Robo-calls and other telemarketing schemes a serious problem for our elderly.

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Today "Microsoft Windows" called my mother's telephone. Both she and I picked up the phones. I listened to see how she would handle it. The call was a voice-activated tape recording. I had hoped my mother would hang up, but she didn't. First, she couldn't hear what was said. Second, she was absolutely confused. I see this a lot when she gets telemarketing calls -- all scams. We get several calls a day from various telemarketers/scammers. I am starting to see her phone as a serious problem. I would love to rip it from the wall, but she needs it to talk to other people. I've heard that AT&T is offering $50K to someone who can come up with something to detect robocalls. I hope they find something soon. I would definitely subscribe to it.

Of course, then the scammers would find some way to work around the robocall detector.

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FF, thanks for my laugh of the day! Three guys, all invisible, not contributing to the housework.... now you know what happened when your food disappears! I guess ghosts have good appetites too. If you ever see them, they need to know they're responsible for running up electrical bills watching sports!

For years I've gotten mail for 2 people who have never lived here. Just the other day I got catalogues for 2 more people who've never lived here.

It would be comical if I also didn't get debt collection calls for people I've never heard of, some of whom live in Detroit and don't pay their telephone bills.
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GardenArtist, ah ha that cross checking. I find it quite comical putting my name onto the Internet and the white pages pop up showing who all lives in my home. It shows 3 guys live here.... oh really?.... if so they must all be watching sports as nothing is getting done around the house :P
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Slightly off topic but something I experienced a few years ago still has my blood boiling:

I received a card which was a "project of" AFSCME and the League of Conservation Voters, stating:

"Whether or not you vote is a matter of public record with the Michigan Secretary of State's Bureau of Elections. Flip over to see how many times some of your neighbors voted in recent general elections."

On the other side was this:

"Your voting record and your neighbors' are public information with the Michigan Secretary of State's Bureau of Elections."

Below that was a voting history of 7 other people and me, with their addresses, as well as the fact that they voted in 2010 and 2012 elections.

Livid and annoyed, I called the Bureau of Elections and was advised by a sympathetic female staffer that there was nothing they could do about this, that the political parties by law did have access to this information. ALLEGEDLY the parties don't have access to how we voted, but just the fact that they do.

I wasn't able to determine if they could then share this information, but given that the two major parties keep annoying me with fundraising pleas, and are always on the prowl for more donations, it wouldn't surprise me if they sell the voting lists and raise money that way as well.

I think I wrote elsewhere that I've been getting unwanted catalogues, junk mail, solicitations, all I believe from the fact that one particular charity cross checked my father's name, found my name and began soliciting me at my father's address.

So now I get good mail here at home and junk mail and solicitations at my father's home.
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These scams are so scary. I found a product that will block them though. Tel-Lynx has a product called Guardian and it has advanced call blocking. Your mother's phone would only ring if it's someone in her phone book. All other calls go to voice mail, and you can set it so that your mother could not pick up voice mails from anyone unless they are in her phone book. What a relief! You can find this product on the web or on Amazon.
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My elderly cousin got a call last week from a young woman pretending to be his granddaughter, in Canada, hurt and needing money. It was the Grandparent Scam and just happened he lives near Canada and has a granddaughter. Fortunately he and his daughter were able to figure out it was a scam and no money was sent. But it really shook him up. This is a particularly terrible scam, as it's so frightening to the grandparent.
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There is an app called "Call Control" for android phones. It blocks telemarketers, Rob calls and spoof calls. It also tells you what kind of a call it blocked. Even if it was a landlune. I installed it 2 weeks ago. In that time I have received only 1 telemarketer call. I use to get about 20 annoying calls per week. All gone, this is a great app. Not sure if it works on Apple phones.
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BTW, the call blocker from hqtelecom didnt work on my parents phone.

This is a good thread. Any ideas on nuking these no good scum bags is appreciated.
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Oh these people are absolutely awful. My father used to fall for every "charity" call he'd get, he'd immediately begin spilling all sorts of personal information and promising large donations he couldn't afford. There's a special level of hell for "people" who prey on the elderly with the tricks and scams.
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FF, that scam about returning someone's call to inquire about a life alert pendant, back brace, or whatever seems to be one of the latest methods of attempting to trick someone with a poor memory into believing that he or she actually did call but just doesn't remember.

Andersen Windows has been attempting to trick me with that ruse. Guess they got the message after I disconnected their calls w/o answering, or just put them on hold and left them.

Are you getting calls from Andersen as well?
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Today on my email was an email from a company that sells products for seniors to use.... I have their catalog but was surprised that this email said I had "an item in my cart"... say what?

I hadn't been on the website in months... now I wonder how many people this company is emailing trying to get more sales? The item was small, a simple TV remote control, not that expensive. Wonder if their software is picking out things we might had looked at when on the website.

But it can make you wonder if you had fallen down that rabbit hole whenever you get email or telephone calls saying they are returning your call because you had expressed an interest in new windows... yeah right, let's replace my 2 year old windows with BRAND NEW ONES!!

I can see how some seniors can be hooked into buying things.
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