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Strange Phone Calls

Received a phone call from 1-584-641-8121 asking for me by name. It was at 9:08 AM on my cell phone. The woman on the other end seemed to have an Indian or Pakistani accent and told me that I had been approved for a car loan I had requested. I yelled back that I had not requested a car loan, and they hung up. I did not call back because of a scam I heard of where they use your phone number if you call.

I received another call at 10:59 from +67762256872 (as it appears on my cell phone) asking if I was "xxx" (my name). I replied yes, and they hung up. I checked my bank account. Nothing out of the ordinary there. Nothing out of the ordinary in my credit card account. What can I expect?

created by oldsendbrdy on Feb 11, 2014 at 01:18:19 pm     Comments: 41

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I searched the 677 number and got one of those sites that look up numbers for you. It was in Italian.

The 584 number is from Venezuela.

Don't call either of them back.

posted by shamrock44 on Feb 11, 2014 at 01:27:08 pm     #  

Might want to check the bushes outside your windows. Also, you could fashion a hat out of aluminum foil to keep "them" from reading your thoughts.

posted by a_fan on Feb 11, 2014 at 01:27:40 pm     #   1 person liked this

I would call the Toledo Better Business Bureau and let them know so they can put out an alert if there are many other reports.

Also notify your phone carrier.

posted by shamrock44 on Feb 11, 2014 at 01:28:25 pm     #  

You should change your name.

posted by justread on Feb 11, 2014 at 02:06:25 pm     #   6 people liked this

justread posted at 01:06:25 PM on Feb 11, 2014:

You should change your name.

JustRead is right. Ever since I changed my name, things have really quieted down. People stopped calling, the number of past due notices dwindled away to nothing and the funny fellow parked outside the house has found someone else to stalk.

Moving might have helped as well, and I don't think the death notice hurt anything. I mean, you can't be too careful about this kind of thing. Right McCaskey?

posted by madjack on Feb 11, 2014 at 02:19:41 pm     #   1 person liked this

Disguises are generally very successful shedding unwanted attention. Maybe an Afro and a pencil thin mustache.

posted by a_fan on Feb 11, 2014 at 02:30:24 pm     #   1 person liked this

Did you really yell into the phone?

posted by slowsol on Feb 11, 2014 at 02:30:37 pm     #   6 people liked this

LOL @ justread

posted by shamrock44 on Feb 11, 2014 at 02:55:37 pm     #  

slowsol posted at 01:30:37 PM on Feb 11, 2014:

Did you really yell into the phone?

India is a long way.

I know that I can never get through a call to Dell without yelling.

posted by justread on Feb 11, 2014 at 03:34:24 pm     #   1 person liked this

I don't think the death notice hurt anything

I was sorry to read that. You'll be missed.

posted by justread on Feb 11, 2014 at 03:35:30 pm     #   4 people liked this

Is yelling into the phone THAT unusual?

posted by gamegrrl on Feb 11, 2014 at 03:55:34 pm     #  

gamegrrl posted at 02:55:34 PM on Feb 11, 2014:

Is yelling into the phone THAT unusual?

No. When I am annoyed and get a telemarketer, I am known to growl the following: "Get off my phone."

When I am really in a foul mood, and the telemarketer is especially rude in efforts to disrupt my train of thought, I am known to say this: "Get the f**k off my g*d*mn phone."

Once I did this and the telemarketer called right back and said "Dude, you don't have to be a dick about it," and then he hung up.

I was pwned.

posted by historymike on Feb 11, 2014 at 04:01:03 pm     #   1 person liked this

gamegrrl posted at 02:55:34 PM on Feb 11, 2014:

Is yelling into the phone THAT unusual?

Not for lunatics.

posted by slowsol on Feb 11, 2014 at 04:07:33 pm     #   1 person liked this

Well, I'll tell ya... I was attempting to grab a few moments in the middle of my work day to decompress. Picked up my Kindle and thought I would read for fifteen or twenty minutes. The phone rings: Robocall #1. I hang up.

Not three minutes later, the phone rings again: Robocall #2. Same "so and so from card services" crap. I hang up.

Ten minutes later, and the phone rings yet again: "Is this Mr. Gamegrrl? I'm calling about your gas rates... "No thank you", I say. "But did you know...?" "No thank you", I say.

So yeah. When the guy didn't take the opportunity to STFU and simply say "Ok. Thanks. Goodbye." I guess I snapped a bit. I yelled. I said "What part of NO THANK YOU do you NOT understand? No. Thank. You."

