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Thanks to the many free features of Google Voice, I decided to document annoying spam and robo calls and make them available on this web page. I provide links to this web page when I post about spam calls on 800notes.com and similar pages.

Google Voice is a free call management service available from Google. Among other free features, it provides free long distance calling to the US and Canada from any US telephone, gives you the ability to block phone calls such as those I post about on this page, and it has unlimited call recording and voicemail storage space. If interested, scroll to the bottom of this page for a link and more information.

October 2014

Calls have been tapering off, and worse, the scammers are spoofing a Caller ID similar to your own phone number (off only by a single digit, or a different Area Code but same phone number) that no two people will see the same Caller ID, making reporting these calls impossible.

(208) 580-4895 Robo call recorded 24 October 2014 ("Diane, professionally steam clean your carpet...free hallway clean just for listening..." SCAM) Caller ID: "Marketing"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
"Diane" offering professional carpet steam cleaning for only $49 and the hallway thrown in for free "just for listening to this message." Not once does she mention the name of her carpet cleaning service but at least she's truthful about wanting to add me "...to her growing list of satisfied customers..." which probably translates to more calls from every other telephone scammer who can push a dial pad.
Of course Diane ignores the Federal Do Not Call list, which certainly tells you something about her business ethics, doesn't it?

Thanks to Google Voice, here is a transcript of this "free Medical alert and $3,000 grocery certificates" offer.

female voice: "Hi. This is Diane. I'm calling to see if you need your carpet professionally steam cleaned at a great price. Right now I'll steam clean two rooms of carpeting for just $49. Our cleaning process is fast drying and 100% safe for kids or animals, and we also clean upholstery, area rugs, drapery and tile floors. Because you've been kind enough to listen to my message, I'll clean the hallway for free. I just want a chance to add you to a growing list of satisfied customers who appreciate good service and a great price. Please press 1 to make an appointment."

(414) 219-0007 live call recorded 23 October 2014 ("Cardmember Services, you qualify for a lower interest rate..." SCAM) Caller ID: "V102311502100031"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
A feeble attempt to get name, Social Security number and credit card details under the guise of lowering my credit card balance interest rate.
Of course they ignore the Federal Do Not Call list, which certainly tells you something about their business ethics, doesn't it?

Thanks to Google Voice, here is a transcript of this "lower your interest rate" offer.

me: "Hello?"
they: "Hell-oh?"
me: "Hello?"
they: "Hi, good afternoon, this is Karian Brown calling from Cardmember Services [unintelligible] on behalf of Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express. You are receiving this call today because you are pre-qualified through the credit bureau Experian to have your interest rates reduced. Are you currently carrying an outstanding balance of three thousand dollars or more and paying an interest rate of ten percent or higher?"
me: "Did you say three thousand or more?"
they: "Yes."
me: "Uh, yes, I do have a balance more than that."
they: "And...what is the interest rate you're paying?"
me: "Oow Lord, I believe it's eighteen per cent."
they: "Eighteen per cent...and what is the balance?"
me: "Uh, I don't know it exactly, but it's in the neighborhood of $8,500"
they: "Have you received your billing statement for this month or next or last month?"
me: "Uh, no, the billing statement for this month has not been out it, it won't be for another week or more."
they: "Ok. And the last one you look at, this is the balance you saw on it, correct?"
me: "Yes, uh, it was right around eight thousand, five hundred."
they: "Oh, ok then. So, what's the minimum payment?"
me: "Um, the minimum payment was $149."
they: "Ok, so maybe it's around eight thousand three hundred or something like that. Alright?"
me: "Yes."
they: "Ok, now, um, based on the information you just gave me, this account is qualified for the interest rate reduction. Would you like to get it reduced today?"
me: "Uh, can you tell me how much it would be reduced?"
they: "Well, the accounting manager will be more than happy to let you know. What I do I just verify the account information with you and get you qualified for the rate reduction. Once we're through I'll get him on the line with you so you can speak with him. Our rate that we offer would be anywhere along the line between zero and six per cent and that will be a lifetime guarantee of your account."
me: "That would be tremendous if you could reduce me from eighteen per cent to six percent or less. This must be my lucky day."
they: "Ok, now, um, can you confirm your first and last name with me please?"
[I provide false name, address information, starting at minute 3:17 through minute 6:15]
they: "Ok. Now Mr. Baker, you told me that you didn't have the statement or you said you received it. The one for last month."
me: "Yeah, uh, the one for last month, I don't have it in front of me but it's, it's here somewhere."
they: "Ok. alright. Um and this account, it's a Visa, Master Card or Discover?"
me: "It's a Visa."
they: "A Visa. And who is your lender?"
me: "It's the, uh, bank in Wilmington, Delaware. Uh, I'm drawing a blank here."
they: "What? What's the name of it?"
me: "It's, I think it's called First Bank. Oh, I'm sorry, it's Chase. It's a Chase Visa of course. It's Chase Visa."
they: "Ok. Just a moment here, ok?"
me: "alright."
they: "I see [unintelligible] New Jersey...ok...alright, ok, so...let us move on here. What's the expiration date on this account on the card Mr. Baker?"
[Again, I provide false information]
they: "alright, and could you go ahead and, you have the card with you?"
me: "Uh, yes."
they: "Can you just verify the numbers beginning with four please?"
me: "Yes. What do you have in front of you?"
they: "I'm not allowed to say that."
me: "Oh, uh, well it's..."[again I provide false information]
they: "Ok, let me go ahead and repeat that to make sure it's correct, ok?"
me: "I thought you couldn't say that."
they: "You told me so I'm going to repeat it."
me: "Alright, I'm ready." [she repeats the fake number I just gave her]
they: "Ok...alright...Just give me one second here. Let me just validate something here...[unintelligible]...ok. What's your date of birth Mr. Baker?"
[Again, I provide false information]
they: "Thank you so much. alright now just for security purposes, could you just confirm the last four digits of your social please."
me: "Uh, do, do you need my Social Security number?"
they: "It's on record, yeah, I just need you to confirm it please."
[Again, I provide false information]
they: "Ok. alright, I'm going to pull up the card and get the most accurate information on this card as of four AM this morning, ok?"
me: "alright."
they: "That will be the balance, the last statement, the amount, the date, the next payment, the amount, and the date, ok?"
me: "alright."
they: "So just bear with me one moment, ok? And you said this is the only card you have, correct?"
me: "Correct."
they: "Ok. [background noise disappears, as if on hold, my chair squeaks, silence through to minute 14:11] Hello Mr. Baker? "
me: "Yes."
they: "Thank you for holding. Do you still have the card with you?"
me: "Uh, yes."
they: "Can you look at the back of it and let me know what is the customer service 800 or 888 number on the back?"
me: "Uh, let's see here...uh...I can't read it, I don't have my glasses. It's faded and it's small. 800...four...oh, I can't see if it's a six or an eight...or a zero. Just a second here...oh, where are my...it's too small and too faded for me to see without my glasses, and...where are my glasses...I don't...oh darn, I left my glasses upstairs, uh, I don't have a magnifying glass. I would have to get my glasses in orderto read this, I'm sorry..."
they: "And your...your glasses is nowhere near you?"
me: "No, I was reading in bed and I had to get up to let the dog in, the dog was barking and I just left them upstairs...and I can't see fine print without them and my Credit card is faded on the back, so..."
they: "Ok, but you said it's a Chase Visa, right?"
me: "Right."
they: "Ok, and are you sure it's a Chase card?"
me: "Yes."
they: "Ok...because my record here is saying it's not a Chase card."
me: "Well can't you just look up the number?"
they: "For Chase?"
me: "Yeah, that matches my card, my number."
they: "I, I have um the Chase number and Chase is not recognizing this Visa card."
me: "Well uh, I could get my statement, uh, I'm not sure where it is...or I could go upstairs and get my glasses."
they: "But the...ok, you want to do that for me, please."
me: "Uh, yes, can you hold?"
they: "Yeah, sure, no problem. "
me: "alright, I've gotta get my cane and hobble up the steps and go all the way back to the bedroom and get those glasses. I'm sorry to be such a pest..."
they: "No no no, that's alright, don't worry..."
me: "Ok, hold on, let me go get it..."
they: "Ok."
[I put the phone down at minute 17:27 into the call and I actually go outside to empty the trash. She remained on the line until minute 25:50, an additional eight minutes!]

(310) 599-6020 Robo call recorded 10 October 2014 ("National Center for Aging issues a community alert for senior citizens over age 65...free medical alert alarm..." SCAM) Caller ID: "Compton CA"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com, RUscammer.com and EveryCaller.com [pending post approval]
A new recording of an old offer, and a feeble attempt to appeal to the cost-conscious senior citizens with free "grocery certificates" to push their "free" medical alert system..
Of course they ignore the Federal Do Not Call list, which certainly tells you something about their business ethics, doesn't it?

Thanks to Google Voice, here is a transcript of this "free Medical alert and $3,000 grocery certificates" offer.

me: "Hello?"
male voice: "The National Center for Aging has issued the following community alert for senior citizens over 65 years of age only. Due to the recent dramatic increase in injuries and deaths experienced by senior citizens from a fall, a burglary or any medical emergency, we are sending out free, live saving medical alert pendants to all eligible senior citizens. The cost of our medical alert system is already covered and there is no shipping charge to you. Press 1 now to verify your address and your delivery date. In addition to your new medical alert system you will also be receiving three thousand dollars in grocery store certificates to help you save every month on your household living expenses. The entire alert system and three thousand dollar gift certificate is free of charge. Again, press one now to verify your shipping address. Press 5 to notify your provider you have refused the shipment." [brief pause then message is repeated]

(240) 397-5331 Robo call recorded 08 October 2014 ("Protect against falls or sudden cardiac arrest...free medical alert alarm..." SCAM) Caller ID: "Frederick MD"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com, RUscammer.com and EveryCaller.com [pending post approval]
Not sure where they found this low class voice over (love the way she can't pronounce 'button'), but a feeble attempt to use scare tactics ("...accident, fall or sudden cardiac arrest...") to push their "free" medical alert system.
Of course they ignore the Federal Do Not Call list, which certainly tells you something about their business ethics, doesn't it?

Thanks to Google Voice, here is a transcript of the call.

me: "Hello?"
female voice: "...in case of a slip and fall accident or sudden cardiac arrest you may not be able to reach your phone to call for help. Don't be another victim lying helplessly on the floor. Get a free medical alert system and help can be reached with a single press of the buh-uhn twenty four hours a day. For your health, safety and peace of mind get your free medical alert system if you act now by pressing 1. Press 5 to be removed but to be protected twenty four hours per day, seven days per week, press 1 now." [7 second pause] "Good bye."

(321) 332-6561 Robo call recorded 06 October 2014 ("Every year it is estimated that 30% of the senior population falls...free medical alert alarm..." SCAM) Caller ID: "Life Alert"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
Another feeble attempt to use scare tactics ("...over 30% of the senior population accidentally falls...") to push their "free" medical alert system.
At least they didn't say "laying around" or "at the press of a buh-un", gotta given them credit for that.
Of course they ignore the Federal Do Not Call list, which certainly tells you something about their business ethics, doesn't it?

Thanks to Google Voice, here is a transcript of the call.

me: "Hello?"
female voice: "Every year it is estimated that over 30% of the senior population accidentally falls. Many of these falls are serious and require medical attention. Now a new program designed to keep seniors safe and more protected is available for a short time. Don't become a helpless victim lying on the floor without options. You may qualify to receive a free medical alert system. To find out if this program is available in your area press 1 now. Press 5 to be removed but to feel more protected 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, press 1 now." [8 second pause] [other female voice]"Good bye."

September 2014

(401) 562-1475 Robo call recorded 29 September 2014 ("Recently there were 281,000 hospital admissions for hip fractures...free medical alert alarm..." SCAM) Caller ID: "Warwick RI"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
A feeble attempt to use scare tactics ("...recently there were 281,000 hospital admissions for hip fractures...1 out of 5 patients die within 1 year...") to push their "free" medical alert system.
Of course they ignore the Federal Do Not Call list, which certainly tells you something about their business ethics, doesn't it?

Thanks to Google Voice, here is a transcript of the call.

me: "Hello?"
female voice: "Recently there were 281 thousand hospital admissions for hip fractures among people age 65 and older and one out of five hip fracture patients die within a year of their injury. Don't gambol with your personal health and safety. Get a free medical alert system shipped to you for free with no charge for activation but you must act now. Press one to get your free system. Press five to be removed but to be protected 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, press one now." [7 second pause] "Good bye."

(610) 922-8978 Robo call recorded 26 September 2014 ("Your PECO electric account qualifies for a lower rate..." SCAM) Caller ID: "Bryn Mawr PA"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
Exactly one month (August 26th) since their previous call. This was a scam to get your PECO account number so you can be "slammed" into changing energy suppliers.
Of course they ignore the Federal Do Not Call list, which certainly tells you something about their business ethics, doesn't it?

Thanks to Google Voice, here is a transcript of the call.

me: "Hello?"
male voice: ""Your PECO electric account is now eligible to receive a lower rate. Press zero to speak to a customer service representative. Press zero to connect." [11 second pause and message repeats]

Robo call (321) 209-6393 recorded 23 September 2014 (Brigit, Cardholder Services, lower your rate, final notice...) Credit Card SCAM Caller ID: "Consumer Svcs"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
"Bridget" calling me back less than a month after assuring me, "...consider this your final notice..." and even after telling me I didn't qualify for their "lower your rate" offer because I pay my credit cards off in full each month.
The recording of this "lower your rate" call is exactly the same past calls but from a new number to avoid past call blocking. The recorded message is their usual patter (see below) followed by a 7 second pause. Finally they say "good bye" and disconnect when I failed to press any buttons.
Their total disregard of the Do Not Call list certainly tells us a lot about their business ethic, doesn't it? Here is a transcript of their latest offering:

female voice: "This is a very important message about your current credit card accounts. This is your second and final notice to lower your credit card interest rate and payments. Press 1 now to find out the terms conditions and associated changes before the next billing cycle. Again, this is your final notice as it relates to the financial stimulus. So press 1 now to take advantage of this today."
[7 second pause, then electronic tone]
[female voice] "Hello, this is Carmen at Cardholder Services calling in reference to your current credit card account. It is urgent that you contact us concerning your eligibility for lowering your interest rate. Please consider this your final notice. Press the number 1 now to speak with a live operator and lower your interest rate or press the number 3 to discontinue further services. Thank you and have a great day." [7 second pause] [female voice] "Good bye".

