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Old 06 September 2017, 05:53 PM
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It has been illegal since 2009.
Interesting. But apparently only if the intent is to defraud. If you want to anonymously call the cops (or a newspaper) it would be OK to falsify the phone number.
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Old 07 September 2017, 06:15 AM
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One time, I got a call with my own name and number on the caller ID.
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Did you have anything interesting to say?
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Why hasn't this been made into a thriller yet?
I was thinking more sci fi. Your future/alternative world self is trying to tell you something. But are they good or evil?
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Old 07 September 2017, 03:56 PM
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I was thinking more sci fi. Your future/alternative world self is trying to tell you something. But are they good or evil?
Check out the Stephen King short story "Sorry, Right Number".
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Old 07 September 2017, 04:22 PM
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I'd love to know if they really make enough money at this to justify the fines, etc, or if they're working under some marketing urban legend that robocalls are a lucrative practice.
The law only applies to telephone calls made from the US, so many of these spoofers may be except from the law to begin with.

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Interesting. But apparently only if the intent is to defraud. If you want to anonymously call the cops (or a newspaper) it would be OK to falsify the phone number.
Don't know if it has been decided in court, but debt collectors might also be legally spoof their numbers since the law prohibits it if you want to "defraud, cause harm, or wrongfully obtain anything of value".
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Old 08 September 2017, 08:22 AM
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Check out the Stephen King short story "Sorry, Right Number".
Will do. Next time I am at the library.
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Old 08 September 2017, 08:39 AM
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So "falling for" is probably going a bit far when all they want to do is record (g)your voice saying "yes".
I remember back in the late 80s/early 90s there was a similar situation where competing phone companies would call and try to get you to say "yes" to switching to their service, often phrased in a deliberately convoluted way to get the "yes". Once they had the record to the new company confirming that "yes" they wanted the service they would abruptly end the call, force the change, and the user (who often had no idea their service had been switched to another company) wound up with extensive charges. I was a kid at the time, and my parents taught me to answer with "This is Lori, speaking" or "This is the Lastname Residence" instead of "Yes, this is Lori" if someone called and asked my name or asked to confirm my name or the name of the household. I guess the line about there being nothing new under the sun applies to scams, too.
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Old 08 September 2017, 12:58 PM
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I find it surprisingly difficult to get through a conversation without producing any form of "yes". I can avoid that particular word; but an 'OK' or some other affirmative noise is likely to slip out, though as near as I can tell without repurcussions so far.

Most telemarketing/scam calls I just hang up on fairly fast without conversation, of course; but I sometimes get calls from unknown numbers that are potential customers, or potential market vendors, and some of these people start off in a somewhat confusing fashion; so I can't just automatically either refuse unknown numbers or just not engage with the caller if what they're asking isn't immediately clear.
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Old 08 September 2017, 02:04 PM
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I find it surprisingly difficult to get through a conversation without producing any form of "yes". I can avoid that particular word; but an 'OK' or some other affirmative noise is likely to slip out, though as near as I can tell without repurcussions so far.

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So far the robots do not recognize such words as 'uh huh', 'hmmmm' at al. Not sure about 'yeah' or 'yup'. Not sure whether or not the robocalls know Spanish or any other language, so maybe you're safe with 'si' et al.
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Old 08 September 2017, 02:21 PM
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I'm not likely to come out with Spanish by accident, as I've only got a few words of it and don't use them routinely. And if I'm doing it consciously, I can work my way around the issue.

It's a matter of saying 'OK' or 'yeah' as a sort of accidental interjection.
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Will do. Next time I am at the library.
Though now that I think about it, I've spoiled the twist by suggesting it here.
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Old 09 September 2017, 09:52 AM
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Though now that I think about it, I've spoiled the twist by suggesting it here.
Don't worry I am a good twist guesser. Also with my issues at the moment I in all likelihood forget. If I even remember to look for it.
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Old 09 September 2017, 02:03 PM
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Check out the Stephen King short story "Sorry, Right Number".
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Will do. Next time I am at the library.
So I have being doing a bit of on-line searching and apparently it was originally a radio play. It was published in script form in "Nightmares and Dreamscapes"
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Old 11 September 2017, 02:41 AM
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So I have being doing a bit of on-line searching and apparently it was originally a radio play. It was published in script form in "Nightmares and Dreamscapes"
I believe it was an episode of the TV series "Tales From The Darkside". It's not actually that good, I just suggested it because it fit the idea being discussed.
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Old 11 September 2017, 07:18 AM
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I believe it was an episode of the TV series "Tales From The Darkside". It's not actually that good, I just suggested it because it fit the idea being discussed.
No worries, I won't stress to much about finding it.
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Just got an urgent call about my student loans..... I swear I have more blocked numbers than I do legitimate contacts!
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Old 12 September 2017, 06:52 PM
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No, I did not stay at one of your resorts. No, I did not ask someone to call me up to try to sell me back braces. You are a lying batch of bots.
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