And I hung up.

And I don't feel like a lunatic.

My number is unlisted. I am on the (laughable) "Do not call" list. I am even on the paper junkmail "Do not send" list. I don't want your gas rates, your insulin delivered to my door, your abfab credit card rates (I don't carry a balance), your ductwork cleaning, Police ball tickets or ANYTHING. If I should find myself needing any of that, I will call YOU.

Wasting my time and destroying my peace and quiet, especially when I have so little of both, makes me irate. When I am irate, I get grumbly. If I'm made to get grumbly TOO often... Well, I've been known to yell.

And don't get me started on door-to-door people.

posted by gamegrrl on Feb 11, 2014 at 04:28:30 pm     #   5 people liked this

Pulled the canister air horn off the boat. They don't call back and the neighbors three doors down now recognize that am a serious individual.

posted by Mariner on Feb 11, 2014 at 04:34:28 pm     #  

Mariner posted at 03:34:28 PM on Feb 11, 2014:

Pulled the canister air horn off the boat. They don't call back and the neighbors three doors down now recognize that am a serious individual.

And they won't accidentally run into your house in the fog.

posted by justread on Feb 11, 2014 at 05:08:56 pm     #   5 people liked this

Get registered on the NATIONAL DO NOT CALL LIST (888-382-1222). It takes 31 days to get on it but supposedly it blocks scammer calls for 5 years. If you want to report a scam attempt, they have a website online:
https://complaints.donotcall.gov

posted by flinty on Feb 11, 2014 at 05:14:06 pm     #  

The "Do Not Call List" has done nothing for me. I have filed official complaints three times, logged calls, the whole shebang.

posted by gamegrrl on Feb 11, 2014 at 05:26:32 pm     #   1 person liked this

GIVE MY BACK MY SON!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted by slowsol on Feb 11, 2014 at 05:36:15 pm     #  

YOUR NAME IS NOT PEGGY!!!!!!

posted by justread on Feb 11, 2014 at 05:38:37 pm     #   1 person liked this

Telezapper, connects and sends the error signal for a wrong or out of service number.

posted by MIJeff on Feb 11, 2014 at 05:46:57 pm     #  

I have to say that if the Feds can track down that guy that's hiding in Russia, I believe the Feds can track down the credit card callers. Then...................... Maybe it's really Uncle Fed checking on us.....

You never know.

posted by rch101 on Feb 11, 2014 at 06:05:34 pm     #  

shamrock44 posted at 01:55:37 PM on Feb 11, 2014:

LOL @ justread

Every once in a while I get lucky. :D

Blind squirrel and all that. :)

posted by justread on Feb 11, 2014 at 06:36:26 pm     #   1 person liked this

Somewhere out there someone is waiting for the prize they won by being the fifth caller on SCAM 71.1 Fm radio.

posted by SherryET on Feb 11, 2014 at 06:49:20 pm     #  

On my personal cell, I don't answer the call if I don't recognize the phone number. If it's really for me, they'll leave a message. Though sometimes I'm expecting a call in the car and I press "answer" instead of taking my eyes off the road. When it's an unsolicited sales call, I get really testy, too. Home phone is a different story: I just don't pick up at all until I hear a friendly voice starting to leave a message. In spite of being on do-not-call lists and keeping a low profile in general, about 25% of our incoming calls are of the illegal sales variety. And a few charities.

posted by viola on Feb 11, 2014 at 08:02:59 pm     #   1 person liked this

The caller # shows up on my TV with Buckeye. I can ignore or have fun with the unsolicited caller. Mrs Hoops just shakes her head as I order windows and then let them know I just declared bankruptcy....or how I can't wait to do business with someone I do not know. Or I let them know I cannot talk because I am waiting on a call from Jake @ State Farm....by the way, he sounds hideous

posted by Hoops on Feb 11, 2014 at 10:30:32 pm     #   1 person liked this

Here's a tip:

If they claim they are a Nigerian prince, and that they need some money from you to get their inheritance, which they will then split with you, don't fall for it! Every time I send those dudes money I never hear back from them...

