Once again thank goodness for caller ID. I have a couple of friends whose numbers are blocked, but I commonly get 'overseas' ones around lunchtime which I don't answer. A friend who worked for the phone company told me that it's a way they get a list of who is home to answer their phone in order to sell lists to others.
thanks for the laugh ,this is a great topic,,,,,lol
I just keep asking them to speak up as i can't hear them, by the time they are shouting they decided to give in.Either that, or i ask them to hold whilst i call my husband and then pull the phone out and keep their line open for half an hour.
they soon get the message.
Hi,"A BIG THANKS" for this post,Have today received a call,from these people,I kept saying hallo,then put the phone down,so far they havn't rung back,I live in England,so it's a widespread scam they have going on,so everyone needs to be aware of them.
I have DHDon's football umpiring whistle which is on guard duty constantly by the phone. I blew it long and hard once after an incredibly busy 'call session'..... poor very rude, very insistent woman who rang me.
Then I was told by an angry caller who rang two weeks ago, 'You kept on saying Oh, yes, Oh, yes, and I don't like that!!!', and he banged down the phone. Hey! and I'm supposed to 'like' illegal scammers trying to steal my information over the phone???????
The Seniors in Australia have been advised to just hang up, and that's really the best, but it's a confounded nuisance when one sits down at last in the evening only to have to dig oneself out of the arm chair again to answer these troublesome calls, often three in a row, beginning around 6 p.m.
Two days ago when I told one insistent caller, who rang to tell me that I was downloading a virus, that I didn't own a computer he asked, 'Well, has your boy friend got one?' I guess any old computer will do if there's a naive dope willing to give out the information.
I'm not a rude person by nature but these calls have certainly trained me to be a very active one with a long list of responses, depending on the time I have on hand or my mood.
I found something that WORKS!! I was getting those "card holder services" calls several times per day. You would think they would go away and leave us alone. I went and bought a gym whistle. Now, when they call, I get someone on the line, start talking real low to them so they have to listen, and then blast them with the whistle. The calls abruptly stopped. It sounds cruel, but what they are doing is truly criminal!! I haven't had a call from them since. I think they got the message!
great we all should do this they must think we are all simple to fall for this scam i have had dozens of calls like this and i ask them what they are talking about that i do not own a computer...another one is say just hang on a minute and leave the phone for a long time this blocks their line and they can not use it till you hang up...soozie
I usually tell them to give me their address and I will come to see them, since I don't give information over the phone. They never get back to me thereafter.
all the way across the world & we can't stop this, I have to wonder why!if you don't recognize the # don't asnwer it(if you have #id)
I HATE THAT ALSO :(:(
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i use to tell them that no one has a computer here untill i iang the no more calls in Australia and it is a free service the only ones it doesnt block is the charities and they say they are exempt.
It doesn't stop these scammers because they are overseas. I am on the Do Not Call Register and have still receievd these calls.It is just coincidence that you have not received any further calls.
I'm with several others on here - I ported my home phone to a cell phone so only have one number that is not in the telephone directory because it is now a cell number, but does not follow the standard cell number listings. Callers numbers are shown before I answer. If I do not recognize the number I don't answer the phone. If it's important they leave a message. Most of the time there is no message so I know whoever it was didn't really want to talk with me.
One of the fun ways to get back at them is to ask them if they can hold on to talk to your DH or someone else, then put the phone down & come back to it in about 30 minutes. You'd be surprised how long they'll wait on the phone to talk to someone.
Doesnt matter how indignant you get with these folks , they will always call back. So have some fun, tell them that you think it is a great idea and if they would give YOU their account number you would be happy to make a deposit. Or if they would give you their home phone number you would call them as soon as you got a moment . Then hang up.
Oh, my daughter pretends she is a foreign maid and cant speak or understand their language . Dont make ant dif. but we get a chuckle.
My sister went to a walmart gas station in Austin Texas and they took some of the information on ther card and someone charged 250.00, my aunt's master card was also used to pay someone utilities in Toluca Mexico!!! Can you believe that!!!!
Yup, I can. I've had my credit card stolen remotely LOTS of times. It is incredibly stressful!!
Yes, I can. I live in southern South Australia and a few years ago my Paypal account showed I "bought" a set of car tyres in a mid-American state. I got the money refunded, but.... :[ ... AlmaG.
I tell people all the time....no one legitimate cares if you have a virus, no one would know you have a virus, and no one legitimate will call and offer to fix your virus.
Contact your telephone provider. In the USA we have a service you can pay a small monthly fee to have solicitors rejected. It prevents the calls from even ringing your home. Your friends will have to press a number to ring you. Automated phone calls never make it through. The caller gets a message like, :If you are a solicitor please add this number to your do not call list. If you are not a solicitor please press (a number) to continue this call." I just use an unpublished VOIP or internet home phone and my cell phone so I don't have the problem.
Yes I've had these calls also. I just hang up.
I have caller ID along with an answering machine. If I do not recognize the number I do not answer the phone. If it is important they will leave a message and then I will call back. Nine times out of ten there is no message so I know it is nobody important to me. Hugs, Mary
I got a call last night from someone in ct and had to say hello about 10 times before anyone came on the line when someone did finally come on the line they said good evening mam how are you I told them "I was out of breath running to the phone and had to say hello 10 times before getting a response and that they had better have something important to say or I wish a pox come down on her house and the reply was "can I call back at a better time" my response was no and i rather you not call back at all and hung up I know they will call back and I will wish them a greater pox come down on their house next time. :} dean
He! He! I cant stop laughing. Good on you. Maybe it will make them think twice next time before calling. My DH askes them if they believe in God and they usually say yes so he askes them to prey with him . Would you believe they hang up on him, He thinks it is a great joke. Hugs Joyce
Part 2.DH thinks it is a great joke getting them to hang up. Hugs Joyce
This is very annoying.
I found a good solution is to keep saying "hello hello, hello - sorry but I can't hear you" then just hang up.
Good one. Hugs Joyce
I had one of those calls and when he started in I asked him what the **** he needed to know about my computer and hung up.
Good on you. My friend kept telling her DH to hang up and not tell them anything but being a man he wouldnt listen but knows better now after being caught. Hugs Joyce
I have caller ID so NEVER answer international calls. My grandson loves talking on the phone so he can deal with the calls. I am not rude to unsolicited calls but I dont answer questions and politely say goodbye and put the phone down. Caller ID is good
Sounds like thats what I need. I sed to be polite but am fed up with them and have come to the end of my teather. He. He.. Hugs Joyce
Just had one 5 mins ago but didnt answer
I am also fed up and I am not very polite to them either.I wish I knew a soulution.
Yes so do I.I am on our government Do Not Call list but they just ignore that and the government says they cant do anything about it. It aparently is just followed by honest companys. Hugs Joyce