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Robocalls and phone scams
are all the rage in 2019

Detroit Free press, by Mitch Albom

Original Article

Posted By:tisHimself, 2/17/2019 6:22:53 AM

You’re in the shower. The phone rings. Your husband is out of town and you’ve been waiting for his call. You push through the curtain, your hair full of shampoo, you grab the phone and blurt out, “Hello?" “Hello,” a voice answers, “this is Cindy with card services …” You’re in the car. You’re on the way to the hospital. Your phone rings. You think it might be the doctor. You feel around, find the phone, hold it to your ear while keeping your eyes on the road. “Hello?” you say anxiously.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/17/2019 6:33:12 AM     (No. 11905808)

The latest is caller ID for a medical specialist, usually an orthopedist or neurologist. When I answer, the many voices in the background call center can be heard behind my caller´s distinctly foreign accent. He or she tells me they are responding to my report of back and neck problems.

The next sound they hear is my hang-up.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: planetgeo, 2/17/2019 6:39:12 AM     (No. 11905811)

This is too easy. Call screening and call blocking. Get them and use them. They eliminate 99% of robocalls and unknown calls.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: earlybird, 2/17/2019 6:40:27 AM     (No. 11905812)

We have NoMoRobo. Also use the phone company’s dial-in code that blocks calls from unknown callers. This has helped significantly.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Lazyman, 2/17/2019 6:55:02 AM     (No. 11905830)

After the FBI and DOJ gets reformed they may want to reform our FCC to start doing their job which should include policing AT&T, Time Warner and the rest of these companies that are out of control and have no competition.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: lakerman1, 2/17/2019 7:00:18 AM     (No. 11905842)

Sport on, #4. You are exactly correct.
Some things can only be done by the federal government, and this is one of them.
But that requires appointments of competent individuals to the FCC, not Jim Clyburn´s daughter.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 2/17/2019 7:00:58 AM     (No. 11905843)

Irritating as Hell. I keep count on how many of these scam calls we get every day- Yesterday we got 6, day before 5, day before that, 9!

Have you gotten the "Grandson has been arrested" call? That´s the one I am totally amazed is being done so often- It actually works? Unbelievable that people would be so stupid as to fall for any of these scams.

If the IRS has a "judgment" against you, believe me, they will not announce it to you in a stupid recorded, robovoice phone call!

And the Windows Technical Department call is so obviously a scam, who could possibly be dumb enough to fall for that one- Aside from Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, of course?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/17/2019 7:16:44 AM     (No. 11905868)

I´ve looked at the various methods for cleaning up unwanted calls, but each of them poses a problem for us, since it´s too easy to block calls from a number we don´t recognize but we might want to receive.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: chillijilli, 2/17/2019 7:18:14 AM     (No. 11905876)

If you still have a landline, make sure your caller ID is activated and then dial *77 to stop all robocalls in their tracks. You should hear 3 beeps and from then on all calls that come through as Anonymous, Private, or Blocked will not come through. Most all carriers like Cox, Comcast, or Century Link have adopted *77 (Anonymous Call Rejection) to help deal with this huge problem. My robocalls have decreased from ~ 10/day to usually NONE. *87 turns the feature OFF.
Supposedly, in FEB 2019, Congress reintroduced a bill called Stopping Bad Robocalls Act which would provide an opt out choice for consumers. So our federal government is aware of the problem and maybe by ~2055 they´ll get it voted on and up and running effectively. Or...you can pick up your phone now and dial *77. Your choice.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: earlybird, 2/17/2019 7:26:11 AM     (No. 11905887)

Re #7, NoMoRobo has been hooked into our phone system for several years. We have never missed a call that we should have gotten. Worth investigating them, reading their policy.

The calls still come and their IDs are still displayed. But the phone rings only once and stops. We check the caller ID.

My son’s phone is set to take no calls from those who do not display caller IDs. Not UNKNOWN NAME. Once in a while when I am going to be calling merchants and so forth I turn off caller ID in my cell phone. If I forget to turn it back on I get a message when calling our son that I need to do so...


