r/memes Sep 29 '22 Wholesome 3 'MURICA 1 I am disappoint 1 MotW Winner! 1 Silver 8 Gold 1 Helpful 2

It’s a cycle that never ends #3 MotW

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u/[deleted] Sep 29 '22 Eureka!

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u/GvTheCheese Sep 29 '22

I’m actually going to play this when I get a scam call, thank you kind stranger

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u/TangerineBand Sep 29 '22

Here it is without being filtered through a phone

https://youtu.be/QuFTCirwmoM

That whole channel has good songs to pick from for this

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u/killerbanshee Sep 29 '22

I really wish this was around back when we had ringback tones.

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u/scream_and_tvd_edits Sep 29 '22

I'm scared to click

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u/trbflux Sep 29 '22

Just a tip, 90% of these fuckwit robo calls are just trying to see if it is a live line. Either let it ring through, or answer, and don’t utter a peep. Mute yourself; etc. If it’s real or important, chances are they will speak and address you in a obvious way that proves it’s not spam.

I get about a tenth of what I used to since the beginning of the year. Specifically in the past month have only received 2.

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u/[deleted] Sep 29 '22

I’ve been screening my calls for years now, I only answer from known callers and will phone back those who leave a proper voicemail. The amount of robo calls I get just keeps climbing, I used to get 2-3 calls a week. Lately I’ve been getting that many a day. Clearly just ignoring doesn’t work.

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u/Cstanchfield Sep 29 '22

They will just hang up. They don't want businesses AFAIK. They want old gullible people.

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u/Call_me_Tomcat Sep 29 '22

I haven’t laughed that hard in a while, thank you. Masterpiece indeed.

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u/Jumbajukiba Sep 29 '22

I honestly expected cbat.

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u/Calamity_Jesus Sep 29 '22

Nah.. This song here is something to fuck to.

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u/I_Like_Books_To_Read Sep 29 '22

What's cbat?

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u/Jumbajukiba Sep 29 '22

This is a link to the Reddit thread where everyone heard it from.

https://www.reddit.com/r/tifu/comments/x35iu6/_/

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u/Gabriellabberg Sep 29 '22

Hahah. Lol 😂

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u/JONNy-G Sep 29 '22

Just needs vocals from Britney and you've got yourself a hot meme.

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u/betaamyloid Sep 29 '22

Masterpiece

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u/Specialist-Delay4049 Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22 Helpful

Does anyone else get literally 10 scam calls a day?!? Starts same damn time everyday. Like that’s really your full time job

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u/Paah Sep 29 '22

There are countless call centers full of people whose job is to make scam calls all day every day.

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u/CasualPenguin Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

They are a product of the same society you are a participant in, have some empathy even if they can't afford it.

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u/Hamsterman9k Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

No. They can rot. I have a lot of elderly clients, and I have seen these scammers happily RUIN a sweet old man. You clearly have not seen what trash like them will do—they work in the same building as legitimate workers, and they’re choosing to fuck people over. Fuck them.

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u/paradigm2020 Sep 30 '22

You got it right! 👍 Some of these scumbags can be pretty slick. I have a short set of protocols I send out to clients. When implemented correctly, can mitigate this fraudulent behavior before any damage is done.

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u/Zombie_SiriS Sep 29 '22

I'll get downvoted for this, but I agree with you. They are parasites that deserve to be burned off of society's ass.

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u/Gordo427 Sep 29 '22

Think how technically simple it would be for Verizon and the other providers to shut them down.

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u/rhyno83 Sep 29 '22

Fuck them in the ear, with no lube or nothin! :P

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u/toopid Sep 29 '22

Yes. Everyday. It’s insane.

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u/doesntgeddit Sep 29 '22

I kept getting calls every morning around 9am from the same area code but the last 4 digits would change so everyday I had to add like 3 new numbers to my blocked list. My cellular provider's app that's supposed to block them never worked. I eventually did find an app (wideprotect) that stops any number from an area code from coming through. It cost $.99 or something but was absolutely worth it.

