Number Of Robocalls Is Up

fmdog44

Well-known Member
Location
Houston, Texas
Americans received 4.6 billion robocalls in February up 15% from January according to YouMail, a robocall prevention service.
 

Elsie

Member
I stopped answering my phone because of robocalls, unless the phone rings on a day, or a couple, that someone I know will be phoning me to let me know some info for which I've been waiting.
 
Here's something weird: we were out of state for a week. Instead of the daily or twice-daily or sometimes thrice-daily robocall on my cellphone "your auto warranty has expired", I didn't get a single call. Not ONE! Now that we're back, I'm getting them again.

Could they tell I was out of town? If so, that's scary.....
 

Jules

Senior Member
Location
N of 49
Could they tell I was out of town? If so, that's scary.....

It makes you wonder sometimes.

Our cell phones don’t ring very often. As soon as we’re travelling more than 25 km, we’ll start getting calls.

We don’t use data provided by stores.
 

Don M.

Well-known Member
Location
central Missouri
We've pretty much quit answering the phone, unless its a number we recognize. Seldom do any of these caller leave a message....however, in the past couple of days we've had a dozen calls leaving a message that our Amazon account has a fraudulent charge of over $700 from a person in Dayton, Ohio....and the caller ID shows a local phone number. We don't have an Amazon account, and probably never will. Even though I block these calls, each new call shows a different local phone number. There must be a lot of gullible people out there who respond to these calls, such that these hackers continue to make gobs of money.
 

Bonnie

SF VIP
Location
TX
Here's something weird: we were out of state for a week. Instead of the daily or twice-daily or sometimes thrice-daily robocall on my cellphone "your auto warranty has expired", I didn't get a single call. Not ONE! Now that we're back, I'm getting them again.

Could they tell I was out of town? If so, that's scary.....

Something in the airwaves in the immediate area makes for activity ? .... my weirdness is that while at home, I don't get those random calls, hardly ever.
But every time I am out shopping, I can bet on a call or two like that coming thru my cellphone. I don't answer.

Also if I'm on a call at home, and the call lasts a while, when I hang up I sometimes get a strange call almost immediately.
I don't answer.
 

Bonnie

SF VIP
Location
TX
We've pretty much quit answering the phone, unless its a number we recognize. Seldom do any of these caller leave a message....however, in the past couple of days we've had a dozen calls leaving a message that our Amazon account has a fraudulent charge of over $700 from a person in Dayton, Ohio....and the caller ID shows a local phone number. We don't have an Amazon account, and probably never will. Even though I block these calls, each new call shows a different local phone number. There must be a lot of gullible people out there who respond to these calls, such that these hackers continue to make gobs of money.
Those "local numbers" are probably calls coming from Nigeria.
 
Now that we don't answer the phone they're texting the messages now. *Rolls eyes* I had to put 2 in call rejection within 30 min of each other.
Wanna hear something funny?

So people who know me know that I don't possess a smart phone. So my boss sent a mass text to all of us about some numbers on our employee cards cuz we're having trouble with the temp kiosks (big surprise).

Well...it turns out every time someone responded it resent the text from their number to me. So every few minutes I receive the same text from a different number. I'm old...I don't know jack about cell phones and this texting business so I start getting upset and texting back that I'm gonna call the cops if they don't knock it off. I called the office at work and the supervisor happened to hear part of the ph convo and then some of the kids wandered in saying they were getting messages from someone saying they were gonna call the cops.

That would be me. LOL! So as I'm getting ready to email the supervisor she calls. So rather than sit here for 30 or 40 more texts...I turned my phone off for the night. What a pain!
 

Jules

Senior Member
Location
N of 49
Marci, do you have to pay a charge for text messages? I sure hope not. Most people don’t any more, but some older style phones still have that.

Just realized that the other employees must have done a “Reply All”.
 

Robert59

Senior Member
I've got 17 robocalls today trying to sell me health insurance which they can't because of my bad history of medical problems. UMR told me at one time if I ever dropped them I will never find another insurance company.
 


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