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Reply 10 - Posted by: paperpuncher, 2/17/2019 7:49:51 AM     (No. 11905901)

Current policy is do not answer any call we do not recognize. If it is someone I know they will leave a voice mail and I will return the call. However, having the phone ringing 6 to 10 times a day is somewhat annoying so I may look into the NoMoRobo thing.

If you are not aware of this, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon and others will never and I mean never call you unless you call them first. So, if you get a call from someone who says they are from one of these companies hang up immediately.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: judy, 2/17/2019 7:51:59 AM     (No. 11905905)

What happened to the do not call.gov? It worked good for a while then??? Come on congress, fix it! Againnnnn! My guess is the robo lobbyist did their influence in congress?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: trackman999, 2/17/2019 8:22:23 AM     (No. 11905929)

Sometimes I feel like playing. I answer and say that I´m deaf but can read their lips if they speak louder. And they do, every time.And I hang up.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Ruhn, 2/17/2019 8:24:54 AM     (No. 11905932)

I’ve used an out-of-state area code on my cell for over a decade. There has been daily calls for almost a year with my old area code and I don’t maintain any contacts from the old area code. All spam. That appears to be the tactic to make the robo call look legit. Any calls from that area code I ignore and block.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: anniebc, 2/17/2019 8:27:27 AM     (No. 11905934)

The new thing is to get calls from numbers similar to your own. It´s a stupid trick since a number similar to my own might be from someone related to me or on my plan, but I´d have that person´s name attached to their number, wouldn´t I? The other thing is if you block a call coming from a specific "company" (the most common one for me is the nearly expired warranty on my car--I have a 2018), they use a different number. Then, if you select #2 or #9 to be removed from their call list, they continue to call you from a different number. If you go so far as to speak to a human, they don´t want to listen to your complaints about their annoying calls. They are just getting paid; they don´t care about you and your complaints. One man had the never to tell me I called him. I´m buying a loud horn, and I´m going to get the humans on the phone and make them beg their companies to stop harassing people because of my annoying horn blasting their ears. Maybe they´ll stop calling me, at least.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: calamity kate, 2/17/2019 8:31:59 AM     (No. 11905940)

LOVE the HiYa app. Went from 5-6 spoofs a day to about 2 a week, and even then the app tells me it´s a ´potential spoof´.

But sometimes I love messing with the "There´s a problems with your computer" guys. I´ll spend time to waste their time.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: plomke, 2/17/2019 8:33:47 AM     (No. 11905944)

So who did Mitch the Plagarist steal this article from???

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Jebediah, 2/17/2019 8:38:58 AM     (No. 11905947)

Beyond true....and now we get calls with our area code and the first three digits of our actual phone number and are meant to think that this is someone nearby who needs to talk to us. We have caller id but unless it prints WHO is calling (a Dr., a hospital, our town selectman, BLOOMINGDALES---who plan to call in a week to make sure we received our credit card and they made sure we knew the id would say BLOOMINGDALES) So one thing legitimate callers should do is make sure their personal identity shows OR that they leave a message and we will call back right away.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 2/17/2019 8:41:25 AM     (No. 11905950)

Poster #2 is right, and reasonable. However, due to birth-order placement (3rd) I have a little larceny and payback going for me by way of a list. A long list of phone numbers of scams, spams, spoofs and outright liar notices that I may have already won a cruise!!

Phone techies with a proper app can now make a call from THEIR phone and make it look like it came from ANY phone in the universe.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: flybynight, 2/17/2019 8:45:22 AM     (No. 11905956)

Does anybody ever bite on these silly calls? Anybody? Must be some profit, but I can’t imagine who. I don’t need a back brace, a medical alert system, or a burglar alarm. My car is 25 years old. Warrant that? Furthermore, there’s nothing wrong with my credit card or my computer. What really frosts me are the caller IDs saying they’re from our local hospital or people we know, offering services we don’t want. I’m about to yank that landline out and pitch it out the window. And I am NOT contributing to the highway patrol benevolent fund. Ever.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: grampus, 2/17/2019 8:47:44 AM     (No. 11905958)