Robo call (305) 368-8492 recorded 15 September 2014 (Carmen, Cardholder Services, lower your rate, final notice...) Credit Card SCAM Caller ID: "Cell Phone FL"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
"Carmen" called me back two weeks after their last call from a different number, even after assuring me, "...consider this your final notice..." and even after telling me I didn't qualify for their "lower your rate" offer because I pay my credit cards off in full each month.
Their total disregard of the Do Not Call list certainly tells us a lot about their business ethic, doesn't it? Here is a transcript of their latest offering:

female voice: "Hello, this is Carmen at Cardholder Services calling in reference to your current credit card account. It is urgent that you contact us concerning your eligibility for lowering your interest rate. Please consider this your final notice. Press the number 1 now to speak with a live operator and lower your interest rate or press the number 3 to discontinue further services. Thank you and have a great day."
[7 second pause, then electronic tone and same message repeats]
[another 7 second pause, then different message with different voice but same theme plays]
[female voice] "This is a very important message about your current credit card accounts. This is your second and final notice to lower your credit card interest rate and payments. Press 1 now to find out the terms conditions and associated changes before the next billing cycle. Again, this is your final notice as it relates to the financial stimulus. So press 1 now to take advantage of this today." [5 second pause] [female voice] "Good bye".

(307) 316-7473 Robo call recorded 4 September 2014 ("Recently there were 281,000 hospital admissions for hip fractures...free medical alert alarm..." SCAM) Caller ID: "Cheyenne WY"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
A feeble attempt to use scare tactics ("...recently there were 281,000 hospital admissions for hip fractures...1 out of 5 patients die within 1 year...") to push their "free" medical alert system.
Of course they ignore the Federal Do Not Call list, which certainly tells you something about their business ethics, doesn't it?

Thanks to Google Voice, here is a transcript of the call.

me: "Hello?"
female voice: ""Recently there were 281 thousand hospital admissions for hip fractures among people age 65 and older and one out of five hip fracture patients die within a year of their injury. Don't gambol with your personal health and safety. Get a free medical alert system shipped to you for free with no charge for activation but you must act now. Press one to get your free system. Press five to be removed but to be protected 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, press one now." [7 second pause] "Good bye."

August 2014

Robo call (570) 983-3206 recorded 29 August 2014 ("Carmen at Cardholder services, lower you rate...") SCAM Caller ID: "Consumer Svcs"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
"Carmen" calling (I was so used to past calls from "Rachel" and "Bridget" but I'm always glad to hear from "Carmen"... N O T) me back after recently assuring me, "...consider this your final notice..." and even after telling me I didn't qualify for their "lower your rate" offer because I pay my credit cards off in full each month.
Of course they ignore the Federal Do Not Call list, which certainly tells you something about their business ethics, doesn't it?
Following is the text of the recorded robo call...
me: [silent]    "Hello, this is Carmen at Cardholder Services calling in reference to your current credit card account. It is urgent that you contact us concerning your eligibility for lowering your interest rate. Please consider this your final notice. Press the number 1 now to speak with a live operator and lower your interest rate. Or press the number 3 to discontinue further notices. Thank you. Have a great day." [7 second pause] "Goodbye."

Robo call (570) 983-3796 recorded 29 August 2014 ("Carmen at Cardholder services, lower you rate...") SCAM Caller ID: "Consumer Svcs"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
"Carmen" calling (I was so used to past calls from "Rachel" and "Bridget" but I'm always glad to hear from "Carmen"... N O T) me back after recently assuring me, "...consider this your final notice..." and even after telling me I didn't qualify for their "lower your rate" offer because I pay my credit cards off in full each month.
Of course they ignore the Federal Do Not Call list, which certainly tells you something about their business ethics, doesn't it?
Following is the text of the recorded robo call...
me: [silent]    "Hello, this is Carmen at Cardholder Services calling in reference to your current credit card account. It is urgent that you contact us concerning your eligibility for lowering your interest rate. Please consider this your final notice. Press the number 1 now to speak with a live operator and lower your interest rate. Or press the number 3 to discontinue further notices. Thank you. Have a great day." [7 second pause] "Goodbye."

(586) 231-3657 Robo call recorded 27 August 2014 ("Protect against falls or sudden cardiac arrest...free medical alert alarm..." SCAM) Caller ID: "Consumer Svcs"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
Not sure where they found this low class voice over (love the way she can't pronounce 'button'), but a feeble attempt to use scare tactics ("...accident, fall or sudden cardiac arrest...") to push their "free" medical alert system.
Of course they ignore the Federal Do Not Call list, which certainly tells you something about their business ethics, doesn't it?

Thanks to Google Voice, here is a transcript of the call.

me: "Hello?"
female voice: "...in case of a slip and fall accident or sudden cardiac arrest you may not be able to reach your phone to call for help. Don't be another victim lying helplessly on the floor. Get a free medical alert system and help can be reached with a single press of the buh-uhn twenty four hours a day. For your health, safety and peace of mind get your free medical alert system if you act now by pressing 1. Press 5 to be removed but to be protected twenty four hours per day, seven days per week, press 1 now." [7 second pause] "Good bye."

(610) 922-8903 Robo call recorded 26 August 2014 ("Due to a recent state deregulation, you are eligible to lower your PECO electric rate..." SCAM) Caller ID: "Electric Dept"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
This was a scam to get your PECO account number so you can be "slammed" into changing energy suppliers.
Of course they ignore the Federal Do Not Call list, which certainly tells you something about their business ethics, doesn't it?

Thanks to Google Voice, here is a transcript of the call.

me: "Hello?"
female voice: ""Hello. This is pertaining to your current electric bill with PECO. Due to a recent state government deregulation, you are now eligible to receive a discount on your electric bill. Press 5 to be transferred to a representative to find out which discount you're eligible for. Press 5 to be transferred to one of our friendly representatives." [11 second pause, then message repeats]

(267) 648-1277 Robo call recorded 22 August 2014 ("Surveys for Change" suvey participation then free Bahamas cruise... SCAM) Caller ID: "Pennsylvania"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
This was a scam "participate in a survey from "Surveys for Change" and get a free Bahamas cruise" call.
Of course they ignore the Federal Do Not Call list, which certainly tells you something about their business ethics, doesn't it?

Thanks to Google Voice, here is a transcript of the call.

me: "Hello?"
female voice: "Congratulations. you've been selected to receive a free cruise to the Bahamas. You heard correctly, it's a cruise to the Bahamas for two people and like most cruises, all the expenses are included. Surveys for Change would like for you to participate in a short survey and at the end of the survey you will be awarded your cruise. Press 1 now to start the survey and receive two complementary cruise tickets. To decline the survey and be removed from our list, press 9."

(617) 356-2953 Robo call recorded 21 August 2014 ("Surveys for Change" suvey participation then free Bahamas cruise... SCAM) Caller ID: "Not Available"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
This was a scam "participate in a survey from "Surveys for Change" and get a free Bahamas cruise" call.
Of course they ignore the Federal Do Not Call list, which certainly tells you something about their business ethics, doesn't it?

Thanks to Google Voice, here is a transcript of the call.

me: "Hello?"
female voice: ""Congratulations. you've been selected to receive a free cruise to the Bahamas. You heard correctly, it's a cruise to the Bahamas for two people and like most cruises, all the expenses are included. Surveys for Change would like for you to participate in a short survey and at the end of the survey you will be awarded your cruise. Press 1 now to start the survey and receive two complementary cruise tickets. To decline the survey and be removed from our list, press 9."

(516) 512-7996 Robo call recorded 8 August 2014 ("unheard of 75% cruise discount..." SCAM) Caller ID: "Member Rewards"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
This was a scam "75% discount on a luxury cruise" call.
Of course they ignore the Federal Do Not Call list, which certainly tells you something about their business ethics, doesn't it?

Thanks to Google Voice, here is a transcript of the call.

me: "Hello?"
female voice: ""Hi there. Wanna go on a cruise? Your household has been selected to receive an unheard of 75% discount on an all inclusive luxury cruise aboard Carnival or Norwegian cruise lines. Press 1 now on your phone to hear all the exciting details. Again, press 1 now if you're interested in taking a luxury cruise aboard Carnival or Norwegian cruise lines at this limited time offer as we are giving you an incredible 75% discount. Press 2 to decline this special offer." [Mozart piano concerto in background on my end]"

(980) 265-5604 Automated (and live) Voice recognition screening call recorded 7 August 2014 ("Jonathan Tyler offering 'free' GE wireless alarm SCAM) Caller ID: "Charlotte NC"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
This was a really slick automated voice recognition screening call. I recognized the control voice as that from a similar call using the same automated screener from September 19th 2013 (from one "Robert Green"). The robot is queued to advance in the call based on the respondent saying key words, as directed by the robot's questions.
Once I "qualified" for their alarm they put me through to a real person, but finally they disconnected the call (I think because the connection was poor and I had trouble hearing him).
Thanks to Google Voice, here is a transcript of the call.

me: "Hello? Hello?"
they: "Hello? Hi. This is Jonathan Tyler. How are you today?"
me: "Jonathan Tyler."
they: "Yes."
me: "How are you today."
they: "Can we continue?"
me: "Please continue. Please continue."
they: "Now we're going to be in your area and we're giving away twenty wireless GE home security systems absolutely free uh and we're upgrading all the outdated landline systems to wireless systems again, absolutely free. Now the theives are cutting your phone lines on the outside of your house which disables your old outdated system. One in fifteen houses are being broken into everyday right now."
me: "That is terrible news."
they: "Are you the current home owner?"
me: "Yes."
they: "Ok. Great! you qualify. Ok, let me get you to the specialist, hold on with me ok?"
me: "Yes."
they: "Is that ok? Hold on. Thank you. They'll be with us shortly."
me: "Yes. What's your name?" [electronic sound effect heard in background] "Hello?"
they: "Hello, good afternoon sir. Can you hear me?"
me: "Yes I can."
they: "Good afternoon sir, thank you for holding. My name is Hector. Um, I've actually just taken over the call. Now you're uh, uh, we're seeing if you're interested in the alarm system. Now are you a current alarm home owner? Or do you..."
me: "Uh, yes I am."
they: "Ok..."
me: "I'm sorry....say again?"
they: "How old is your system?"
me: "Telephone system? What system?"
they: "No, your alarm system."
me: "Oh, my alarm system. It's uh, home made. [pause] It's home made. I put it together myself. [pause] Hello? Hello?"
[they disconnected the call here]

July 2014

Robo call (406) xxx-zzzz recorded 31 July 2014 ("Carmen at Cardholder services, lower you rate...") SCAM Caller ID: "Belfry MT"

Note: this caller made sure to spoof my phone number so closely (off by only the Area Code) that I am the only one who will ever see their number. Pretty smart because nobody would ever see the same Caller ID so they'll never see any post I make about the call. Therefore, I didn't bother to post on the usual web sites: 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.Me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
Variation on their past calls. Carment from Card Services is back (and insisting "...please consider this your final notice...") but they eliminated a sentence or two from her past recordings, easing the torture just a bit.
Of course they ignore the Federal Do Not Call list, which certainly tells you something about their business ethics, doesn't it?
Following is the text of the recorded robo call...
me: [silent]   male voice: "Hello, this is Carmen at Cardholder Services calling in reference to your current credit card account. It is urgent that you contact us concerning your eligibility for lowering your interest rate. Please consider this your final notice. Press the number 1 now to speak with a live operator and lower your interest rate. Or press the number 3 to discontinue further notices. Thank you. Have a great day." [other female voice] "Goodbye."

Robo call (610) xxx-zzzz recorded 25 July 2014 ("Hip fracture warning, 'free' personal Medic Alert system offer...") SCAM Caller ID: "Feirman L"

Note: this caller made sure to spoof my phone number so closely (off by only 1 digit) that I am the only one who will ever see their number. Pretty smart because nobody would ever see the same Caller ID so they'll never see any post I make about the call. Therefore, I didn't bother to post on the usual web sites: 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.Me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
Variation on their past calls. Offer is for a "free" Medical Alert system. Opens with a new scare tactic, the thought of hip fractures, then an offer for a "free" medical alert alarm.
Of course they ignore the Federal Do Not Call list, which certainly tells you something about their business ethics, doesn't it?
Following is the text of the recorded robo call...
me: [silent]   male voice: "...281,000 hospital admissions for hip fractures among people age 65 and older and one out of five hip fracture patients die within a year of their injury. Don't gambol with your personal health and safety. Get a free medical alert system shipped to you for free with no charge for activation. But you must act now. Press "1" to get your free system, press "5" to be removed, but to be protected 24 hours per day, 7 days per week press "1" now. (pause) Good bye."

June 2014

Robo call (516) 220-3819 recorded 13 June 2014 ("Personal Medic Alert system and free $1,000 grocery coupons...") SCAM Caller ID: "Hauck Vincent P"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.Me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
Variation on their last call on May 22nd for a "free" Medical Alert system. Opens with an offer for a "free" medical alert alarm then offers free $1,000 in grocery coupons (what, no prescription discount card?)
Of course they ignore the Federal Do Not Call list, which certainly tells you something about their business ethics, doesn't it?
Following is the text of the recorded robo call...
me: Hello?   male voice: "Attention seniors, due to health care changes in your area, you're now eligible for a personal medical alert system at no cost to you. Press "1" now. Since you've already been referred by a medical professional your package is ready to be shipped. By receiving the package today you're now eligible to receive $1,000 in grocery saving coupons that can be used for products you already buy and use. The products that you buy every week, and that savings goes right into your pocket. Press "1" to speak to a representative. Press 9 to opt out."

