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McPhock
Dec 25, 2004
hat-wearing champion of rhode island

I loving hate robocalls as much as the next guy, but I do kinda miss the "HOOOOOOOOOOONK this is your captain speaking" shenanigans about winning a free cruise. Made me laugh every time

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Lutha Mahtin
Oct 10, 2010

Your brokebrain sin is absolved...go and shitpost no more!


omg dat airhorn

PT6A
Jan 5, 2006
I am an autistic asshole that is incapable of understanding anything that isn't face value. Please consider my disability when reading my posts.

McPhock posted:

I loving hate robocalls as much as the next guy, but I do kinda miss the "HOOOOOOOOOOONK this is your captain speaking" shenanigans about winning a free cruise. Made me laugh every time

Wait, that wasn't just a Canadian thing?

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

PT6A posted:

Wait, that wasn't just a Canadian thing?

lol no

504
Feb 2, 2016

by R. Guyovich


D.N. Nation posted:

My go-to is to ask if whatever scam they're pushing is certified by BOFA.

I always just handed the phone to one of my two year old daughters, they were in the never shuts up loves the phone stage.

Ganson
Jul 13, 2007
I know where the electrical tape is!

PT6A posted:

What they've done here is make sports channels available individually, as they're now required to do, but they're so expensive that you might as well just pay another $2/month and get the full package with some other poo poo.

I have a bigger issue with the fact that I need to buy two separate packages to get CBC Newsworld and BBC World at the same time from my current provider, yet somehow I have Fox News for free. gently caress that poo poo.

One nice thing about 'the sport' around where I am being hockey is that most Penguins games are streamed online for free (legit free, not dodgy free). I don't really follow myself but it's a good excuse to throw a party. Commercial breaks are just dead air for a few minutes but that's a plus to me instead of a drawback.

Red Oktober
May 24, 2006

wiggly eyes!





PT6A posted:

Wait, that wasn't just a Canadian thing?

I've had them in the UK too - and I know they're a thing in the states.

Old Binsby
Jun 27, 2014



I couldn't really sympathize with earlier posts about cold calls for sales/scams/pyramid schemes until people mentioned getting them multiple times per day :aaa: Yeah, then it makes sense to stop answering all calls because wtf

Still think it's weird how regional the phenomenon is though, my phone has a SIM of my own and one from the office. The office one gets filled out to a lot of companies, a lot of people have it and it rotated between several different people before I got it but I get actual Phone Calls so rarely that I usually don't even recognize the ring tone the first few seconds (everyone IMs/VoIPs through various services). I figured maybe do-not-call registries worked really well because of ~~EU regulations~~ or something but the UK has them as well? The lovely TrueCaller dialer that came preinstalled on my android phone is starting to make sense now

Old Binsby fucked around with this message at 23:21 on Jun 28, 2017

Haifisch
Nov 12, 2010

Objection! I object! That was... objectionable!



Taco Defender

Old Binsby posted:

I couldn't really sympathize with earlier posts about cold calls for sales/scams/pyramid schemes until people mentioned getting them multiple times per day :aaa: Yeah, then it makes sense to stop answering all calls because wtf
Even if you only get one a week or so, how often is an unknown-to-you number going to be anything important? If it actually is important, they'll leave a message.

Sometimes I swear these threads get posts from a bizarro dimension where random people knock on your door to give you good things, 90% of people who approach you on the street aren't trying to get your money, and you make friends by answering mystery phone calls. At least that's the only way I can explain the occassional "lol what kind of antisocial goon doesn't open the door for randos/answer unknown numbers/engage with everyone on the street" posts.

Old Binsby posted:

Still think it's weird how regional the phenomenon is though, my phone has a SIM of my own and one from the office. The office one gets filled out to a lot of companies, a lot of people have it and it rotated between several different people before I got it but I get actual Phone Calls so rarely that I usually don't even recognize the ring tone the first few seconds (everyone IMs/VoIPs through various services). I figured maybe do-not-call registries worked really well because of ~~EU regulations~~ or something but the UK has them as well? The lovely TrueCaller dialer that came preinstalled on my android phone is starting to make sense now
I'm from America and number spoofing is loving rampant here. It's basically impossible to get it properly shut down because the telemarketers/scammers just move on to a new spoofed number.

