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Old 14 October 2017, 17:19
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Need help with phone Scammers

So in the last week I have gotten calls on both my home phone as well as my cell phone. I am on the DNC list on both lines.

The first one was on my home phone. Guy calls with an accent (I already assume scam) and tells me he is calling from a law firm to inform me that I have won something. I know it's a scam so I keep fucking with the person. I ask him if he knows who he is calling at which point he tells my name and tells me my address both of which are correct. I hang up after that and say WTF. Fast forward to today and I get a call on my cell and the lady tells me I have won a free AC cleaning. So again I screw around and play with the caller. Once again she confirms my name and home address......

So my questions is how are these two different callers that are calling both my cell and home phone not only know my name but also my home address? Should I be concerned? Should I call anyone and let them know what's going on. It's sort of freaking me out. Any ideas?
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Old 14 October 2017, 17:31
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I'm not sure what the right course of action is or whom to contact, but I would be curious about how much identity theft I might already be a victim of. If they told you your name and address, can they also tell you your birthdate, SSN, credit card #, mom's maiden name, etc.?
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Old 14 October 2017, 17:44
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Not sure about the SSN CC# etc but I know I was one of the people hacked on Equifax....
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Old 14 October 2017, 18:05
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Always keep a list nearby with obscure medical conditions, and when you get one on the line proceed to tell him or her that things are going downhill fast and then proceed to list all of the maladies you are afflicted with.

Or pretend that you're hard of hearing, and when they say something to you, repeat it back to them in some mangled fashion. Keep doing so for as long as they can bear it.

As for how to keep them from calling, I've come to the conclusion that even with the don't call list it's probably more than a bit of a hassle to follow up with whoever is doing it. Best bet is to just make their life miserable for as long as you can keep them on the line.
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Old 14 October 2017, 18:14
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I received a voice message at 1:54 this morning about a sale on hearing aids, but I show no missed calls last night. The bass turds are getting sneaky!
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Old 14 October 2017, 18:20
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I've never considered my name, address, and phone number as secure information. Some service I use has gotten some sliver of change for selling it to a third party, and most likely I consented by accepting the terms of service.

As to how I deal with it...never accept a call from anyone not on my list unless I'm expecting a call from someone. Even then, I use the area code as a screener. If someone wants to talk bad enough, they'll leave a voicemail, or do what they should have done in the first place and send a text message.

It's annoying, but I find my time way more valuable than any entertainment from messing with the callers. Ignoring the call is a wasted five seconds at most.
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Old 14 October 2017, 18:25
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All of your personal information is available through pay services — including the last four of your SSN — which they will always quote to you. 99% of all the ones I have looked into were originated from overseas and can’t be investigated from here. I don’t answer any calls I am unfamiliar with and only check them if they leave a voicemail.
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Old 14 October 2017, 18:38
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hard of hearing, I do that all the time, an if it in some strange voice I say speak up I can't understand you. Or I will ask where they are calling from. I keep repeating what did you say.
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Old 14 October 2017, 18:42
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Just never answer your phone if a number you do not recognize. If it is something important and not a spam/scam they will leave a voice mail.
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Old 14 October 2017, 18:43
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Answering in any way puts you back in the que. I wouldn’t answer them. You don’t win by speaking with them in any way.
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Old 14 October 2017, 19:14
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I've heard of people on the DNC list suing the Telemarketing companies and winning but have no idea how many hoops you have to jump through. If I have the free time I like playing with their minds other wise I just say no thank you and hang up. One friend I know use to collect marketing numbers and tell the caller to call him back at one of the other numbers.
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Old 14 October 2017, 19:28
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Here's a good how to link:

https://michaelrkn.github.io/how-to-sue-a-telemarketer/
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Old 14 October 2017, 19:31
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I never answer my cell phone unless I recognize the caller.

They are trying to triangulate any info that they can.

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Old 14 October 2017, 19:44
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I know everyone is different but I concur with what many have said - if I don't have you in my phone already you need to leave me a vm.
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Old 15 October 2017, 09:04
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Like others, I have made it a point to not answer calls from numbers I don't recognize. If it is someone that needs to get hold of me, they will leave a message. I also block numbers of any telemarketer. Simple solution for me.

Or...you could keep an air horn by your phone and blast them when they call.
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Old 15 October 2017, 11:05
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Old 15 October 2017, 18:21
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Like others, I have made it a point to not answer calls from numbers I don't recognize.
But then you miss the golden calls like the one I got recently from Jamaica. Guy said that I won $3 million from the Publisher's Clearing House. I laughed and told him do give it to charity. [imaginary plot twist: was real and the money went to the Jamaican scammer's retirement home ]
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Old 15 October 2017, 18:32
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Unless the name comes up on my contact list I never answer it. If it is important they will leave a message and I will call back. Same with the home phone. Nowadays, if it ain't family or known friends, I don't answer it...ever!

Also in my area there was a scam going around where someone calls and try to get you to say the word "Yes" to them when they ask you questions, they record it and sign you up for services somehow by using the recording of you saying yes to the service. Pretty fucked up but the internet and phone, in this day and age are a war zone of bullshit.
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Old 16 October 2017, 02:15
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Many of these types of calls are coming from VPN dialers in India. Even though a local area code is generated, it's just a spoofed number. There are entire huge call centers in Mumbai that do this. Often the call lists are sold from data miners here in the US and distributed overseas. I would caution signing up for contests at the mall, fair or anywhere you don't have the ability to check to see how you information is going to be used. Depending on what state you live in there are ways of going after the businesses (maybe). Unsolicited calls to a cell phone have a high penalty for the violators.

https://oag.ca.gov/privacy/facts/oth...leave-me-alone
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Old 16 October 2017, 09:09
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I use the Hiya app on my cell phone to help ID callers and research callers as well as block scam/spam. Good app.
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