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getting rid of or playing with nuisance callers

Old 1st Feb 2018, 08:48
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The one we got yesterday was one that actually made me laugh, we were out and the Indian sounding lady started a conversation with the female voice on the answering machine, finally realised and hung up.
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Old 1st Feb 2018, 09:07
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I get a lot from (sounds like) Indian scammers. I put the best, most imaginative, offensive, racist, invective, referencing the callers ancestry, medical and sexual history, and my personal wishes for their ongoing good health (or not) that I could come up with into google translate, recorded the Indian translation and play that back to them before hanging up. I don't want there to be any misunderstandings about how I feel about them
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Old 1st Feb 2018, 10:08
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I've had some great times talking with the 'IRS', I managed to keep one guy on the phone for 45 minutes before I got called some very unpleasant names.
I've also had ones where you unwittingly are talking to a recording.
There was also a spell where I would receive calls from my own phone number. That was fun.
The worst ones are people trying to sell me an extended warranty on a car that I sold 18 months ago.
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Old 1st Feb 2018, 10:35
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About 20 years ago I had a call at about 2am on a Saturday: "Hello, from the length of time it took you to answer, you obviously don't have an answer phone and I have..." Interruption by a long stream of drunken invective from me; ancestry, meeting up on Tuesday, self copulation, I ran pretty much through my entire abusive language repertoire... "Well there's no need to be rude..."

To this day I don't know if it was a genuinely ill-thought through telemarketing scheme, or some ****'s idea of a joke.

My mum was in hospital at the time so I couldn't leave the phone unplugged.

I rang BT the next day to ask for advice; "well" said the very nice operator "the one thing you mustn't do is go to Halfords and buy a nice loud air horn..."
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Old 1st Feb 2018, 15:48
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If talktalk is your ISP then CallSafe works perfectly.
Was plagued with scam call until last Thursday, when I activated CallSafe, since then none, nada, zip.
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Old 1st Feb 2018, 15:50
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Forgot to mention, it's free!
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Old 1st Feb 2018, 17:05
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Originally Posted by G-CPTN View Post
How do you manage broadband without a landline?
??? - the cable modem connection is a completely separate co-ax cable, nothing to do with any landline.

OK, so when I first bought the cable modem service they did insist on supplying a landline as well, but I never used that one at all (never plugged a phone into it) and it's long gone from the contract.

If you're thinking of RF bodged over Victorian copper, well ...
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Old 1st Feb 2018, 17:09
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Originally Posted by Hydromet View Post
recorded the Indian translation
How do you work out which of India's 800-odd languages is appropriate for any particular individual scammer?

(I've observed Indian tourists at the Taj Mahal from different parts of India talking to each other in English, being the language that they had in common.)
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Old 1st Feb 2018, 17:35
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For BT customers on a copper 'phone service just get the Call Protect service added to your account.
It is totally free and works splendidly. If an unwanted call does slip through the net it is simple to block that number.

Just Google BT Call Protect.
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Old 1st Feb 2018, 18:12
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Originally Posted by VP959 View Post
What I'd like to know is two things.

How can these companies get away with calling people who have opted out of all telephone marketing and on the TPS?

How can they spoof caller display numbers so that an overseas call appears to be coming from the UK, and is there an easy way to stop this?

The reason I ask is that I get a call every day of the week, around midday, from the same "UK" (supposedly Southampton area code) number, that is some sort of overseas pharmacy trying to sell drugs. I now just ignore any call received around this time every day, and let it go to the answering machine (but they never leave a message). 1471 reports the same "Southampton" phone number whenever I've bothered to check.

I can't be bothered to play games with them, and the screening devices available all seem both expensive and a bit of a nuisance for genuine callers who are trying to get through.
As an SO resident I can confirm its very possible someone from round here is trying to sell you drugs!
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Old 1st Feb 2018, 18:24
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So with VoIP you can (illegally) spoof any outbound number very simply. We sell systems and I can add any number I want without any checking. BT are supposed to check but they don't.

Takes me a matter of minutes then I'm away but we only do this when someone is porting their number to us.
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Old 1st Feb 2018, 18:24
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Originally Posted by Simplythebeast View Post
I just use this phone, used to get marketing calls daily. Havent had any since I bought this phone last year.
Fed up with nuisance calls? The BT8600 phone can help - BT
Likewise; nuisance calls instantly cut from around 6 per week to nil. Great investment.

NEO
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Old 1st Feb 2018, 22:21
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The BT 8600 is stylish home phone packed with technology that gives you control who you speak too.

I wonder a) Where it was made, and b) who wrote the copy? Probably not a native English speaker!
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Old 1st Feb 2018, 22:24
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Originally Posted by Rosevidney1 View Post
The BT 8600 is stylish home phone packed with technology that gives you control who you speak too.

I wonder a) Where it was made, and b) who wrote the copy? Probably not a native English speaker!
I've been told that they license the software from Truecall. No evidence though.

Edit: The BT ad does say 'powered by Truecall" so it should work well.
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Old 1st Feb 2018, 22:25
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Originally Posted by Rosevidney1 View Post
The BT 8600 is stylish home phone packed with technology that gives you control who you speak too.

I wonder a) Where it was made, and b) who wrote the copy? Probably not a native English speaker!
Doesnt matter if its made by a long lost Amazonian tribe...fact is it works extremely well.
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Old 2nd Feb 2018, 04:26
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Originally Posted by Gertrude the Wombat View Post
How do you work out which of India's 800-odd languages is appropriate for any particular individual scammer?

(I've observed Indian tourists at the Taj Mahal from different parts of India talking to each other in English, being the language that they had in common.)
Hindi seems to do the job.
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Old 2nd Feb 2018, 06:53
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Originally Posted by Gordy View Post

Gordy, that guy comes on my satellite radio comedy channel from time to time. He has one where the telemarketer is pushing carpet cleaning and he goes into this bit about 'can you get blood out of a carpet - there is a whole lot of it' (obviously referring to a murder scene). I was driving, and I started laughing so hard I had to pull over
If only I was that imaginative...
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Old 2nd Feb 2018, 08:57
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The trick is, whether true or not, to tell them where they and the race they represent fit in with the grand scheme of things - gets them every time.
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Old 2nd Feb 2018, 12:55
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1. Breathe slowly and quietly into the mouthpiece while listening for a little while, then, using a higher pitched than normal but very soft voice say "You're a very naughty man/lady" and carry on the breathing until they hang up. It's even better if you can sniff a runny nose.

2. Answer in Welsh. e.g. "Bore Da. Frank dw'i. Sut dych chi?"

3. Shout in a breathless manner "OK! It's done! But there's blood all over the place!". Then after a long pause, "Harry! Is that you? Harry! Harry!! Oh what have we done!" (use a name appropriate to the gender of the caller.)
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Old 2nd Feb 2018, 13:36
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I had a fraud from Africa about a long lost relative of mine in Africa
He was close friends witha Leader of an African country who had been toppled and had a lot of money past to him
They needed a relative in the U.K to facilitate a transfer of millions

I had some fun with them
Replied that I was very interested
I wrote back that I hadn’t heard from my uncle Harold for decades since his marriage breakdown
He had flipped and was hitting the booze heavily and had just vanished without trace

Last I had heard was that he had been eaten by a Lion in Africa so I was very excited that he was still alive

I would be excited to meet him and arrange all
If they could transfer $10,000 initially that would cover my fare
I would send them a account number

I played this out for some time asking stupid stuff like did he have that Parrot called snapper still and asking if he ever managed to replace the wooden leg as last time I saw him it was riddled with woodworm

They were asking me for money and me them for quite a while until they cottoned on
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