Yes, #6 I got the "grandson" call several days ago. (I don´t have any grandsons.) I have relatives who fell for the "grandson" call a decade or so back. They wired money through Western Union. "Grandson" called later saying he needed more." They sent it. A third call, and they went back to Western Union to send more money. Western Union fellow politely suggested that something was not right, and they didn´t send money the third time.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: franq, 2/17/2019 8:48:42 AM     (No. 11905960)

I concur with number 10. On my cell, if it´s not a number in my address book, I ignore it. On our home land line (yes, we still have one), if there´s an extended pause when I pick it up...click.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Janylou, 2/17/2019 8:49:34 AM     (No. 11905961)

I don´t know how many calls my phone will block, but my blocker sure is getting used a lot.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: TOOTALL, 2/17/2019 8:53:39 AM     (No. 11905965)

I realize that #6 asked a rhetorical question, but I have an answer. Who is dumb enough to give out personal info to these scammers. How about John Podesta?

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Urgent Fury, 2/17/2019 8:55:12 AM     (No. 11905966)

I don´t even answer my phone when people call that I DO need to speak with.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Proud Texan, 2/17/2019 9:07:39 AM     (No. 11905976)

I get a lot of the calls with my area code and three number prefix. Quite a few of them come up as the hospital, county judge, sheriff´s office and similar local numbers. With unhealthy parents, the hospital spoof really burns my rear.
Over half of the spoofed calls I receive claim to be from Google. When these people do get caught, the government should allow us as individuals to decide on the punishment. I suspect we could make the problem diminish considerably.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Cartcart, 2/17/2019 9:14:08 AM     (No. 11905981)

If you outlaw robo-calls, only outlaws will make them. The IRS calls are the best. When the live person comes on, I tell them I’m sitting with my accountant, Murray. It’s a quick hang up on me.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 2/17/2019 9:22:13 AM     (No. 11905991)

On my phone rarely does it show who is calling, just says ´Missouri call´ and gives the number. Since I don´t retain many phone numbers in my mind, I most usually answer and most usually it is one of those blinkin´ calls. I just lay the phone down and let them talk until they figure no one is on the other end, then I hang up. I also have noticed them using local area codes, one even said ´Truesdale Police Department´ and it was for my Visa card balance, which I don´t have. A pox on all their houses.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: hpmatt, 2/17/2019 9:25:42 AM     (No. 11905995)

For our old landline, got tired of a $15 line plus $30 in taxes, so we switched to an internet phone service, but kept the old #, about $3/month.

Set up for ‘non-contact’ calls to answer by Jolly-Roger-telephone - one of 7 Pirate-bots answers the phone and wastes as much time as possible. If they get a good call, they email me the MP3 of the call so I can laugh. Costs abt $25 for 3 hours of Pirate calltime - lasted about a year.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: grayjay, 2/17/2019 9:26:45 AM     (No. 11905997)

The problem with blocking a number is that the callers change their number constantly.

The other nightmare is spam text messages. Haven´t figured a way to stop those. We have Robokiller, which works great on spam phone calls, but doesn´t work for texts.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: M2, 2/17/2019 9:47:10 AM     (No. 11906009)

My carrier is Verizon. I got their call blocking for a low price monthly. It´s worth it. 99%+ of robocalls are being blocked.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: jj1319, 2/17/2019 9:51:12 AM     (No. 11906015)

I answer all of them. When the Indian accent voice begins: "Hi, this is Dennis from..." I respond with "Hello? Hello? I can barely hea.. hello?" ignoring anything else said. They talk louder. They get angry. They use foul language. Doesn´t bother me. Not at all. I kind of enjoy it. If it´s a female, I ask her what she´s wearing. Goes downhill from there.