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u/Specialist-Delay4049 Sep 29 '22

Yes. Every time i block them they call again off a different number!! Same area code tho either like a 888, 844, 866. Like beat it

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u/woodyplz Sep 29 '22

I have not received a single scam call in 15 years on my number, but suddenly I got called 30 times in a day by the same scam with different numbers each time. It's crazy.

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u/OG_Swede Sep 29 '22

Have you visited a car dealership? They usually sell your nr to make extra 50 cents. Or someone who doent like you

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u/woodyplz Sep 29 '22

No but I had to verify my twitch account via phone and it instantly happened after that. But I don't expect anything other from them tbh.

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u/Specialist-Delay4049 Sep 29 '22

That’s crazy. I recently just bought my car from a car dealership. I never heard of this- that’s prob what it is!All crooks

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u/whythishaptome Sep 29 '22

I got at least 5 spam calls just at my time at work today. I don't know what list my number is on but it is driving me insane. Shut the fuck up guys, I'm never answering your calls.

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u/Scirax Sep 29 '22

I'm getting "Private Number" calls I can't even Block

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u/Liveman215 Sep 29 '22

7726, spam texts and calls you can forward the number to that. All carriers share the list and will threaten the provider by disconnecting them from the network

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u/it-was-all-a-lie Sep 29 '22

I don't anymore ever since I answer them all like, "Pete's Pizzeria and Abortion Clinic where last week's loss is this week's sauce. Pete speaking." Haven't gotten a spam call in 2 years.🗿

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u/ProduceDifferent3638 Sep 29 '22

Phone is on permanent do not disturb because of it.

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u/Son0faButch Sep 29 '22

This week I have been getting 12-15 a day. I have been trying to figure out if there was some kind of data breach that suddenly made my number popular with these assholes

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u/pbkittykats Sep 29 '22

I did for a week or two. It was an actual person on the other end, so when I got sick of it, I did the murder movie victim scream at the top of my lungs. It stopped after that

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u/Specialist-Delay4049 Sep 29 '22

I’m cracking up. I said next time they call I’m just gonna go off but I’m also scared they have me recorded or something and use it against me. I know I’m nuts 😂

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u/Doggo2369 Dark Mode Elitist Oct 09 '22

You actually made me snort. Take my upvote

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u/nroe1337 Sep 29 '22

They use computers to auto dial and you don't get connected to a person until you pick up And it detects your voice on the end of the line.

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u/freewheeler666 Sep 29 '22

I started to talk to them, talking bs, cursing, pretending to do the same job, or just wasting their time with long calls (like sorry I have windows 95 and it takes time to boot) and eventually they stopped calling at all.

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u/Agent_B0771E Me when the: Sep 29 '22

Yeah, plus it's always like the exact same number except changing last 2 or 3 digits. They haven't called me in a while nowadays, luckily, but last month was insane

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u/alejandro240 Sep 29 '22

I've gotten into the 20s before.

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u/Troway5567 Sep 29 '22

I started using the Phone by Google app and enabled blocking spam. It worked surprisingly well! Give it a try.

They use reports from other users to proactively block them

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u/Newvirtues Sep 29 '22

I’m completely dependent on block unknown caller function on iPhone. Although I have to turn it off if I’m expecting calls from doctor or such.

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u/[deleted] Sep 29 '22

Doctor will leave a message; save that as a contact after or ask when your in the office, otherwise I live by the “block all unknown numbers”

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u/sgtpepperslaststand Sep 29 '22

I did that and now they’re calling me through FaceTime apparently it doesn’t block numbers on there and they call in groups of 30 numbers so you can’t block them all. It’s so annoying they call about 20 times a day now. I had to go in settings and turn off FaceTime altogether

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u/darkest_hour1428 Sep 29 '22

I answered them for a week straight just barking like a dog until it stopped.

That was still a hellish week, but they haven’t resumed yet!

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u/Melo_Apologist Sep 29 '22

“Brian, this is John here calling with the results of your recent psych evaluation, we wanted to let you kn..”

“BARK BARK BARK BARK”

“I see.”

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u/BreathOfFreshWater Sep 29 '22

I'm bot here to argue but I genuinely find thus hard to believe.

