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Forum topic by bruc101 posted 07-15-2015 04:57 AM 902 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-15-2015 04:57 AM

Our 15 year old daughter Punky has been getting a scammer calling her on her landline just about everyday for a couple of weeks. It was not a robo recording but a guy saying he was from Google wanting to get her site listed on the first page of Google for a $1000.00. She answered his call one time and told him she was interested and call her back that night to discuss it further.

She asked one of her twin sisters to drive her to a marina on one of the lakes near us. No problem sis but what in the heck do you want me to drive you to the marina for. Don’t ask questions sis and laughed so off they go.

Later that night we heard her phone ring and she answered it on her speaker phone. He started his spill with her and all of a sudden we thought a merchant marine ship was coming though the house.

She had bought herself one of those hand held fog horns and gave it to him full blast and sent all of us running for cover when we heard that fog horn lol.

The scammer has not called her anymore. She told us she put the fog horn dead on the receiver and let it go wide open. We told her, trust us we know.

If you get a number on your caller ID that you don’t recognize you can trace the number here, not the owner just the carrier and location.

You can also Google the number and see if anyone else has received the call and reported it as a scammer or robo call.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#1 posted 07-15-2015 11:40 PM

Her response was priceless! :)

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#2 posted 07-16-2015 01:29 AM

Good story, I like that Girl of yours, came up with a very simple solution and implemented it!

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#3 posted 07-16-2015 02:38 AM

A good survival whistle also works well, and carries well over phone lines. How do I know? heh heh heh Your little girl is a cool kid. Tell her kudos from the internet!

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#4 posted 07-16-2015 10:31 PM

Pretty smart for 15 YEAR OLD ! Good for her, she’ll do well with savvy like that !

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#5 posted 07-17-2015 06:01 PM

Answering machines take care of all those type of callers. Robos rarely if ever leave messages and pests can be ignored with erase.

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#6 posted 07-24-2015 05:43 PM

Wait, your 15 yo has a landline?

-- Rick M,

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#7 posted 07-25-2015 06:19 PM

Why certainly, all three of our daughters do. We have five daughters and three are still at home. Could you imagine how many times our phone would ring on a daily basis and the battle of which one of us gets to use the phone. lol

The do not call list does not work on phone spoofers, spammers, scammers and pfishers. The phone companies do not have the technology to stop them yet. A lot of it comes from software programs with the thugs working behind proxie servers and a browser called TOR. Most of the robo calls come from Russia and Brazil.

If you have the, easily purchased, software program you can change the name and numbers from where the call is coming from that will show up on your caller id. Debt collection companies love that so they can try to fool a person into answering the phone.

I got one on my office phone last night that gave the name of our phone company with the numbers 123-456-789. Who would be loonie enough to have answered that call. There is no area code 123 or a thee digit final numbers.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#8 posted 07-25-2015 10:13 PM

I’m pretty sure that most kids around here wouldn’t know how to use a landline phone. Parents buy them cell phones between 9 – 12 years old. Not here though, our oldest didn’t get a cell phone until she was 17 and we don’t have a landline.

As for technology to stop spammers, I don’t accept that technology is the limiting factor, it’s that phone companies choose to spend money only on things that make them money.

-- Rick M,

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#9 posted 07-25-2015 10:33 PM

Where we live here in these mountains a cell phone works only in a few places. Our girls have cells and mostly use them to stay in touch with each other and home when they’re not here in the valley. None of them are into texting nor social networking. None of them have a FB, Twitter or any other kind of account.

They have to much going on with their school work, band, church, their horses and working in our business. My wife built a private forum for the kids that live here and it’s an important part of how they keep up with each other. It really gets humorous sometimes but all we can as do as adults is read it not post on it.

She also built a forum for the ladies and only ladies and female kids can post on it. Sho are a lot of good recipes get posted on it too.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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