I´ve got pretty thick skin. While they´re talking to me, they´re not bothering some other poor sap less conditioned to deal with it. I see it as a duty to my fellows. (-;

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 2/17/2019 9:58:55 AM     (No. 11906022)

As soon as I hear the call room chatter I hang up, before they realize they got an answer and their "representative" can get on line. My frequency of calls has dropped to almost nothing.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: qwerty, 2/17/2019 10:04:56 AM     (No. 11906040)

If I actually paid attention to the IRS "arrest" calls, I´d be "Doing Life Without Parole" in a cell so deep they´d have to pipe in the sunlight.

Ya wanna call me? leave a message, maybe I´ll get back to ya

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Reply 34 - Posted by: BeatleJeff, 2/17/2019 10:09:17 AM     (No. 11906045)

This is why I eschew landlines and only use a mobile. Any unexpected call whose number I don´t recognize goes straight to voicemail, and then after googling the number to verify it wasn´t something legit, I add it to my ever-growing block list.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: patchy groundfog, 2/17/2019 10:45:16 AM     (No. 11906090)

The incentive model says if landline and mobile carriers wanted these calls to stop, they would. Tomorrow.

The fact that they haven´t and pretend to be powerless tells you all you need to know.

And while the FCC tilts at net neutrality windmills, they ignore harassment, threats, scams and abuse on a daily basis.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Namma, 2/17/2019 11:08:00 AM     (No. 11906111)

I love getting these calls from a person during the Rush show. I turn up the radio and put the phone right next to it. The calls can be maddening.
I like the one about how the local cops will arrest you. Ha. I played for “my local cop”. He laughed. Said that legitimate caller would not say local cops.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: ladydawgfan, 2/17/2019 11:14:14 AM     (No. 11906123)

I also have HIYA on my cell phone and it´s worked so well that I also made sure that it is on both of my elderly parent´s cell phones. If I see a call coming from a state where I don´t know anyone, I let it go to voicemail, although HiYa blocks 99% of those. If one gets through, it is an easy matter to block it. I don´t use credit cards so that one is an EASY call to block.

With my dad´s phone in particular, he gets a LOT of one ring calls as HiYa does its job so I know that they are targeting the elderly. It is my duty as their daughter to make sure that they don´t fall for any of these scams.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: kiwinews, 2/17/2019 11:38:02 AM     (No. 11906145)

I have been getting 1-4 taped calls daily for the last month purporting to be from Fifth Third Bank - where I am NOT a customer. I´ve called 5/3 on their real number to report it. No help there. Blocked (several numbers) call goes to voice mail. And that;s just one of the pfishers. If you get a recorded call do not hang on the line to abuse the live person that may come on - that just confirms that your number is valid - and the pfishers can still turn a profit selling that knowledge to others.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: 49 Ford, 2/17/2019 11:42:16 AM     (No. 11906150)

Back in August I bought a new car. Since around October I have been peppered with calls from people with foreign accents trying to sell me supplemental service plans and insurance coverage. At first I was polite and said "No, thanks" before hanging up. Now, whenever I take a call and hear a foreign accent at the other end I hang up instantly. Plainly, I am a racist and a xenophobe. Oh well, nobody´s perfect:.)


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Reply 40 - Posted by: Delilah, 2/17/2019 12:30:39 PM     (No. 11906198)

My system allows me to put all my friends on a list where the phone rings differently so I know when I get a call I actually want to answer. All regular rings I ignore.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: jj1319, 2/17/2019 1:07:53 PM     (No. 11906254)

#39, my pleasure.

I wanna hear about the new car. I´m guessing a Lotus Elise, no?

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Reply 42 - Posted by: snakeoil, 2/17/2019 1:08:05 PM     (No. 11906255)

One theory is that if you block a call it tells the spammer that you exist. Every year I upgrade my cell. You have to reinstall all the apps and so my block calls lists would have to start over again. Think I´ll hold on to my cell for a while. Also have a land line phone. Why not? I can afford it. I get a phone call 5 days a week on my land line that they will sell me a back brace and Medicare will pay for it. Instantly delete. My fav is a sophisticated, snooty British woman or an Urban Woman tell me that my Microsoft account has expired and if I don´t call this number my computer will turn into a pumpkin. One solution a guy used was when a call came in he would give the phone to his 5 year old who loves talking on the phone. Back when there were telemarketers (real people rather than robots) a guy used to call me and read a script for 10 minutes to try to get me to join the famous company that provides road side service. I would then tell him I didn´t have a car.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Smart11344, 2/17/2019 1:24:03 PM     (No. 11906277)

