Has anybody received a call like this?

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  1. David Preston

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    I beleive its a telemarketer and they call from an unknown name and unknown number. When you answer they ask about your phone system. They say how long haved you had this number and how long have you lived where you do now. Then they ask do you have a checking acount? Does anybody know what this is for. Have you had any crazy telemarketer calls?
     
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    When I get a call like this, I give the phone to my roommmate who is from New York where they speak in "colorful metaphors". After an earful of these metaphors, I usually do not receive a second call. [​IMG]
     
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    I would be suspicious of a scam if asked about my checking account.
     
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    As with anything like this, when I'm asked, unsolicited, for personal information that I do not wish to give out, I make up outrageous and obvious lies, and repeat them with conviction.

    One time I told a telemarketer for an eavstrough cleaning service that I did not need them because I live in an underground bunker. And I told a salesperson for an energy-saving door and window company that I required neither because my home was "open concept". Not believing me, he asked, "What do you do in the winter?"

    I told him that I wear a coat. [​IMG]
     
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    I feel a responsibility to end a scammer so I will often tell them I just had unexpected company arrive but am very interested in speaking with them more. I will ask for a return phone number. IF they offer to call back I lie about going on vacation for an extended time.

    If I get the number I call it back to confirm, then will give it to the police.
     
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    Scams happen a lot.

    There's also some phone scams where they pretend to be the phone company and then ask you push a couple buttons on your phone, then hang up. The end result is giving the caller permission to use your service for his/her long distance need
     
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    I don't answer any calls that show up unknown or from places I'm not aware of. Saves me a lot of aggravation and wasted time. Thank goodness for caller ID.
     
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    Everytime i get a call from a telemarketer I always tell them i'm busy and just call back and they never do[​IMG]
     
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    I tried not answering for a while but they are persistent its aggravating. I told them I don't have a checking acount pay everything by money order. Most of the time I don't answer but I get a call from Mexico sometimes and its important and it shows up unknown. I just won't answer any of thier questions again. I hate scams.
     
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    I have a fried that asks the telemarketer to tell him a joke and if it makes him laugh he will listen to their sales pitch. If he does not laugh he does not. 9 out of 10 times they cant even think of a joke.

    I get phone calls and no one is there all the time. Or worse yet solisitation for some one else [​IMG] that I just found out yesterday has been dead for several months.
     
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    The nice thing about having only a cell phone is that I don't get ANY telemarketing calls anymore, other than from Sprint, since they know my number. But those are quite rare.
     
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    You think you have it bad? My home number previously belonged to the Gay & Lesbian Community Center, and they apparently haven't updated most of their stationery or literature for the past three years.
     
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