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u/Grey_Prince_Zote Sep 29 '22

bot.playSound(bark);

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u/jayne_snow Sep 29 '22

That might be a deterrent if the spammers calling you are only using a robodial to place the call but it wouldn't have any effect on the ones with the audacity to send you right to a telephone menu. I did try to get rid of those by actually getting through to a live person (who is likely wearing a headset) and then screaming bloody murder into the mic. They tend to remove you from the call list if you temporarily deafen them in one ear. But that's not something that can be done whenever they call, so pick your battles and get a good robodial blocker.

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u/Survived_Coronavirus Sep 29 '22

They'll stop calling you if you spend the time to get a real person on the phone, waste as much time as possible, and at the end quickly threaten to find out where they live and take toenail clippers to their teeth.

It works, trust me.

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u/[deleted] Sep 29 '22 edited Oct 11 '22

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u/narok_kurai Sep 29 '22

I usually try to tell them that the mother is ashamed of them and they're going to die a failure, but that works too. I think a lot of them are desensitized to hostility but still vulnerable to emotional pain.

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u/Khaare Sep 29 '22

If you're unlucky you get some vindictive bastard that adds your number to every call list he can.

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u/gauderio Sep 29 '22

Sometimes I answer and ask to remove me from the list because I know it's a scam. Then the calls stop for a few weeks.

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u/[deleted] Sep 29 '22

I did this and the guy said he'd fuck and kill my mother.

It didn't deter me from doing it again, but some people might not have the stomach for that

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u/AMViquel Sep 29 '22

The gay strippers in police uniform? Sweet.

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u/Survived_Coronavirus Sep 29 '22

That's not the same thing as an Indian scam center.

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u/zold5 Sep 29 '22

This is the absolute dumbest advice. And no it doesn’t work. You’re wasting more of your own time than theirs. And no amount of time wasting is stopping them from spamming you with bot calls. All you’re doing is confirming your number is legit.

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u/StackinTendies_ Sep 29 '22

Yeah that feature is great. I just have people I know and other people I have to deal with in my contacts and everyone else gets sent to voicemail.

I just wish they somehow expanded that feature for texts too because scam and political texts have been getting out of hand lately.

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u/el_ghosteo Sep 29 '22

That’s my biggest gripe with the filter unknown senders in the message app. It does me no good since not many spam texts use iMessage. They need to add sms filtering too. If it can be done for phone calls it can be done with sms. I’m sure some androids already have it too :/

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u/Cyberaven Sep 29 '22

yeah, whatever system google has set up is pretty effective at spotting spam texts. some go straight in the junk and others just come with a warning that its probably a spam

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u/Cleon451 Sep 29 '22

My phone has a handy call screen function. It answers for me and text pops up on the screen of what the other end is saying

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u/ChucksSeedAndFeed Sep 29 '22

Me too, Google pixel scam filtering is really nice. Google has been doing a good job this year with that feature, I don't get many spam calls now and it's nice being able to robot screen the ones that slip through

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u/_Vard_ Sep 29 '22

There should be a simple option to filter calls

“ to prove you are a human, just say the word human and your call will go through”

That would at least slow down some scam callers for a while

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u/ChucksSeedAndFeed Sep 29 '22

They do have that, it's on Google Pixel phones though

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u/CaptainPsilo Sep 29 '22

Get the Assistant from Google. For real. She filters calls, answers them and asks their purpose, and lots of other things, it's pretty great. The point is that I've gotten 1 spam call in the last year because of this.

10/10 always recommend.

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u/Necessary-Muffin-268 Sep 29 '22

I set my iPhone to silence numbers not in my contacts. I signed up with my carrier to block spam calls. It actually catches most spam calls. I can also due reverse number lookup. For people that I want to have my number, I tell them to text me. Also I have a second number to give out to people I don’t want to have my number. Now I get maybe 1 or 2 junk calls a week.

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u/SoupPv18 Sep 29 '22

I turned it off one time when I was expecting a call from an unknown number, I swear to God it felt like I put a live grenade in my pocket.