The only silver lining is that if you have a cell phone & moved away from its original area code, it's hilariously easy to spot spoofed calls since most of them will be from that area code. I'll get 3-5 calls per week I can instantly ignore since they're from the bumfuck Wisconsin area code I haven't lived in for years.

Midjack
Dec 24, 2007





504 posted:

I always just handed the phone to one of my two year old daughters, they were in the never shuts up loves the phone stage.

Everyone wins in this situation.

bongwizzard
May 19, 2005

Then one day I meet a man,
He came to me and said,
"Hard work good and hard work fine,
but first take care of head"

Grimey Drawer

I have had the same cell phone number since 1998 and I get maybe one or two random sales calls a year in english, maybe 5-6 in spanish.

I am just not popular?

goatsestretchgoals
Jun 4, 2011

in soviet russia, you shove robot

Haifisch posted:

Even if you only get one a week or so, how often is an unknown-to-you number going to be anything important? If it actually is important, they'll leave a message.

Sometimes I swear these threads get posts from a bizarro dimension where random people knock on your door to give you good things, 90% of people who approach you on the street aren't trying to get your money, and you make friends by answering mystery phone calls. At least that's the only way I can explain the occassional "lol what kind of antisocial goon doesn't open the door for randos/answer unknown numbers/engage with everyone on the street" posts.

I've given my personal cell out at work, so I answer unrecognized numbers with a professional-sounding 'Hi this is <first name>' but I'll immediately hang up for anything other than a legit call.

Also regarding your spoofing comment, the exception to the above is if I get a call from <first 6 digits of my number>-<random last 4>, those are always spoofers and they can talk to my voicemail.

Don Gato
Apr 28, 2013

Actually a bipedal cat.

Grimey Drawer

I didnt get telemarketers calling me until I enlisted, then everyone and their mother wanted to sell me health insurance and life insurance for some reason. Not sure what the logic was, they weren't even good plans unless I was planning on some insurance fraud or something.

ToxicSlurpee
Nov 5, 2003

-=SEND HELP=-




Pillbug

Don Gato posted:

I didnt get telemarketers calling me until I enlisted, then everyone and their mother wanted to sell me health insurance and life insurance for some reason. Not sure what the logic was, they weren't even good plans unless I was planning on some insurance fraud or something.

Enlisted people tend to be young and stupid. The military likes to target the gently caress out of high school students to get them to enlist right after graduating. We're all morons at that age and a hell of a lot of people that join up don't do more than a single stint. A lot of them also go in for one stint just for the college money so I imagine they figure there's a lot of marks that just don't know any better and they're guaranteed to have a steady paycheck because they're, you know, enlisted.

madeintaipei
Jul 13, 2012



E: ^^^ Yeah, that.

Don Gato posted:

I didnt get telemarketers calling me until I enlisted, then everyone and their mother wanted to sell me health insurance and life insurance for some reason. Not sure what the logic was, they weren't even good plans unless I was planning on some insurance fraud or something.

Lincoln Heritage ring a bell? They seem to like preying on soldiers (I have not been in the military, btw). Mlm scam, they try to sell you on selling insurance. I've had two run-ins with their rear end. One fellow I drank with (former army, served with Lynndie England if you believe the story) got me to meet him and his "colleague" at Barnes and Noble to talk about life insurance. Two minutes trying to sell insurance, ten more trying to recruit me. Dude started shaking about half way through, apologized after, never saw him again. Another idiot tried to run the whole, "wouldn't you like to work for yourself", spiel while I was servicing an account. Went all hand-dog after I asked if he sold insurance for Lincoln, and mentioned that my customer might not like soliciting in their building (a large supermarket). Guy said this was his part time gig outside of the air force (and going swimmingly, of course). I got the insurance fraud vibe, too.

Depressio111117
Oct 18, 2014

A whole world of imagination beyond the oompah band.

I got kind of a funny robocall the other day (I work with a lot of freelancers so it's not unusual for me to get calls from numbers I don't recognize). Area code from my home state, which is not in the South, but when I answered, someone with the thickest Southern accent I've ever heard says, "Hello, is Gerald there?"

I tell this person he must have the wrong number and he says, "Oh, well maybe you can help me -" and then he launches into a spiel about a police charity or something.

