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Started by Hoofer, April 02, 2021, 08:16:42 AM

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Hoofer

Yes.. it's a day off of work for Good Friday - so *I* get to take all the incoming barrage of phone calls.

I leap to the phone, "hello!" as fast as I can... and wait.  So far today, I got one call from our kid, asking about our crappy healthcare, why it didn't cover $280 glasses.  "Just get the prescription, we can order it for about 1/4 of that price online" - sigh, too late for that one.

OK, I *just* got my 2 "Visa & MasterCard Service Center",  "Because of your good credit standing, we can LOWER you interest rate." - very American sounding voice, so I immediately pressed "1" (with a bit of joy)!
WTH is this coming across my phone lines... straight from India!  He starts into the script.... 
"why did you call us?   Why did you call us, this is illegal, I should report your company for harassment."
>click<
"Dang..." I thought, these people get paid by the calls they complete... "I gotta HOLD 'EM longer..." - if I got the patience, meh.... maybe I'm just in a FOUL MOOD instead.

Now, if this was my friend "James" - who has answered the door with 2 Jehovah (false) Witness, and starred them directly the eye... totally silent, till they stop talking ... about 2 minutes, when they actually ask him a question, "You know, you have a small mouth, and your friend has a larger one - do you swallow...?"  Well, they usually call him a pervert, spin around and leave (mark that one down as a never go back, house).   One young lady, paused, smiled and the elderly lady with her smacked HER and drug her off, she was nearly doubling up in laughter, staggering down the sidewalk.

Next call from "Visa & Mastercard" - OK... press 1 immediately, to get to the operator... Indian accent of course - so we know it's a scam, they absolutely cannot lower interest rates, they only want your SSN, card or whatever to run up a huge bill for you!
She ... Starts into the pitch... blah, blah.
"Why did you call me?"
"Because of your good payment history, we can lower your..."
"But, why did you call a number on the Government Do-Not-Call-List?"
"Because of your good..."
"This call is being recorded, and traced to your company in India - did you know that?"
>click<

I gotta work on that...

Next call from Visa & Mastercard card services...  Same thing, press "1", and on comes a younger sounding Indian lady... who starts into her pitch, same script, and I answer, with the "Why did you call me...?"
"Oh SHUT UP!"
"What did you say, this is a recorded line, you're telling the customers to SHUT UP?"
"Oh SHUT UP"
"Is it that time of the month for you?"
>click<
Well, at least she could understand english - and maybe that'll halt the calls from that Indian scam for a day or two.

Earlier, we got slammed with the "Medicare Supplement Insurance" scam.  If I really wanted Medicare, I'd apply for it, if I wanted Supplement Insurance, I'd apply for it.  Over the phone, NEVER, unless I initiate the call - that's a rule of thumb in our house, you want OUR business so BADLY, get out a Stamp, and mail it to us, PERIOD.

Same as the other ones, I don't even wait to hit "1" and get to the sap manning the call center.
My co-worker worked those phones for Hughes...  "Hey Joey, how can I really piss these guys off?"
"Ahem... they already HATE their jobs - why would you want to do that?"
"You ever gotten a phone call during sex...?   Or did you give that up for Lent?"   :ttoung:
"OK, point made - keep them on the phone forever... as long as you can... it ruins their numbers."
--- To the call ---
"Really, Medicare Insurance?  I got OBAMA care!!!"
"Oh, but sir, that's not covering all your expenses..."
"I got OBAMA care!!!" - back and forth a few times...
"Is there a Mr B in this household...?"
"Nope, just us kids, and we're all under 40yrs old, we got OBAMA care!!!"
>click<

Tonight, since it's just after 6pm... the political surveys will start coming in.
OH, yeah, we got a LOT of surveys, and I might just warm up a bit with a shot of Jack or Jim, first.

I'm not as good as Tom Mabe - but he's right on track with this.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLgVpAM9f28
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Hoofer

"This is your FINAL warning!   Our records show, the warranty on your car is about to RUN OUT, to extend it, press #1 now, or #2 to be taken off our call list."

Well, don't press #2, it'll just move you to another SCAMMER.
BTW.... if you're the kind of person who gives out personal information to a cold caller - you shouldn't have a phone.   No matter who it is, *never* give out any personal information to anyone who calls you.   If what they're selling is SO IMPORTANT - ask them to just mail it.

