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I've ended my relationship with Rachel...
Posted by: wurm
Date: September 10, 2017 01:11PM
...from Credit Card Services, as well as the solar panel scammers, the extended car warranty scammers, the vacation hustlers, etc.

As a little experiment, for several weeks I've been living in Do Not Disturb mode. I went through all my Contacts and enabled Emergency Bypass on anyone in there from whom I would be willing to answer a call. That includes family, friends, existing clients*, doctors, library, work, etc. Then I disabled Voicemail. So far it's been heavenly. Every once in a while, I'll pick up my phone and see a Missed Call notification, but it's always from a number I don't know, and if I ever decide to check the number, it invariably comes up as being from a know scammer/telemarketer.

I've yet to discover a downside, but if you can think of one, let me know.


* As for potential new clients, I put my Google Voice number on my website, and my outgoing message asks them to leave a message and I will call back.
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Re: I've ended my relationship with Rachel...
Posted by: deckeda
Date: September 10, 2017 01:22PM
Whitelist Leader!
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Re: I've ended my relationship with Rachel...
Posted by: GuyGene
Date: September 10, 2017 01:35PM
Good job, wurm. I never answer from unknown numbers. That's what leaving a message is for. Like old Cleuseu said, "Do you have a messssage for me?" "We do not do massage." "A messsage, you idiot. I am expecting a messsage!"



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Re: I've ended my relationship with Rachel...
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: September 10, 2017 02:08PM
I've been using AT&T's Call Protect and it's cut down on scam calls by about 90%.

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Re: I've ended my relationship with Rachel...
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: September 10, 2017 02:20PM
....I'll be there.......for you......



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Re: I've ended my relationship with Rachel...
Posted by: hal
Date: September 10, 2017 02:29PM
Why disable Voicemail?
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Re: I've ended my relationship with Rachel...
Posted by: wurm
Date: September 10, 2017 03:00PM
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hal
Why disable Voicemail?

Because Rachel and others had started to leave voicemails. My family calls or texts. Clients call or email. I hadn't received a legitimate voicemail in quite some time. And my prepaid account uses the old-fashioned voicemail where I have to call in for messages, and frankly I didn't want to deal with it any more.
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Re: I've ended my relationship with Rachel...
Posted by: wurm
Date: September 10, 2017 03:02PM
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deckeda
Whitelist Leader!

Yeah, life would have been a lot simpler if Apple (or anyone else) had made available a whitelist option. If it exists, I haven't found it.
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Re: I've ended my relationship with Rachel...
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: September 10, 2017 03:25PM
I like your style, wurm!
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Re: I've ended my relationship with Rachel...
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: September 10, 2017 06:13PM
Nice !
Yesterday I got a call from "Kevin" from "Senior Services". In a call center in my home town according to the caller ID, but probably in Mumbai.

I rapidly told him to go to hell in Hindi, and hung up.
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Re: I've ended my relationship with Rachel...
Posted by: Speedy
Date: September 10, 2017 07:25PM
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Onamuji
I've been using AT&T's Call Protect and it's cut down on scam calls by about 90%.

[www.macworld.com]

Interesting! Thanks!!



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Re: I've ended my relationship with Rachel...
Posted by: Mr Downtown
Date: September 10, 2017 11:04PM
Is there any product or service that works for land lines?

Last week, "credit cardholder services" was calling twice an hour.
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Re: I've ended my relationship with Rachel...
Posted by: wurm
Date: September 11, 2017 06:46AM
Best thing I did for my "land line" was to port it over to Google Voice, then get an Obihai, turned off the ringer to my home phone(s) and let Google screen all my calls to my home number. Do a forum search here for Obihai and you'll get lots of info.
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Re: I've ended my relationship with Rachel...
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: September 11, 2017 06:54AM
....is Rachel a friend of....'Becky with the good hair'.....???



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Re: I've ended my relationship with Rachel...
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: September 11, 2017 07:12AM
I also don't like phone company voicemail, so I use a phone with a built-in answering machine. Also gives you a red light if there's a message.

Caller ID is a godsend: we just don't pick up if we don't recognize the name or number of the caller. Most of the time the scammers, surveyors, political robots, etc. just hang up. If they leave a message, it's easy to delete: beep!

/Mr Lynn



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Re: I've ended my relationship with Rachel...
Posted by: vision63
Date: September 11, 2017 11:45PM
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Speedy
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Onamuji
I've been using AT&T's Call Protect and it's cut down on scam calls by about 90%.

[www.macworld.com]

Interesting! Thanks!!

Is this about Rachel Maddow?
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Re: I've ended my relationship with Rachel...
Posted by: Wags
Date: September 12, 2017 11:13AM
You're not alone

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