Stopping Scam Phone Calls

I keep getting phone calls about warranties that the recording says are expiring. I know I have no warranties so I know it is a scam. I have asked them to take me off the call list about 7 times. The last 3 times they have hung up on me and they didn't listen to what I wanted them to hear. I did *69 today and it says the # is not available. What can I do to stop this? I am on the "Do Not Call" list. I don't have caller ID.

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Sandy from Baltimore, MD

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February 4, 20090 found this helpful

Register your complaints with the gov.

Go to this site if you are on the do not call list. and fill in the blanks.

https://www.donotcall.gov

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February 4, 20090 found this helpful

I also get these recorded calls and they are a pain. I do not have caller ID either. I just answer the phone and hang up on the recorded calls. If you have an answering machine you can screen your calls that way.

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February 4, 20090 found this helpful

You are right about those warranty calls always being a scam. Most companies would contact you by mail not phone. And the consumer guy on our local news said there has been a rash of them lately.

Scammers are crooks and don't play by the rules so they will continue to call even if you are on the Do Not Call list. And that thing on their messages that says press such n such a number to be removed from their phone list will only take you to a number where the person will try to sell you something or get credit card or personal info from you. The scammers also cloak their originating phone numbers so they don't always appear on caller id or *69.

Here are 2 places to lodge a complaint:

http://esupport.fcc.gov/complaints.htm

https://www.donotcall.gov/complaint/complaintcheck.aspx

If you do have caller id and are getting calls you aren't sure are legit you can either put the phone number (ex: 800-123-4567) into the search box at google.com and see what comes up. Everytime I have done it it comes up with one of several sites like http://whocalled.us/ where other folks register numbers of the bad phone callers. But please be aware that the phone numbers they say they are calling from can be spoofed...they are scammers remember...and the so called charity organizations they work for are either bogus with names similar sounding to legit ones or they give pennies on the dollar to the charities they say they work for.

We have voice mail so I screen calls through that and that helps tremendously.

Also be prepared to receive more calls if you have a senior living in the house.

Unfortunately it does not help to be rude to them and they then call you several times in the wee hours of the morning and then hang up on you. I just tell them we don't do business with uninitiated calls over the phone and then hang up before they get a word in edgewise. They will just laugh if you tell them you are on the do not call list...they are scammers.

Some things to do to receive less calls are to check each legitimate business you do biz with and make sure they are not selling your info to "partners"...you have privacy rights you know. Same with charities you give to. Have an unlisted or unpublished phone number. Many people are ditching their landline phones and going with just their cellphones. Don't do phone surveys. And don't fill out sweepstakes/prizes/giveaways form.

Also...telemarketers legally are only sup to call between the hours of 8 am and 9 pm.

Also read this for more info:

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt107.shtm

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/telemarketing/tel15.shtm

Hope that helps! Our calls have gone way down from what they were luckily.

:-)

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February 5, 20090 found this helpful

Don't let them frustrate you. Hang up at the first sign of a recorded call. Periodically you'll receive a call for some Public Service Donations; if you care to spend the time to talk to them, tell them to send you their information, and a financial statement from last year and you'll review it with your local Police Dept. and make a decision.

If you don't want to talk to them, just tell them you're 'Laid Off'. Feel bad? How many organizations come to YOUR aid when needed? ZERO!

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February 5, 20090 found this helpful

I heard somewhere to just ask the caller to hold on for a second so you can...answer the door, pick up the baby, anythng you can think of. Then you lay the phone down and carry on with your day. After they hang on for awhile THEY get frustrated and remove your name from their list. Well, I tried that. I laid the phone down, went downstairs and put a load of laundry on to wash, folded the load from the dryer, and put them away. When I went back upstairs to the phone the poor guy was still saying, "hello? hello? Are you there?" I did the dishes and he was STILL saying it. I felt soooo bad and I never did that again but he never called back either. Might give that a try.

