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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 167245 views.
Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

5/24/19

Oh .. I forget where you posted about getting spam cell phone calls from your own number but .. just today it happened to me.   I've had FOUR cell phone calls *from my cell phone number TO my cell phone number!*   

For all of my contacts, I have a photo that I have attached as part of the contact information.  I have myself listed in my contacts, along with a picture of myself.  Imagine my surprise when I see the INCOMING call is MY photo!  With MY cell phone number!    I did answer the first call; it was a computer voice from "Microsoft" saying that my IP has been compromised and that I should press "1" to get a new one.   Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.  Whatever should I do????   Yes, I hung up.  And then ignored the 3 subsequent calls.

I called my carrier, ATT, to let them know this had happened.  They said they would open up a trouble ticket but I could be assured that my phone number and account information had not been hacked.  The spammers are simply generating phone numbers to call from.   It's very annoying.

As a matter of general procedure, I do not answer calls from numbers that are not in my contact list.  If you're not in my contact list, I probably don't want to listen to you.  If you know me and you REALLY want to get a hold of me, you probably know my email ... from which I can get your phone number to put into my contact list.  But if the incoming call comes up as an unidentified number, then it's not going to get answered.

bornblesse2

From: bornblesse2

5/24/19

Sigh....this is the third time today I have had to login.  Really?

yea, the phone call  from yourself is really surprising!  And I do the same - I tell my students that also.  If you call me with a question, leave me a message as I almost never answer unknown numbers.  I will call back!

MarciainMD

From: MarciainMD

5/25/19

I wouldn't mind finding your quilt in my mailbox!

Here's an off-topic reply:  try laying strips of chicken wire around the plants right after you put them in the pots.  It helps keep the squirrels away because they don't like digging with the wire in the way.  My problem last year was that one little bugger kept biting the begonia flowers off the plant and dropping them on the deck.rage No begonias this year.  Hopefully the million bells and geraniums won't be as much fun to de-blossom.

LABFIEND

From: LABFIEND

5/25/19

Pirate (PIRATE_SR) said:

  I did answer the first call; it was a computer voice from "Microsoft" saying that my IP has been compromised

I get that also, from my landline (I know, but I still have a landline cause it is an "our" number), the call is coming from my number to my number.  From Microsoft, I always hang up, but it is so irritating.  Also, once I got a robocall speaking chinese  Use to I didn't get many calls on my cell, but I am getting more and more.  The other day I got message from an unknown number asking if i still worked at the hospital, I deleted it, but later the number called and turned out it was an old firnd that wasn't in my contact list, his son was at the hospital with his wife having a baby.  So I added him tomy contacts!  Now I need to make a boy baby quilt-LOL!

MarciainMD

From: MarciainMD

5/25/19

Here is a photo of the baby quilt I made at the beginning of the year for the new grandson of long-time friends.  All the fabric came from my stash!

Mishii

From: Mishii

5/25/19

Pirate (PIRATE_SR) said:

But if the incoming call comes up as an unidentified number, then it's not going to get answered.

I answer all calls.  Some of it is I have to as I use my cell phone as my work phone.  Some of it is for enjoyment.  I even answer the AT&T Suspected Spammer calls.  I say hello so if it is a computer generated spam, it will start the call.  Then I set my phone down.  It usually only takes them 30-45 seconds to hang up, but maybe I made them miss making one other spam call.

When it is a real person calling about my back taxes or overdue student loans, I prefer to start out with OMG!  THAT SOUNDS SERIOUS!  WHAT DO I DO??  Then I set the phone down and carry on about my business.  

It's the little things in life.

Mishii said:

When it is a real person calling about my back taxes or overdue student loans, I prefer to start out with OMG!  THAT SOUNDS SERIOUS!  WHAT DO I DO??  Then I set the phone down and carry on about my business.  

My grandson loves those calls! He will order hamburgers, French fries, etc. or talk about his day, make up crazy things.  His Dad taught him well, lol.

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

5/25/19

My DH's uncle used to enjoy carrying on with those callers, pretending he knew the person. "You say you are Jennifer?  Jennifer, how are you?  How's your uncle? Is he still in the hospital after that horrible wreck ? "  Uncle Bill would go on and on and on and eventually the caller who was trying to sell him new windows or whatever would hang up in disgust.

Marcia I love your quilt! That one is so fun and cheerful. Love the whirleygigs!

Mishii said:

It usually only takes them 30-45 seconds to hang up, but maybe I made them miss making one other spam call.

OOOOH I like that idea! Might start doing that.

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