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u/zorro__ Sep 29 '22

No lie I got nine calls within two hours today. Of course blocking them is useless cause they have so many numbers at their disposal

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u/Eotidiss Sep 29 '22

Honestly, it's really not that hard for scammers to spoof numbers/caller IDs. They might literally have all the numbers at their disposal if they wanted to.

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u/GvTheCheese Sep 29 '22

I’m also having the same problem which is why I made this meme

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u/zorro__ Sep 29 '22

they get blocked or silenced most of the time, but seeing the notification that it happened is annoying in its own right

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u/HooptyDooDooMeister Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

Would you believe this is unique to America?

Countries like England have effectively stopped these things. The reason America hasn’t is because “ma free market”.

God forbid anyone put regulations on telecommunications. “Oh no! My freedom disappeared.” It’s enough to make ya want to flood your senator’s personal phone numbers with these scammers.

EDIT: And Australia apparently.

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u/codykonior Sep 29 '22

I get two dozen calls a week or more in Australia. I also use silence unknown callers now as well as blocking.

It pisses me off that Apple doesn’t do much about it like giving us call screening tools.

Or that the telecom industry requires us to hand over all our ID to get a phone but then allows calls spoofing any number. They should allow us to lock down to only verified callers.

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u/daemin Sep 29 '22

I have an android personal phone and an iPhone work phone.

The iphones spam blocking abilities are basically non-fucking-existent. Oooohhhh I can block a number. Big fucking deal.

Meanwhile, on my pixel phone, spam calls are silently declined. Known calls ring through without an issue. And in-between calls have to speak to an AI voice to explain why the fuck they're calling me, and if they don't answer, it's declined. If they do, it rings and I can see a text transcript of what they said.

And the same goes for text messages. Spam automatically gets filtered and I never see it or get a notification. Looking in the spam section of the messages app, I got almost a dozen spam texts today on my android phone, and not a single one resulted in a notification.

Apple needs to get with the fucking program.

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u/HooptyDooDooMeister Sep 29 '22

I was thinking about changing my phone number that I’ve had for 17 years.

But I may just need to get an Android instead.

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u/THISISYOURMOTHER Sep 29 '22

Nope, I wouldn't believe it, because it's not true - it happens in plenty of other countries.

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u/oldmanripper79 Sep 29 '22

Brits taking every opportunity to shit on the U.S. in spite of being closest to the U.S. on the shit-o-meter where developed nations are concerned: Name a better duo

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u/MichaelMotherDater Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

https://www.donotcall.gov/

Edit: Not sure how reliable this is but you can sue them if your number is registered in donotcall.gov. People have been compensated around $1200 per call.

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u/TheWatchm3n Sep 29 '22

U tried google dailer, I know it has a function to block these kind of things. Personally never get any scam or unsolicited calls because I live in the Netherlands.

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u/genreprank Sep 29 '22

If they're spoofing the number and you block them, aren't you blocking some random person you might need to talk to in the future? It might seem unlikely, but they spoof using the first 6 digits of your phone number, which is probably gonna be other lines from your town

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u/Mendo-D Sep 29 '22

I live in Oregon and regularly get calls from every po-dunk little town in the state I’ve forgotten about because it’s the same area code. I also get calls from VT and NY and everywhere else I can think of. Except for Alaska, nobody ever calls me from Alaska.

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u/HitMePat Sep 29 '22

My phone blocks random scam calls without me needing to add them to a block list manually. Not sure how it decided what calls to filter but I see spam calls being blocked all the time.

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u/WrapDiligent9833 Sep 29 '22

I have literally received a phone call from my very own number that they were spoofing! My same area code and everything! I was livid that day, boy-howdy!

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u/docgravel Sep 29 '22

Block yourself, report yourself as spam. List yourself on every “is this caller spam?” database you can find online. Report yourself to the FTC for violating the CAN SPAM act.

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u/Kimchi_boy Sep 29 '22

What can they do about it?

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u/docgravel Sep 29 '22

Apologies, I’m just making a silly joke. Don’t actually do this!