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February 5, 20090 found this helpful

I use an answering machine at all times, constantly on. The recording says "You have reached 555-5555. Please leave a message and we will pick up, if we are available." Sometimes I have the message say "I am using this machine to screen calls, so say something and I might talk to you." I stand near the machine with the handset in hand, and if it isn't someone I know or they don't leave a message, then I don't answer it. Telemarketers or spammers can leave messages for me to delete, sure. But they'll never find a live person here!

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February 5, 20090 found this helpful

Do not do *69, you are giving the phone company money. I do not have caller ID, I answer the phone, if there is a space of silence before a noise/voice comes on, you know you are on auto dial for something. Just hang up. Don't say anything.

https://www.donotcall.gov/register/reg.aspx is the website with the info to fill in. Get yourself on this list right away if you are not.

If you do get someone on the phone, first be nice and ask for their name, company, supervisor, etc then tell them they have violated the DO NOT CALL procedure and then go back to this link and report it.

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February 5, 20090 found this helpful

After I answer the telephone and find they are a salesman, scammer, etc. I just hang up on them. We have a lot less calls now.

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February 6, 20090 found this helpful

The next time you get the call,act as if you are interested in what they are selling, get as much information as you can, name of company, address,phone number, agent's name, extension number, then politely hang up. Your next step is to go to the website www.donotcall.gov. Here you can file a complaint, but you will need all of the info you can possibly get.For each offending company, file a separate complaint. Be patient, it works.

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February 6, 20090 found this helpful

Get a laugh! You tube has some prank calls done to telemarketers. The best one so far is of the police detective! My kids and I had to watch it several times because we could not stop laughing!

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February 6, 20090 found this helpful

I've got these calls on my home phone AND my cell phone after repeatedly requesting them to remove me. I'm on the do not call list for both numbers. As for caller ID, it doesn't do any good because when I call the number displayed I get the "We're sorry, the number you have dialed is no longer a working number. Please check the number and dial again." I've simply quit answering any call from a number I don't recognize, then google'ing it to see if it's a valid number lol

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February 6, 20090 found this helpful

Use your answering machine to screen your telephone calls. They will get the message and quit calling. Your friends will soon learn that you screen your calls and understand.

LIst your number on the National Do Not Call List.

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February 7, 20090 found this helpful

I have been on the Do not call list for 3 or 4 years, it is supposed to be good for 5 years or maybe for life now. I started receiving tons of telemarketing calls again out of the blue. Went to the government site to make sure I was still registered, it said I wasn't so I re registered. Now it tells me I am not registered, have tried to contact someone at the website to have it checked it, still waiting on someone to contact me about it. I know I am on the list with all my numbers and these calls are driving me crazy. they leave a recorded message so I have to go in and listen to it to get it off my phone. Grr

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May 5, 20090 found this helpful

You can either enter the number that called in Google, or go to a site called 'who called me'---they have a nice listing of numbers of scams, and postings by victims. The people that run the 'auto warranty' scams do not seem to be bound by the 'do not call' list.

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May 10, 20090 found this helpful

Well, this is sandy63 here. I am still being hounded by the calls. I have reported the numbers and all that. Now I am blowing a very loud whistle into the phone and hang up. I have said stop, and do not call and put me on the list. I have done all that and they still persist. my boos said well they are just making money like you are. Well no they are not, if someone asks me to stop what I am doing when I am at work I stop. These people/companies don' stop.

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November 10, 20140 found this helpful

Find out who called you! http://who-calledme.com

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November 10, 20140 found this helpful

My land line phone service provider is Comcast. I was getting many calls that I did not want. Comcast offers a 'call logging' and a 'call blocking' service. I don't have caller ID so the call logging gave me the phone numbers of all the calls that I receive and then I blocked many numbers that I did not recognize and all anonymous numbers. It really helped me. Check with your provider to see if they have that service or one similar.

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