AM »
I signed up for RoboKiller and immediately got a spam call.

It doesnít seem to work any better than Hiya or Mr Numbers free versions so far.

None of them seem to work hardly at all from what I can tell.

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Re: Robocalls
« Reply #21 on: March 15, 2019, 12:00:08 PM »
Must suck to live in a third world country.
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Re: Robocalls
« Reply #22 on: March 15, 2019, 05:29:27 PM »
I signed up for RoboKiller and immediately got a spam call.

It doesn’t seem to work any better than Hiya or Mr Numbers free versions so far.

None of them seem to work hardly at all from what I can tell.

Grabbed the free trial for Mr Numbers yesterday and got four robocalls just this morning. :lol
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Re: Robocalls
« Reply #23 on: March 15, 2019, 07:11:48 PM »
There's some h/w or s/w error in my landline phone at home where robocalls get through, hang up, and then my phone goes to a dead line. It does this at 2-3AM, and I think of them as some kind of witching hour horror call, where if I actually picked up, a telemarketer would appear in the darkness.

:spooky

The new version of robocalls in Japan has a brief ring, so if you're the type of person who calls back numbers you don't recognize, you'll end up calling into a sales recording.  :-\

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« Reply #24 on: March 16, 2019, 09:37:40 PM »
I get calls at least 3-4 calls a day from spammers. It's tax season so all of it's suddenly from the IRS saying I'm own massive amounts of taxes and I have a warrant out for my arrest so better get back to them.

 :doge


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Re: Robocalls
« Reply #25 on: March 16, 2019, 09:38:37 PM »

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« Reply #26 on: March 17, 2019, 12:04:03 AM »
I don't answer for shit. If you need me, you already have my number to text or Discord/etc. information to get me that way.

Generally, if a number rings me two times, I'll block it. But if it's one off, I'll generally give it the benefit of the doubt that it's someone misdialing a number and not block it. But I don't answer any of that shit.

It's more annoying to have my phone ring when I don't really even use the phone side of it. But given I can't get cellular data on a phone without having a phone tied to the data plan... :doge

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Re: Robocalls
« Reply #27 on: March 17, 2019, 06:04:35 AM »
Not to go all Yuropean but it seems the absence of regulation for this in the USA is dramatic. I get some cold calls and automated scam shit but only a handful a month at most.
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« Reply #28 on: March 17, 2019, 06:08:23 AM »
I get calls at least 3-4 calls a day from spammers. It's tax season so all of it's suddenly from the IRS saying I'm own massive amounts of taxes and I have a warrant out for my arrest so better get back to them.

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Re: Robocalls
« Reply #29 on: March 17, 2019, 10:10:16 AM »
Iíve been getting these calls all the time lately and it sux cuz I am on a notification roster shared by like 3000 people who have cell #s all over the country so I canít just ignore a call.  :-\

Iíll have to look into a spam monitor of some kind.

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« Reply #30 on: March 17, 2019, 10:52:53 AM »
Not to go all Yuropean but it seems the absence of regulation for this in the USA is dramatic. I get some cold calls and automated scam shit but only a handful a month at most.

I donít really think itís a regulation thing.

We have a national do not call registry, and itís illegal to call people over the phone to scam them. These people are actually breaking the law.

Itís more the archaic phone system just doesnt have a good way to verify the numbers. And the fcc isnít investing much money in fixing that.

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« Reply #31 on: March 17, 2019, 11:22:25 AM »
FYI, I have this one weird trick that drives scammers crazy.


Get a phone number from somewhere other than where you live. I still have a phone number from somewhere I last lived about 15 years ago, and never changed it. So almost all of my robocalls are spoofed with local numbers from there and not where I currently live. Helps you know not to answer them.

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« Reply #32 on: March 20, 2019, 12:10:56 PM »
RoboKiller finally blocked a call!

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« Reply #33 on: March 20, 2019, 12:28:31 PM »
I don't answer for shit. If you need me, you already have my number to text or Discord/etc. information to get me that way.

Generally, if a number rings me two times, I'll block it. But if it's one off, I'll generally give it the benefit of the doubt that it's someone misdialing a number and not block it. But I don't answer any of that shit.

It's more annoying to have my phone ring when I don't really even use the phone side of it. But given I can't get cellular data on a phone without having a phone tied to the data plan... :doge

I do this as well. If someone really needs to reach me, they can leave a message. And the robocallers still leave me voicemails. Fuck them, they don't deserve my courtesy.
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« Reply #34 on: March 20, 2019, 12:36:14 PM »
Someone's Grandma from Pennsylvania calls me a couple times a year and leaves the sweetest voicemails.

My Grandma died 20 years ago, and my Mom almost a decade ago, so I listen to them and get excited when I see a new one :(

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« Reply #35 on: March 20, 2019, 12:36:52 PM »
I don't ever give out my cell for signups, besides medical. Usually use my home, so I guess a database somewhere leaked?

I've been getting 6-7 calls sometimes a day.

Just yesterday I had some camgirl pretending that I was some long lost Tinder match complete w/ immediate canned replies and a topless pic when asked for "proof".

Then I got a call from some pre-recorded pastor asking me why God told me to call him. Normally I fuck around and bite the bait a bit until I can tell a live person to fuck off and take me off their calling list, so when I responded "because I'm poor" he started yelling about how God was going to save me from poverty. However, for the blessing to work, I would have to gain favor by donating a "small sum" of $45, in honor of the verse he read to me about being saved.

Or, he said that the prophecy might not come true, (and just to be sure) wanted me to donate $345 in honor of the chapter as well. In order to obfuscate the big price, he started going on about adding 45 cents to the total to make sure all ends of the prophecy were in line.

Tried recording the message, but the shitty 3rd party app on my phone didn't save the audio over a certain limit.

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Re: Robocalls
« Reply #36 on: March 20, 2019, 12:48:05 PM »
Someone's Grandma from Pennsylvania calls me a couple times a year and leaves the sweetest voicemails.

My Grandma died 20 years ago, and my Mom almost a decade ago, so I listen to them and get excited when I see a new one :(

bless up :tocry
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« Reply #38 on: Today at 04:02:06 PM »
Someone's Grandma from Pennsylvania calls me a couple times a year and leaves the sweetest voicemails.

My Grandma died 20 years ago, and my Mom almost a decade ago, so I listen to them and get excited when I see a new one :(

And you never called back to let her know she's got the wrong number?

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« Reply #39 on: Today at 08:02:08 PM »
If youíre on T-Mobile in the US, dial #662# and youíll be enrolled in scam call blocking. Itís a godsend.

I tried this for a week. It only blocks the calls already marked spam likely, so spoofed numbers or other numbers not already blocked does nothing. It does seem to cut down on voicemail spam.