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u/Scirax Sep 29 '22

Been there, it was worse a few years back when random people would call me back through the day asking who I was, I would ask them who they were and why they were calling me but they would say I called them first.... yeah crazy hijinks almost on the daily, because of some company spoofing my number and making God knows how many calls.

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u/PEBKAC69 Sep 29 '22

You can also report to the FBI's IC3. They have a nice online form.

You blocked them, they (fraudulently) used a different number to evade your computer security measure? Computer Fraud and Abuse Act can mean 10 years in prison. Per offense.

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u/dimsumdonair2 Sep 29 '22

Or the texts that start with

Hello

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u/hfutrell Sep 29 '22

"Hello old friend."

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u/NeoLone Because That's What Fearows Do Sep 29 '22

Is Champ there?

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u/rushopolisOF Sep 29 '22

My scam callers leave voicemails 😭

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u/[deleted] Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

Same. Everyone I know is being robo called and left voicemails in Chinese 2-3 times a day. I live in Canada and we have a very small Chinese immigrant population in my province. I don’t even who they expect to target with all these calls.

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u/PungentOnion Sep 29 '22

How does the US government not make this activity illegal astonishes me

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u/coldtru Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

It's more astonishing to me that it is even still possible. Given that everyone calls from a full-blown computer nowadays (smartphones or similar), it would not be hard to come up with a protocol that requires the calling device to expose the legal identity of the caller for the call to even go through. But for some reason phone manufacturers don't want the technology to evolve past the antiquated system from the early 1900s of arbitrary disposable "phone numbers" that scammers and criminals can hide behind.

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u/Scirax Sep 29 '22

I'm getting "Private Number" calls I can't even Block... like they are straight up not even giving you the courtesy of showing you a fake #

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u/HooptyDooDooMeister Sep 29 '22

Americans believe lawmakers do not have the power for them to be stopped and are unaware as to how unique this is to the country.

But when telecommunication companies are literally writing the laws by giving lawmakers legal copy-pastas to put in bills and such, it’s not hard to imagine.

The conservative right haaates regulations too. Any semblance of regulation is godless socialism that will destroy America and all her ideals. Y’know, the same people who benefit from free social security, health care, education, police force, etc. yet think socialism will literally be the end of America because all their civics teachers were P.E. coaches with the passion of a walnut.

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u/SpenseRoger Sep 29 '22

What are you talking about. The entire English speaking world is inundated with scam calls.

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u/BayPhoto Sep 29 '22

Pretty sure it is, but the problem is the calls almost always come from overseas.

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u/Physical-Try8670 Sep 29 '22

100% this. I work in the call center industry in the u.s., and we have to go through a lot of steps to register the numbers we call from as legitimate businesses calling based on pre existing business relationships (we don't do cold calling at all). The issue are the overseas entities that the government can't touch with laws.

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u/flashtone Sep 29 '22

I have no idea why spoof numbers are even legal in the states. Offers way to many avenues of cons than prod.

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u/ErebusLivingShadow Sep 29 '22

Here's what you do: you answer the phone in your best hillbilly voice and you shout into the mic.

"Yeehaw! Welcome to Billy Bob's Southern Roadkill Barbeque, where you kill it and we grill it!" I have never had a single scam call continue the conversation. They just hang up and never call again.

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u/Anony-May Professional Dumbass Sep 29 '22

Lmao I want to try this

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u/KMFNR Sep 29 '22

I noticed I kept getting spam calls from Tennessee. I don't know anyone in Tennessee, so I blocked the entire state.

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u/sentient_plumbus Sep 29 '22

Most likely spoof calls that originate from India or something. Nothing to do with the state itself.

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u/Newbie_Kyle Sep 29 '22

I did it and I bet they dont have more than 100 numbers

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u/1nGirum1musNocte Sep 29 '22

Lol i got a scam call from "the local police department" good luck with that. They can literally spoof any number they want

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u/Tb5rats Sep 29 '22

I once got a scam call from my own number

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u/ehan_the_memeber Dark Mode Elitist Sep 29 '22

Insert spiderman pointing meme here

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u/Scyhaz Sep 29 '22

The scam was coming from inside the house

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u/nachocouch Sep 29 '22

That was a back door into ATT mobile voicemail a long time ago. Their voicemail was set up so you essentially called your own number from your cellphone and it recognized you and didn’t require the PIN. When the spoof called your phone, and it went to voicemail, it was recognized as the same way and they could listen to your voicemails.

