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Telemarketer Tactics
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(09-03-2016, 06:00 PM)GrammaBear Wrote: Now we all know that telemarketers can be and are annoying. But today when my cell phone made the 'ping' noise indicating a incoming text msg, I hurried to pick up the phone thinking it might be my grandson. Needless to say it was not my grandson but a 'raw' msg about a part of the male anatomy. My oldest son happened to be visiting me and he offered to see if my phone would block the text msg for any future time. He could not block the msg but definitely deleted the msg at my request. This is my first time receiving such a nasty text. Don't people have anything better to do?
Oh-jeezOh-jeez that is so disgusting GB, some freak has nothing else to do! too bad you can't report 'em as they need to be labeled as a sex offender! Of all our "Geek" friends here, doesn't anyone have a suggestion to correct or stop this behavior? Dont-know
I enjoy being with a group who like to share their "Hosehead" experiences, to remind me I am not alone.
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#52
There is a free app for android to screen calls and texts. Search for "call control".

GrammaBear - The first name of the sender of that text wouldn't have been Anthony by chance? Big Grin
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#53
If you use an iPhone, you can block further calls or messages from anyone by opening the message and touching Details in the upper right corner. This gives you several options, including the "i" with a circle around it. Click on the "i" and select Block this Caller. You'll never hear from them again.
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(09-04-2016, 09:46 AM)Sleeprider Wrote: If you use an iPhone, you can block further calls or messages from anyone by opening the message and touching Details in the upper right corner. This gives you several options, including the "i" with a circle around it. Click on the "i" and select Block this Caller. You'll never hear from them again.

I wish this was possible with a 'land-line' phone also. I have been called no less than 3 times this morning alone from a telemarketer for "DirectTV". I asked them politely not to call me anymore the first time they called. So what do they do? They call two more times. I have better things to do than to do business with a telemarketer ! Angry

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(09-27-2016, 02:09 PM)GrammaBear Wrote:
(09-04-2016, 09:46 AM)Sleeprider Wrote: If you use an iPhone, you can block further calls or messages from anyone by opening the message and touching Details in the upper right corner. This gives you several options, including the "i" with a circle around it. Click on the "i" and select Block this Caller. You'll never hear from them again.

I wish this was possible with a 'land-line' phone also. I have been called no less than 3 times this morning alone from a telemarketer for "DirectTV". I asked them politely not to call me anymore the first time they called. So what do they do? They call two more times. I have better things to do than to do business with a telemarketer ! Angry

A few people have home phones that we call POTS (plain old telephone system), but today, most people have bundled services and actually use voice over internet protocol (VOIP). So if your get your phone service through Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and many others, you probably have a VOIP connection. Every one of those digital phone service providers have management systems you can access for your phone to see who you called, who called you etc. In most cases, you can identify the caller you want to block and do it using your online user management tools. If you are still using POTS, just change. It will save you money and give you a lot of free features as well as unlimited calling, inexpensive international access and the ability to block unwanted callers.
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(09-27-2016, 02:09 PM)GrammaBear Wrote:
(09-04-2016, 09:46 AM)Sleeprider Wrote: If you use an iPhone, you can block further calls or messages from anyone by opening the message and touching Details in the upper right corner. This gives you several options, including the "i" with a circle around it. Click on the "i" and select Block this Caller. You'll never hear from them again.

I wish this was possible with a 'land-line' phone also. I have been called no less than 3 times this morning alone from a telemarketer for "DirectTV". I asked them politely not to call me anymore the first time they called. So what do they do? They call two more times. I have better things to do than to do business with a telemarketer ! Angry

You could always answer the phone "FBI" and see where that takes them. If anyone you know asks you can always say it means father, brother, and I.

Personally, on my phone, I look at the caller ID and if I don't recognize the number, I don't answer it. If it was a mistake, I pick it up when they leave a message.

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(09-03-2016, 08:45 PM)Crimson Nape Wrote: There is a free app for android to screen calls and texts. Search for "call control".

GrammaBear - The first name of the sender of that text wouldn't have been Anthony by chance? Big Grin

I honestly don't know. I was PO'd and my son asked if he could look at my phone, so I gave it to him. He knows much more about my older model iphone than I do and when he asked if I wanted the msg deleted, I said "Yes, by all means."

My other son said that he put an app on grandson's phone to prevent such calls. I do know that they have AT&T and I do not.

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#58
Thanks to Sleeprider and Homerec130 for your helpful hints. We do have our phone 'included' as a bundle package with our satellite service and internet service. I have an older model iphone (5s) so it doesn't have the "latest and greatest" features, but I will look into your suggestions.

Years ago when my parents first got a telephone, my Dad used to answer the phone "Duffy's tavern" which really annoyed my mother. But my Dad had an active sense of humor and he especially liked it if it happened to be one of Mother's 'church' friends calling. Smile
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#59
Well, I have been taking the time to have fun with them lately. I just sound really interested in what they are saying, and keep asking questions. Then I ask the same questions again, if I run out of questions, and they I start talking about my garden. Eventually they hang up.
I am not a Medical professional and I don't play one on the internet.
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#60
(09-27-2016, 05:38 PM)FrankNichols Wrote: Well, I have been taking the time to have fun with them lately. I just sound really interested in what they are saying, and keep asking questions. Then I ask the same questions again, if I run out of questions, and they I start talking about my garden. Eventually they hang up.

I like your approach. Next time if you run out of questions, you could begin your music practice and 'deliberately' misplace the bow so you get a "wee" squeek??

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