Robo call (406) 629-4949 recorded 04 June 2014 (Cardholder Services, lower your rate, final notice...) Credit Card SCAM Caller ID: "Cell Phone MT"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
"Cardholder Services" calling me back one day after assuring me, "...consider this your final notice..." and even after telling me I didn't qualify for their "lower your rate" offer because I pay my credit cards off in full each month.
The recorded message is their usual patter (see below) followed by the same message two more times. Finally they say "good bye" and disconnect.
Their total disregard of the Do Not Call list certainly tells us a lot about their business ethic, doesn't it? Here is a transcript of their latest offering:

female voice: "This is a very important message about your current credit card accounts. This is your second and final notice to lower your credit card interest rate and payments. Press 1 now to find out the terms conditions and associated changes before the next billing cycle. Again, this is your final notice as it relates to the financial stimulus. So press 1 now to take advantage of this today."
[7 second pause, then electronic tone and same message repeats twice more]
[5 second pause] [female voice] "Good bye".

Robo call (406) 477-3151 recorded 03 June 2014 (Carmen & Brigit, Cardholder Services, lower your rate, final notice...) Credit Card SCAM Caller ID: "Lame Deer MT"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
"Carmen" and "Bridget" calling me back less than two weeks after assuring me, "...consider this your final notice..." and even after telling me I didn't qualify for their "lower your rate" offer because I pay my credit cards off in full each month.
The format of this "lower your rate" call is different than past calls. The recorded message is their usual patter (see below) but there's a pause, followed by a similar message with a different voice. Then there's another pause, and another voice and different message about lowering your rate is played. Finally they say "good bye" and disconnect.
Their total disregard of the Do Not Call list certainly tells us a lot about their business ethic, doesn't it? Here is a transcript of their latest offering:

female voice: "This is a very important message about your current credit card accounts. This is your second and final notice to lower your credit card interest rate and payments. Press 1 now to find out the terms conditions and associated changes before the next billing cycle. Again, this is your final notice as it relates to the financial stimulus. So press 1 now to take advantage of this today."
[7 second pause, then electronic tone]
[female voice] "Hello, this is Carmen at Cardholder Services calling in reference to your current credit card account. It is urgent that you contact us concerning your eligibility for lowering your interest rate. Please consider this your final notice. Press the number 1 now to speak with a live operator and lower your interest rate or press the number 3 to discontinue further services. Thank you and have a great day." [5 second pause]
[female voice] "Hello, this is Bridget with Cardholder Services calling in reference to your current credit card account. There are no problems currently with your account, it is urgent that you contact us concerning your eligibility for lowering your interest rate to as little as 1%. Your eligibility expires shortly so please consider this your final notice. Please press the number 1 on your phone now to speak with a live operator and lower your interest rate. Or press the number 3 to discontinue further notices. Thank you. Have a great day." [5 second pause] [female voice] "Good bye".

May 2014

Robo call (516) 220-3819 recorded 22 May 2014 ("Personal Medic Alert system and free $1,000 grocery coupons...") SCAM Caller ID: "Hauck Vincent P"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.Me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
Variation on their last call on April 29th for free Medical Alert system. Opens with an offer for a "free" medical alert alarm then offers free $1,000 in grocery coupons (what, no prescription discount card?)
Of course they ignore the Federal Do Not Call list, which certainly tells you something about their business ethics, doesn't it?
Following is the text of the recorded robo call...
me: Hello?   male voice: "Attention seniors, due to health care changes in your area, you're now eligible for a personal medical alert system at no cost to you. Press "1" now. Since you've already been referred by a medical professional your package is ready to be shipped. By receiving the package today you're now eligible to receive $1,000 in grocery saving coupons that can be used for products you already buy and use. The products that you buy every week, and that savings goes right into your pocket. Press "1" to speak to a representative. Press 9 to opt out."

Robo call (518) 278-0335 & 278-0333 recorded 22 May 2014 (Carmen, Cardholder Services, lower your rate, final notice...) Credit Card SCAM Caller ID: "Ballston Lak[e] NY"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
"Carmen" called me back two weeks after their last call from a different number, even after assuring me, "...consider this your final notice..." and even after telling me I didn't qualify for their "lower your rate" offer because I pay my credit cards off in full each month.
I was able to press 1 to speak to a live operator. He explained that he was the "screener" to make sure I qualified for their offer, then I'd be transferred to an agent.

He didn't ask my identity, but he did ask if I carry a balance, the percentage rate of my current credit card and the name of the bank. He also wanted the 800 number from the back of the card. I told him I was "upstairs" and had to go downstairs to get the card. I put him on mute and he actually held the line for nearly 10 minutes before he terminated the call.
The format of this "lower your rate" call is different than past calls. The recorded message is their usual patter (see below) but there's a pause, followed by the same message played again. Then there's another pause, but a different voice and different message about lowering your rate is played. Finally they say "good bye" and disconnect.
Their total disregard of the Do Not Call list certainly tells us a lot about their business ethic, doesn't it? Here is a transcript of their latest offering:

female voice: "Hello, this is Carmen at Cardholder Services calling in reference to your current credit card account. It is urgent that you contact us concerning your eligibility for lowering your interest rate. Please consider this your final notice. Press the number 1 now to speak with a live operator and lower your interest rate or press the number 3 to discontinue further services. Thank you and have a great day."
[7 second pause, then electronic tone and same message repeats]
[another 7 second pause, then different message with different voice but same theme plays]
[female voice] "This is a very important message about your current credit card accounts. This is your second and final notice to lower your credit card interest rate and payments. Press 1 now to find out the terms conditions and associated changes before the next billing cycle. Again, this is your final notice as it relates to the financial stimulus. So press 1 now to take advantage of this today." [5 second pause] [female voice] "Good bye".

Robo call (518) 278-0333 recorded 15 May 2014 (Triple message includes Bridget & Carmen, Cardholder Services, final notice...) Credit Card SCAM Caller ID: "Ballston Lak[e] NY"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
Triple message, including "Carmen" barely a month after their last call from a different number, even after assuring me, "...consider this your final notice..."
The format of this "lower your rate" call is exactly like their most recent call. The recorded message is their usual patter (see below) but there's a pause, followed by a differently worded message with a different voice on the same "lower your rate" theme. Then there's another pause, then the original voice and same message about lowering your rate is played. Finally they say "good bye" and disconnect.
Their total disregard of the Do Not Call list certainly tells us a lot about their business ethic, doesn't it? Here is a transcript of their latest offering:

female voice: "Hello, this is Bridget with Cardholder Services calling in reference to your current credit card account. There are no problems currently with your account, it is urgent that you contact us concerning your eligibility for lowering your interest rate to as little as 1%. Your eligibility expires shortly so please consider this your final notice. Please press the number 1 on your phone now to speak with a live operator and lower your interest rate. Or press the number 3 to discontinue further notices. Thank you. Have a great day."
[7 second pause, then electronic tone and a different voice and different message]
female voice: "Hello, this is Carmen at Cardholder Services calling in reference to your current credit card account. It is urgent that you contact us concerning your eligibility for lowering your interest rate. Please consider this your final notice. Press the number 1 now to speak with a live operator and lower your interest rate or press the number 3 to discontinue further services. Thank you and have a great day."
[another 7 second pause, then "Bridget" and her same message repeats]
[7 second pause] [female voice] "Good bye".

Live call (215) 240-6942 recorded 13 May 2014 ("Heritage calling on behalf of the Special Olympics..." Fundraising call Caller ID: "Philadelphia PA"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
"Heritage" calling for Special Olympics, eh? I never donate to "professional fundraisers" collecting on behalf of charities because the fundraiser keeps 80% to 85% of the contributions while the charities only get 10% to 15%. This is just too inefficient. Everyone should reconsider donating to such an inefficient collection method.
Here is the call transcript:
me: "Hello?"
they: "Hello, this is Linda Booker, may I speak to John or Tyson?"
me:"Uh, who are you calling?"
they: "John or Tyson Gibson? Spelled G-I-B-S-O-N"
me: "Yes, this is John"
they: "Well (coughs) I don't know why I have Gibson here too, I don't know...hmm, excuse me, this is Linda Booker giving you a call this year with Heritage on behalf of Special Olympics in Merion, PA. You know you're a wonderful supporter for Special Olympics. Thank you so much. Uh, they are disabled, John, they're not enabled, and your games are coming up, that's why I'm calling. They'll get healthy meals and uniforms, you know, whatever they need. The levels are the same, the gold is fifty, the silver's for thirtyfive, the bronze is for twenty and the smaller one is for fifteen dollars. Is one of those ok for the children this year..."
me: "Uh, this is for Special Olympics? Yes, that's worthy, I can contribute to that..."
[I proceed to furnish a fake name and address courtesy of FakeNameGenerator.com ]

Robo call (888) 397-1420 recorded 08 May 2014 ("DMB Financial, student loan debt alleviation", Caller ID: "DMB FInancial"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
Having received a spam e-mail advertising student loan debt forgiveness and knowing I can "hide" behind a Google Voice phone number, I was curious and called their (877) 732-6391 number offering "help with student loan debt". They returned my call a day later with a robo call.
They are really offering a credit-damaging solution that's intended for peoplle who can't pay back their loans and seek an alternative to personal bankruptcy filing.

I have to laugh at their poor grammar when they use reflexive "yourself" when they really mean "you". Here is the call transcript:
"Hello, new programs that alleviate student loan debt are available to borrowers such as yourself. [sic]These programs offer lower monthly payments, renewed borrower benefits, and in some cases, loan forgiveness. To speak with a live agent immediately about these student loan forgiveness programs, press 1 now. To be removed from our list, press 2."

April 2014

Robo call (516) 220-4762 recorded 29 April 2014 ("Personal Medic Alert system and free $1,000 grocery coupons...") SCAM Caller ID: "Gardner Sharon"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.Me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
Variation on their last call on March 26th for free Medical Alert system. Opens with an offer for a "free" medical alert alarm then offers free $1,000 in grocery coupons (what, no prescription discount card?)
Of course they ignore the Federal Do Not Call list, which certainly tells you something about their business ethics, doesn't it?
Following is the text of the recorded robo call...
me: Hello? (my cell phone is heard ringing in the background)   male voice: "Attention seniors, due to health care changes in your area, you're now eligible for a personal medical alert system at no cost to you. Press "1" now. Since you've already been referred by a medical professional your package is ready to be shipped. By receiving the package today you're now eligible to receive $1,000 in grocery saving coupons that can be used for products you already buy and use. The products that you buy every week, and that savings goes right into your pocket. Press "1" to speak to a representative. Press 9 to opt out."

Live call (856) 861-3454 recorded 25 April 2014 (Chris from "Action Medical" offering topical ointment "better and safer than Ibuprofen" pills...) Med Supply SCAM Caller ID: "US Life Care"

I posted on 800notes.com 914 219-0093, WhoCallsMe.com 914 219-0093, WhyCall.me 914 219-0093, callERcenter.com 914 219-0093 and RUscammer.com 914 219-0093

800notes.com 856 861-3454, WhoCallsMe.com 856 861-3454, WhyCall.me 856 861-3454, callERcenter.com 856 861-3454 and RUscammer.com 856 861-3454

This was a rather complicated two part call, but I was only able to record the second call, so some background information is necessary.

[Part 1, non recorded call] A fellow introducing himself as "Chris from Action Medical" asked for me by a pseudonym I gave to a telemarketer earlier in April. He explained that due to recent changes in the Healthcare laws, I was now eligible for a new topical pain relief medication that was better and safer than traditional pills, such as Ibuprofin. He asked me if I was aware that traditional paid relief pills could harm my liver (although a grain of truth, I'm sure it's a tactic designed to scare me into wanting his topical pain killing medication)

He assured me he wasn't selling me this ointment, instead, he could contact my doctor and my doctor could arrange through him to have it sent to me directly via US Mail at no cost to me. Of course, he would need the name of my doctor.

I thought "Smith" would be too obvious, so I told him "S M Y T H E". He spent a few moments on the phone with me, accessing his database, attempting to find my fictitious "Dr. Smythe".

He noted "This is odd, usually I can find 99% of doctors mentioned to me, but I can't find your Dr. Smythe..." and he asked me if I had a phone number for the doctor. I said I have my medical file in a drawer and I'd be happy to get it if he could hold, and he agreed to wait while I went to get my folder.

Big mistake for him, I pressed MUTE on my phone (no Hold button) and left him for 5 minutes or so, then came back to tell him "I'm still looking".

This poor dumb guy actually waited on the phone for over 20 minutes while I was "looking for my medical file". At one point I heard him say aloud "this is crazy!"

He finally disconnected and I expected him to call back, which he did, about 2 hours later.

[Part 2, recorded call] The following is his second call to me. He reintroduced himself and reminded me about the topical ointment and that he couldn't find my doctor on his database. I told him there was one more box of my files in the garage and if he'd hold, I'd look through those documents to try to find the phone number of my (fictitious) Dr. Smythe. He agreed. I feEl so guilty (not!), I put him on hold (I was using a software telephone on my computer desktop with a HOLD button now) and he remained on HOLD for just over 10 minutes this time! At least he had three different sets of HOLD music.

I won't bother with the transcript of our conversation, the above summary should give you a good idea, but it's worth listening to the recording embedded at the top of this writeup.

Robo call (360) 322-6668 recorded 18 April 2014 (Triple message includes Bridget & Carmen, Cardholder Services, final notice...) Credit Card SCAM Caller ID: "Arlington WA"

I posted on 800notes.com (here's some excellent advice), WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
Triple message, including "Carmen" only five days after their last call from the same number (shame on me for forgetting to block it), even after assuring me, "...consider this your final notice..."
The format of this "lower your rate" call is different than past calls. The recorded message is their usual patter (see below) but there's a pause, followed by a differently worded message on the same "lower your rate" theme. Then there's another pause, then the original voice and same message about lowering your rate is played. Finally they say "good bye" and disconnect.
Their total disregard of the Do Not Call list certainly tells us a lot about their business ethic, doesn't it? Here is a transcript of their latest offering:

female voice: "Hello, this is Bridget with Cardholder Services calling in reference to your current credit card account. There are no problems currently with your account, it is urgent that you contact us concerning your eligibility for lowering your interest rate to as little as 1%. Your eligibility expires shortly so please consider this your final notice. Please press the number 1 on your phone now to speak with a live operator and lower your interest rate. Or press the number 3 to discontinue further notices. Thank you. Have a great day."
[9 second pause, then electronic tone and a different voice and different message]
female voice: "Hello, this is Carmen at Cardholder Services calling in reference to your current credit card account. It is urgent that you contact us concerning your eligibility for lowering your interest rate. Please consider this your final notice. Press the number 1 now to speak with a live operator and lower your interest rate or press the number 3 to discontinue further services. Thank you and have a great day."
[another 9 second pause, then this same message repeats]
[9 second pause] [female voice] "Good bye".

