The caller told me he was with Microsoft, obviously calling from out of the country. Said my computer had viruses and that he could fix it and stop the problems my computer was causing. I was immediately suspicious, but played along for a minute. Told me he needed me to get on my computer and do what he told me. Yeah, right, and grant him access to my personal and financial info. Told him I knew he was full of crap, the iditot tried to argue with me. I hung up and blocked him.
I just received one of those calls and called them back the guy was a bill collector coming after an old debt 12+ years old I told him it wasn't me so he claim he deleted it from his database we will see.
I just got a call which I will add or have already added to my block list. I will now get no ring but I will be able to get list of blocked calls on my phone.
I have the Panasonic cordless telephone Model kx-tg6842b (2 handsets)
You can block 250 numbers plus kill the one ring that existed on earlier models that only allowed 30 blocked numbers. The one handset model sells for $70 at Amazon.
B***s*** call (202) 499-1631
They called me and said that something was wrong with my computer and if I turned it on they could fix it. As soon I said I was a network engineer they hung up.
hahahahahaha sooooo funny! I love it!
Today I gad a call actually 2, very rude, they ask for my first name and gave me a 4 number " they say my social security" I say I do not have debt and is not my SS. She say yes it is I gave you the number and you say yes!, I say sorry is not my number and she began on to scream at me .
They are crooks, I told her I do not have any debts so please give me a break.
The Do Not Call list works for legitimate businesses. The ones you are getting calls from are breaking the law so anyone who trust them enought to give them private information is probably going to pay the price for their stupidity.
The only thing that talking to them will do is waste some of their time. They are NOT going to give any information to you about who they are until they are sure you are really sucked into their scam, and then probably not then either. They are probably just going to steal your money and run.
The number is not valid either. It is a spoofed number. They change numbers frequently so you can't really block them.
If you talk to them they will just sell you number to someone else.
The supposed trick of hitting # several times has a downside too. That is supposed to make the autodialer think it is not a personal number, but a FAX machine. Bad idea. You don't want someone sending FAXes to you home phone or cell number. That's worse than having an autodialer call.
Your best bet is to not pick it up and complain to the FCC. Not a good option, but probably the only real option.
I wish there were some way to give these folks bogus info that would flag them by the credit card company when they tried to use it.
Most of these type calls are scams.. They will not take you off their list. The numbers are not their real phone number. There is little that can be done until we know who they are. Then, I say all of that they keep calling should receive their reward from us.
This is an automated voice to take a survey. I hang up on it.
Another good one! What I have been using is "My name Peggy"
The "do not call" list worked fine during the Bush administration. It has only been in the last 2 tears that it has become this annoying. Stop your inane bloviating about the Republicans and wakre up. Apparently you have been out of the Legal Secratary loop fpr a good many years
Every phone should come with the ability to block calls and every business in the us should HAVE to identify themselves on caller id. At least you have a half chance of avoiding more calls, which most of the do.
I think instead of saying I like peas, one should say...I'll pray for you. I bet the crank caller will hang up on that one.
my bf recieved a call today from 202-499-1489 from a man named john claire (not sure of the spelling)told him that since he was a hard working man and paid his bills on time that the government wanted to reward him by giving him $7,000.00. he does not even use a computer, barely has a cell phone (a little old fashioned). he was told that all they need was his bank account info and they would put the $$ in there for him.....also needed his pin #, which he gave btw. he called me to check this out. i called the bbb and they said they had been recieving calls all morning. we put a hold on his account so they didnt get anything yet. they gave him a name, natalie johnson, and a grant #. the adress is bogus....200 independence southwest avenue, washington dc 20201. the site is usagovernmentgrants.org. looks all official and legit. i put my name and # in (because by now i am fuming and want to give someone a piece of my mind). so far i have gotten 2 calls from 312-470-6538. i have not answered, was away from my phone. i am waiting to hear back.
Got an un-invited call from Jennifer at ESG group
I got this number six days ago, and it is the same scaming phone krap as you guys have experienced. I am also on the do not call list. I was able to effectively block the culprits on my home answering machine. The volume of Illegal/Scam calls to my home has gone way down by blocking each and every phone number. I have been checking them on the internet and am quite sure that they are all Scams. I did try to get through to the qwest "call rejection" service number [1-888-(yourareacode)-8052]. It is now
Century link, and it is quite evident that no matter which phone I call from, the only thing I was allowed to do is loop-out and end with the message "I'm sorry, I didn't get that. Please try again Later"- if I tried to enter my home phone number. Anyway, instead of multiple calls daily, I am down to about one krap call every three days. The following list is one that I assembled over the last 45 days or so and I hope
someone else can reduce their number of scam calls by recognizing and blocking them on their home answering machines: 312 465-1104; 213 289-9006; 202 499-1485; 471 220-1002; 503 390-8731; 702 227-8038; 800 662-3806; 877 258-0718; 877 366-8958; 914 227-5803; 914 373-7134; 954 567-9353; 971 220-1771; Thanks for posting.
ESG Research. This time when they called I was home, so picked up and pressed 9 to be placed on their Do Not Call list. We'll see if that works.
In the mean time, here are the numbers I have so far that come in with this exact same recorded message:
I'm so fed up with the political bickering in Washington these days I shred the surveys they send and don't answer 202 AC calls. Shredding the survey and putting it in the postage paid return envelope doesn't work but supplies much satisfaction. The "Do Not Call" list doesn't work because solicitors use random calling techniques in their phone system - you know, Computer Generated.
Out of all the ideas and anger I have seen on this forum - I must say I like your idea the best! LOL! Thanks. I think I will try this next time 202-499-1485 calls me!
CALLED...LEFT NO MESSAGE AND I DIDN'T CALL BACK
Confirmed this is a scam as well. Some online research found a real ESG Research Group. A tweet from the company shows it is not from them:
So if they're falsely using another company's name, there's no way it can be legit. Not that anyone should believe they're going to get a free cruise just for taking a 30 second survey. Either they're going to get your credit/bank info and drain your account. Or have to pay high end expenses. And/or spend the entire cruise trapped listening to high pressure sales.
These people are from a cruise giveaway. They try to make you pay for port fees with your credit card before even sending information. SCAM SCAM
Ditto *69 revealed
EFG Research Group
aks or short for .......
(fill in the blank)
Called and asked for the man of the house. I said speaking.
He said if I didn't give him my credit card number, he would smear human feces on my car.
I hung up. I am an 80 year old man,
This is why the U. S. needs jobs. We need a few good men and women. And the folks at 202-499-1485 ain't it. It's a heartbreak!
Find this # on my phone when I return from work - Some people have nothing better to do !
I received a voicemail from this number yesterday, December 7, at 11:35AM CST. I've received this exact same message twice before, from 312-465-1104 and 914-373-7134. I've only ever received one call from each number, so blocking it won't do any good. If I can catch it when they're leaving the message, I'll try to press 9 to be removed from their list, though I doubt it'll do any good.
On call-back, the number returns a busy signal. Sounds like a scam, based upon what I've seen in the past, and other posts here.
The message is as follows:
"Please listen to this very important message. This is not a sales call. This is Jennifer from ESG Research Group. You have been carefully selected to participate in a short 30 second research survey pertaining to the nation's debt crisis. And for participating, you will receive a free two-day cruise for two to the Bahamas, courtesy of one of our supporters. Gratuities or a small port tax will apply. To begin the survey, press 1 now. To decline the survey and be removed from our list, press 9." (Message repeats, then disconnects.)
DO NOT, under ANY circumstances, give these scammers any credit or personally identifying information.