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Report Spammers Here Mk 2
Kevlar06
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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 12:09 PM UTC

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Not just the US guys. We are flooded here in Oz too. I have a land line I never use except for work dial in conferences (costs me zip this way). I have given the number to no-one. However when I'm working from home the phone rings 4 times per day. Stupid thing is, I time my lunch break by the call at 12.15 daily... and at night when the phone rings, my wife says it must be our 8.00 pm reminder call....

Now I just unplug the phone line and plug it in when I want to use is....




I'm not sure this makes me feel better....! When the greedy and dishonest start preying on everybody, it makes me distrust everyone. I'd much prefer to see the good in folks. But that cabin in the hills is sure looking better and better!
VR, Russ
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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 11:55 AM UTC

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I am kind of surprised that us Brits have something you do not. Most cold callers will not leave their number and others don't want to speak to the robots that we have to when calling someone. The result no cold calls to me.



I think the US is fair game for lots of phone (and internet) scammers from East Europe, Africa, the Phillipines, India and South Asia because our FCC rules and the way we do business (otherwise called free enterprise, commercial marketing and privacy laws) make it easy to buy up blocks of computerized numbers to call from. 90% of these calls are phishing scams, and a great many of the victims are elderly or just plain gullible, but A few are taken in by what we'd call a "Flim-Fam man" in the "old days"--the promise of a "good deal". Then there's a legitimate 10% that are actual "good cause" calls--fundraising, political, community interest. It used to be just the other way around-- when you got a call, even a recorded one, it was likely something of interest or important. Having lived in Europe for seven years, I never saw the same kind of scams going on there-- because the phone isn't really an advertising sales tool in Europe as it is here. In Europe, as you said, if it's not a real person, nobody wants to hear from them-- the phone is a true two-way communication device. In the States, everything is recorded now days. We are used to waiting, ordering, sending and receiving from "robotized voices". Makes me want to move to a cabin in the hills sometimes. But then I wouldn't have Armorama! (Might get more modeling done though!).
VR, Russ
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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 11:37 AM UTC
Not just the US guys. We are flooded here in Oz too. I have a land line I never use except for work dial in conferences (costs me zip this way). I have given the number to no-one. However when I'm working from home the phone rings 4 times per day. Stupid thing is, I time my lunch break by the call at 12.15 daily... and at night when the phone rings, my wife says it must be our 8.00 pm reminder call....

Now I just unplug the phone line and plug it in when I want to use is....
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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 11:34 AM UTC
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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 11:34 AM UTC
I am kind of surprised that us Brits have something you do not. Most cold callers will not leave their number and others don't want to speak to the robots that we have to when calling someone. The result no cold calls to me.
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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 11:32 AM UTC
Patrick, I'm luckier than you-- I had "Karen" and "Adele" calling from Microsoft in their best sexy computer voice (alternately). I don't get any actual people anymore-- all the calls are recordings. It's less fulfilling telling a computer voice to "fold it five ways and stick it were the sun doesn't shine" than it is an actual caller-- I long for the good old days! But then again, when I see Robin and Darren at work, I feel (a little) vindicated! I guess I've got our two erstwhile "internet guardians" "off 🎯 " now, should let them get back to work.

VR, Russ
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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 11:25 AM UTC
Oh I do love "Steve" from "Microsoft" and all the robodialers from "Centralia", "Boston", "Washington D.C." And I didn't know that our government outsourced the I.R.S. to Mumbai. The last time the "I.R.S." called they said I had mistakes on my 2016 tax return so I owed several thousands of dollars and the cops were in my drive and demanded payment via money transfer and they would call the police and have them leave. I just laughed, told them I haven't had to pay taxes since 2003 and told them to kiss a part of my anatomy that I sit on and hung up. Then for the next 6 hours every 10-15 minutes I was called and threatened with arrest. Called my phone company and they blocked the calls.

