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Old 26th Jan 2017, 22:46
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I typically reply That I know my computer is screwed up and that I have a contract with some firm in Delhi that is managing the problem
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Old 26th Jan 2017, 22:55
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Yes, again, I had the usual number of scummers before I got the call-blocker.
I didn't actually claim to be the police. Just asked the caller if they had intended to call an unlisted Derbyshire Police number.
No? Well take more care next time then. Bye
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Old 27th Jan 2017, 01:52
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Originally Posted by aerobelly View Post

On the plus side it seemed that the building's postcode had expired and on enquiring I was told that we could have anything that had not already been issued -- so we got one with the company's initials in it. Probably the current residents don't know why they are CB4 0ZT.
How/why does a post code expire?
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Old 27th Jan 2017, 08:28
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Slightly off track but reminds me ...

My number is one digit different to AMEX,
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MyFather's retail shop telephone was XX XXX 5050, and the local theatre was XX XXX 5555. Frequently on a Saturday we would get people mis-dialling for the Theatre, most would appologise and hang up, but occasionally some smart axse would insist that they hadn't made a mistake and I must be the theatre.

I would reserve them seats for that night's performance, pay and pick up the tickets 30 minute before start !
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Old 27th Jan 2017, 09:20
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All right, I know it's continuing off-piste, but I'm weak & feeble...
because one of my homes in London was one digit different from the local sewing machine shop, and people would often ring up asking for a service.
"Baptism, Wedding or Funeral" was the favourite response. Got more interesting results than just saying "I'm verrrrrry sorry, but you..."


Learnt a bit of Anglo-Saxon sometimes, though.
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Old 27th Jan 2017, 09:50
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Some months ago I was at my sisters chatting with her husband, he got the call and spent ages on the phone, he was hooked there was a problem, I tried telling him repeatedly to hang up, initially politely and more insistence, until finally my sister arrived home and I told her what I had heard and told her to hang up, not a very polite conversation went on after she hung up.
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Old 27th Jan 2017, 10:23
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The blowing a whistle down the line is a great idea and has got me thinking...

The problem with using a whistle is that it also attracts the attention of those around us, so perhaps one could build an oscillator circuit and hook it up in parallel with the telephone's microphone wires and have a custom button installed on the handset that sends a massive continuous shrill down the line at maximum amplitude.

My initial research suggests a sawtooth wave at 2.5kHz will do the trick quite nicely.

Edited to add this useful site http://onlinetonegenerator.com/432Hz.html

Last edited by cattletruck; 27th Jan 2017 at 10:56. Reason: added link to generating annoying sounds.
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Old 27th Jan 2017, 13:20
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If one of these calls comes through when I am at my 90- year old father's I play along (start the computer, open this, that etc) until the point where I have to "press the window key".


I have great problems finding this despite coaching from the caller until, when I've become bored with it I say "is it anywhere near the apple key?" CLICK.


Thing is, Dad does not have a computer in the house.


My view is by wasting their time I may save someone else a problem!
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Old 27th Jan 2017, 13:52
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On a slightly different note - something new to beware of:


There is a new skimming device is paper/wafer thin and slips into the slot on handheld keypad machines. As the credit or debit card is slid into the slot it is read by the skimmer.


Very hard to spot. Only indication MAY be that the card does not slide in as smoothly as usual.
Only recommendation from security so far is to use the touch alternative - and that has it's own security shortcomings.
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Old 27th Jan 2017, 21:12
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Cattletruck, brilliant! Now, wondering how to get it easily connected to the phone system. What I'd really like, and will investigate further, is getting it hooked up to a BIG speaker system for when our next-door neighbour's son turns up his hip-hop on a weekend. Oh for a sound cannon.

I'm retired and have a fair amount of time on my hands but can't be bothered with egging the scammers on. And, having said that, in our case it's usually banks, phone companies and charities (real or not) calling. As soon as I realise what the call's about (3-5 seconds) I say I'm not interested and please stop wasting my time. As politely as domestic circumstances allow. And hanging up.
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Old 27th Jan 2017, 21:40
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Originally Posted by IBMJunkman View Post
How/why does a post code expire?
Dunno Guv. I know about horribly complicated software, but the postcode system is a mystery to me[*]. I just know i get letters at home for people down the street and people I've never heard of to my correct postcode and house number that I've owned for the last 33 years. And that I got to pick a new postcode for our building plainly visible at the junction of the A14 and the A10. Sandstone face to that side, looks like a cheap cruise liner from the other side :-(

[*] Lowest bidding contractor to maintain it?

