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Sat Nov 16, 2019, 01:47 PM

How to stop scammers from calling you

This is a script. It must be followed to the letter to have any effect.

A few days ago, I started getting phone calls from the ďsuspended Social Security AccountĒ scammers. I know these guys just use a robodialer to dial at random until they find a mark.

I pick up the phone the first time. ďThis is a call from Social Security. We are calling to notify you that your Social Security account has been suspended due to several fraudulent transactions...Ē I hung up.

The second time: ďThis is a call from Law Enforcement Agency. We are calling to notify you that a warrant has been issued for your arrest in conjunction with fraudulent Social Security transactions.Ē Yeah, right mother fucker. I hung up.

The third time was a repeat of the first call. I let it play until a human operator came on the line, and then I yelled at the top of my lungs, ďI KNOW THIS IS A FUCKING SCAM, YOU WORTHLESS PIECE OF SHIT. DO NOT EVER FUCKING CALL ME AGAIN.Ē

There have been no further calls from them.

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Reply How to stop scammers from calling you (Original post)
jmowreader Nov 2019 OP
MontanaMama Nov 2019 #1
question everything Nov 2019 #2
CatWoman Nov 2019 #3
grantcart Nov 2019 #25
marybourg Nov 2019 #4
MineralMan Nov 2019 #5
KentuckyWoman Nov 2019 #43
safeinOhio Nov 2019 #6
WhiteTara Nov 2019 #7
AllaN01Bear Nov 2019 #8
Wounded Bear Nov 2019 #20
shanti Nov 2019 #9
Ilsa Nov 2019 #10
MuseRider Nov 2019 #11
Beringia Nov 2019 #33
Butterflylady Nov 2019 #12
SWBTATTReg Nov 2019 #13
chowder66 Nov 2019 #14
lapfog_1 Nov 2019 #15
HDSam Nov 2019 #16
TheBlackAdder Nov 2019 #17
drray23 Nov 2019 #18
lastlib Nov 2019 #19
jmowreader Nov 2019 #23
csziggy Nov 2019 #32
Tarc Nov 2019 #21
Roland99 Nov 2019 #22
dickthegrouch Nov 2019 #24
yortsed snacilbuper Nov 2019 #26
Rorey Nov 2019 #27
N_E_1 for Tennis Nov 2019 #28
keithbvadu2 Nov 2019 #29
2naSalit Nov 2019 #30
bluecollar2 Nov 2019 #31
VarryOn Nov 2019 #34
renate Nov 2019 #35
VarryOn Nov 2019 #37
renate Nov 2019 #38
VarryOn Nov 2019 #39
rurallib Nov 2019 #36
StarryNite Nov 2019 #40
mitch96 Nov 2019 #41
KentuckyWoman Nov 2019 #42
mercuryblues Nov 2019 #44
FakeNoose Nov 2019 #45
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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2019, 01:52 PM

1. I've been hammered with those same calls this week.

Sometimes theyíre calling my cell phone and the same # is ringing through on my work phone. Bastards.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2019, 01:55 PM

2. And I would add a whistle

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2019, 01:55 PM

3. i just let You Mail handle them

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Response to CatWoman (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 01:29 PM

25. Interesting

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2019, 01:56 PM

4. My answering machine enjoys fielding these calls.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2019, 01:58 PM

5. My recent calls have been from the "Chinese Consulate."

I just speak Russian to the caller, who hangs up right away.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 05:15 PM

43. Thaaaaaaaaaaaaat's what she's saying !!!!!

I could tell she's talking Chinese after a few words in heavily accented English. I never could catch what she says.

The caller ID keeps changing of course but my fav is the time they told me I was calling myself.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2019, 01:58 PM

6. What I say when I want to have fun.

First I sound like Iím going to take the bait. Always make sure I catch name. Then when itís time to pay or give my info I ask John for a phone number I can call to talkto him. They always say they arenít allowed to give it out. So say give me your cell or home number. They wonít for some reason and then I tell them that if canít have their number there is a possible scam by tech friend of mine. They hang up on me.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2019, 02:02 PM

7. I use a police whistle

and I tell them this is a small sample and if they call again, I will blow their eardrums out. That usually stops them.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2019, 02:04 PM

8. if this is a legit call : one they must send you a leter and day date and time of phone

appointment . then they must ask you your security questions and go from there . i got the solar panels one and i live in an apartment and i took the same approach as this poster , no more calls also someone said answering machines have a field day too.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Reply #8)

Sat Nov 16, 2019, 04:45 PM

20. Yeah, basic fact: They don't cold call people...

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2019, 02:04 PM

9. I have a free google phone number

that I never pick up. It's just for the scammers. But they've caught on to people not picking up and have been TEXTING me on my cellphone instead!