I let my answering machine answer for me. If it´s a friend, I pick up and take the call. In all seriousness 90% of the incoming calls are SPAM. Years ago the Feds said they were working on the problem. Obama said, if you like your phone, you can keep your phone. I hung up on him.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: 49 Ford, 2/17/2019 2:32:13 PM     (No. 11906341)

#41 - I´m afraid I am going to have to disappoint you, friend. it´s a Kia Soul.

But hey, Mrs. Ford loves it, plenty of loading space, lots of room for my sister, her hubby and all of their paraphernalia when they come to visit.

I´ve learned that when it comes to major purchases domestic tranquility, or the potential for same, is a huge factor in the buying decision:-)

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Reply 45 - Posted by: BreakRight, 2/17/2019 3:23:59 PM     (No. 11906391)

A friend of mine answers the phone, leads them on for a moment as though he´s interested, then says "Oh, hang on a minute, someone´s at my front door." He then lays the phone down and lets it sit 5 or 10 minutes before hanging up.

Maybe a loud horn would be another approach.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: danvillebill, 2/17/2019 3:40:25 PM     (No. 11906409)

I get quite a number of calls from some people in Pakistan.
I don´t answer them but the fact they are reaching out to me makes me feel quite cosmopolitan. A Citizen of the World. Like Obama.

Also, got a call from one of my grandsons a few weeks ago. He said he was in jail in Haiti. Said he needed bail money via a credit card. I offered to send him a post card instead but unfortunately he didn´t know his name or where in Haiti his jail was located. I hope he calls back someday after he remembers his name.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: schnapps, 2/17/2019 4:18:00 PM     (No. 11906449)

#16 asks a good question.

According to Mitch You feel around, find the phone, hold it to your ear while keeping your eyes on the road.

In most states that would be breaking the law, Mitch

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Reply 48 - Posted by: Judy, 2/17/2019 4:42:46 PM     (No. 11906481)

I did star 77 to block from my home phone, it works. Now how do I block these calls from my cell phone? I block them individually if they don’t leave a message on my cell.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: Hazymac, 2/17/2019 5:08:53 PM     (No. 11906499)

After over 1,000 nuisance robocalls from Bal Harbour´s Abramovich boiler rooms--he was thought to have made over 300,000,000 of these nuisance calls in a few months. With ten to twenty bad calls coming in per day, I could hardly use my phone anymore and finally had to change two phone numbers I had had for 30 years.

From some underworld source the scammers buy software that changes caller IDs. Whatever your number is, if a spammer calls, he´ll probably be using a number with the same first six numbers as yours, so you´ll think the call is local. Before I got hip to phony caller ID I called one "local" number back, cursing an innocent victim. It was one of my neighbors whose number had been "used" by the spammer. That person had no idea he´d been used. My numbers could be used by a spammer without my knowledge.

What I´m saying is that eventually some people are liable to get killed over these calls, which the government refuses to do a damned thing about. Useless. I´d like to get mu hands around Abramovich´s neck. I would squeeze very hard, until his damned eyes popped out on their stalks. The FCC won´t get the $120,000,000 fine they levied on him. So why can´t he be strung up?

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Reply 50 - Posted by: 49 Ford, 2/17/2019 5:31:38 PM     (No. 11906516)

I am in a whimsical mood and have a question I´d like to toss out:

- Modern high tech phones activate and turn off transmissions when buttons are pushed. Because of changes in technology we no longer "hang up" anything at the conclusion of a conversation, we simply push a button.

So...how much longer will "hang up" remain part of our common vocabulary, and what will take its place? Anyone?



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Reply 51 - Posted by: Dovestar, 2/17/2019 6:28:48 PM     (No. 11906549)

I use caller ID on my Verizon phone. If it´s not someone I know, I answer ´sheriff´s department, fraud division´. If no response, I repeat and ask how may I help you. They hang up every time, and no more calls for awhile.