posted by taliesin52 on Feb 12, 2014 at 03:05:35 am     #   1 person liked this

Was a time when I was trying to be charitable with phone solicitation thinking the caller might just be in a chair with wheels and that's the only job they could be doing at that time. If that's the case the caller has my sympathy but that's all. That is my phone number and my phone not to used as they see fit. Proprietary rules. American business then "outsourced" tech, finance and other services abroad for cost savings forcing consumers to deal with difficult language and social customs barriers. The issues more often than not dealt with real money, honey and caused a great deal of frustration to the American consumer. They were shortsighted. I will never, ever, ever conduct a transaction with Dell financial again. They have good products but treating the aftermarket customer with substandard assistance is inexcusable. One more customer lost lifelong. If it's the best product I will certainly purchase but not with their financial arm. Since we have all had to deal with so many businessmen from Bombay I have to assume they are immune from US federal Do Not Call procedure. Since the implementation of that restriction I have to admit there has been some relief from insurance, home siding, lawn care, alarm, local companies. Like so many facets of American life today business became too aggressive and then suffers the resultant blow back. If I want you, I will call you.

posted by Mariner on Feb 12, 2014 at 07:10:47 am     #   1 person liked this

flinty posted at 04:14:06 PM on Feb 11, 2014:

Get registered on the NATIONAL DO NOT CALL LIST (888-382-1222). It takes 31 days to get on it but supposedly it blocks scammer calls for 5 years. If you want to report a scam attempt, they have a website online:
https://complaints.donotcall.gov

It worked quite well for a while. But, over the last few years, it has become a joke. I happened to be home the last couple of days and could not believe the amount of robo calls I received. Yes, I see them daily on my caller ID list - only the political callers leave messages - sometimes - but got to find out first hand that we may as well not have the DNC law at all.

And, have you noticed how the political calls can sneak through without even triggering your caller ID?

I like the air horn suggested earlier. I think I'll look into one of those.

posted by Foodie on Feb 12, 2014 at 10:02:23 am     #  

The robocalls that I particularly hate are the ones where they pretend to be live, including shuffling of papers and... Well, they just act like they're talking to you live.

Then you say "excuse me" repeatedly until you realize it's a recording.

Bastards. Seriously.

posted by gamegrrl on Feb 12, 2014 at 10:04:57 am     #  

http://www.scambusters.org/ScamBusters9.html <-- check this out.

posted by endcycle on Feb 12, 2014 at 10:23:06 am     #  

I usually just set the phone down and wait for the beep-beep-beep, if you'dl ike to make a phone call please hand up and dial recording. This applies to both live callers (usually reading a script) and recorded calls. I hope this slows down them down before calling the next number on their lists. It probably doesn't. But at least the caller will get a busy signal if he auto-redials.

posted by JnJ on Feb 12, 2014 at 10:24:55 am     #  

The telezapper works on most of those robocalls, not sure its even made anymore though, am using my brothers, stopped using it for a while because it was knocking off the wanted robocalls from pharmacy company or doctors office, now the other ones have started increasing as well, might be time to hook it up again.

posted by MIJeff on Feb 12, 2014 at 11:16:55 am     #  

Yeah, I grabbed a zapper at a garage sale and haven't had to use it yet. According to reviews on amazon, it was the best product for the purpose and is no longer being made. Telezapper by Privacy Technologies.

posted by viola on Feb 12, 2014 at 03:29:13 pm     #  

justread posted at 02:35:30 PM on Feb 11, 2014:

I don't think the death notice hurt anything

I was sorry to read that. You'll be missed.

Thank you, JustRead. I'll miss me too.

posted by madjack on Feb 12, 2014 at 03:50:59 pm     #  

Ring Ring
I note that the number is unfamiliar to me.
Mad Jack: Good evening, this is Mr. Racham's residence.
Female Caller: Hi! Is this Jack Racham?
MJ: No, this is Allister Monday. I'm Mister Racham's private secretary.
FC: Oh. Well, I need to speak to Jack Racham. Is he there?
MJ: May I inquire as to the nature of your business?
FC: Well... I represent the Friends of Box Jellyfish. We're a non-profit organization and we're trying to save the box jellyfish from extinction. Could you help us out with a donation?
MJ: Thank you, no.
FC: Oh but the box jellyfish is close to extinction and we can't get Congress to put it on the endangered species list. Surely you wouldn't want to see this beautiful creature become extinct?
MJ: Mister Racham supports charities for homeless animals, battered women and vodka research. He would not be interested in supporting any other charities.
FC: What?
MJ: I reiterate, Mister Racham supports charities for homeless animals, battered women and vodka research. He would not be interested in supporting any other charities.
FC: Vodka research?
MJ: Yes.
silence
FC: Would you like to give us something?
MJ: Certainly not. Will there be anything else?
FC: No. Good-bye.

