Do you accept phone calls from strangers?

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Do you take phone calls from strangers

  1. Yes, almost always

    10.7%
  2. No, almost never

    85.5%
  3. A stranger is just a friend you haven't met yet

    0.8%
  4. What's a phone call (I'm under 30)

    0.8%
  5. I take candy from strangers

    3.1%
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  1. beat_truck

    beat_truck Super Member

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    We have to have a landline because we are in a cell signal dead zone. There are certain places outside I sometimes get a signal, but it's spotty until you go a few hundred feet up the road. That, and it's needed for our DSL internet, which is the only option here.

    Either the caller ID is getting smarter or the scammers are getting more honest about what they do. Some recent scam calls actually come up as "SCAM?" on the caller ID.:rflmao: Those, I never even think about answering because they have only happen once in a great while.
     

     

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  2. Nightcleaner

    Nightcleaner Active Member

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    everyday bloody Asians pretending to be from BT Telecom Scammers
     
  3. Todd Dodds

    Todd Dodds AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Is this post from a lovely little village in 1965? Are you Doris Day or Sally Field? :)
     
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  4. Tedrick

    Tedrick Infinity-phile Subscriber

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    Never, ever on my cell phone. Send the call to voicemail, and if they really want to talk to me, they'll leave a message.
     
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  5. RichPA

    RichPA Don't drive angry Staff Member Super Mod Subscriber

    Same here. In the last year or two, the proportion of legitimate calls has declined because there are so many junk calls. If they don't leave a message, they didn't really want to talk to me.
     
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  6. Bobcat

    Bobcat Sound Hound

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    My cell # is a business line so I answer them all EXCEPT a particular exchange that I’ve noticed to yield a high number of robo calls. Those I let go to VM and if they don’t leave a message then I block them.
    I ain’t play’n!
     
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  7. Condorsat

    Condorsat Audio Enthusiast

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    Still don't have a cell phone (even in 2018) .. answering machine (landline) that I use to screen all my calls. Some of these losers even leave messages that I quickly delete. I have to know who's calling or what it's about before I pick up the phone.

    Some calls from cell phones … Id'ed as wireless callers .. I'll pick up because I might be waiting for a business related return call (I've had some ID as wireless caller). If it's a telemarketer .. I'll hang up when the sales pitch is mid sentence.
     
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  8. merlynski

    merlynski Curmudgeon Electronicist Subscriber

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    I have a landline phone next to almost everywhere I sit (yes there too), but by my big chair I also have a computer. When I get an unknown caller ID I say hello. If I recognize them a conversation ensues, if not I play this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:IC_SIT.ogg#file. Most times it automatically ends the call and deletes my number from their database as an out-of-service number. :p
    :jump:
     
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  9. Beatnik

    Beatnik What's this ?

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  10. merlynski

    merlynski Curmudgeon Electronicist Subscriber

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  11. MannyE

    MannyE Exterminate! Subscriber

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    Lately I've had a little fun with the latest scam. They call and tell you that you have several warrants for your arrest in ::insert place here:: and you have to pay right away. I answer and keep them on the phone if I have nothing else to do. I find it a lot of fun sometimes. I figure that while I waste their time I keep them from calling some other honest American who might fall for it.
     

     

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  12. mkane

    mkane AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Still have a flip phone here and no landline. I answer all calls when I'm in cell range which, most of the time, I'm out of range. No cell service at home.
     
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  13. MaxxVolume

    MaxxVolume AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    For a while, I had the following message on my landline answering machine:

    (In my best Indian accent, of course)
    "You have reached the office of Patel, Patel, Rosenberg, and Patel. This is Patel speaking. Please leave a message after the beep, if we think it is interesting or important, we will call you back".
     
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  14. vinowino

    vinowino Super Member

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    I never answer a unknown/anonymous call. If the caller has not got the decency or honesty to identify themselves, I am not interested.
     
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  15. Archguy

    Archguy Official Roiurama Factory Rep Subscriber

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    That sounds like a small slice of heaven.
     
  16. Rome

    Rome Holsum Honey Buns Subscriber

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    If I don't recognize the phone number then I continue on with my business. No need to answer out of area, unavailable, or other titles I am not interested in. A quick delete & its called (pun) a day! :)

    Rome
     
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  17. lbls1

    lbls1 Active Member

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    Nope unless I smell money at the end of the line.
     
  18. mkane

    mkane AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    A sections worth
     
  19. sol7

    sol7 Super Member

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    I don't answer any calls that aren't in my contact list. And even then I sometimes don't answer.

    And for anyone putting their number in the Do Not Call List, you just made your number public information.....

    https://telemarketing.donotcall.gov
     
  20. John James

    John James "Bob's your uncle" (Stolen) Subscriber

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    That's strange, I've been on it for years and very seldom does one sneak through.
     
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