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Potential Spam

Discussion in 'Games / Pics / Jokes / Stories' started by Stevicus, May 18, 2021.

  1. Stevicus

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    Every so often, my phone rings from an unknown number and it says "Potential Spam."

    But what steps are required for "potential spam" to be considered full-fledged spam? Does anyone know?

    If it's genuine, full-blown spam, should the ringer automatically switch to the Spam Song by Monty Python?
     
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  2. Viker

    Viker Filia Diaboli, in a shroud of metaphor and mystery

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    My ringtone for unknown calls.
     
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  3. Viker

    Viker Filia Diaboli, in a shroud of metaphor and mystery

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    Another thing. If you get a call from alleged law enforcement about warrants it's spam.
    They never call ahead. They just show up one day.
     
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  4. exchemist

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    You've got a clever phone then. I think you should write to Tim Cook and suggest it.

    But luckily for me I only get spam on the land line. In fact, I've somehow engineered a situation whereby the only calls on the land line are either scammers or my ancient (93 yr old) father, calling from his nursing home. It's more or less ideal. I check whether it's his number and, if not, I engage my fake Indian accent, ready to annoy the scammers by impersonating the style of the argumentative Indians we used to have in the Dubai office. :D
     
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    I got one of those calls today. I just let it ring.
     
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    Or the IRS or almost any government agency.

    I did get a call from my housemate that made me laugh. She answered the landline and learned that my Apple account had been hacked.
     
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    Or Microsoft services. Or car title companies. Or Nigerian despots (wait, that's email).
     
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    The correct way to respond to Nigerian email:

     
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  9. Secret Chief

    Secret Chief Meghalayan Ape

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    If the caller ID for a call is "Unknown" or "Private" or "Blocked" my phone does not even ring.
    Now on the extremely off chance they leave a message, my phone will alert me that I have a voicemail.

    And to be perfectly honest, I like it that way.
     
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  11. Shadow Wolf

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    The Central Valley Blood Center shows up on my phone's caller ID as a potential spam risk.:confused:
     
  12. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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  13. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    I use blacklist plus (blatant advertising there) the free version. All our mobile phones only accept calls from people on our contacts list.
     
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    I had a few silly calls so I did this.... until my doctor tried ringing me for my telephone appointment and couldn't get through! (And I'd waited a week for the appointment :rage: )
     
  15. ChristineM

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    The doctor wouldn't call the mobile anyway so thats not a problem to us.

    I have had a problem with the UK bank who use a hidden number which is blocked on principal.
     
  16. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    A text message from HMRC is a new one, equivalent of your IRS saying you owe them £1600 and contact them to halt court proceedings.
     
  17. JustGeorge

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    We get a lot of calls saying the factory warranty on our vehicles is about to expire.

    We have a 14 year old van, two 30something year old cars, and a 42 year old pick up truck. If the factory warranty on any of these is about to expire, I'd say we got our money's worth.
     
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    It depends on who made your cellphone. My Pixel using google spam detection has some way of detecting potential spam - maybe lying about the caller or caller phone#.

    It also has a screening feature where I can have it speak a couple of sentences and demand that the person say who is calling and why.

    There has only been one time when it was a legitimate caller.
     
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    With AT&T cell and all their added security, plus also having Norton on my cell and having my number on the do not call national list I never get spam calls.
     
  20. JustGeorge

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    Spam calls waste their time on us.

    Our household is vegetarian.
     
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