And don't worry, I really don't feel guilty just disgusted that this is what the internet is now.

And about a minute after I posted this I got a call from "Centralia" and on a whim I answered it and got a voice from India offering med from a Canadian pharmacy.
Kevlar06
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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 11:01 AM UTC
Darren, let me tell you about my latest experience. I started receiving calls from "myself" last week--they were spoofing my own number. They periodically spoof businesses I deal with in my own area code too. I was getting calls from "myself" every 15 minutes, --day and night-- (which in this country constitutes criminal harassment, but the calls can't be traced). These calls all came from "Microsoft" who claimed my computer had been "compromised" and they were "freezing" my "Microsoft account" (which I don't have by the way). I finally called the phone company and complained. The calls stopped. But every few days I get a phone "spammer" regardless of which phone I'm on. According to the phone company, they are so prevalent in the US now there's nothing that can be done, as most of these "robocalls" originate outside the US with spoofing numbers. I think that's why I like to see you guys nuking them-- I have to get my thrills vicariously these days!
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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 10:00 AM UTC
Russ in the UK I bought a BT phone that will not let a call through unless they disclose who they are. My cold calling and nuisance calls have dropped to zero. I assume something like it must be available in the US.
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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 07:41 AM UTC
You guys are good. I like watching you work. I sure wish you could do something about the "spam" telephone calls I receive. I must not have a life, I sometimes visit this column just to get a chuckle. I know, I should be building models or something, but there's just something satisfying about seeing a bad operator get slapped.😆
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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 04:56 AM UTC
My intent is not to make anyone feel guilty, it was just my thoughts on it.
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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 04:29 AM UTC

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https://armorama.kitmaker.net/user.php?op=userinfo&uname=yv0nne198



Visit my website link went to a website which tries to convince people to invest their IRA in precious metals.
The sign-up IP was located in Cusco, Peru, and not Alabama US as claimed in the user profile.
/ Robin
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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 04:25 AM UTC

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Now I feel guilty.



Don't bother with feeling guilty
I'd say it was more than 75% probability that this was a spammer i.e. a legitimate target.

/ Robin
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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 04:16 AM UTC
Now I feel guilty.
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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 03:35 AM UTC
https://armorama.kitmaker.net/user.php?op=userinfo&uname=yv0nne198
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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 01:55 AM UTC
I did take a look at that one prior to the post here and I felt it offered some element of interest when it came to lighting your model display area. I also felt that as it was in the buy/sell forum and that the account had been done manually that I would leave it be unless they started to spam the site.
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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 01:52 AM UTC
What's that expression: Light'em up ?
That's what I did to that user anyway ...
/ Robin
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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 12:30 AM UTC
https://armorama.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=277432

Have fun.
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Posted: Monday, May 13, 2019 - 10:19 AM UTC

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Sorry Buddy I beat you to it on this occasion.



I don't have any exclusive rights when it comes to spanking spammers

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Posted: Monday, May 13, 2019 - 05:56 AM UTC
Sorry Buddy I beat you to it on this occasion.
RobinNilsson
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Posted: Monday, May 13, 2019 - 04:38 AM UTC
Someone has tanned AliHassans hide as well.
The leather business must be really slow since they need to spam forums like this ...
/ Robin
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Posted: Monday, May 13, 2019 - 12:09 AM UTC
http://armorama.kitmaker.net/user.php?op=userinfo&uname=alihassan12
RobinNilsson
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Posted: Friday, May 10, 2019 - 08:54 PM UTC
The leatherwear-spammer tried to make a comeback, new full name and new callsign but it was the same old IP-nr.
I tanned his hide again
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Posted: Saturday, May 04, 2019 - 09:53 PM UTC
User sent to go make noise somewhere else ....
GaryKato
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Posted: Saturday, May 04, 2019 - 09:38 PM UTC
https://modelshipwrights.kitmaker.net/user.php?op=userinfo&uname=noisemakers