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How to Stop Spam Calls

 
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I get a lot of unwanted calls so my answer is to let voice message pick up the calls unless I recognise the phone number.

How do you handle telemarketers?

This guy came up with a trick:

Hello, thank you for calling the CIA,” Baker says. “You’ve reached our scam and fraud division. All of our agents are currently assisting other callers.”



Trick

I looked on Pinterest just for fun and here are some of the idea that I found:


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If it is a robot I just say random words like apple, asparagus or are you a robot? It does not work most of the time but it is fun.
 
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T Blankinship wrote:If it is a robot I just say random words like apple, asparagus or are you a robot? It does not work most of the time but it is fun.



I've tried that when I have to call DirecTV and I know I'm talking to a robot.

I've asked it if it is a real person and it told me "Yes" so I guess robots can be a real person even if it is a robot.
 
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Anne Miller wrote:

T Blankinship wrote:If it is a robot I just say random words like apple, asparagus or are you a robot? It does not work most of the time but it is fun.



I've tried that when I have to call DirecTV and I know I'm talking to a robot.

I've asked it if it is a real person and it told me "Yes" so I guess robots can be a real person even if it is a robot.




While working in a call center, I was accused of being a robot at least 4 times per shift, and I was only taking incoming calls.
 
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I've been asking them who they are calling for, and if they ask for me, I speak quietly and tell them that I passed away a couple weeks ago.

Not only does it get them to stop calling me, that way there's a decent chance it will propagate back to wherever they got my number from.
 
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I was helping a friend 2 days after her husband died, I answered the phone, some salesweasel REALLY needed to talk to William. I tried to brush him off, finally said "he died Tuesday, the funeral is Saturday, at St Andrews, feel free to come to talk to him.  Go away, we are busy."
 
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Best money I have ever spent, hands down, has been my AT&T phone with Smart Call Blocker

https://telephones.att.com/pd/3733/CL84207-2-handset-corded-cordless-phone-system-with-smart-call-blocker

You have to have Caller ID in order for it to work. But in a nutshell, unrecognized callers have to press # and say their name, if they don't go through that trouble (99% don't), the phone never even rings.
It has an allow/block feature as well, so family/friends/work can ring right through if they are on your allow list. The phone will ring twice, then it will say "Call from (insert friendly name here)".

In short, the phone never rings unless it's someone I want (or need) to talk to.
It's like living in the 70s again ....Priceless.
 
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I just don't answer numbers I don't know. If they want me, they'll leave a message.
 
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Cell phone spam calls are limited now that Verizon has there we don't recognize that number feature.  Which actually backfired when my son in law tried to reach me when I was in their town for a visit...  

Land line AGH  We are both disabled vets and both get calls from the VA about appointments, lab results, etc  only about half actually come over as VAMC calls the other are totally unknown out of area numbers.   So that means we now grab all incoming calls in case it is one of those.  
 
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I always tell people they have the wrong number. It seems to work. I told my phone provider they had the wrong number one time. The guy was super confused. They never phoned again, though.
 
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Howdy!
Not a vet, but know quite a few. I do have All The Medical Carp, though.
I'm getting spam calls like I used to when we had a land line. I have to pick up, just in case it's some lab that isn't in my list, yet. Or maybe a doctor's office that has once again moved to a different location (More than a few of my doctors ended up moving into larger groups/buildings/got moved around last year.. It means that all my old medical professional numbers are suspect.

I hope y'all are able to find a way to get off their lists! (I already hang up on bots, only use 'yes' and 'no' answers, and don't mind silence when they try to wait me out (it means I can get a couple of stitches of some handwork project done.
Good luck!!
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