Robo call (516) 228-1068 recorded 14 April 2014 (Paul in the shipping department of Medical Alerts...) Credit Card SCAM Caller ID: "Garden City NY"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
This caller doesn't pay any attention to the Do Not Call list. Tells you something about his business ethic, doesn't it?
What happened to "John from shipping"? Has he fallen down and can't get up? Was he replaced by "Paul in shipping at Medical Alerts" because he was arrested for fraud? At lease John's message was realistic and interesting. Not that I want to hear from either of them, but they changed their number again, so they're getting past my call blocker.
Here is a transcript of their latest robo call:

male voice: "Hello, this is Paul in the shipping department from Medical Alerts. Your order is now ready for shipping. Press 1 now. Since you've already been referred by a medical professional, you are eligible for a personal medical alert system at no cost to you. By accepting the package today you are now eligible for a 75% off prescription discount card. Again press 1 now to receive your free personal medical alert system or press 9 to opt out."

Robo call (360) 322-6668 recorded 14 April 2014 (Triple message includes Carmen, Cardholder Services, final notice...) Credit Card SCAM Caller ID: "Arlington WA"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
Triple message, including "Carmen" only five days after their last call from a different number, even after assuring me, "...consider this your final notice..."
The format of this "lower your rate" call is different than past calls. The recorded message is their usual patter (see below) but there's a pause, followed by a differently worded message on the same "lower your rate" theme. Then there's another pause, then the original voice and same message about lowering your rate is played. Finally they say "good bye" and disconnect.
Their total disregard of the Do Not Call list certainly tells us a lot about their business ethic, doesn't it? Here is a transcript of their latest offering:

female voice: "This is a very important message about your current credit card accounts. This is your second and final notice to lower your credit card interest rate and payments. Press 1 now to find out the terms conditions and associated changes before the next billing cycle. Again, this is your final notice as it relates to the financial stimulus. So press 1 now to take advantage of this today."
[8 second pause, then electronic tone and a different voice and different message]
female voice: "Hello, this is Carmen at Cardholder Services calling in reference to your current credit card account. It is urgent that you contact us concerning your eligibility for lowering your interest rate. Please consider this your final notice. Press the number 1 now to speak with a live operator and lower your interest rate or press the number 3 to discontinue further services. Thank you and have a great day."
[another 8 second pause, then the original message with original voice repeats]
[female voice] "This is a very important message about your current credit card accounts. This is your second and final notice to lower your credit card interest rate and payments. Press 1 now to find out the terms conditions and associated changes before the next billing cycle. Again, this is your final notice as it relates to the financial stimulus. So press 1 now to take advantage of this today." [7 second pause] [female voice] "Good bye".

Robo call (360) 322-6708 recorded 09 April 2014 (Carmen, Cardholder Services, your final notice...) Credit Card SCAM Caller ID: "Arlington WA"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
"Carmen" replaces "Rachel" a week after their last call from a different number, even after assuring me, "...consider this your final notice..."
The format of this "lower your rate" call is different than past calls. The recorded message is their usual patter (see below) but there's a pause, followed by the same message played again. Then there's another pause, but a different voice and different message about lowering your rate is played. Finally they say "good bye" and disconnect.
Their total disregard of the Do Not Call list certainly tells us a lot about their business ethic, doesn't it? Here is a transcript of their latest offering:

female voice: "Hello, this is Carmen at Cardholder Services calling in reference to your current credit card account. It is urgent that you contact us concerning your eligibility for lowering your interest rate. Please consider this your final notice. Press the number 1 now to speak with a live operator and lower your interest rate or press the number 3 to discontinue further services. Thank you and have a great day."
[7 second pause, then electronic tone and same message repeats]
[another 7 second pause, then different message with different voice but same theme plays]
[female voice] "This is a very important message about your current credit card accounts. This is your second and final notice to lower your credit card interest rate and payments. Press 1 now to find out the terms conditions and associated changes before the next billing cycle. Again, this is your final notice as it relates to the financial stimulus. So press 1 now to take advantage of this today." [5 second pause] [female voice] "Good bye".

Live call from (xxx) yyy-zzzz recorded 07 April 2014 (Fundraising Solicitation, "Innovative Teleservices" on behalf of Childhood Leukemia Foundation) Caller ID: Anonymous

I posted on 800notes.com (317) 472-8016, WhoCallsMe.com (317) 472-8016, WhyCall.me (317) 472-8016, callERcenter.com (317) 472-8016 and RUscammer.com (317) 472-8016

800notes.com (866) 202-8221, WhoCallsMe.com (866) 202-8221, WhyCall.me (866) 202-8221, callERcenter.com (866) 202-8221 and RUscammer.com (866) 202-8221

800notes.com (619) 819-7073, WhoCallsMe.com (619) 819-7073, WhyCall.me (619) 819-7073, callERcenter.com (619) 819-7073 and RUscammer.com (619) 819-7073

800notes.com (248) 507-4158, WhoCallsMe.com (248) 507-4158, WhyCall.me (248) 507-4158, callERcenter.com (248) 507-4158 and RUscammer.com (248) 507-4158

800notes.com (920) 471-4506, WhoCallsMe.com (920) 471-4506, WhyCall.me (920) 471-4506, callERcenter.com (920) 471-4506 and RUscammer.com (920) 471-4506

Live fundraising call from "Innovative Teleservices on behalf of Childhood Leukemia Foundation" using completely blocked phone numbers. I never contribute to "professional fundraisers" because they rarely give more than 10% of collections to the charity and I wouldn't support this charity because of their conscious reliance on such an inefficient collection method.
Following is a transcript of this live fundraising solicitation call:
me: "Hello?"
they: "Hi, John?"
me:"Who?"
they: "Well, my information might be wrong. My name is Laura and I'm calling you today on behalf of the Childhood Leukemia Foundation in Brick, New Jersey. This year the Foundation is deliverying gift baskets to sick children that are in cancer treetment centers and these baskets have some really great things like toys and games, there's pajamas and even a $75 gift card inside. What we're trying to do is help lift their spirits as they go through their cancer treatment. I'm with Innovative a professional fundraiser and we have not mailed out anything to you yet. We want to make sure we can count on your support for a tax deductible donation. Most are helping with our Gold sponsor at $35 and Silver sponsor at $25. Can the children count on you for one of those?"
me: "Uh, this is for children with leukemia you say?"
they: "Yep, yep and we're, we're raising money for the gift baskets that I mentioned and also in addition to that the Foundation provides human hair wigs for the children who lose their hair during chemotherapy treatments."
me: "Uh, yes, I think I can contribute to that."
they: "Ok, would you like to do the Gold for $35? Or the Silver for $25?"
me: "Uh, I'll, I'll go the Gold."
they: "I'm sorry, didn't hear you?"
me: "Gold."
they: "The Gold for 35? Well that's very generous, now can I get your first name?"
me: "My first name is Jason."
they: "And Jason your last name?"
[I proceed to furnish a fake name and address courtesy of FakeNameGenerator.com ]
they: "Excellent. Well first I want to thank you very much for your very generous pledge of $35, next I'm going to transfer you to our Records department. What they do is confirm the pledge. They're also gonna go over your address one more time, make sure I didn't do anything wrong and they're the ones who get the information together and mail it out to you and they uh they'll let you know what to look for in the mail, ok?"
me: "Awright."
they: "Please stay on the line sir, they'll pick right up."
me: "Awright." [you can hear me taking a deep breath]
they: "Thank you for holding, are you comfortable with the 35?"
me: "Yes I am."
they: [she verifies my address, asks if there's any "apartment or post office"?] "Ok, um, you'll get it [pledge card] in about three days that's just when we ask you to send it back, ok?"
me: "O h    k a y ."
they: "All right, thank you so much, you have a nice evening."
me: "Ok, thank you, good night."

Robo call (321) 250-9567 recorded 01 April 2014 (Disney Vacation & Cruise) Travel SCAM Caller ID: "Kissimmee FL"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com (thanks for the comment Anthony D. Ambuehl, Sr.), WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com, RUscammer.com, CallerComplaints.com and WhoCalled.info
The "Disney Vacation" scammers have dusted off their robo message from exactly one year ago and are calling again with their "vacation tax time special" including the same claim number, "1-5-8".
Here is the call transcript:
"Let the memories begin. You have been selected for a magical Walt Disney World area tax time special and the first 200 callers will get a special bonus vacation. Your claim number is 1 5 8. Press 1 now to connect to one of our live agents. Press 2 to be removed from this list."

March 2014

Live call from (215) 874-0143 recorded 27 March 2014 (Live Fundraising Solicitation Community Service Publishers on behalf of MSAA) Caller ID: Bristol PA

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
Another live donation solicitation call from "Community Service Publishers on behalf of the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America." using one of their many "avoid blocking" phone numbers. I never contributed to them in the past and I wouldn't support this charity since the caller introduced himself as being "...paid by the Community Service Publishers to call..." Calling "on behalf of" means most of any donation would go to the fund raiser, not the charity.
Following is a transcript of this live fundraising solicitation call:

me: "Hello?"
they: "Hello John, this is Neeameyer Thuggs with uh Community Service Publishers calling on behalf of the Multiple Sclerosis Association of the America. We just wanted to thank, let, thank you because of your thoughtful support. The association is celebrating over 40 years of providing programs and services for the families of victims of MS free of charge. Now that includes equipment like wheelchairs, walkers, benches, emotional support, basically anything these people need to make their lives more comfortable. Now you may not be aware of this sir but this disease often strikes with no warning or and there is still no known cause or no cure. So the Association is there to step in to help these people with MS live more productible and independent lives. Just things we take for granted like providing for our families or caring for the children that these MS victims may not be able to do without assistance. Now if you have MS or know someone who does, just call one 800 LEARN MS to [unintelligible]. Now there are several levels of support uh to give every opp- everybody the opportunity to give. We have our "Conquerer of the Crippler" at $50, our most prestigious. Um, then there's the "Gift of Hope" at thirty five and then "Inspire the Future" at twenty five. Um, now, uh, just so you know, almost 200 people diagnosed each year each week with this disease uh, and we still need your continued support to make a difference in the lives of these people with MS so, have you had an amazing year and can go for the "Conqurer of the Crippler" or will one of the lower levels be best for you?"
me: Uh, no, I think I can go the whole way.
they: "Uh, of the $50?"
me:" Yes."
they: "Ok, all right, well hold on just one second, let me, let my uh manager uh uh can do that for you, first, let me get your address...uh"
me:"Ok now when I, when I answered the phone you said 'Hello John'. That's not my name."
they: "Oh, oh, you're not John? I'm sorry, my records must be off. what is your name sir?"
[I provide him a fake name and address courtesy of FakeNameGenerator.com]
they: "...and let me get my manager to confirm that for you."
manager: "Hi it's Audrey, I'm here to make sure you're comfortable with that $50 commitment, is that correct?"
me:"Yes."
manager: "Ok that's great sir [unintelligible] we'll work it in a couple of weeks after we receive it, ok?"
me:"All right."
manager: "Thanks again for your support sir and you have a great day."
me:"Ok, thank you."
manager: "Thank you, bye bye."

Robo call (212) 660-4324 recorded 26 March 2014 ("Medic Alert Alarm and free $1,000 grocery coupons and 75% prescription discount card...") Credit Card SCAM Caller ID: "New York NY"

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Variation on calls I received last December 2013 for free Medical Alert alarm scams. Opens with an offer for a "free" medical alert alarm then offers free $1,000 in grocery coupons and a 75% prescription discount card.
Their recording is very poorly edited, you can tell the original recording was longer and they broke the recording in places leaving words that don't make sense.
Of course they ignore the Federal Do Not Call list, which certainly tells you something about their business ethics, doesn't it?
Following is the text of the recorded robo call...
me: Hello?   male voice: "Hello seniors, due to new health care regulations, you are now eligible to receive a personal medical alert system at no cost to you. Since you've already been referred to by a friend or family member [unintelligible] call to receive your personal medical alert system and by taking advantage today you'll also receive $1,000 in grocery saving coupons plus a 75% prescription discount card. Again, press 1 now to receive your personal medical alert system. Press 9 to opt out."

Robo call (302) 764-3121 recorded 20 March 2014 (Rachel Cardholder Services, final notice...) Credit Card SCAM Caller ID: "Wilmington DE"

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"Rachel" is back but has only waited three weeks since "Heather's" last call from a different number, even after assuring me, "...consider this your final notice..." I wish I had a quarter for every time a robo call voice said "...please consider this your final notice."
I also chuckle because I noticed they corrected their poor grammar used on previous calls "...There's no problems currently with your accounts..." (their script writer finally fixed the use of a singular verb with the plural subject). Their total disregard of the Do Not Call list certainly tells us a lot about their business ethic, doesn't it? Here is a transcript of their latest offering:

female voice: "Hello, this is Rachel at Cardholder Services calling in reference to your current credit card account. There are no problems currently with your account, it is urgent that you contact us concerning your eligibility for lowering your interest rate to as little as 6.9%. Your eligibility expires shortly so please consider this your final notice. Please press the number 1 on your phone now to speak with a live operator and lower your interest rate. Or press the number 3 to discontinue further notices. Thank you. Have a great day."

Robo call (781) 884-0698 recorded 10 March 2014 (FBI Crime stats, "Free" Alarm system and small sign)

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These people call whether you're on the Do Not Call list or not. Doesn't that suggest something about their business ethics? Don't bother to press 9 to be removed from their predictive dialer, they won't. Much better not to answer calls whose Caller ID you don't recognize.
they: "Hello. The FBI reports there was a home break in every 15 seconds. Your local police recommend you protect your home....if you will allow us to place a small sign in your yard, we will install a new security system at absolutely no cost to you whatsoever. There is no cost for the system or the installation whatsoever. To hear more, press 1 now. To be placed on our Do Not Call list, press 9."

