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latest cell phone scam

Discussion in 'Members' Lounge' started by E_SolSi, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. E_SolSi

    E_SolSi Member of the 20 nut club Moderator VIP

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    just a heads up

    http://www.wbir.com/story/news/nation/2014/02/03/one-ring-phone-scam-sweeps-the-country/5189161/


    TL;DR = don't return calls to numbers you don't recognize or it could cost you a bunch of $$$
     
  2. E_SolSi

    E_SolSi Member of the 20 nut club Moderator VIP

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    got a few one ring hang ups last week... i dont call back shit if i dont recognize the number
    none of them were from the area codes listed

    :shrug:
     
  3. Drake

    Drake Well-Known Member VIP

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    I got a call Saturday and Sunday from two different numbers with a 268 area code. I figured it was something along these lines. Telemarketers do not normally call and hang up after one ring.
     
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    Telemarketers call and hang up after one ring ALL the time. Try opening up a business and listing a phone number, you'll get at LEAST 2 or 3 dead calls a day. I looked into this a while back, and apparently what's going on is there's some sort of automated system that calls numbers and sees which ones have a live person pick them up and which ones are disconnected or out of service. Those 'live' numbers are then passed on to the next 'level' of their marketing, which is someone calling and asking for the owner or the person in charge of decisions or whatever.

    Totally normal.
     
  5. phunky.buddha

    phunky.buddha Admin with a big stick Admin VIP

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    I kept getting hangups from a 914 area code (NY) on my Google Voice number today- it's the one I post out to Craigslist for sales. Easy solution... just log into the Voice panel and BAN!
     
  6. SlushboxTeggy

    SlushboxTeggy It's only stupid if it doesn't work VIP

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    I'll pick up for numbers I don't recognize (job searching and what not), but I don't even call my friends back. If its important, they'll call again or actually leave a message.
     
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    I got a bunch of hangups yesterday
     
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    Jeef NO MA'AM Moderator VIP

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    Haven't gotten any yet. The phone scam I hate is the one to my home phone with a recorded message from some guy who talks for several minutes asking how much I would be willing to pay for him to do various services around the house. The one time I caught the call during the day in the summer one time, and I hit 9 to talk to the guy. From the background noise I could tell he was sitting at home. He hung up on me when I asked him how his ads were doing because he couldn't be doing that well to be sitting on his ass at home in the middle of the busy season.
     
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