I figured out it was a robot relatively quickly, I just thought it was amusing they decided to give him a Foghorn Leghorn-style accent.

Thanatosian
Apr 16, 2013

Angrier, Bitterer Man


Grimey Drawer

I answer numbers I don't recognize because I like to answer political polling, so local politicians think my far-left opinions are representative of their constituents.

goatsestretchgoals
Jun 4, 2011

in soviet russia, you shove robot

Don Gato posted:

I didnt get telemarketers calling me until I enlisted, then everyone and their mother wanted to sell me health insurance and life insurance for some reason. Not sure what the logic was, they weren't even good plans unless I was planning on some insurance fraud or something.

Thank you for your service, I am proud to offer you a 10 year old Camaro with nothing down and only 30% interest. Because we love America.

504
Feb 2, 2016

by R. Guyovich


goatsestretchgoals posted:

Thank you for your service, I am proud to offer you a 10 year old Camaro with nothing down and only 30% interest. Because we love America.

and because you accidentally put 15k instead of 10k on the loan form you're going to give me the 5k difference in cash?!

BARGAIN!

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

Depressio111117 posted:

I got kind of a funny robocall the other day (I work with a lot of freelancers so it's not unusual for me to get calls from numbers I don't recognize). Area code from my home state, which is not in the South, but when I answered, someone with the thickest Southern accent I've ever heard says, "Hello, is Gerald there?"

I tell this person he must have the wrong number and he says, "Oh, well maybe you can help me -" and then he launches into a spiel about a police charity or something.

I just happened to be holding my phone when thise calls came in, I got two last week. One was a shady sounding vaguely 'help the veterans' thing, the other one I told I never conduct transactions over the phone before they could get going. Both asked for my father's name, and then immediately switched into 'well, maybe you can help me'.

Yes, yes I can. I can save you time by telling you to stop calling me. My dad has money, go bother him.

It was a real person, though.

CommieGIR
Aug 22, 2006

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Pillbug

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOs_SjPGPNs

madeintaipei
Jul 13, 2012




Now I know the Hindi word for motherfucker!

Don Gato
Apr 28, 2013

Actually a bipedal cat.

Grimey Drawer

goatsestretchgoals posted:

Thank you for your service, I am proud to offer you a 10 year old Camaro with nothing down and only 30% interest. Because we love America.

Don't get me started on how horrible buying a car was. I just want 4 wheels and enough space to hold app my crap because I'm driving from Monterey to Texas, I'm paying in cash and there is literally nothing you can say or do that would change my mind. Then I see all the guys fresh out of basic with Camaros and Mustangs that even charitably cant be called cars since they spend more time in the shop than on the road, and find out the owners have to pay a month's paycheck to keep up payments because "The interest rate is so low!" :downs: and I know why they were pushing upgrade options so hard.

Like half the stories in the GiP idiot thread have to do with cars for a reason.

Midjack
Dec 24, 2007





Thanatosian posted:

I answer numbers I don't recognize because I like to answer political polling, so local politicians think my far-left opinions are representative of their constituents.

I used to do that until the polls all became 50 questions long. Now I don't even bother.

Professor Shark
May 22, 2012




Don Gato posted:

Don't get me started on how horrible buying a car was. I just want 4 wheels and enough space to hold app my crap because I'm driving from Monterey to Texas, I'm paying in cash and there is literally nothing you can say or do that would change my mind. Then I see all the guys fresh out of basic with Camaros and Mustangs that even charitably cant be called cars since they spend more time in the shop than on the road, and find out the owners have to pay a month's paycheck to keep up payments because "The interest rate is so low!" :downs: and I know why they were pushing upgrade options so hard.

Like half the stories in the GiP idiot thread have to do with cars for a reason.

Buying a car is always a horrible experience and most car salespeople I've encountered are basically con artists

504
Feb 2, 2016

by R. Guyovich


When I worked in a psychiatric hospital I became the guy that explained to patients why finance, "deals" and no interest wasn't a good thing, it was always a full scale seminar making them understand that the people trying to sell them things were not doing it to help them out.

On the plus side I got a good education on finding the hidden costs and translating the carefully written small print.