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Reply 52 - Posted by: cousair, 2/17/2019 6:42:50 PM     (No. 11906563)

Try this.. As soon as the {iPhone} rings, hand up and dial right back.

It will normally be a resident that did not make the call! The scammers are using other phone numbers..HOW

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Reply 53 - Posted by: Judy, 2/17/2019 7:47:06 PM     (No. 11906631)

One day I looked at my caller ID & it was my name & number, obviously it wasn’t me . How did they do this! I changed phone numbers after 42 years.
Wow what a different I wish I had done this years ago. I was receiving about 20 robo calls a day.

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Reply 54 - Posted by: Videodrone, 2/17/2019 8:10:29 PM     (No. 11906655)

As someone in a (rather esoteric but with worldwide distribution) customer facing roll I don´t have the options, at home the AT&T landline already has "no ID" but NoMoreRobo is not on my Verizon plan. At some point every legitimate customer is going to have to register a phone number in order to get support!


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Reply 55 - Posted by: Yorkiemom, 2/17/2019 8:48:18 PM     (No. 11906675)

We got 13 calls from “Apple” one day. I finally answered and told them if they called one more time, I was telling my detective son, and they’d be in big trouble. I was screaming when I told them that. It worked because they’ve never called back.

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Reply 56 - Posted by: grampus, 2/17/2019 10:01:56 PM     (No. 11906712)

#50´s comment: How long will the outdated phrase "hang up" last?
Answer: Probably about as long as the outdated phrase "dial a number" does.

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Reply 57 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 2/18/2019 12:32:54 AM     (No. 11906791)

One day I received a call from Microsoft ie a boiler room with Arabs. They were laughing so I said they should get a real job. When I got Brighthouse, they sold my phone number. When I signed up for Geico, I stopped getting letters about my car warranty and get phone calls everyday.

One man use to call me and say I called him.

Dial away. I don´t answer until it´s on my contact list. If you can´t leave a message, I can´t talk to you.

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Reply 58 - Posted by: 49 Ford, 2/18/2019 10:34:46 AM     (No. 11907096)

#56 - LOL, and you´re absolutely right!


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POTUS Trump Gives
Fox News The Cold
Shoulder – Calls On OANN Instead…
DC Whispers, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 3/23/2019 10:49:54     Post Reply
Fox News is currently in the Trump doghouse due to its temporary ban against the popular Judge Jeanine and the even more recent hiring of 2016 election fraud conspirator (she actually gave debate questions to Hillary Clinton ahead of time) and former DNC Chair, Donna Brazile. While walking past Fox News reporter John Roberts, who appeared very eager to field a question, President Trump shook his head and said, “NO” before then going to OANN reporter Emerald Robinson and taking a question from her. President Trump is clearly putting Fox News on notice.

U.S. lawsuit on hotels
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moves forward
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 3/22/2019 9:27:28     Post Reply
A federal judge on Thursday rebuffed a request by hotel chains including Hyatt Hotels Corp, Marriott International Inc and Wyndham Hotel Group to throw out a class-action suit accusing them of conspiring not to compete with one another online. The case, which was filed last year by a group of hotel customers, alleges that Hyatt, Marriott, Wyndham, Hilton Domestic Operating Company and Six Continents Hotels, Inc, now called InterContinental Hotels Group PLC, agreed not to advertise against one another on online travel agencies, like Expedia. Similarly, the lawsuit alleges, the companies stopped advertising against one another in search results.

Two-term Wisconsin
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Posted By: tisHimself- 3/22/2019 10:35:26     Post Reply
Wisconsin’s 45th governor, Scott Walker, who turned his state’s economy around while repeatedly defying Democratic and labor union efforts to drive him from office, is bringing his talents and insights to The Washington Times. The two-term Republican governor will be writing a weekly column Fridays for The Times, sharing his thoughts on politics, policies and the news of the day. It debuts today and will run Fridays exclusively in the newspaper and at WashingtonTimes.com.

