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Topic # 105729 9-Jul-2012 15:09 Send private message

Good thing we have caller ID.

Number coming up on our corldless phone's Caller Display is 923512.


This is the third time we got a call from that number, they called us twice on Saturday.

Anyone had similar calls. If it's scammers can they block this number from calling us?



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  Reply # 652971 9-Jul-2012 15:11 Send private message

CID is so easy to spoof it's not funny.

I haven't heard of anyone's phones exploding when they answer them, so unless you're inclined to just say "Yes! I want to give you all my money without even thinking" then it's probably safe to answer the phone.  You can then follow this handy decision matrix:

Step 1) Does the caller sound like a spammer? 

Yes: Hang Up
No: Proceed to next step.

Step 2) Talk to person.

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  Reply # 652979 9-Jul-2012 15:21 Send private message

Unsure whether to answer the phone? Why?

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  Reply # 652980 9-Jul-2012 15:22 Send private message

Answer the call. If it's an idiot claiming you

a) won the lottery and he'll help you get the money
b) have an infected computer at home
c) qualify for a free holiday
d) can save money swapping ISP/telco
e) should donate to [charity name here]

... just hang up and you won't die.

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  Reply # 652987 9-Jul-2012 15:28 Send private message

I smell a scam....

scam calls are very fun sometimes you can have the other end on for a while, plus they get paid as well cos often they have no idea what they are doing is part of a scam.....

Usually goes like this, your computer is infected... Attempt to remove software (Install looked like it failed) handed on to level 2 support (Level 2 support is the scamer......)

I just like to have a good old conversation with the end person pretending to be the dumbest person alive.... hehehehe

This post will now self destruct in a random number of seconds.....


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  Reply # 652991 9-Jul-2012 15:39 Send private message

As above +1 just answer if scammer hang up

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  Reply # 653033 9-Jul-2012 16:36 Send private message

With Slingshot phone features you may be able to add that number to your block list.

The other scam I hear is, your computers infected we will show you where...

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  Reply # 653148 9-Jul-2012 20:14 Send private message

Thanks guys for the replies. I will answer next time, I was thinking of playing them the worst song out of my music collection, then hanging up once it's done.

Still would be nice if anyone had the same "Number" call them, and they can tell me who it was.


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  Reply # 653341 10-Jul-2012 09:41 Send private message

I often just pick up unknown and unrecognized numbers and listen - people will usually say hello when the ringing stops whereas scammers robo dialers will just hangup on it.

Something that would be nice to automate somehow with asterisk but thats a problem for another day.


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