Phone Scammers (Phoner Toner)

December 28, 2012 at 07:29:53
Specs: Win 7 Pro x64, I7 Sandy Bridge 2.201 GHz / 8072 MB
I occasionally get calls from some bogus company pretending to be my toner provider. They try to sell crappy overpriced toner and when I call them out on being con artists I get hing up on. It's the classic "Phoner Toner" scam. These guys are real scum.
Anyone else had any experience with these types of people? Share your experiences.

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#1
December 28, 2012 at 08:09:26
I had a call from the "Windows" (virus) folks. All seven of the computers in our house run Linux, so the conversation was quite humorous. Granted it was grossly politically incorrect on my part, but funny. Wish they'd call back.

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#2
December 29, 2012 at 00:40:28
I have two phone lines. Whenever someone insists on a contact number but I really don't want them--or whoever they sell their calling lists to--bugging me I give them the second line number. Only one phone is set up to accomodate both lines and I have the ringer turned down so most of the time I don't even hear it ring but when I do hear it I know it's just a pest call and can be ignored. If I do answer I'll interrupt their spiel about how they're gong to help me with my non-existent mortage or my non-overdue credit cards or how they're doing some kind of survey or how they need my money for some poor slobs who can't get their lives together and tell them to put me on their 'do not call' list. Then if they call back they get cussed out.

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#3
December 29, 2012 at 11:27:16
Good stories everyone. Keep em coming!

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#4
December 29, 2012 at 11:44:52
I try to keep the Indian microsoft phone scammers on the line for as LONG as possible. Up to 45mins once, why because it saves some poor pc owner somewhere from being ripped off.
They used to call twice a week, I tell them at the end of the call that I have their details and have handed them over to the Police and FBI. I don't get any calls from them now days? :)

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#5
December 29, 2012 at 12:34:25
I get calls from a company that is selling free scratch and win tickets. However they are calling from a Wireless phone. The worst part is that I have six lines, and I will get a series from the same person within the same half hour. So I will answer the phone with my name and the company I work for, and then they start into their spiel, and I will explain that I already talked with them twice...

This happens several times a month...

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#6
December 29, 2012 at 18:08:27
I totally agree with #4 about keeping them going (but don't give them any info).

My classic was an unsolicited phone call from some double glazing outfit.
I kept them going for ages, asking tom fool questions about U values and other technical details, that appeared to make them wriggle. Eventually it got to the bit about purchase and I simply said that I was very interested but unfortunately I was only baby sitting and live in rented accom. The call ended - think of the money I cost them LOL.

I have also found that speaking in broken English (any language that you can mimic) works well, or keep saying you are deaf and asking them to repeat what they are saying or speak louder.

The other one is to attempt to sell them something.

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#7
December 31, 2012 at 19:01:05
I can always tell when they call because their call comes up restricted on the caller ID. Thought about reporting them to the BBB, but at this point I don't even think their company is real.

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#8
January 2, 2013 at 15:29:52
I usually play with these type of calls. The ones that really p*ss me off is card holder services. I have received my second and final notice at least 50 times. They have my cell number too. All my numbers are on the do not call list, but they block their number so you can't report them.

Used to be Rachel calling, now it is another female voice. I had heard the government closed them down and after that is when Rachel disappeared but they haven't missed a beat. I get 4 or 5 calls each week.


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#9
January 2, 2013 at 16:55:09
Simple. I don't answer any number I don't recognize on caller ID.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#10
January 2, 2013 at 17:03:19
Re #9

I'm in the UK so things might be different in the states. Most of our children have withheld numbers so we can't make that distinction.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#11
January 2, 2013 at 18:03:54
Actually, it's the same here in the US (you can have an unpublished/unlisted number) or dial a series of numbers before dialing; each won't show on CallerID. Fortunately, none of my family/friends are unpublished/unlisted and they know not to mask them if they want me to answer. Most annoying is the fact that even though the "Do Not Call List" seemed to be pretty effective several years ago when first introduced, most telemarketers have realized that the program is now a joke with no teeth in it, or simply ignore it altogether...

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#12
January 2, 2013 at 18:52:15
You need to check with your local phone company and see what blocking services they offer. On my main line I have it set so any blocked number won't ring through. Plus there's an additional service that allows you to block up to 15 specific numbers. All that is just a few dollars a month. Of course you also have to have caller ID service.

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#13
January 2, 2013 at 20:14:30
DAVEINCAPS

How do I block a number if I don't know what the number is?


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#14
January 2, 2013 at 20:39:54
If you have the 'caller rejection service' (*80 with my phone company) you can either add the last number that called you or manually enter any number. For that service it has to show on your caller ID.

The option that stops all blocked-number calls tells the calling party to enter a phone number in order for their call to go through. Unfortunately it doesn't necessarily have to be the number they're calling from but it does stop robo/computer calls since at that point human interaction is needed. As I recall, when someone enters a number it shows on the caller ID with a asterisk.

All that information should be in the white pages phone book under 'additional services'.


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#15
January 3, 2013 at 10:04:42
Ever get those calls that you pick up, say "Hello?" and no one is there?
For the most part, those are illegal robocallers trying to do one of two things:

1) Find out if the number they have is still legitimate.
2) Figure out the best time to leave you a message.

Once they've weeded through their list and they know who picks up and when, they can sort out who is going to get a live call from a marketer, and who is going to get a recording set to the optimum time and day they believe you won't pick up.

It's fun to mess with the live ones when they call, citing FCC regulations and do-not-call law.


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#16
January 3, 2013 at 16:50:28
"For the most part, those are illegal robocallers..."

"It's fun to mess with the live ones when they call..."


Problem is, finding out who they really are is now pretty much impossible:

http://lifehacker.com/5853056/how-t...

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