Ring Ring
I note that the number is unfamiliar to me.
I turn the TV up and switch the stereo on, setting it to play Pasties and a G-String by Tom Waits (album: Small Change, has Elvira on the cover).
Mad Jack: Yeah?
Female Caller: Hi! Is this Jack Racham?
MJ: What?
FC: Is this Mister Jack Racham?
MJ: Whattaya want?
FC: Hi! This is Patty and I'm calling about the charity for the blind and deaf undocumented immigrants from Sleezystan. We're working hard -
MJ: What?
FC: Hi! This is Patty and I'm calling about -
MJ: Look, you hafta speak up. I can't hear you.
FC, notably louder: Hi! This is Patty and I'm calling about the charity -
MJ: Hey, hold on a minute will ya?
MJ, holding the phone away from me.
MJ: Jean, fer chrissakes will you turn that goddamn TV down? (inaudible feminine reply)
MJ: What, I come home, we only got one beer left and you let the kids turn on a mad house? What the fuck? (inaudible feminine reply)
MJ: Whattaya mean, your sister's comin' over? (inaudible feminine reply)
MJ: Since when? (inaudible feminine reply)
MJ: Hey, I ain't takin' her out. (inaudible feminine reply)
MJ: Look, just turn the goddamn tv down, willya?
MJ, into phone: Hang on just a sec. (Louder) Jeanie, fer crissakes, is it too much to ask? I bust my fuckin' hump all day, I come home, the place is a wreck and you got your fat ass welded to the couch. What the flyin' fuck izzus shit?
MJ: Okay, go ahead.
FC: If this is a bad time, I can call back later.
MJ: Naw, naw this is okay. (louder) Okay, here's ten. Now go out and get us some beer. Sorry 'bout that. Now what is it?
FC: I have to go now. Good bye!

Ring Ring
I note that the number is unfamiliar to me.
Mad Jack: Jack Racham's residence.
Female Caller: Hi! Is this Jack Racham?
MJ: No. No, this is his brother, Phil.
FC: Is Mister Racham there?
MJ: Not hardly. Jack Racham is dead.
FC: Oh! Oh, I'm so sorry. I didn't know.
MJ: Oh, don't worry about it. Tell you the truth, I'm glad he's gone.
FC: What?
MJ: I'm glad he's gone. He was always tearing around and causing trouble, writing rubber checks and doing a bunch of funny things around town. He drank like a fish. A thirsty fish.
FC: Ah...
MJ: We plant him tomorrow. I offered to cut the ropes to the coffin, but they won't let me. Damn 'em all to hell.
FC: Well, I'm sorry for your loss. Good bye!

And that's how you handle phone solicitors. Getting pissed off, which I still do from time to time, only lets them rent space in your head. This way I get to enjoy myself a little and they have a new story to tell.

I've also done the 'lonely old man' bit. Wife died six years back, the kids never call, no one cares... all I have left is the dog and the bottle.

The demented child bit can be very entertaining, but you have to get the voice just right. Mine tends to get into a falsetto range and the tone blows the whole bit, but if you can do a kid of six or so, you can have a lot of fun. Mommy and Daddy aren't home, I'm all by myself, etc.

posted by madjack on Feb 12, 2014 at 04:05:20 pm     #   3 people liked this

I still liked the bit where they played the part of homicide detective wondering how the caller knew the deceased.

posted by MIJeff on Feb 12, 2014 at 04:52:19 pm     #  

And that's how you handle phone solicitors. Getting pissed off, which I still do from time to time, only lets them rent space in your head. This way I get to enjoy myself a little and they have a new story to tell.

That post is definitely a keeper! Tell Jeanie "Hi," for me.

posted by paulhem on Feb 12, 2014 at 06:07:55 pm     #   1 person liked this

If you want to hear some classic recordings of someone actually handling these calls look for Tom Mabe's clips on youtube - they are hilarious!

Here's a link to the call MlJeff was talking about in the earlier post - it's classic!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7OgWcwgB50&list=PL4A6AABB13C70A1C7

posted by shamrock44 on Feb 12, 2014 at 06:35:14 pm     #  

This one is even better!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhSKQ_Hq-V0

posted by shamrock44 on Feb 12, 2014 at 06:37:01 pm     #  

And finally:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLnQXmkR3dI

posted by shamrock44 on Feb 12, 2014 at 06:40:01 pm     #