Thomas asks question
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Posted By: tisHimself- 3/21/2019 3:33:26     Post Reply
Justice Clarence Thomas, who is known for his silence, shocked spectators in court Wednesday when he asked a question during arguments in a dispute over racial discrimination in jury selection. Thomas´s question, which marks the second time in a decade the court´s leading conservative has spoken during arguments, came in the case of a Mississippi man who has been tried six times for the 1996 murders of four people inside a furniture store. Thomas last spoke in February 2016 when he asked several questions during oral arguments in a gun rights case.

Happy 102nd birthday
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Posted By: tisHimself- 3/21/2019 3:04:13     Post Reply
It´s hard to believe that some of author Beverly Cleary´s beloved characters are nearly 50 years old. Little Ramona, who got in trouble for pulling one of nemesis Susan´s curls, middle-aged? Henry Huggins, owner of beloved dog Ribsy, ready for AARP? Could Ramona´s big-sister Beezus actually be old enough to be Grandma Beezus?

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Posted By: tisHimself- 3/18/2019 4:28:55     Post Reply
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´Delete Facebook now´: WhatsApp
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The Federal Election Commission has hit Right to Rise USA, the super-PAC that backed Jeb Bush’s 2016 presidential bid, with a record fine for accepting a seven-figure donation from a company owned by Chinese nationals who were in business with Bush’s brother, Neil, according to FEC documents obtained by Mother Jones. It is illegal for foreign nationals to be involved in making donations to political committees. Neil Bush, who has extensive business dealings in China, solicited the $1.3 million contribution from American Pacific International Capital (APIC), an international investment holding company where Neil is a board member.

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Trump administration allows
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Washington Examiner, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
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Trump Makes the Elites
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American Thinker, by Peter Skurkiss    Original Article
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A gloom has settled over the American elite on trade and foreign policy. This is good news. Here´s why. The dark clouds started forming during the presidency of Barack Obama. Even though, in a number of ways, Obama was anti-American, forever apologizing for this country and its achievements, his foreign policy was not exactly a globalist´s delight. Obama´s appointment of the ineffectual Hillary Clinton as secretary of state was a raw political move. When she left, Obama offered John F. Kerry as a sop to the foreign policy blob.



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The Washington National Cathedral disputed President Trump´s claim that he had to "approve" the funeral of the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). "Washington National Cathedral was honored to host the funeral service for Senator John McCain. All funerals and memorial services at the Cathedral are organized by the family of the deceased; only a state funeral for a former president involves consultation with government officials," a cathedral spokesperson said in a statement to The Hill on Thursday. "No funeral at the Cathedral requires the approval of the president or any other government official," he added.

Evidence! How did Schiff,
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American Thinker, by Patricia McCarthy    Original Article
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Watch: I Went To San Francisco. What
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Dianne Feinstein: U.S. Needs to Follow
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Breitbart Politics, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
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difficult most people only answer HALF
the questions correctly... so do
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Daily Mail (UK), by Keiligh Baker    Original Article
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This spelling and grammar test from the 1980s is so difficult that it is claimed no one can get more than 50 per cent of the answers right. The 20-question quiz promises to leave even the brightest brains scratching their heads. Indeed it is so tricky that its creator, Playbuzz user Terry Stein, claims players will ´never´ be able to score more than 10 out of 20. So if you think you have what it takes then scroll down to take the test in full. But the answers are at the bottom - so no cheating...

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez flips out
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New York Post, by Mark Moore    Original Article
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What’s in a name? Everything for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The New York Democrat blasted Fox News host Laura Ingraham and her guest for mocking how she pronounced her name and saying she does so because it’s a “Latina thing.” “If by ‘the Latina thing,’ she means I actually do the work instead of just talk about it, then yeah, I’m doing ‘the Latina thing,’” she wrote on her Twitter page late Wednesday. “Unless of course she‘s talking about being multilingual, which we know isn’t a ‘Latina thing.’ It’s a ‘21st century’ thing.” Ocasio-Cortez also said that Fox News’


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