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u/Necessary-Apple420 Sep 29 '22

Yes exactly, I got a scam call from the county clerks office. It was from a legit number but when I dialed back they didn’t know what I was talking bout

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u/ProfessionalLaw420 Sep 29 '22

it’s not hard to make many email accounts though

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u/Newbie_Kyle Sep 29 '22

Only my phone number leaked

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u/poodlebutt76 Sep 29 '22

I haven't gotten a spam email in... Years. Gmail's filter is pretty fucking robust.

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u/sercankd Sep 29 '22

And for me it is the opposite Gmail marks them as important mail instead of spam

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u/doubledogdick Sep 29 '22

they don't "have" any numbers, they spoof them, and "have" as many numbers as exist.

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u/jvrcb17 Sep 29 '22

POV: you've never heard of number spoofing

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u/Newbie_Kyle Sep 29 '22

No, I dont know, I am searching about it but still difficult to understand, is it just happen on US or...?

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u/jvrcb17 Sep 29 '22

Nah, you can make that happen anywhere. Basically you'll get a spam call from a legit number. If you call it back, you'll find out it was some unsuspecting person's actual phone number

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u/notyoursavior89 Sep 29 '22

Blame the network carriers. They could easily block spam and scam calls but they get paid to allow them on their network.

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u/[deleted] Sep 29 '22

No fucking way. That's insane. Someone should let themselves get scammed and then sue tf out of the carriers. Could organize into a class action. Again, that's insane. That's like Greyhound bus knowingly giving bank robbers a ride to the bank to rob the bank, because they got a fare for it.

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u/ProfessionalLaw420 Sep 29 '22

when that one guy keeps trying to troll everyone

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u/DonutosGames Sep 29 '22

I get a lot fewer now that I've blocked a bunch of numbers. Maybe one every couple weeks.

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u/1gardenerd Sep 29 '22

Me too. I think it helps to block them.

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u/SigmaQuotient Sep 29 '22

I still have my number from my home state, so now if I get any random numbers from there. I know it's spam. There is a slight chance it's someone telling me my entire family is dead, but hey, I don't need that shit at 9am. If I ignore enough of them they calm down for a week or two.

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u/starskyart Sep 29 '22

Same with emails too, when unsubscribing smh.

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u/roejostramill3404 Sep 29 '22

People have been calling my number thinking I'm some guy named Julius and telling me I'm being sued for like 5 years.

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u/Additional-Local8721 Sep 29 '22

I keep getting calls asking if I want to sell my house but it's not my address. Finally one day I asked thr caller to verify the whole address they wanted to buy. Google the address, nice beach house. Used online property tax records to find out who the owner was. Google the owner; found his obituary. He's been dead for over 6 years now. I still get the calls and everytime I tell them he's dead, Google his obituary. They still call me.

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u/Level9TraumaCenter Sep 29 '22

"Are you a licensed realtor in the state of ____?"

I just get real persistent with them. If they say yes, ask what their state registration number is.

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u/thepenis_mightier Sep 29 '22

They don't care

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u/Dabba-The-HuttOG Sep 29 '22

Dude, for fucking real.

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u/Fun_Energy455 Sep 29 '22

Unless you have a Pixel and use screen call

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u/kitsunewarlock Sep 29 '22

This. I switched from a Samsung Galaxy with a call blocker app a few months ago and went from 3-5 scam calls a day to only noticing scam calls if I happen to be looking at my phone right when they call.

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u/just_cuak Sep 29 '22

Just they’ll them you’re unemployed, the will never answer again

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u/GvTheCheese Sep 29 '22

Sounds fool proof to me

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u/[deleted] Sep 29 '22

Put them on hold, if you get two at once, connect them as a 3 way call

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u/NullAndZoid Professional Dumbass Sep 29 '22

The scammers hounding me these days, are spoofing their numbers to look like they are local, it's so damn annoying.

