Phone Scams Getting worse

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  1. Beatnik

    Beatnik What's this ?

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    My mother (88) got a call yesterday and the caller id was for spectrum cable so she answered, as that's who she uses. They told her they could put together a better package for her and save her money.

    Luckily my sister was there and she gave her the phone because mom's not up on that stuff. Turns out it was Direct Tv wanting to set up their stuff. They called back the caller id'd number after hanging up and it reached Spectrum.

    I can't believe a well known company like Direct Tv would pull this king of slime ball tactic.

    News lately had a story on companies trying to get a recording of you saying the word yes and re-editing the recording to make it sound like you ok'd whatever they selling/offering.

    Before long they won't even need that, they'll use google assistant to say whatever they need in your voice.
     
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  2. petehall347

    petehall347 the brandy coffee man Subscriber

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    spectrum need to be made aware .. they perhaps already are but would very likely want to know in any case .
     
  3. petehall347

    petehall347 the brandy coffee man Subscriber

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  4. Beatnik

    Beatnik What's this ?

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    Thanks, I hadn't thought about that.
     
  5. ETLS

    ETLS metacarpophalangealcranium Subscriber

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    If they cannot determine the origin of the call, what use is it to file a complaint?
     
  6. Beatnik

    Beatnik What's this ?

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    Exactly, why isn't a phone call traceable anymore ?
     

     

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  7. petehall347

    petehall347 the brandy coffee man Subscriber

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    so they are made aware of the amount its happening and maybe doing something about it .
     
  8. geespot

    geespot PUT it IN MY POCKET

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    Get calls all the time spoofing numbers I do business with. Just let the answering service pick it up. If legit, they will leave a message. So it's not just Directv.
     
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  9. KingBubba

    KingBubba "Too Much Stuff"

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    Direct TV is AT&T. They are both scum.
     
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  10. HarmanKardon

    HarmanKardon Tubes still smell funny Subscriber

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    My 91 years old mother gets about two or three evil scam calls monthly. The bastards check the phone books for old-fashioned sounding first names and then call the person. She always answers: "Why didn't you learn a decent job" and hangs up.
     
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  11. the skipper

    the skipper Amateur Curmudgeon Subscriber

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    They are very good at spoofing numbers. I got a call from "Direct TV Tech Support" (on caller ID) saying they could offer me a better package than I have for $69.99/month, which is about $80 less than I pay. I ask them how they can dop that and they say it's a special promotion they are running. I ask can I get this on their web site or can I call them back? They say no, I have to decide now. So, I figure OK, I'll play along. I say go for it. They now say need to pay a one time fee of $300.Now I know they're trying to pull something. They ask for my credit card number. Now, I have them paid automatically from my credit card so they already have it on file. I tell them that and they say they need it to do a one time billing for the special. so, I say "You're not really from DirectTV, are you?" and they hang up.

    I called the REAL Direct TV and told them about this and they are aware of this but there's not a lot they can do. Now, what I really wanted to know is how did the scammer know I had a Direct TV account? They couldn't answer that one.
     

     

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  12. usedto

    usedto Lunatic Member

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    I rarely use my cell phone. I got a call the other day, and the caller ID said it was me.
     
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  13. the skipper

    the skipper Amateur Curmudgeon Subscriber

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    I had that happen to me. My immediate thought was " Hey, I know that number". It took me a second to realize it.
     
  14. bobsvinyl

    bobsvinyl Painfully Aware Subscriber

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    My problem is I would have called my own number and bought whatever I was pushing. :dunno:
     
  15. Hajidub

    Hajidub Ready for Winter! Subscriber

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    Lately for me its been some scam Veterans service trying to help me with mortgage rates. Yesterday after them calling 4 times I picked up and told them I was never in the military (which wasn't true) then they tried arguing with me.
     
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  16. Beatnik

    Beatnik What's this ?

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    I get collections calls for my ex. The phone doesn't ring, it goes straight to voicemail, so I can't block them. If I want it stopped I have to listen to the message, get the number and call them myself.
     

     

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  17. jami w.

    jami w. just being me thats all

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    the scams in my area in new hampshire?
    cell phone- car insurance warranty, veteran scams (i'm a vet) and it pisses me off!!!
    direct tv/internet 'lower rates'
    and then theres
    the door knockers-
    people going around posing as the gas company, claiming to fill out these forms using our bills an info. a week later its the same idiots acting as meter readers for the electric company, wanting to read our meters and seeing our bills.
    each week i tell em get a life, find an honest job, and stop scamming people. their dumb or think some of us are stupid, our meters elec, gas,water are read by remote transponders. from when the trucks drive by.
     
  18. olson_jr

    olson_jr AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I don't answer my phone, if they do not leave a message I figure it is not important. After a couple of calls from the same number I google the number and then usually block them.
     
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  19. quaddriver

    quaddriver 120 What's per channel Subscriber

    yes, dont say yes on the phone to any bizness. now that most phones are VOIP, especially businesses, its real easy to spoof the headers to make it look like your dead grandma is calling...
     
  20. ETLS

    ETLS metacarpophalangealcranium Subscriber

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    I get those too. Most days, I already know what I'm thinking, so I don't answer myself. I do draw the line at returning letters to myself.
     

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