Live call (484) 918-0705 & (631) 393-0903 recorded 06 March 2014 (All American Chimney, special flue cleaning & inspection...) Caller ID: "Coatesville PA" & "Farmingdale NY"

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They called me three times recently using a Coatesville, PA and New York Caller ID, but their predictive dialer never put their agent on the line when I answered until today. Strikes one and two, how annoying. The woman was polite and business-like but I didn't count how many "g"s she dropped from the ends of her words. She has my confidence, I really believe her when she said she'll remove me from their call list.
Following is a transcript of the live call:

me: Hello?
they:Hi, John?
me: Yes?
they: Hi, it's [unintelligible] with All American Chimney, and the reason for the call is to have the flue pipe for the home heating system cleaned and inspected and we are having a special right now it's a flat $35. You get a thorough cleanin' you're gonna get all your certificates and guarantees in writin' We also include a twelve point fire safety inspection and a carbon monoxide draft test. It takes about a half hour of your time and then you're all set. Would you be available tomorrow mornin' or afternoon to get in on this special?
me: Uh, I don't have a chimney.
they:Ok, how do you heat your home, sir? It's for the heating flue, not the fireplace.
me: Uh, gas.
they:Ok, and does it vent to the side of the home? It vents to the side?
me: It vents out through the roof through a PVC pipe.
they:Ok, you have a pre-fab. I will take you off our list.
me: Sorry, I didn't hear you.
they:I said, you have somethin' that's called a pre-fab which don't need our services. I will take you off our list. I'm sorry to bother you.
me: Ok, that's all right.
they:Thank you. Bye bye.
me: Surely.

Robo call (302) 764-3176 recorded 06 March 2014 (Rachel Cardholder Services, final notice...) Credit Card SCAM Caller ID: "Wilmington DE"

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"Rachel" is back but has only waited three weeks since "Heather's" last call from a different number, even after assuring me, "...consider this your final notice..." I wish I had a quarter for every time a robo call voice said "...please consider this your final notice."
I also chuckle because I noticed they corrected their poor grammar used on previous calls "...There's no problems currently with your accounts..." (their script writer finally fixed the use of a singular verb with the plural subject). Their total disregard of the Do Not Call list certainly tells us a lot about their business ethic, doesn't it? Here is a transcript of their latest offering:

female voice: "Hello, this is Rachel at Cardholder Services calling in reference to your current credit card account. There are no problems currently with your account, it is urgent, however, that you contact us concerning your eligibility for lowering your interest rate to as little as 6.9%. Your eligibility expires shortly so please consider this your final notice. Please press the number 1 on your phone now to speak with a live operator and lower your interest rate. Or press the number 3 to discontinue further notices. Thank you. Have a great day."

Robo call (360) 322-6687 recorded 03 March 2014 (Lower your rate, second and final notice...as it applies to the financial stimulus) Credit Card SCAM Caller ID: Arlington WA

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I wish I had a quarter for every time a robo call voice said "this is your second and final warning..."
They call whether you're on the Do Not Call list or not...certainly says something about their business ethic, doesn't it? Don't fall for it.

me: Hello?   they: "This is a very important message about your current credit card accounts. This is your second and final notice to lower your credit card interest rate and payments. Press 1 now to find out the terms conditions and associated changes before the next billing cycle. Again, this is your final notice as it relates to the financial stimulus. So press 1 now to take advantage of this today." [pause, repeats two more times] [female voice] "Good bye"

February 2014

(856) 942-0536 Live call recorded 27 February 2014 (Fundraising for NJ State Law Enforcement Officers Association...") SCAMMER Caller ID: "Collingswood NJ"

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The same phone number called me on 9 January 2014 and I kept them on the line needlessly aftey they told me that only 15% of pledges actually benefits the Police Association, now they're giving me the opportunity to do so, again! Since they don't remove me from their call list, now my attitude is not just to waste their time on the phone, but to actually cost them money. You will see in the following transcript that I agreed to make a donation, but I gave them totally fake ID and address complements of www.FakeNameGenerator.com They'll pay postage to send me a pledge kit, then get it back from the Postal Service as undeliverable. Perhaps then they'll remove me.
Following is a transcript of the live call:

me: Hello? [several times, damned slow predictive dialer]
they: Hello?
me: Hello?
they: Good evening, this is Dave Carter calling for the New Jersey State Law Enforcement Officers Association. Ah sir, the reason for my call is the Association just kicked off their fund drive. As a paid fundraiser for residential programs we're sending out the brand new pledge kit and window decal to all supporting residents. Now the goal of the drive is to help provide financial assistance to the overall general welfare of the organization. Now sir, when you receive your pledge kit and decal, can the New Jersey State Law Enforcement Officers Association count on you for your support.
me: Uh, yes, most definitely.
they: Great, ok, well, we have some different amounts, um the top two spots for the drive are the Gold sponsor at $55, and the silver at 45. Which one's comfortable for you?
me: Uh, the police are very important, they've benefitted the community, I think I can go with the top.
they: Great, thank you so much for your support, sir. That will go an extremely long way to help them out. Now let me just ask, are you 100% comfortable with the $55 donation?
me: Well, you know, 55 doesn't sound like that much, especially when police officers put their life on the line. I'd like to up that.
they: Great.
me: I'd like to make a contribution of $75.
they: Now let me just ask, are you 100% comfortable with that amount?
me: Yes, I am.
they: Oh good, I'm glad to hear that. Outstanding. Now all I need to do is transfer you over to the records department so they can confirm your mailing address and get the pledge kit sent right out to ya. So please stay on the line.
me: Are we going to listen to music? [he did mention records department, lol]
female voice: Hi, this is [unintelligible] in the records department and I'm paid to make certain we have everything correct. First off I'd like to thank you on behalf of the New Jersey State Law Enforcement Officers Association for your generous pledge and for your receipt, how much will you be able to donate?
me: Uh, I will donate $75.
female voice: all right, thank you sir. I just want to check if you're 100% comfortable with the $75 donation?
me: Oh gee, David just asked me that. Yes, I am.
female voice: all right, thank you sir. Well I just want to check the name that you'd like to appear on your pledge kit, please.
me: *** I go on to furnish a 100% fake name and address, courtesy from www.FakeNameGenerator.com ***
female voice: uh hmm, ok...thank you. I just want to check your complete mailing address sir.
me: *** I provide a 100% fake address in Camden, NJ ***
female voice: Thank you. Do I need to add an apartment number or a box number with the address you have sir?
me: No, that goes right to our front stoop.
female voice: All right, thank you so much. We would like to inform you that in three to five days you will receive your pledge kit. Inside will be the official receipt of your $75 donation, a thank you letter and an empty return address envelope for you to send back your generous donation. All gifts and contributions to the organization are not tax deductible due to their non profit tax status. And by the way sir you will also receive a new active supporter decal along with your pledge kit. We'd like to actually thank you again sir for your time and your support and we value your help here. Hope you have a wonderful night, thank you and take care.
me: All right, thank you very much, and keep warm, it's pretty cold out there today, tonight.
female voice: All right, thank you sir, you too. God bless.
me: Good bye.
female voice: Bye bye.

(326) 172-0000 Live call recorded 27 February 2014 (We are Microsoft certified, your computer is generating error reports...") Computer Fix-it SCAMMER Caller ID: "Not Availabl[e]"

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They called me on 1 October 2013 and I toyed with them, now they're giving me the opportunity to do so, again! Heavy India accent calling to inform me my computer is broadcasting many error reports over the Internet, but they can help me fix the problem. Their problem is to get me to turn on my computer.
I put them on hold telling them I have to go to my computer (I was actually speaking to them using my computer as a telephone thanks to Google Voice) then they described what to do after the screen icons appeared.
They had me start the Microsoft RUN box and I put them on HOLD to answer the door (the UPS man really did show up) and I tried to trip them up when they dictated what I was to type in the RUN box command line. They said "double u double u double u dot..." so I carefully spelled out "double you double you double you dot..." and they said "No, no!"
I continued the phonetic spelling when they told me "double you double you double dot P L U S    ace;S I G N ..." and generally annoyed them. After I put them on hold again, they chastised me and said "I know you're really a technician...don't you have anything to say for yourself...you've wasted 3 minutes of my time and your time..." (Ha ha, I wasted 15 minutes of their time, listen to the recording).
Following is a transcript of the conversation:
me: Hello?
they: This is Angela calling you from the Certified Technical Department [unintelligible] in regards to your computer.
me: Uh, yes?
they: Sir [unintelligible] from your computer we are receiving lots of error reports and warning messages. That is the reason why we have called you, ok? So are you the main user of this computer?
me: Uh, yes I am.
they: So could you please turn it on because we need to check it. The complexities which we are talking about, ok? Because your computer can crash or it can get hacked at anytime. This is an urgent notification call from the certified technical department of Windows, ok?
me: Oh my gosh, this is, this is terrible. You want me to turn my computer on?
they: Yes sir, you need to do it. You need to check which errors you're sending to us.
me: Ok, it's in the other room, can I put you on HOLD for about 30 seconds?
they: Sure sir, you take your time.
me: And, uh, I have to switch phones, hold on for just a...I'll be right back, I have to go into the other room...[my HOLD music from X-Lite by Counterpath software telephone] Ok, I'm in the office and I'm turning on my computer.
they: [unintelligible]
me: Oops, it's not plugged in, just a second, I have to climb under the desk, it got unplugged because we were vacuuming last night.
they: uh hum.
me: Now are there any special boot options I have to do when I start this up?
they: No you just normally turn on your computer. Where you see all the desktop icons, and that's it, ok? Then I'll guide you and I'll show you the complexities from my end, ok? Like which errors and which warnings your computer is generating.
me: Ok. Did you go to college for computers?
they: Yes sir, so we are Microsoft certified technicians and we have to study a lot, ok? To get the certification.
me: When does your certification expire?
they: "Expired" means?
me: Uh, expire means ends, terminates, and then you have to renew.
they: No, no, no, it will not expire [unintelligible]
me: Ok, it looks like we are up and running.
they: Ah hum and you can see all the desktop icons there, right?
me: Uh, they're filling in now, it should only be a few more seconds.
they: Ah hum, and this is your home computer, right?
me: Right.
they: And only one computer you have?
me: Uh, we have three, we have two laptops and a desktop computer.
they: Ok and for all the tree [sic] you are the main, like, decision maker, right?
me: Correct.
they: Not a problem, so, can you see the icons now?
me: Yes.
they: Ok, now so you concentrate on your keyboard now, ok? Uh, on the keyboard, on the extreme bottom left hand corner, can you see a CONTROL key, a CTRL key?
me: Uh, yes I do.
they: And beside it can you see a sign of uh four flags, a Windows logo key.

me: Uh yes.
they: Just put one finger on the Windows key and with another finger at the same time, you press the letter R, ok? R as in Roger. Press it at the same time and then you release it.
me: All right, uh the Control, the flag and R for Roger...
they: No, no, no, only the Windows logo key and the letter R. You press it simultaneously and then you leave it.
me: Ok, that opened up a RUN box.
they: Absolutely correct, and beside OPEN, anything else original is blank.
me: It's blank.
they: Ok, so what data you need to type in, it's EVENT, it's EVENT VWR, the word that you have to type in and it will be all together.
me: Ok, I have EVENT, and what?
they: Then VWR, Victor, Whiskey, Romeo.
me: Ok, EVENT, Victor, Whiskey, Romeo.
they: Yeah, now you can click on OK now.
me: Ohhhh kay, now it's opening up another box.
they: Uh hmm.
me: Yes, ok, I have "Event Viewer Local". Overview and Summary...
they: Absolutely correct. As it indicates Event Viewer. That means now you're going to view all the events of your computer now. Ok. Now I'll be showing you which errors your computer is generating because this is a log book of your computer, like whatever activities you do, it is getting recorded over here. Now on the left hand side can you see an option called WINDOWS LOGS.
me: Yes, I do.
they: So double click on WINDOWS LOGS.
me: Ok, it's opened up something in the middle.
they: Yeah, when you double click on WINDOWS LOGS and in it you have five options, Applications, Security, Setup, System, Recording Events, right?
me: Right.
they: And then you have Windows Logs on the left hand side.
me: Ah, what I just double clicked?
they: Yeah, no, you just double click on Windows Logs.
me: Yeah, I did and it opened up Windows Logs with five, Applilcations, Security, Setup...
they: Yeah, five options, right, System, Recording Events, right. Now you double click on the first one, that is Application.
me: Double click Application.
they: Yes.
me: Ohhh kay, it's doing something, it's uh, oh yeah, it's opened Information, Error, Information...and it's a long, scrolling list.
they: RIght, right. Sir, this errors and this warnings you, which is generating in your computer sir, the side you can see. The Date is there, the Time is there, and the Source is there. Can you see?
me: Uh, yes, it's kind of condensed, but it's there, yes, the columns are narrow.
they: Right, so this errors and warnings are getting generated which is coming to the main server of Windows. That is the reason, it is an urgent notification call. Ok. The call so you're adjusting errors and warnings, later when I filter it out for you, exactly the numbers will come in, ok? And now this was Application, the software part, now on the left hand side you double click on System.
me: Uh, double click on, ok, I see it. It's down near the bottom. Ok, when I do that, the Applications have gone away, and, uh, yes, ok, now I see a similar list.
they: Ah hum, so you can see, errors and warnings are getting generated, in your System also, right?
me: Right.
they: Now sir, this was the hardware part of your computer, like uh Application and Systems, when they both work together, then only any operating system works efficiently and you can understand errors and warnings isn't good for anything, right, so... And now what I'll be doing sir, without wasting any more time, I will just get you connected to the Rescue Panel of Windows and then I'll be showing you the other complexities and I'll tell you what needs to be done, ok, like why anti-virus was not protecting you, what is the condition of the firewall and everything, ok? So just exit out from this window.
me: Uh, exit out, how?
they: So you just see on the extreme right hand top there's a minimize option, a small dot, then small two boxes, and a red X box. Can you see that?
me: Uh, yes.
they: Red X mark.
me: Uh, could you hold on for just a second. Just a second please. [you can hear me put the headset down, then pick it up after a few seconds] The UPS man just pulled up in front of our house. Ok, uh, I'm sitting here, I double clicked System, I have a list of...Information list for System, and I lost my place, what are we doing now?
they: Ok sir, then you do [unintelligible] ...
me: Hello?
they: You just press the Windows key and the letter R, the same thing.
me: Yes.
they: Right, and the site open anything that is written other is blank.
me: Uh, just a moment, the UPS, I have to sign for something. I'll be right back. [HOLD music 48 seconds, on my end from X-Lite software phone from Counterpath Corp.] Ok, I'm sorry, I had to sign for that, the UPS man just delivered my new backup, my new external backup drive for my computer.
they: I understand sir, not a problem. Ok, so you just press the Windows key and the letter R one more time, ok.
me: Uh, the Windows, and the letter R.
they: Yeah, press them at the same time and release it, ok.
me: Ok, it's opened up that RUN box.
they: Yes, and beside it, I think uh Event Viewer must already be there, delete it, remove it.
me: Yes.
they: This time so you need to type in www dot
me: Double you, double you, double you, dee oh tee...
they: No, no, no, it's double you double you double you then you put a point, like next to the SHIFT key, the dot sign...
me: Double you, double you, double you, ess aich eye eff tee, ess eye gee en...
they: No, I couldn't get you, what did you type in sir?
me: Uh, what you just said, double you, double you, double you, ess aich eye eff tee, ess eye gee en...
they: No, no, no, I was just trying to say you that beside the SHIFT key there's a dot, ok, remove it, delete it.
me: Beside the SHIFT key is the letter Z as in zebra...
they: No, no, no, you, the side open, what ever you have written, erase it, delete it. Ok?
me: Ok.
they: And now, what you'll type in, I'll just, I'll be very slow, and you need to understand. It's double you, double you, double you, then a dot, sign of a dot...
me: Double you, double you, double you, ess eye gee en, oh ef A, dee oh tee.
they: No sir, you don't have to write that, you have to do it...
me: I'm, I'm not writing, I'm typing. I'm doing this on my keyboard.
they: You have to type this in that RUN window. Beside OPEN, ok? What...you delete, make it blank again.
me: Ok, bee el A en kay...what comes up next? [11 seconds pause] I am ready...
they: So you delete whatever you have written, ok? Make it blank.
me: Yes, ok.
they: Now...sir, you have to type in, it's double you, double you, double you, dot...
me: Oh, double you, dee oh you bee el E, you.
they: Yes. Type it.
me: Ok, double you, dee oh you bee el E, why oh you...ok.
they: Sir, I'll just ask you, only one question. Ok?
me: Yes.
they: And you have to give me only one answer. Straight away, ok?
me: Ok.
they: And are you ready for the question...[my Hold music 10 seconds, from X-Lite software telephone from Counterpath Corp.]
me: Hello?
they: Yeah, so, I think I spoke to your for around uh tree [sic] to four minutes. You wasted my time, you wasted your time. Ok, and I know you are a technical person because the moment you started talking to me, I understood, ok. Bye sir. [pause] You have to say anything?
me: Um...
they: I know you don't have any explanations to give me, bye sir.