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u/Rocket-Pak Sep 29 '22

I use ACR phone. It has a whitelist feature. Only callers in my contacts ring through everybody else goes straight to VM.

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u/nostyle907 Sep 29 '22

My phone let's me report scam and fraud calls. I report every spam caller as human traffickers. 2 weeks later no more calls.

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u/iSharingan Sep 29 '22

For the obvious bots, I mash the # key. it sends the 'end' command and after 10 or so presses, the bot hangs up (often after stuttering glory as it skips to the next 'voice' line or tries to make sense of your invalid input). after 2 or 3 calls, they stop trying.

with touchtone phones (or if you know how to confrence call with a nearby phone, that works too), you can have more fun with the few with an option to talk with an 'agent' (yes, a few let you press 1 to talk to an actual person - thick accent and broken english to boot). when the pick up, just hold the # key down to defen them with a grating solid tone - or connect another phone during the short hold period and turn them mic-to-speaker to blast their eardrum out with feedback. you get taken off their list real fast.

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u/RamoTheRedditor Sep 29 '22

If they are indian just keep saying the following. Might not be spelt right because its not actually my language.

"Chup kar" -shut up (i think)

"BhenChod" -sister fucker

And just keep saying it on repeat and get creative while asking if their parents know what kind of work they do and if they are proud of what they do.

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u/PheonixlavaEmpress Sep 29 '22

Ugh no shit 😑🤦‍♀️

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u/xswzaq44321 Sep 29 '22

I sometimes speak in a different language to scam calls. Everytime I do this, they got so confused they hung up on their own. 10/10 would recommend. (plus you can sneak in some curse words of foreign language, they have no idea(σ`∀´)σ)

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u/Ailttar Sep 29 '22

Pro tip: if you let the call fully ring out (don’t even mute it) they will assume you are unavailable at that time and won’t call you again. Do this enough and they’ll think your number isn’t a real number and stop calling.

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u/KimberleyKitt Sep 29 '22

I hate it when I get calls similar to my number. Worse, I even got a call from my very own number which I would think is impossible. They don't know how long I held myself back due to wanting to rip them a new one. It was only to prevent them from knowing my number is legit that they didn't hear from me. 🤬

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u/No1Mystery Sep 29 '22

Wait, what? Your own number?

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u/KimberleyKitt Sep 29 '22

Oh yeah. It was quite a shock at first. My 1st question was “Does this mean I don’t exist?” Followed by “Am I in the Twilight Zone?” It didn’t even have my name attached to it. But as someone said, nowadays they can spoof any number. But to call the very number you’re spoofing I feel is an idiot move. They probably do it for they expect that person to be enraged and yell as to why or how their own number is calling them. Therein proving that the number is active and sending more spam calls their way. I’m not falling for it. It’s like getting spammed by cockroaches 🪳.

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u/Chuck_Finley616 Sep 29 '22

I've started just wasting their time. Talk to them about whatever they called about, giving no real info.

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u/SockMonkey1128 Sep 29 '22

When I worked in cell phones customers would come in with hundreds of blocked number, often hitting the phones limit. I'd try to explain that blocking the vast majority of spam calls was pointless because they never use the same number twice. But people usually didn't listen.

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u/urbanitesuh Sep 29 '22

I block them and they're still able to leave me a VM

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u/longbowfosho Sep 29 '22

Apple’s spam call filter solves this problem almost entirely

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u/1nGirum1musNocte Sep 29 '22

I love Googles. I just let the robots talk to each other

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u/jakroois Sep 29 '22

I tried the whole "answer and immediately mute" thing with my old iPhone and Samsung Note 9, scam calls were still fucking relentless. But now that I've had the Pixel 6 for 9 months or so it's pretty much vanished. I get a "scam call likely" once or twice a month.

Not to mention the "hold for me" function on toll-free calls, that shit is amazing. I wish they had that function for local businesses too, hopefully they add that soon.

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u/thepenis_mightier Sep 29 '22

Best feature on my Pixel, bar none. I love seeing the "screening a phone call" notifications with random numbers. I don't have to do shit.