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2019, 02:05 PM

10. I was getting them 2 months ago.

I considered acting distressed and innocent and trying to play them for as long as possible, then telling them, "it's been fun wasting your time, MFer."

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2019, 02:07 PM

11. This is a fun one to do and it also stops them.



Start and 1:43 and have fun.

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Response to MuseRider (Reply #11)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 02:21 PM

33. Great movie



I loved the scene where Griffin sees a woman, but pretends he doesn't notice it's a woman.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2019, 02:09 PM

12. I got an identical call.

I hung up immediately and then blocked the number. Haven't had one since.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2019, 02:14 PM

13. Just don't ever answer the phone, ever! It works for us and we don't get literally any calls...

anymore. I think that if you answer it, you get placed onto a list somewhere that (1) you actually answered the phone, etc. (2) based upon you answering the phone vs. an answering svc, the sales calls will change but still continue. I (from my experience), being that we never, ever answer the phone, the number of calls to our number has dropped to literally 1 call a week. Wonderful.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2019, 02:16 PM

14. I wait until someone speaks, walk to the bathroom, hold the phone up to the toilet and flush.

I should probably mention that I hold it pretty high up but my toilet is in a enclosed area so the sound carries.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2019, 02:26 PM

15. try this



I would change up the end of the call

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2019, 02:29 PM

16. I use them

as a source of entertainment, stringing them along as long as I can or until I get bored to waste their time. The ones that I enjoy the most are those that call when Iím stuck in traffic during my commute. Iím already irritated and they give me something else to think about.

I kept a scammer (Ďyour Windows computer has a virusí type) on the line for ten or fifteen minutes acting dumb then told him I have a Mac. That was time he wasnít able to use to scam someone else.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2019, 02:32 PM

17. I answer the phone, say hello and then park the phone on mute, while they say, Hello? Hello? Hello?

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2019, 03:08 PM

18. Don't answer the phone.

If you do, the computer system robocallers use will mark your number as active and you will get even more calls.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2019, 04:44 PM

19. I got a series of calls from "Apple Product Support",,,

claiming they were going to lock my account unless I paid $400 to them. First time, I told them I didn't have any Apple products (true), stop calling me. They called back repeatedly. Caller had a distinctly "Eastern" accent (Pakistan, India? IDK). About the fourth time, I threatened to report them to the FBI and everyone else under the sun. They hung up.

Next time they called, I got mad and personal. Told them, "Your momma is a pig, your daddy's a feral hog, and your babies are bacon." They hung up and never called again. Hated to play dirty like that, but I was getting fed up.

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Response to lastlib (Reply #19)

Sat Nov 16, 2019, 05:05 PM

23. I get the "Microsoft" virus ones all the time

However, I think the ones I hate the very worst are the Extended Warranty assholes. "This is a courtesy call to remind you that your car's extended warranty is about to expire." I told one of those people my only car was an Edsel.

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #23)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 02:07 PM

32. The car extended warranty people can never tell me which car they are calling about

I keep asking them which of our various vehicles they want to sell me a warranty for, and they never know. If I feel like it, I can keep them going for a while, wasting their time and reducing the calls they can make to other people.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2019, 04:51 PM

21. My great-aunt used to keep an old police whistle by the phone, tell them softly that she had a cold

and that they would have to listen closely because her voice was going, and then...

...I think you can fill in the rest.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2019, 04:59 PM

22. It's more fun to drag them along for several minutes

I toy with them all the time

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 01:25 PM

24. Another great trick

String them along long enough to hear sirens in the background. Then say, I've known all along that you're committing a federal crime, Those sirens are coming for you!.
I've actually got a squeal out of one caller before he hung up

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 01:35 PM

26. My phone warns me it is a scam call,

I block the number and then delete it.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 01:42 PM

27. Ok, I'm the bad "guy"

The human who talks after the call is made by a computer is just a person working a job. Maybe it's the only job they can get. I'm sure most telemarketers don't actually enjoy their jobs. I get annoyed by these calls too, but I generally allow it to either get to a human and ask to be removed from their call list, or I push the appropriate number to get removed when prompted.