Robo call (360) 322-6737 recorded 26 February 2014 (Lower your rate, second and final notice...as it applies to the financial stimulus) Credit Card SCAM Caller ID: "Not Available"

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I wish I had a quarter for every time a robo call voice said "this is your second and final warning..."
They call whether you're on the Do Not Call list or not...certainly says something about their business ethic, doesn't it? Don't fall for it.

me: Hello?   they: "This is a very important message about your current credit card accounts. This is your second and final notice to lower your credit card interest rate and payments. Press 1 now to find out the terms conditions and associated changes before the next billing cycle. Again, this is your final notice as it relates to the financial stimulus. So press 1 now to take advantage of this today." [pause, repeats two more times] [female voice] "Good bye"

Robo call (360) 322-6685 recorded 25 February 2014 (Lower your rate, second and final notice...as it applies to the financial stimulus) Credit Card SCAM Caller ID: Arlington WA

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I wish I had a quarter for every time a robo call voice said "this is your second and final warning..."
They call whether you're on the Do Not Call list or not...certainly says something about their business ethic, doesn't it? Don't fall for it.

me: Hello?   they: "This is a very important message about your current credit card accounts. This is your second and final notice to lower your credit card interest rate and payments. Press 1 now to find out the terms conditions and associated changes before the next billing cycle. Again, this is your final notice as it relates to the financial stimulus. So press 1 now to take advantage of this today." [pause, repeats two more times] [female voice] "Good bye"

Robo call (202) 769-0477 recorded 24 February 2014 (Public survey call, "Iran war ships headed toward US; Threatens to block oil in Persian Gulf") Caller ID: PollRsrch13

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'Public survey' robo call while I was on another call so I couldn't answer it. They did leave a voicemail message, asking if I'm concerned about "Iranian war ships approaching the US, threatening to block oil in the Persian Gulf...we may call back later."
I'm thrilled, I can't wait. Actually, I would like to hear from them to see what their angle is, I'll post it here if they do call back and I can take the call.
Here is a transcript of their voicemail message:
me: Hello?   male voice: "Are you concerned that Iran has sent its war ships towards the U.S. Coast and threatened to cut off oil supplies from the Persian Gulf poising a direct threat to world oil supplies. [...long pause...] This was a public survey call, we may call back later. Thank you."

Robo call (610) 664-4741 recorded 20 February 2014 (Lower your rate, second and final notice...as it applies to the financial stimulus) Credit Card SCAM Caller ID: Pennsylvania

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I wish I had a quarter for every time a robo call voice said "this is your second and final warning..."
This one's so stupid, yet people fall for it.

me: Hello?   they: "This is a very important message about your current credit card accounts. This is your second and final notice to lower your credit card interest rate and payments. Press 1 now to find out the terms conditions and associated changes before the next billing cycle. Again, this is your final notice as it relates to the financial stimulus. So press 1 now to take advantage of this today." [pause, repeats two more times] [female voice] "Good bye"

Robo call (856) 783-8783 recorded 19 February 2014 (Lower your rate, second and final notice...as it applies to the financial stimulus) Credit Card SCAM Caller ID: New Jersey

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I wish I had a quarter for every time a robo call voice said "this is your second and final warning..."
This one's so stupid, yet people fall for it.

me: Hello?   they: "This is a very important message about your current credit card accounts. This is your second and final notice to lower your credit card interest rate and payments. Press 1 now to find out the terms conditions and associated changes before the next billing cycle. Again, this is your final notice as it relates to the financial stimulus. So press 1 now to take advantage of this today." [pause, repeats two more times] [female voice] "Good bye"

Robo call (888) 769-3076 recorded 18 February 2014 (Debt Collection ) Caller ID: unobserved

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For over one year, about every three months or so I receive automated debt collection recorded calls asking for a "Mindy Lay-he" (phonetic spelling of what I hear). I can tell by the difference in recordings each time that an unsuccessful effort leads to the debt being sold to a new collector who is now seeking "Mindy".
We've had this phone number for 35+ years and nobody named "Mindy" has ever lived here.
Partial call transcript:
"(missed portion "...if you are not...") [text to voice synthesizer] "Mindy Lay-he" [recorded voice] please hang up or disconnect. If you are [text to voice synthesizer] "Mindy Lay-he", please press 1 now. Please continue to listen to this message. There will now be a 3 second pause in this message...By continuing to listen to this message you acknowledge you are [text to voice synthesizer] "Mindy Lay-he" This is a call from First Credit Services. This communication is from a debt collector and any information obtained will be used for that purpose, please contact our office about the step by calling 1-888-769-3076. Thank you.""

Robo call (321) 250-3469 recorded 15 February 2014 (Disney Vacation & Cruise SCAM)

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"Let the memories begin. You have been selected for a magical Walt Disney World area holiday special. Your claim number is 1-5-8. To take advantage of this promotion press 1 now or press 2 to be removed from this list."

Robo call (862) 233-9551 recorded 12 February 2014 (Gas bill rate reduction SCAM) Caller ID: Newark NJ

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This is a poorly executed robo call about saving money on your utility bill. The voice-over suggests you already received written material about this "offer" in your last utility bill, then they do a poor editing job to remove the name of whatever utility name was recorded in their original message.

me: Hello?   they: "This call is pertaining to the notice you recently received in your current [unintelligible due to poor edit] bill about a rate reduction. To receive the discount on your bill, please press zero to speak to a representative. Press zero to connect...[long pause]"

January 2014

Robo call (212) 660-5351 recorded 22 January 2014 (Paul in the shipping department of Medical Alerts...) Credit Card SCAM Caller ID: "New York NY"

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This caller doesn't pay any attention to the Do Not Call list. Tells you something about his business ethic, doesn't it?
What happened to "John from shipping"? Has he fallen down and can't get up? Was he replaced by "Paul in shipping at Medical Alerts" because he was arrested for fraud? At lease John's message was realistic and interesting. Not that I want to hear from either of them, but they changed their number again, so they're getting past my call blocker.
Here is a transcript of their latest robo call:

male voice: "Hello, this is Paul in the shipping department from Medical Alerts. Your order is now ready for shipping. Press 1 now. Since you've already been referred by a medical professional, you are eligible for a personal medical alert system at no cost to you. By accepting the package today you are now eligible for a 75% off prescription discount card. Again press 1 now to receive your free personal medical alert system or press 9 to opt out."

Robo call (904) 203-1049 recorded 22 January 2014 (FBI Crime stats, "Free" Alarm system and small sign)

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These people call whether you're on the Do Not Call list or not. Doesn't that suggest something about their business ethics? Don't bother to press 9 to be removed from their predictive dialer, they won't. Much better not to answer calls whose Caller ID you don't recognize.
they: "Hello. The FBI reports there was a home break in every 15 seconds. Your local police recommend you protect your home....if you will allow us to place a small sign in your yard, we will install a new security system at absolutely no cost to you whatsoever. There is no cost for the system or the installation whatsoever. To hear more, press 1 now. To be placed on our Do Not Call list, press 9."

Live call from (713) 955-5635 recorded 09 January 2014 ("James Jones" of "Area Services" fundraising for the National Police & Trooper Association) Caller ID: "Houston TX"

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Another live donation solicitation call from "Area Services on behalf of the "National Police & Trooper Association"." only a month after I toyed with their last caller. Your local police always recommend not contributing to "national" or "state" level police solicitors because the telemarketer keeps 85% of donations.
Calling "on behalf of" means most of any donation would go to the fund raiser, not the charity.
Following is a transcript of this live fundraising solicitation call:

me: Hello?   they: "Is John there?"   me: Speaking...
they: "This is James Jones calling on behalf of the National Police and Trooper Association. This call may be reocrded for quality control. The reason for my call each year there are over one hundred law enforcement officers who are tragically killed in the line of duty in the US. The NPTA is just kicked off their brand new fund drive. As a paid solicitor with Area Services I'm going to send your brand new active supporter decal to you. Please display that proudly in the left rear window of your ve-hicle. Show your great support for these officers. As a special project of the International Union of Police Associations one of the goals for the drive is to provide immediate assistance to the families of member officers who were tragically killed in the line of duty. Now when you receive your pledge kit and decal, can the officers count on your for your support?"
me: Why, certainly.
they: "That's great. The top spots are the Gold booster at forty five, and the Silver's just thirty five. Which one's comfortable for you?"
me: Uh, well, I'll go with the fifty five. [I intentionally volunteered a higher amount]
they: "That's outstanding, you're making a big difference. [you can hear me sipping coffee] That's great. Now are you definitely comfortable with your pledge amount?"
me: Uh, yes.
they: "Ok great. That's going to make a big difference. I'll go ahead and transfer you to my records department. All they're going to do is verify your correct mailing address to ensure the pledge kit and decal do get out to you. My name is James Jones... [both of us speaking at once]
me: Excuse me could you hold on for about ten seconds, just a minute please... [HOLD music at my end]
they: "OK."
me: Ok I'm sorry, I'm back.
they: "Ok. Ok. Hold on just one second [again you can hear me sipping coffee]"
female voice: Hi, thank you for holding, this is Danielle Wood, [again I put the HOLD music on] the records department, and I see you just made a pledge fifty five dollars for the National Police and Trooper's Association. Is this correct? [my HOLD music still playing] [female voice]...Thank you for holding...[male voice of James Jones] Hello? [my HOLD music continues] ...Are you there? [they disconnect]

Robo call (757) 264-1254 recorded 09 January 2014 (Rachel Cardholder Services, final notice...) Credit Card SCAM Caller ID: "Name unavailabl[e]"

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"Rachel" is back but has only waited three weeks since "Heather's" last call from a different number, even after assuring me, "...consider this your final notice..." I wish I had a quarter for every time a robo call voice said "...please consider this is your final notice."
I also chuckle because I noticed they corrected their poor grammar used on previous calls "...There's no problems currently with your accounts..." (their script writer finally fixed the use of a singular verb with the plural subject). Their total disregard of the Do Not Call list certainly tells us a lot about their business ethic, doesn't it? Here is a transcript of their latest offering:

female voice: "Hello, this is Rachel at Cardholder Services calling in reference to your current credit card account. There are no problems currently with your account, it is urgent, however, that you contact us concerning your eligibility for lowering your interest rate to as little as 6.9%. Your eligibility expires shortly so please consider this your final notice. Please press the number 1 on your phone now to speak with a live operator and lower your interest rate. Or press the number 3 to discontinue further notices. Thank you. Have a great day."

December 2013

Robo call (310) 318-1250 recorded 26 December 2013 (Heather at Account Services, consider this your final notice...) Credit Card SCAM Caller ID: "Burby Margaret"

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"Heather" has waited exactly one month since her last call from a different number, even after assuring me, "...consider this your final notice..." ** Yeah, I wish.**
Their total disregard of the Do Not Call list certainly tells us a lot about their business ethic, doesn't it?
I also have to laugh at their script writer's poor grammar, particularly the singular "there's" with the plural subject "problems"...
Here is a transcript of their latest offering:

female voice: "Hello, this is Rachel at Cardholder Services calling in reference to your current credit card account. There are no problems currently with your account, it is urgent that you contact us concerning your eligibility for lowering your interest rate to as little as 6.9%. Your eligibility expires shortly so please consider this your final notice. Please press the number 1 on your phone now to speak with a live operator and lower your interest rate. Or press the number 3 to discontinue further notices. Thank you. Have a great day."

