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Thread: Careful-new Medicare Scam

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    Super Member Pollytink's Avatar
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    Careful-new Medicare Scam

    I just got a call in which a man with heavy accent said they were sending a new Medicare card (sure they were!) and needed some info....asked first to verify my zip code. I told him I wasn't giving him any information unless I could verify who and from where he was calling. He hung up! It was the second call today from that number...didn't pick up the first one. The number on caller i.d. said:
    Texas call, 1-409-574-1214. Called it back and got msg, "call cannot be completed as dialed". Big surprise!

    I'm sure most here would know not to give them any info but just in case.....!

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    Letting the answering machine pick up is the best way to handle these kind of calls.
    Another Phyllis
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    Thank you so much for the information!
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    don't you just love telemarketers?!!! they just change their number and call you again. ask me how I know....I started complaining on the Do Not Call list every day and the calls have actually slowed down. finally!! I was beginning to be rude and that's just not me.

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    I say "not interested, thank you"...: ONCE....then, I hang up rather loudly...
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    Sometimes for fun I keep them on the line for a while just rambling and waste their time. Love to do that. It is a great form of revenge. Just repeat their questions and ask them to explain.

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    I ask them to hold on for a second, put the phone on mute and lay it down and walk off. After a while they will get tired of waiting and hang up.
    Sharyl

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    Turn it around and start asking dumb questions...they get so frustrated that it's worth the frustration of the call!

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    Register on the Do Not Call list then if you have caller ID you can report the time and the number.. If I do answer, which I usually don't I ask the name of the co. Seems I have gotten less since I started reporting them... Also be sure to register your cell phone.

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    next time you see that number on your caller ID blow a whistle in their ear, they won't bother you again

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    The first thing I ask them "do you want my bank account number"? Sorry I don't have one !!!!!!!!

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    I never give out personal information. I did give out a referral to one of the callers though and the name I gave was a bar number downtown (real dive). The name to ask for was John Bidet. LOL.

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    Hate hate these calls. When asking for me,. say not their. When they kept pushing I said I was dead. Hung up fast

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    thanks, I don't think there is anything they won't scam. The same guy that always calls got my Dh last week and got the same NO as I give him.but when I block that number he just uses another one. he now has it so the number doesn't show up now so it can't be blocked. I wish my phone would block more than 20 calls at a time.Also if you get a call about money for the state troopers it's a scam. They troopers don't called evey week and also they aren't rude and won't take no as a answer. also I have traced it to someplace up in NYC but then it could be anywhere since they can get numbers to look like there.My DH told him we are in Kansas and we just gave what is this about? The just still carried on his spiel. Pushy aren't they?

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    THIS WAS NOT A TELEMARKETER. This was a THIEF! Thank you for posting. Spread the word. I hate it, when older folks are targeted for their hard earned money.
    Diana

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    LOVE your response, reginalovesfabric. Reminded me of my grandmother...when she received calls like that she'd warn them once. The next time she'd blow a whistle in their ear as loud as possible. She didn't get any other calls from them then! She also never had to worry about solicitors or burglars...had a sign posted on her garage 'I don't shoot to kill, but I WILL make a hen out of a rooster!'. Everyone in town knew of the sign and stayed away....

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    Your grandmother is a lady after my own heart. Someone called and would not take not from my husband, he handed me the phone and they keep talking, I finally when they took a breat asked "what part of NO don'tyou understand. Now we tell them my husband has CA and we need a donation from them, they back off and called don't keep happening UNLESS it is a darn computer calling, them I hang up on.

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    I got a call like that. Normally I let all calls go on machine but was waiting for a call back from soneone so picked it up. I don't waste my time listening to these people I just hang up on them.

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    Had that call and when I said I didn't think the information they wanted was needed they hung up. Called Medicare and they said they had so many of these that thy couldn't bother to investigate.

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    Rule of thumb, if you didn't make the call give NO information, not even your name or location, tell them it is none of their business and you will call them if you want something.

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    The response I like best is "There is no one here by me and I'm crazy" and hang up. Fits scamers and telemarketers alike.

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    I got that call. I asked the caller if she knew that she was putting her soul in danger of eternal damnation by preying on Gods children. I kept on and on. By the time I was through, she was almost in tears. She even promised me that she would try to find another line of work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sdwill View Post
    I ask them to hold on for a second, put the phone on mute and lay it down and walk off. After a while they will get tired of waiting and hang up.
    Did this once with an nasty caller, Kept calling back, so finally I just laid the phone in the dish rack and went about my day. After a while I checked and he had hung up. Never called back...LOL

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    When I get the calls that ask for me or my husband by name I just say we aren't available can I take a message or just let it go to the answering machine or I just keep saying hello hello hello hello is anyone there hello, then just hang up

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    I just say, this is not her number.
    Indiana Diana

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