Usually I don't have the option of simply not answering. I get a lot of important calls involving business that I don't recognize. I just try to not allow the scam ones to get under my skin.



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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 01:49 PM

28. I miss the phone slam...got the message across

I just donít answer if itís an unknown number from a state that isnít in my life. If itís a legitimate call they leave a message.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 01:53 PM

29. When you have spare time to kill....

When you have spare time to kill....

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How to answer spam phone calls...

Keep asking: What is your name?
... until you get an answer.

What is your company/org name?
... until you get an answer.

What is your company/org address?
... until you get an answer.

What is your company/org phone number?
... until you get an answer.

What number can I get in contact with you?
... until you get an answer.

So what if they lie?
You're just going to hang up on them anyway.
Even better if you say 'sorry, not interested'.
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Their time is also important to them.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 01:54 PM

30. Hear's a good fake out...

String them on a little then hold the phone back and say, as if to someone else right there with you, "Okay, did you get that location? and whatever else to make them think their call has been traced and their location revealed.


Although I really liked that video I saw posted here, on DU, about a years or more ago where scammers called a programmer who set them up for continued denial of service every time they made a call out. I forget all the details but the program ran for a long time, essentially spamming them back where they got really frustrated and it sounded like it was driving them crazy after a few days. That was the best, if only we could all do that.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 01:59 PM

31. A friend of mine

Tries to sell them AMWAY products.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 02:21 PM

34. I never seem to have this problem, but...

My elderly parents (late 70s) deal with it every day. Why? They answer every DAMN call, no matter if they recognize the number or not. Thereís a setting I iPhone to stop your phone from ringing if the number isnít in your contacts. I love it! Sure, Iíve missed a couple calls I wished I had gotten. But, if Iím expecting an important call, I either add the number to my contacts or I temporarily turn off the unknown call feature.

Of course, this all means I donít get included in poll calls. Just as well, I usually donít give true answers anyway!

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Response to VarryOn (Reply #34)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 02:36 PM

35. I'm embarrassed to have to ask, but how do you do that?

I can figure out how to block people on my contact list, but not how to block people who arenít on my contact list. Maybe itís because my phone is a few years old?

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Response to renate (Reply #35)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 02:56 PM

37. No need to be embarassed...

First of all, I'm on an XS under iOS 13.2.2. I'm not sure what version this feature appeared in, but you'll want to be updated. As long as your phone is newer than 6S, you should be ok hardware-wise.

Go to Settings then Phone then turn on "Silence Unknown Callers."

Good luvk!

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Response to VarryOn (Reply #37)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 03:09 PM

38. You've just improved life for a lot of people!

Thank you!!

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Response to renate (Reply #38)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 03:42 PM

39. I'm glad! Nt

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 02:50 PM

36. Back when I was still answering them

I would say "Lucky you. My friend's a policeman and he is here and he would like to talk to you."

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 03:46 PM

40. My daughter's response is similar only...

she goes on and on until they wind up hanging up on her! They don't call back after that.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 05:08 PM

41. I would just say" can you hold for a second?"

I would put the phone down and go about my business. When I hear the tone that they hung up, I would hang up too..
They waste my time? I waste theirs.... a quid pro quo I would say....

Now if I don't recognise the number I don't answer it. If it's that important, they can leave a message and I'll call them back...
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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 05:12 PM

42. It doesn't work.

They just wait a few days and hit me again with 6-10 calls in a day.

My feeling is the phone carriers know the servers originating the calls. Just keep blocking them until they are effectively shut down.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 05:20 PM

44. I turned off my answering machine

Most spam callers hang up after the 3rd ring. I don't answer until the middle of the 4th ring. Since I have been doing this, spam calls have dropped way down.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 05:31 PM

45. For some reason my robo-dialed scam/spam calls have all but stopped

I don't get it, but since the first of November there have been almost no spam calls. I was getting at least 10 per day and now - nothing!

I'm not complaining, but I think Verizon has done something to finally put these useless scammers out of business. We always knew they had the power to do it.

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