Live call from (215) 240-7263 recorded 22 December 2013 (Live Fundraising Solicitation Community Service Publishers on behalf of MSAA) Caller ID: Philadelphia PA

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Another live donation solicitation call "on behalf of the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America." within a week after I hung up on their last caller. I never contributed to them in the past and I immediately decided that I wouldn't support this charity since the caller introduced herself as being "...paid by the Community Service Publishers to call..." Calling "on behalf of" means most of any donation would go to the fund raiser, not the charity.
Following is a transcript of this live fundraising solicitation call:

me: Hello?   they: "Hello? Is this John?"   me: Yes...
they: "Hello John, this is Jasmine Cohen and I'm paid with Community Service Publishers uh to call throughout Pennsylvania to thank you for your support on behalf of Multiple Sclerosis Association of the America. Wanted to let you know that because of your positive support this association celebrating 40 years of providing for programs and services for the families and victims of MS free of charge and haven't turned anyone away. And if you remember it MS can strike with no warning so basically you can be fine one day and not be able to get out of bed the next. So MSAA wants to help these victims have more interest in their life. [unintelligible] it easy for you to make a difference. Uh we show the same support levels uh "Conquerer of the Crippler" at $50. "Gift of Hope" at $35 and "Fight for the Future" is twenty five. Um keep in mind there are about 200 people diagnosed each week with this disease and the help that MS provides can be the difference for your mother or father and being homebound or able to take care of their family. Let's count on you this year for the "Conquerer of the Crippler" or the "Gift of Hope" or would the "Fight for the Future" be best for you?"
me: How much of my gift actually goes to helping the Multiple Sclerosis?
they: "um (pause)"
me: Are you a fundraiser? Are you the Multiple Sclerosis Society or are you a fundraiser?
they: "I'm a fundraiser with the uh Heritage Company. Uh, the way it works, MSAA will pay our company $28 to do the calling so whether I raise $100 or $1000 an hour, it will only cost MSAA um $28 for that hour of the fundraising um that will pay for the phone calls, the pledge cards and the mailings, um everything we do to the ray, to raise support, the um, you make check, you make your check payable to MSAA and send it to them uh transitions (pause)"
me: Oh, I could just get in touch directly with MSA and send them a check directly and then they would get 100% of what I donate.
they: "um no, no we still get our money out of it. (pause) Hello?"
me: Thank you for calling.
they: "All right, thank you (voices in background before they disconnect)"

Robo call (570) 309-3012 recorded 20 December 2013 ("Medic Alert Alarm and free $3,000 grocery certificates...") Credit Card SCAM Caller ID: "TMG Health"

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Similar to other recent calls for free Medical Alert alarm scams. Opens with an offer for free $3,000 in grocery certificates before getting to the point about a "free" medic alarm service.
Of course they ignore the Federal Do Not Call list, which certainly tells you something about their business ethic, doesn't it?
Following is the text of the recorded robo call...
me: Hello?   female voice: "Senior citizens, pay close attention to the following message. If you or a family member are 60 years old or older, you now qualify under the new National Senior Assistance Program to receive $3,000 in free grocery savings certificates. They can be used at over one hundred major grocery chains across the US. In addition to your $3,000 in savings certificates you will receive a free emergency medical alert bracelet or necklace. This medical alert device is designed to save your life if you ever experience a fall or any other emergency. Press 1 now to speak to a representative and have your $3,000 savings certificate mailed directly to you and learn more about the risk free offer. Again, press 1 now for more information or press 5 to be removed from this opt-in list."

Live call from (215) 874-0143 recorded 18 December 2013 (Live Fundraising Solicitation on behalf of MSA) Caller ID: Bristol PA

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This was a live donation solicitation call "on behalf of the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America." I never contributed to them in the past and I immediately decided that I wouldn't support this charity since the caller introduced herself as being "...paid by the Community Service Publishers to call throughout the state of Little Rock Arkansas..." It was apparent her computer location prompting was way off (she's not calling Little Rock, Arkansas, she's calling Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniaand) and calling "on behalf of" means most of any donation would go to the fund raiser, not the charity.
Following is a transcript of this live fundraising solicitation call:

me: Hello?   they: "Hello? Yes, is Mr. John there?"   me: Speaking...
they: "Yes, um, this is Whitney Tauber and I'm paid by the Community Service Publishers to call throughout the state of Little Rock Arkansas for your support on behalf of Multiple Sclerosis Association of America. We wanted to let you know that because of your active support the association is celebrating almost 40 years of providing for programs and services for the families of victims of MS free of charge. Equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, shower benches and emotional support, basically anything these people need to make their lives more comfortable. You may not be aware of this but this disease often strikes with no warning and there is still no known cause or cure. So the Association is there to hep individuals with MS to live more productible and independent lives. It seems that we may take for granted like providing for our families or caring for the children with MS who may not be able to do without assistance. MSAA want us to be the first resource for people with MS so if you know anyone with MS or have it yourself, please call one 800 532-7667 to find out if MSAA can hep you. Like always, there are several support levels to give everybody the opportunity to help. We start with the "Conquerer of the Crippler" with $50. The "Gift of Hope" is $35 and the "Fight for the Future" is twenty five. With this please keep in mind, there are over 200 people diagnosed each week with this disease and the Association needs your continued support to make a difference in the quality of lives of those with MS so I'd like to ask, have you had any exceptional year to step up with the "Conqurer of the Crippler" or would you like to give the "Gift of Hope" which would be the best for you? Hello?"

Robo call (718) 362-6024 [not recorded] 14 December 2013 (Go Green free Solar Panels phishing scam) Caller ID: New York NY
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This was this scammer's first call to me. A man with a heavy India accent called and asked to speak with the "homeowner". Claimed to be from Go Green Solar energy company and offered solar panels at no cost. Unfortunately, his accent was so thick, I could hardly understand much of what he was saying.
He asked if I owned or rented and even read off my correct address, but I knew he was calling from overseas when he had great difficulty pronouncing the name of my street, which is a common garden plant, a very common English word which should not have given him any trouble to pronounce.
I try to record spam calls using Google Voice but this call was not made to my Google number.

Robo call (212) 539-4372 recorded 12 December 2013 ("David from the medical consulting department, Medic Alert Alarm system ready to ship...") Credit Card SCAM, Caller ID: "New York NY"

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What happened to "John from shipping"? Has he fallen down and can't get up? Was he replaced by "David from the medical consulting department"? Not that I want to hear from either of them, but they changed their number again, so they're getting past my call blocker.
This caller doesn't pay any attention to the Do Not Call list. Tells you something about their business ethic, doesn't it? Following is the text of the recorded robo call...
me: Hello?   they: "Hello, this is David with the Medical consulting department. Benefits now available through your health care provider will make you eligible for a personal medical alert system at no cost to you. Press 1 now. Due to new health care regulations we have the system waiting to be shipped out to you. Since you've already been referred by a medical professional, you will also receive a 75% off prescription discount card. Again, press 1 now to receive your free personal medical alert system or press 9 to opt out."

Robo call (702) 705-7329 recorded 09 December 2013 ("Uh, John from shipping, your medical alarm is already paid for...") Credit Card SCAM Caller ID: Cell Phone NV

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This one's slick, I actually thought there was a live person on the line the first time I heard this call. I could hear him flipping the pages of paper he was reading and I was all set to "play" with the caller when I realized that it was a recording. I wish I had a nickle for each time he said "...uh..."
Following is the text of the recorded robo call...
me: Hello?   they: "Hi, uh, this is John from the shipping department of Emergency Medical Alert, I was calling to uh schedule a delivery of your medical alert system, it's uh the "fallen, and I can't get up" type of system you've seen on TV. Looks like the system's been uh recommended by thousands of hospitals and medical professionals, uh, let's see, says here that the system's already been paid for. Looks like you're getting the system because uh either yourself, a friend, a family member or maybe even someone you know has experienced a fall in the past so uh again it's already been paid for so there's no cost to you whatsoever. Also says here that the shipping has already been paid for so to uh schedule the delivery of your Emergency Medical Alert System press 1 uh again to uh have your system shipped out to you press 1 now...press 5 to decline the shipment of your system..."[different voice] "If you already have a Medic Alert system, please disregard this message. Again, if you already have a Medic alert system, please disregard this message."

Robo call (706) 805-1777 recorded 02 December 2013 (Lower your rate, second and final notice...as it applies to the financial stimulus) Credit Card SCAM Caller ID: Hartwell GA

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Only three weeks have gone by since their last barrage, they changed only the last digit of their number so they're getting past my call blocker. I wish I had a quarter for every time a robo call voice said "this is your second and final warning..."
They call whether you're on the Do Not Call list or not...certainly says something about their business ethic, doesn't it? Don't fall for it.

me: Hello?   they: "This is a very important message about your current credit card accounts. This is your second and final notice to lower your credit card interest rate and payments. Press 1 now to find out the terms conditions and associated changes before the next billing cycle. Again, this is your final notice as it relates to the financial stimulus. So press 1 now to take advantage of this today."

November 2013

Robo call (310) 821-8963 recorded 25 November 2013 ("This is Heather...reduce your rate...consider this your final notice...") Credit Card SCAM Caller ID: "Marina Del R CA"

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Similar to other calls I receive frequently from different numbers on the same subject, assuring me, "...please consider this your final notice..." ** Yeah, I wish.**
I also have to laugh at their poor grammar, particularly the singular "there's no" with the plural noun "problems"... Their total disregard of the Do Not Call list certainly tells us a lot about their business ethic, doesn't it? Here is a transcript of their latest offering:
female voice: "Hello, this is Heather at Account Services and we're calling in reference to your current credit card accounts. There's no problems currently with your accounts, it is urgent, however, that you contact us concerning your eligibility for lowering your interest rate to as little as 6.9%. Your eligibility expires shortly so please consider this your final notice. Please press 1 now on your phone to speak with a live operator and lower your interest rate. Or press 2 to discontinue further notices. Thank you and have a great day."

Robo call (805) 570-6779 recorded 22 November 2013 ("Uh, John from shipping, your medical alrm is already paid for...") Credit Card SCAM Caller ID: Cell Phone CA

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This one's slick, I actually thought there was a live person on the line the first time I heard this call. I could hear him flipping the pages of paper he was reading and I was all set to "play" with the caller when I realized that it was a recording. I wish I had a nickle for each time he said "...uh..."
Following is the text of the recorded robo call...
me: Hello?   they: "Hi, uh, this is John from the shipping department of Emergency Medical Alert, I was calling to uh schedule a delivery of your medical alert system, it's uh the "fallen, and I can't get up" type of system you've seen on TV. Looks like the system's been uh recommended by thousands of hospitals and medical professionals, uh, let's see, says here that the system's already been paid for. Looks like you're getting the system because uh either yourself, a friend, a family member or maybe even someone you know has experienced a fall in the past so uh again it's already been paid for so there's no cost to you whatsoever. Also says here that the shipping has already been paid for so to uh schedule the delivery of your Emergency Medical Alert System press 1 uh again to uh have your system shipped out to you press 1 now...press 5 to decline the shipment of your system..."[different voice] "If you already have a Medic Alert system, please disregard this message. Again, if you already have a Medic alert system, please disregard this message."

Robo call (347) 200-3072 recorded 15 November 2013 ("Medical Alert Alarm system special promotion...grocery coupons & prescription discount card") Credit Card SCAM, Caller ID: "NWYRCYZN06 NY"

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After one month and a day, I'm still blocking these people, a different voice and slightly different message each time and they changed their number to get through my call blocking.
Can you believe a word they say? They mention $1,000 in free grocery coupons, as if I don't get enough in the Sunday news paper and in the US Mail delivery every Thursday afternoon! Who needs "Senior Life Alarm" to send more "free" coupons? These people call whether you're on the Do Not Call list or not. Doesn't that suggest something about their business ethic?...
Don't bother to press 9 to be removed from their predictive dialer, they won't. Much better not to answer calls whose Caller ID you don't recognize. Following is the text of the recorded robo call...
me: Hello?   they: "Hello. You've been selected along with other seniors to receive our medical alert system on our special promotion today, at no cost to you. With just the press of a button, you'll be put in touch with our life care team. Should you need assistance with a medical emergency, fire, burglary, or a serious fall you can be sure that help is on the way. By taking advantage of our timely promotion today, you are eligible to receive one thousand dollars in grocery coupons free. Over 1,000 national brands that you already buy and use. Press 1 to speak to a representative to get the details on this timely offer. Press 9 to be put on the do not call list."

Robo call (425) 406-9436 recorded 13 November 2013 ("Uh, John from shipping, your medical alrm is already paid for...") Credit Card SCAM Caller ID: Cell Phone NV

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This one's slick, I actually thought there was a live person on the line the first time I heard this call. I could hear him flipping the pages of paper he was reading and I was all set to "play" with the caller when I realized that it was a recording. I wish I had a nickle for each time he said "...uh..."
Following is the text of the recorded robo call...
me: Hello?   they: "Hi, uh, this is John from the shipping department of Emergency Medical Alert, I was calling to uh schedule a delivery of your medical alert system, it's uh the "fallen, and I can't get up" type of system you've seen on TV. Looks like the system's been uh recommended by thousands of hospitals and medical professionals, uh, let's see, says here that the system's already been paid for. Looks like you're getting the system because uh either yourself, a friend, a family member or maybe even someone you know has experienced a fall in the past so uh again it's already been paid for so there's no cost to you whatsoever. Also says here that the shipping has already been paid for so to uh schedule the delivery of your Emergency Medical Alert System press 1 uh again to uh have your system shipped out to you press 1 now...press 5 to decline the shipment of your system..."[different voice] "If you already have a Medic Alert system, please disregard this message. Again, if you already have a Medic alert system, please disregard this message."

Robo call (360) 322-6708 recorded 06 November 2013 (Lower your rate, second and final notice...as it applies to the financial stimulus) Credit Card SCAM Caller ID: Marysville WA

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Two months have gone by since their last barrage, they changed their number again so they're getting past my call blocker. I wish I had a quarter for every time a robo call announced "this is your second and final warning..."
They call whether you're on the Do Not Call list or not...certainly says something about their business ethic, doesn't it? Don't fall for it.

female voice: "This is a very important message about your current credit card accounts. This is your second and final notice to lower your credit card interest rate and payments. Press 1 now to find out the terms conditions and associated changes before the next billing cycle. Again, this is your final notice as it relates to the financial stimulus. So press 1 now to take advantage of this today."