CommieGIR
Aug 22, 2006

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Pillbug

Don Gato posted:

Don't get me started on how horrible buying a car was. I just want 4 wheels and enough space to hold app my crap because I'm driving from Monterey to Texas, I'm paying in cash and there is literally nothing you can say or do that would change my mind. Then I see all the guys fresh out of basic with Camaros and Mustangs that even charitably cant be called cars since they spend more time in the shop than on the road, and find out the owners have to pay a month's paycheck to keep up payments because "The interest rate is so low!" :downs: and I know why they were pushing upgrade options so hard.

Like half the stories in the GiP idiot thread have to do with cars for a reason.

Pretty much any car lot within 5-10 miles of a military base is a scam or a ripoff.

Cyrano4747
Sep 25, 2006

Behind every great engineer is someone just hoping the "genius" doesn't bankrupt everyone.



CommieGIR posted:

Pretty much any car lot is a scam or a ripoff.

fixed that for you.

Space Gopher
Jul 31, 2006

BLITHERING IDIOT AND HARDCORE DURIAN APOLOGIST. LET ME TELL YOU WHY THIS SHIT DON'T STINK EVEN THOUGH WE ALL KNOW IT DOES BECAUSE I'M SUPER CULTURED.


Cyrano4747 posted:

fixed that for you.

Games of chance are all ripoffs too, but there's a difference between a Vegas casino and a mob numbers game.

CommieGIR
Aug 22, 2006

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Pillbug

Cyrano4747 posted:

fixed that for you.

Oh sure, yes, but they take it to a whole new level near military bases.

Realize this: Most of the businesses within 10 miles of a military base are:
Scammy Used Car Lots
Check Cashing Places
Title Loans
Pawn Shops

Zamboni Apocalypse
Dec 29, 2009


CommieGIR posted:

Oh sure, yes, but they take it to a whole new level near military bases.

Realize this: Most of the businesses within 10 miles of a military base are:
Scammy Used Car Lots
Check Cashing Places
Title Loans
Pawn Shops

You forgot Strip Clubs.

Space Gopher
Jul 31, 2006

BLITHERING IDIOT AND HARDCORE DURIAN APOLOGIST. LET ME TELL YOU WHY THIS SHIT DON'T STINK EVEN THOUGH WE ALL KNOW IT DOES BECAUSE I'M SUPER CULTURED.


Zamboni Apocalypse posted:

You forgot Strip Clubs.

Not to mention

MightyJoe36
Dec 29, 2013

:minnie: Cat Army :minnie:


CommieGIR posted:

Pretty much any car lot business within 5-10 miles of a military base is a scam or a ripoff.

Midjack
Dec 24, 2007





CommieGIR posted:

Pretty much everything is a scam or a ripoff.

Cyrano4747
Sep 25, 2006

Behind every great engineer is someone just hoping the "genius" doesn't bankrupt everyone.



Did you hear there's a forum that wants $10 to register an account! :monocle: :jerkbag:

Cyrano4747
Sep 25, 2006

Behind every great engineer is someone just hoping the "genius" doesn't bankrupt everyone.



The best part is the moderators are unpaid volunteers. It's scams all the way down!

Tunicate
May 15, 2012





hosed up if true

Depressio111117
Oct 18, 2014

A whole world of imagination beyond the oompah band.

Wellp, joke's on me. Just got a call from two numbers in my home town (which I haven't called in years, but I still have that area code) saying they got calls from my number. Swell.

Do I need to change my number?

Platystemon
Feb 13, 2012

as a person who never leaves my house I have felt covid is the best thing that ever happened to me. But instead of enjoying this, I now spend up to 16 hours a day posting weird fake vaccine news and medical advice on some weird idea I can extend covid and keep pretending I'm a shut in on propose.

Depressio111117 posted:

Wellp, joke's on me. Just got a call from two numbers in my home town (which I haven't called in years, but I still have that area code) saying they got calls from my number. Swell.

Do I need to change my number?

I think they usually spoof one number for a short time, then switch to another.

Donít change it yet.

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Midjack
Dec 24, 2007





Cyrano4747 posted:

Did you hear there's a forum that wants $10 to register an account! :monocle: :jerkbag:

That one wasn't so bad until they pulled the bait and switch with the moderator of the firearms subforum.

Edit:that's a joke, you're a good dude and not why I kind of quit reading there.

Midjack fucked around with this message at 00:11 on Jul 1, 2017

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