Here's the real rub, if they don't have ALL your personal information, why are they claiming they do?  "Just need to confirm our information is correct...  What is your SSN, Name & Address?" 
Wait, a sec, YOU CALLED ME, claiming the IRS has an open investigation, or my computer is crashing the internet, or my Iphone has been HACKED - yet, you're asking me for what...?


Of course, I always press #1, and wait patiently for the Extended Warranty Coverage on my "non-existent car" ... Truth is, we drive "trucks", not cars.   

"Blah - Blah - Blah.... what is the Year, Make & Model of your Car?"
I don't have a car, but I want one, can you help me get a car?
"Blah - Blah - Blah.... what is the Year, Make & Model of your Car?"
I don't have a car, but I want one, can you help me get a car?
"Blah - Blah - Blah.... what is the Year, Make & Model of your Car?"
I don't have a car, but I want one, can you help me get a car?
"Blah - Blah - Blah.... what is the Year, Make & Model of your Car?"
I don't have a car, but I want one, can you help me get a car?
"Blah - Blah - Blah.... what is the Year, Make & Model of your Car?"
I don't have a car, but I want one, can you help me get a car?
"Blah - Blah - Blah.... what is the Year, Make & Model of your Car?"

Literally... 2 minutes of that.

"I can't help you get a car."
Oh, do I need a Driver's License to drive a Car?
"You don't own a Car?"
Nope, but, I want to get a car, so I can get your extended warranty coverage.
<click>

My co-worker, worked for Hughes, in the call-center, he said to keep them on the line as long as possible, don't give them anything, no information, just keep asking stupid questions (makes them hang on longer), and eventually, they will hang up.  Time wasted with no-go-type calls are the worst.

I've read it's not good to say, "Yes" or "No" in case they're recording the call (which they probably do), and might edit the conversation to indicate you just donated your house to an Indian in Bangalore.
Another rule for me, since our company DOES offshore tech support to India (there are some pretty sharp tech support people - you gotta be pretty dedicated to work-from-home at 2am in your parent's house, IMO, supporting OUR company!) - So, if the calling party has a thick accent... yeah... they're not really continental USA based company - no brainer!

Bottom line, IMHO - if you buy ANYTHING, or donate ANYTHING to a cold caller - you're a fool, and the calls are going to start coming - your name is on THEIR lists.   Even if the "Police Society" or whatever well sounding charitable organization calls - ask them to MAIL it to you.  Working in the telecom industry for decades, and set up these Call Centers, meeting the people manning the desks...  I wouldn't trust them with my credit card information.  On the other hand, I will harass them...  they did call me, and legally, I can say anything I want, recorded line or not.
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dickfoster

Quote from: Hoofer on April 23, 2021, 07:48:08 AM
"This is your FINAL warning!   Our records show, the warranty on your car is about to RUN OUT, to extend it, press #1 now, or #2 to be taken off our call list."

Well, don't press #2, it'll just move you to another SCAMMER.
BTW.... if you're the kind of person who gives out personal information to a cold caller - you shouldn't have a phone.   No matter who it is, *never* give out any personal information to anyone who calls you.   If what they're selling is SO IMPORTANT - ask them to just mail it.

Here's the real rub, if they don't have ALL your personal information, why are they claiming they do?  "Just need to confirm our information is correct...  What is your SSN, Name & Address?" 
Wait, a sec, YOU CALLED ME, claiming the IRS has an open investigation, or my computer is crashing the internet, or my Iphone has been HACKED - yet, you're asking me for what...?


Of course, I always press #1, and wait patiently for the Extended Warranty Coverage on my "non-existent car" ... Truth is, we drive "trucks", not cars.   

"Blah - Blah - Blah.... what is the Year, Make & Model of your Car?"
I don't have a car, but I want one, can you help me get a car?
"Blah - Blah - Blah.... what is the Year, Make & Model of your Car?"
I don't have a car, but I want one, can you help me get a car?
"Blah - Blah - Blah.... what is the Year, Make & Model of your Car?"
I don't have a car, but I want one, can you help me get a car?
"Blah - Blah - Blah.... what is the Year, Make & Model of your Car?"
I don't have a car, but I want one, can you help me get a car?
"Blah - Blah - Blah.... what is the Year, Make & Model of your Car?"
I don't have a car, but I want one, can you help me get a car?
"Blah - Blah - Blah.... what is the Year, Make & Model of your Car?"

Literally... 2 minutes of that.