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u/conway846 Sep 29 '22

Does it block all unknown or unsaved phone numbers or just spam phone numbers?

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u/Xyphyn Sep 29 '22

Google's is great too.

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u/JDMintz718 Mods Are Nice People Sep 29 '22

Same with AT&T's. Only like one or two spam calls actually go though per month.

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u/varndawg Sep 29 '22

Got to keep fighting the good fight…

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u/Iforgotwhatimdoing Sep 29 '22

At this point I just pick up the loudest power tool I have handy, wait until I know there's a person and put it next to the phone speaker.

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u/Papagoatzi Sep 29 '22

Lmao yup, been dealing with this.

The scam texts are even worse.

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u/showoffjp Sep 29 '22

Try Robokiller...worked super well for me, and is pretty cheap

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u/AndCoffeeWithThat Sep 29 '22

If you don’t leave a voicemail its not important enough to CALL ME.

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u/Eyelessdemon2 Sep 29 '22

Every fucking day

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u/alchemicrb Sep 29 '22

My Google pixel has a great call screening feature. After a good month of it screening for me and me denying, I have gotten far less spam calls

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u/memesfor2022 Sep 29 '22

Lately I get all these calls from "Spam Risk" or "Telemarketer" and Siri is like "Would you like to answer a call from spam risk" and I'm like... what do you fucking think?

Why is there not a setting in the iPhone to automatically reject all calls from spam risk and telemarketer going forward?

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u/Sassquatch0 Sep 29 '22

Android has this. Hopefully you get it soon too.

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u/vertigo-1996 Sep 29 '22

I'm not the only one.

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u/lynch_95_ Sep 29 '22

Sometimes when I do answer I just straight up tell them to go fuck themselves. Sometimes when I’m bored I’ll keep them on the line and just keep telling them to further explain the benefit to me and then when they get the payment I say I’m not really interested after about 30-40 mins.

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u/CreepyCalico Sep 29 '22

And only one digit has changed

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u/Chungalus Chungus Among Us Sep 29 '22

The only people id wish covid on, scammers are a cancer that needs to be cut out

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u/ghx1910 Identifies as a Cybertruck Sep 29 '22

I just kept repeating it until they ran out of numbers

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u/TommoBlue123 Sep 29 '22

I just call them back so many times that they block me

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u/Calvin-S https://www.youtube.com/watch/dQw4w9WgXcQ Sep 29 '22

I’ve started annoying them and since then I haven’t gotten like any

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u/Greeneyes- Sep 29 '22

I’ve put my iPhone on to direct unknown numbers, I just get a text telling me someone tried to call

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u/Nessus_16 Sep 29 '22

The internet doxxes people for the dumbest shit. How about we dox those damn scammers and make their day a living hell?

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u/reeeeeeelonmusk Sep 29 '22

Average Indian day job

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u/idrow1 Sep 29 '22

This is one of my favorite scenes, cracks me up every time. I even made a gif out of it.

I also love the scene where Homer gets kicked out of Moe's for being wasted. They put him in a cab and the driver says, "Where to?" and Homer says, "Moe's tavern".

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u/drluvdisc Sep 29 '22

The trick is to get a number way outside your area code. Then when you get a call from someone in that area code, you know it's a scam because you don't know anyone from there.

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u/BeezelbulbXD Sep 29 '22

I’ve blocked over 2000 numbers, and 500 email accounts. I’ve silenced all numbers and send them to voice mail. Most bots don’t start the pre-recorded message unless a voice is observed. So my voice mail is silence for a minute. Another thing too, most are programmed to hang up after roughly 30 seconds. Most of my voice mail from bots are around 30-40 seconds long without sound. Bit of advice, any information is valuable, including if your number is active. If you don’t know the number, don’t answer it, or keep unknown numbers silenced. Do what you can against scammers and bots.

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u/Tom-the-Cat Dirt Is Beautiful Sep 29 '22

Usually, what I do is I pick up the call, say nothing (wait a couple secs) and end it. They’ll mark your number as a dead phone number and voilà!! Haven’t received scam calls in years.

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