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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
    oh my, my Son answered his door once and did the alien thing to whom ever it was. they left quickly!!! works in person too.
    We have had to establish the policy of never, ever answering the door to strangers and never give any information to strangers on the phone unless you initiated the call. Even caller ID can be deceiving, with some people getting ID's that mimic popular charities. Especially make sure kids know this and when they are alone in the house know to keep the door locked and not answer to anyone without your consent.

    We have been reading of several instances in recent years of home invasions. By getting you to open the door they have established that there either is no alarm or you disarmed it. One group operating not far from us had a couple of little women knock on a door and state they're having car trouble and ask to use your phone. Then two burly men jump from the bushes and burglarize the house. It's safer to let the person know you are there but not going to answer. I will yell something like, "Sorry can't answer the door!" They don't need an explanation. I can look out a window and observe who it is as they leave. If there's a window in or near the door, you can let them see you holding a phone to your ear. They can assume you have told someone about the stranger at the door.

    One time I watched a man walk from my door on up the street and test the door handle on my neighbor's car as he went by. I called the police, and they were quite interested. They emphasized that they can't be everywhere at once and they appreciate extra eyes and ears taking note of any suspicious activity. They wanted a description and specifics about time and place. I don't know if they found him. We are in a quiet suburban neighborhood. Crimes can happen anywhere!

    I wish I was as skilled with the gift of gab as Bneighbor! If I see unrecognized numbers calling I let the answering machine get it, or if I've had previous experience with them (Why on earth do some of these idiots keep calling the same obviously fruitless number and play a recording like: "Hi, this is Rachel at card services..."? This same one has been going on for years!) I just lift the receiver and drop it so they can't clutter up my answering machine with their garbage.
    "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

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    Quote Originally Posted by QM View Post
    We now have Medicare part D. DH was upset to be told that his diabetic testing strips would be $50, at our local CVS. Since these were previously without co pay from a different supplier, he called everyone concerned and eventually paid $8, better, but still wrong. Even major companies can scam you.
    I believe Medicare part D is for prescription medications isn't it? Diabetic testing strips(and lancets) are medical supplies and are covered by Medicare. You need to call Medicare.
    Sally

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    For QM, all your dh diabetic supplies should be covered by Medicare. Also 1 pair of shoes each year and also diabetic socks if the dr orders them. I used to work with the elderly and meals on wheels and they got all that because Medicare took care of it. Call Medicare about it.

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    We now have Medicare part D. DH was upset to be told that his diabetic testing strips would be $50, at our local

    Test strips are covered under part "B" and there should be no deductible. Insulin & syringes are under part "D" and deductible depends on your plan.

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    I have a son overseas but he tries to let us know by email when he's going to call home or he will call, leave a message, then call back in 5 minutes. It's a different phone number everytime so we are not sure what to watch for. He knows how many calls we get during the week. Even Sundays are not safe anymore.

    About acting strangely, my oldest brother can laugh like Woody Woodpecker and it really unnerves people! And he has also used that bit about being from Mars. He's a really big guy. One of his nicknames is BigFoot. He can really roll his eyes and laugh his weird laugh and people can't get away fast enough. In other words, he loves to answer the door or phone!

    But for us, we let the answering machine get it if we don't recognize the number.

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    When we did have a land line, my youngest son answered a phone call with this: This is the morgue, you stab them, we slab them. It got 100% hang up of caller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaylilyDawn View Post
    When we did have a land line, my youngest son answered a phone call with this: This is the morgue, you stab them, we slab them. It got 100% hang up of caller.
    My dad used to say..".Frank's Mule Barn...Mule speaking"! haha

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    The latest call I have been getting is from "Microsoft" telling me I have problems with my computer and if I give them remote access to my computer they will fix the problem. I told them no way and rang Microsoft to let them know what was happening and they told me that they never contact any one, you have to ring them. I got another call from the scammers and told them I had contacted Microsoft and had my suspicions confirmed, since that no more phone calls.

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    We get a lot of calls saying that we have won a free security system. So I just tell them that we already have a security system (which we do). My husband thinks it's crooks calling to see whose house has a security system so they can break in.

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    Things like this really worries me. My 82 year old neighbor will keep talking and listening to these people because she doesn't want to be rude. I've had to get her out of several jams and I keep telling her to just hang up. I'm sure many elderly people have been taken to the cleaners like this.

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    There are going to be more and more of these scams as commercials are being run to entice Seniors/Medicare recipients/uninsured to call. They make it sound like it from the government but it isn't. I never never do anything over the phone. I always ask for a letter confirming what they tell me and then I will consider what they are "pushing". Hmmm, many letters never come. And if they tell me something is only good for this phone call or x hours or x days, I tell them too bad. It they keep on, I ask them "what part of NO do you not understand?" and hang up!!

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    Their mothers must be proud of them!

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