"I can't help you get a car."
Oh, do I need a Driver's License to drive a Car?
"You don't own a Car?"
Nope, but, I want to get a car, so I can get your extended warranty coverage.
<click>

My co-worker, worked for Hughes, in the call-center, he said to keep them on the line as long as possible, don't give them anything, no information, just keep asking stupid questions (makes them hang on longer), and eventually, they will hang up.  Time wasted with no-go-type calls are the worst.

I've read it's not good to say, "Yes" or "No" in case they're recording the call (which they probably do), and might edit the conversation to indicate you just donated your house to an Indian in Bangalore.
Another rule for me, since our company DOES offshore tech support to India (there are some pretty sharp tech support people - you gotta be pretty dedicated to work-from-home at 2am in your parent's house, IMO, supporting OUR company!) - So, if the calling party has a thick accent... yeah... they're not really continental USA based company - no brainer!

Bottom line, IMHO - if you buy ANYTHING, or donate ANYTHING to a cold caller - you're a fool, and the calls are going to start coming - your name is on THEIR lists.   Even if the "Police Society" or whatever well sounding charitable organization calls - ask them to MAIL it to you.  Working in the telecom industry for decades, and set up these Call Centers, meeting the people manning the desks...  I wouldn't trust them with my credit card information.  On the other hand, I will harass them...  they did call me, and legally, I can say anything I want, recorded line or not.

The best one i ever did was some asshole selling solar panels for my roof. They.'d call constantly until one day I decided to have a little fun. Talked to that shit for brains for nealerly an hour before I finally decided go ruin his day. I went on and on about my south facing roof etc. etc. His chops were wet and he just knew he had one in the bag. I think I even had him looking at my house on google earth . Then I decided to lower the boom, BTW I have a Calshake roof, that isn't a problem is it? CLICK, silence and they never ever called me again.
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Hoofer

Quote from: dickfoster on April 23, 2021, 08:34:30 AM
The best one i ever did was some asshole selling solar panels for my roof. They.'d call constantly until one day I decided to have a little fun. Talked to that shit for brains for nealerly an hour before I finally decided go ruin his day. I went on and on about my south facing roof etc. etc. His chops were wet and he just knew he had one in the bag. I think I even had him looking at my house on google earth . Then I decided to lower the boom, BTW I have a Calshake roof, that isn't a problem is it? CLICK, silence and they never ever called me again.

Good one!

We've been interrupted by these telephone solicitors for a LONG time, with the last 5-6 years being the absolute worst, and 90% of them are Indian Scammers.  Those started with one of my sons, "biting" on "his Windows computer is crashing the internet" - he was getting all worked up, till he realized, he had no computer on the internet... at all... not in this house.  I think it got us "on the call center's list".

However, the last month, of us handing it right back - we stopped getting calls, nothing!   Just when we start wasting THEIR time, they quit calling...?   Wifey and the kids were doing the same thing - did they give up, or simply move us back to a "call in 3 months file"?   We'll see.

The SURVEYS keep coming though - and wifey jumps for those.   Like I always say, "don't believe the polls."  With wifey answering those questions... snicker... they don't mean squat!
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Next time, ask the girl what she is wearing.

:blush:
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Hoofer

Phone rings...  "This is blank from Chase Manhattan Visa-Mastercard" - I press "1" before the woman's voice finishes.

"Hi, this is blank, how are you today?" - thick Indian accent.

Hello, Mr scammer, what do you have for me today?

<click>

Dang... they're on to me!   I gotta work on that, keep them on the line longer.
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Hoofer

Gotta come up with some way to combat these AI calls.
They don't allow me to press 1 and get a live operator sucker, so I wind up wasting MY time, instead of THEIRS.

It's still the same Spoofing (using someone else's phone number) and Spamming (anything to get my personal data).

As a rule, don't ever give out personal information over the phone, tell them to use the USPS... 99% of the time, nothing ever shows up.
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Solar

Quote from: Hoofer on May 18, 2021, 08:33:28 PMGotta come up with some way to combat these AI calls.
They don't allow me to press 1 and get a live operator sucker, so I wind up wasting MY time, instead of THEIRS.

It's still the same Spoofing (using someone else's phone number) and Spamming (anything to get my personal data).