Edit: our system is different to yours, it specifies not the local post office, but the street and which side of the street. Sufficiently large buildings can be assigned a code of their own.


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Last edited by aerobelly; 27th Jan 2017 at 21:54. Reason: Difference UK postcodes to California's
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Old 27th Jan 2017, 21:42
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Anything that requires a phone number I just put the main switchboard of the local police's number. Never fill in a valid e-mail address or just use my spam account address. Mobile number just transpose a couple of digits.

Chuggers just get a request to go forth and multiply.

Never get a call at all unless I want a reply.
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Old 28th Jan 2017, 02:32
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Originally Posted by broadreach View Post
Cattletruck, brilliant! Now, wondering how to get it easily connected to the phone system. What I'd really like, and will investigate further, is getting it hooked up to a BIG speaker system for when our next-door neighbour's son turns up his hip-hop on a weekend. Oh for a sound cannon.

I'm retired and have a fair amount of time on my hands but can't be bothered with egging the scammers on. And, having said that, in our case it's usually banks, phone companies and charities (real or not) calling. As soon as I realise what the call's about (3-5 seconds) I say I'm not interested and please stop wasting my time. As politely as domestic circumstances allow. And hanging up.
Interesting Broadreach, I've never been bothered by a scammer here in Belo. They'd obviously realize that they weren't speaking to a Brazileiro anyway once I open my mouth.
Regarding the noise from the neighbour, I do find Brazilians rather inconsiderate in this regard but on the other hand very tolerant of other peoples inconsiderate behavior; cultural thing I guess, but does drive me nuts sometimes.
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Old 28th Jan 2017, 03:47
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You guys will like how this guy handles telemarketers

https://youtu.be/cIVfrBFc5og
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Old 28th Jan 2017, 04:57
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Originally Posted by aerobelly View Post
Dunno Guv. I know about horribly complicated software, but the postcode system is a mystery to me[*]. I just know i get letters at home for people down the street and people I've never heard of to my correct postcode and house number that I've owned for the last 33 years. And that I got to pick a new postcode for our building plainly visible at the junction of the A14 and the A10. Sandstone face to that side, looks like a cheap cruise liner from the other side :-(

[*] Lowest bidding contractor to maintain it?

Edit: our system is different to yours, it specifies not the local post office, but the street and which side of the street. Sufficiently large buildings can be assigned a code of their own.


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UK postcodes explained
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Old 28th Jan 2017, 05:57
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disappointed. I thought this was going to be a thread about the women your mother warned you about
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Old 28th Jan 2017, 13:41
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Edit: our system is different to yours, it specifies not the local post office, but the street and which side of the street. Sufficiently large buildings can be assigned a code of their own.
Having seen a postcode database plotted on a map, there are plenty of locations where multiple postcodes have exactly the same geographical coordinates. I didn't check why (we weren't actually interested in postcodes, we were interested in the mapping software) - possibilities include special postcodes for individual recipients of large volumes of mail, or a single large building divided into more than one postcode.
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Old 28th Jan 2017, 14:24
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...or not necessarily large buildings. When I lived in Sarfeast London, my front door was SE1 something and my back door SE17. Big deal.


What was a big deal, however, is that according to Southwark Council, we did not exist. Neither postcode appeared on their database, and I actually had a series of letters perfectly correctly addressed, telling me there were no such addresses.


The result? We lived in Southwark for ten years, and never paid a penny in Council Tax. Result.


(I did try, btw; hence the series of letters...)
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Old 28th Jan 2017, 17:11
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You can apply for your own postcode if you are expecting to receive more than 5,000 items of mail per year. Different companies based in the same building frequently have different postcodes to differentiate the mail at the sorting office. Hence the multiple postcodes at the same geographical point.
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Old 28th Jan 2017, 17:16
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according to Southwark Council, we did not exist

That could have been really interesting when election candidates came around knocking on doors.
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