As a rule, don't ever give out personal information over the phone, tell them to use the USPS... 99% of the time, nothing ever shows up.
We bought a new Panasonic phone with call block. Model # PNLC1077.
Rings once then cuts them off. I now get one ring and it's gone, used to ring on and on 20, 30 times, then if you picked up, you couldn't hang up until they did.

Sure, they still call, but the frequency has dropped by 90%, and it was only about 1 or 2 numbers that were doing all of it.
I suspect the numbers we saw on the phone were designed to deceive, when in fact it was only a handful of call scammers.
All this time I just assumed there were more than 20.
I like the phone, but it doesn't have a port for a headset. :glare:
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dickfoster

Quote from: Solar on May 18, 2021, 09:35:30 PMWe bought a new Panasonic phone with call block. Model # PNLC1077.
Rings once then cuts them off. I now get one ring and it's gone, used to ring on and on 20, 30 times, then if you picked up, you couldn't hang up until they did.

Sure, they still call, but the frequency has dropped by 90%, and it was only about 1 or 2 numbers that were doing all of it.
I suspect the numbers we saw on the phone were designed to deceive, when in fact it was only a handful of call scammers.
All this time I just assumed there were more than 20.
I like the phone, but it doesn't have a port for a headset. :glare:
Sure it does if it uses a regular RJ10 style handset connection.
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Solar

Quote from: dickfoster on May 19, 2021, 04:46:29 AMSure it does if it uses a regular RJ10 style handset connection.
It was a real disappointment, all my Panasonic phones in the past had it standard, but not this one.
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Hoofer

Quote from: Solar on May 19, 2021, 05:15:31 AMIt was a real disappointment, all my Panasonic phones in the past had it standard, but not this one.
I think you guys meant RJ11...?  Whatever...

Had not even considered a phone that would allow White/Black listing - geeeeze... I work in the industry... I guess it shows, I completely unplug from work while at home.  Last thing I want to think about are POTS Lines - after working on Gigbit & Terabit circuits... 56k vs 100G - guess which one is EASIER (bigger is easier, the optics do all the work!).


OK - I need to search for white/black listing, CID, 2 lines, answering machine phone.
Got 2 of these calls in the last hour ....  they are taxing my patience.
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Solar

Quote from: Hoofer on May 19, 2021, 08:19:35 AMI think you guys meant RJ11...?  Whatever...

Had not even considered a phone that would allow White/Black listing - geeeeze... I work in the industry... I guess it shows, I completely unplug from work while at home.  Last thing I want to think about are POTS Lines - after working on Gigbit & Terabit circuits... 56k vs 100G - guess which one is EASIER (bigger is easier, the optics do all the work!).


OK - I need to search for white/black listing, CID, 2 lines, answering machine phone.
Got 2 of these calls in the last hour ....  they are taxing my patience.
Let me know what you find. I think this may be a new feature on the Mkt, which is why we didn't research it further, because I definitely need a headset to hear properly.

If you find a better one, I may replace this one, though I really do appreciate the quality of the Panasonic phone, damn near bullet proof.
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Quote from: Solar on May 19, 2021, 08:23:24 AMLet me know what you find. I think this may be a new feature on the Mkt, which is why we didn't research it further, because I definitely need a headset to hear properly.

If you find a better one, I may replace this one, though I really do appreciate the quality of the Panasonic phone, damn near bullet proof.


Think about bluetooth hearing aids.  They work great for me.  (no cord)
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Solar

Quote from: walkstall on May 19, 2021, 08:34:50 AMThink about bluetooth hearing aids.  They work great for me.  (no cord)
I know, I really need to get one, but I hate going to the VA, I may just have to bite the bullet and pay for one.
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dickfoster

Quote from: Hoofer on May 19, 2021, 08:19:35 AMI think you guys meant RJ11...?  Whatever...

Had not even considered a phone that would allow White/Black listing - geeeeze... I work in the industry... I guess it shows, I completely unplug from work while at home.  Last thing I want to think about are POTS Lines - after working on Gigbit & Terabit circuits... 56k vs 100G - guess which one is EASIER (bigger is easier, the optics do all the work!).


OK - I need to search for white/black listing, CID, 2 lines, answering machine phone.
Got 2 of these calls in the last hour ....  they are taxing my patience.

No RJ11 is the 6 position connectior that connects between the phone and the wall jack, RJ10 is the smaller 4 position connectior in the same form factor between the phone and the hand set. RJ45 is the 8 position connector, same form factor, used for cat5e and cat6 ethernet.
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