October 2013

(800) 981-2591 Live call recorded 17 October 2013 ("Dial America on behalf of Mothers Against Drunk Driving" magazine subscription drive...) Caller ID: "TOLL -FREE-"

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These professional fundraisers are fun to put on, and wasting their time prevents them from bothering other good people, like you.
They told me up front that 12 per cent of my gift actually benefits Mothers Against Drunk Driving, so to me, that's a big negative right away.
I played along when interviewer Cora Burns introduced her charity. I told her I was a dentist but I should have said a psychiatrist, I could have had more fun with her. Next time perhaps. But I did get her talking about MAD Magazine and Colonel Oliver North.
Thanks to Google Voice, here is a transcript of the call.

me: "Hello?"
they: "Hi John, my name is Cora Burns and I'm calling on behalf of Mothers Against Drunk Driving from Dial America and I'm a paid, professional fundraiser. Don't worry, I'm not calling to ask you for a donation, I'd just like a quick moment of your time, ok?"
me: "Aw--right."
they: "Great, thank you so much. John, you are familiar with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, right?"
me: "Ah, who?"
they: "MADD, it's, MADD, that stands for Mothers Against Drunk Driving."
me: "I seem to remember MAD Magazine from New York."
they: "[laughing] No, this is an organization our mission is to stop drunk driving, prevent underage drinking, and support the victims of those crimes and I don't know if you know this, but, every 53 minutes someone in America is killed at the hands of a drunk driver and that's pretty scary, isn't it."
me: "Why don't they take these drunk drivers off the road?"
they: "That's what Mothers Against Drunk Driving is trying to do. We have actually been successful in making, in making stricter laws um so we can keep these people off the street, but, and we have lowered the death toll in this country 50% since we started but we still have a long, long way to go. We're still working on it. But what we're doing today is something different. Rather than a donation you can help Mothers Against Drunk Driving by taking a short subscription to one of your favorite magazines, something you'd pick up anyway and our rates are great because the publishers are helping us out with huge discounts and the best part is a full 12 per cent goes to boost Mothers Against Drunk Driving. You'd be getting a magazine as well as helping out a great cause and we keep it simple and safe, everything's handled by mail and you would get a very nice letter from Mothers Against Drunk Driving thanking you for your support. Now we have some great titles like Time Magazine, um we have Discover, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated. Which one can I tell you more about to help Mothers Against Drunk Driving today?"
me: "Uh, do you have the Journal of the American Medical Association?"
they: "Um, let me check and see."
me: "They also go by their initials, Jay A Em A."
they: "Ok. [long pause] No, I'm not showing anything under, let me see if I have...are you a doctor or the medical field?"
me: "Yes."
they: "Ohhhh... [does she sound impressed by this?]"
me: "Now I'm curious about your statistic. You say that you've reduced death by 50%. How did you calculate that?"
they: "I'm not sure how they calculate it, they just give us the statistic, um, that's since 1980 since the organization started."
me: "Ah, now also since 1980 they lowered the speed limit from 65 and even 70 and higher in some states, back to 55 and that certainly has a lot to do with lowering the death rate."
they: "Well, what MADD does is they, um, they um have lowered the alcohol contents and they're still, and they're working on that again. They've made it harder for people to get their drivers licenses back even though that um sometimes doesn't make a difference 'cause they still drive without uh their licenses and that's why we're working on the interlock device..."
me: "So they've lowered the alcohol content. If I were to go to the alcohol store I could no longer get an 86 proof bottle of whisky, it would now be 80 proof?"
they: "Oh no, you can still buy alcohol, it's just that if you get caught driving, and your um alcohol content is point, I think point oh eight, um, then you get a DUI and you have to face all the uh you know, laws to to where they take your drivers license away and make you take classes, get into um you know, alcohol triple, I mean, AA, those kind of things. And they're trying to lower it to .05 now."
me: "I see, I see. [said the blind man as he picked up his hammer and saw]"
they: "See, we don't, we're not, we're not against um people that drink, we just want people not to drive and drink."
me: "And you have no connection with MAD Magazine?"
they: "[laughs] No, we're not, I'm familiar with that magazine, my brothers used to read that magazine diligently when they were kids."
me: "Yes, that goes back many years."
they: "Oh yeah, I think it's still around though, let me see if, if we still have Mad in our program. Just out of curiousity here. No, but I'm pretty sure I see tv shows on tv that is based off Mad Magazine. "
me: "That is a frightening thought."
they: "[laughs] I know. Well, I, the only thing I have, I don't have anything, um in the medical journal but I do have Health Magazine, like, um, Men's Health, uh, where'd they all go, I just had 'em up here a moment ago. So are you a medical doctor, or what field of medical are you in?"
me: "Dentistry. Oral surgery."
they: "Oh, you're oral surgery, my daughter just had one of her teeth taken out. Just last week. Um, I've got Men's Health, I've got Men's uh, Health, I have Fitness, don't have anything, I have Muscle Fitness, Natural Health and we have a great magazine called Prevention, have you heard of that one?"
me: "Oh yes, that's a popular magazine these days. "
they: "Uh hmm...it's got over 12 million readers, let me give you an example how much you'd save by helping us out. [long pause]"
me: "Is Oliver North connected with MADD at all?"
they: "Um, I don't know [laughs] are you talking about the magazine? Olive North, is she the founder?"
me: "No, Oliver North, the Colonel, Colonel Oliver North."
they: "Oh, I really don't know. I remember him too, he was in the news in the '70s and '80s wasn't he?"
me: "Right."
they: "No, I don't know if he's involved with them or not. Um, the Prevention magazine is normally on the newsstand runs 3.59 per copy but through our program to help Mothers Against Drunk Driving it's only $1.43, that's a 60% savings and you would receive 35 issues for just 5 easy installments of 9.99 and most importantly that would go a long way to help Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Would you like to..."
me: "Now Prevention, is that a journal of birth control and contraception?"
they: "A, no, it's more about, um, health issues and eating uh healthy food and things like that. Let me go back here and tell ya...it shows you the very latest and very best ways to lose weight, improve nutrition, prevent illness and enjoy life more. So it's got different articles and stuff like fighting fat after 40, things like that."
me: "I see."
they: "[laughs] Is there any other type of magazine you'd be interested in, any other hobbies? Do you golf? [what a stereotype! long pause] Hello? Are you still there? Hello? [her voice speeds up] Well thank you for your time on behalf of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, have a great day."

September 2013

(717) 204-0091 Live call recorded 20 September 2013 ("Ken Smith" for the Pennsylvania Fraternal order of Police Foundation contribution solicitation) Caller ID: "Newport PA"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
This solicitor was well trained, well scripted and well rehearsed. When I tried to go semi-off topic, he didn't give me a chance to "play" with him, he politely thanked me and terminated the call.
I wish I had a nickle for every time he dropped a "g" at the end of a word, and for each time he made a statement, then followed it up with "...ok?" Very annoying. A professional fundraiser would never ask for your approval after the initial introduction because it gives you the opportunity to refuse by saying "no!" and end the call! (he even asked "ok?" when wishing me a good day at the end of the call)
When I inquired about statistical details, he referred me to an "800" number for explanation. This usually means that less than 15% of donations actually go to the charity! Thus the fundraising actually lines the fundraiser's pockets.
Thanks to Google Voice, here is a transcript of the call.

me: "Hello?"
they: "Hello? Good evenin', this is Ken Smith callin' for the Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police Foundation. The call is recorded for quality assurance, ok? Sir, the reason for the call, the PFA FOP foundation programs, we're sendin out the 2013 pledge kits all supporting residents. The goal of the drive is to help and provide assistance to da families of local lodges when FOP members are killed in the line of duty, assist injured, retired, and elderly FOP members, as well as create and maintain a state memorial for officers tragically killed in the line of duty.
Now sir, when you receive your pledge kit, can the Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police Foundation count on you for a fully tax deductible donation?
"
me: "Well, that certainly is a worthy cause. How many policemen get hurt or injured in the line of duty each year in Pennsylvania?"
they: "You know, that's a really good question and I don't want to provide you with an incorrect response, so instead I would ask that if you'd like to find out more details specifics pertaining to the drive you may call 1-866-317-4614."
me: "All right, thank you."
they: "Well, I thank you so much for your time today. Maybe you can help out on the next drive. Take care and have a good day, ok? Thanks. Bye bye."

(360) 861-6939 Voice recognition call recorded 19 September 2013 ("Robert [Green] from customer care service" Credit Card SCAM) Caller ID: "Process CC Dep"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com (and comments by Ted and Ronald of upper Midwest), WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
This was a really slick call. The caller kept repeating "is that ok?" after asking me questions and I thought it was a scammer who wanted to record me saying "yes" so they could alter the recording of the call and make it appear that I agreed with them for whatever they're trying to pass off on me, but after a while, I realized I was talking to a robot! The robot is queued to advance in the call based on the respondent saying key words, as directed by the robot's questions.
I tried to keep silent until I was afraid they'd disconnect, then I'd say 'hello?' to hold them in the conversation. I was trying to play with "Robert Green", thinking he was a real person, but finally they disconnected the call.
Thanks to Google Voice, here is a transcript of the call.

me: "Hello?"
they: "Hello? This is Robert from customer care service. How are you today?"
me: "Just fine."
they: "The reason for the call is that we're offering relief for unsecured debt. Would you be interested in some financial assistance?"
me: "Uh, what sort of unsecured debt?"
they: "To be clear, when we say 'unsecured debt', we mean credit card payments, personal loans, and collection accounts. Let me ask you a couple of questions. Is that ok?"
me: "Uh, how did you get my number?"
they: "Well, I don't, I'm not in charge of the marketing, I don't know where we get the information from. What I do know is that we can save you a tremendous amount of money on your credit card debt. How much debt do you have now?"
me: "Oh, loads, don't even ask."
they: "Do you have $8,000 or more in credit card debt?"
me: "Ah, easily, yes."
they: "Hey, it looks like you qualify. Well, hold on a minute while I get a consultant on the line, ok? Is that ok? Are you there?"
me: "Hello? I'm here."
they: "Is that ok? Great, I'm gonna transer you to a specialist, you're gonna be on a brief hold, so don't hang up. Is that ok?"
me: "Hello? Hello?"
they: "Yeah. Yes. Are you there?"
me: "Hello? Hello?"
they: "Yes. He'll be with us shortly. Is that ok?"
me: "What did you say your name was?"
they: "Robert Green. We need this information to continue. Is that ok?"
me: "Robert Green?"
they: "Yes. Is your credit card debt $8,000 or more?"
me: "Uh, easily."
they: "Ok, that wasn't clear. Can you, can you say that again?"
me: "Yeah, I'm seeing some very interesting things about you on the Internet. Looking up your phone number."
they: "Do you have $8,000 or more in credit card debt?"
me: "Oh, easily."
[they disconnected the call here]

Live scam call (000) 000-0000 recorded 13 September 2013 ("John from Computer Maintenance & Difficulty Department...") Credit Card SCAM Caller ID: "Not Available"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, RUscammer.com and x WhoCalled.us x
The guy opens "Hello, this is John from Computer Maintenance and Difficulty Department" and the explanation that they had reports from my computer indicating that it was infected with virus or malware. He asked me if I was aware of this and I said no, but my computer has been acting strange over the past few days.
I played with him for a few minutes, he asked me if I was sitting at my computer and I said no but I would. He got tired of waiting and asked again and I said yes, I'm in front of the computer. He asked me if the computer was on, and I said "No!" so he gave me instructions to turn it on. When he was satisfied it was on, he said he was putting me through to a technician to help me.
When the technicial came on, the fun began.
He asked me to go to my homepage. I told him I didn't have a home page. "What?" he asked. I said "I don't have a home page, I took it down years ago" and he told me to just visit a page on the Internet. I told him "What page? There are many pages on the Internet" and he started giving me instructions to clear the browser address line and start to type "double-u double-u double-u dot..." and I quickly repeated "double-u double-u double-u dee oh tee..." and he corrected me "No, www dot, like a point..."
I asked him where he was calling from and he said Pennsylvania. I asked where in Pennsylvania and he wanted to go back to giving instructions. He finally said CORRY Pennsylvania" and I asked him what was the weather in Corry Pennsylvania, giving him a hard time, but he didn't understand why I wanted to know the weather. "We're not the weather department, talking about that is just a waste of time..." he said.
I asked him what time it is in CORRY Pennsylvania and he evaded me. After objections, he finally told me it was 5:00 (it was 2 minutes after 5:00 but I didn't split hairs) then he started telling me the weather, "scattered clouds, getting warmer, 25 (ha, he gave me the temperature in degrees Centigrade, the correct temperature by the way, but not in Fahrenheit). Then he said that I wa suspicious but I could have his number. He gave me a Maryland phone number (240) 345-9939 (I called that number a little while later using Google Voice, it rang many times but nobody answered).
He finally terminated the call after 15 minutes when I gave him a hard time about the Internet addres "www dot"

Robo call (267) 518-3198 recorded 04 September 2013 ("Medic Alert Alarm and free $3,000 grocery certificates...") Credit Card SCAM Caller ID: "Willow Grove PA"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, NumberInvestigator.com, RUscammer.com, x WhoCalled.info x and x WhoCalled.us X
Similar to other recent calls for free Medical Alert alarm scams. Opens with an offer for free $3,000 in grocery certificates before getting to the point about a "free" medic alarm service.
Of course they ignore the Federal Do Not Call list, which certainly tells you something about their business ethic, doesn't it?
Following is the text of the recorded robo call...
me: Hello?   female voice: "Senior citizens, pay close attention to the following message. If you or a family member are 60 years old or older, you now qualify under the new National Senior Assistance Program to receive $3,000 in free grocery savings certificates. They can be used at over one hundred major grocery chains across the US. In addition to your $3,000 in savings certificates you will receive a free emergency medical alert bracelet or necklace. This medical alert device is designed to save your life if you ever experience a fall or any other emergency. Press 1 now to speak to a representative and have your $3,000 savings certificate mailed directly to you and learn more about the risk free offer. Again, press 1 now for more information or press 5 to be removed from this opt-in list."

August 2013

Robo call (973) 922-3302 recorded 29 August 2013 (Medical Alert Alarm system scam) Caller ID: "V8201615330006320254"

I posted on 800notes.com, (call of 20 Aug, not recorded), WhoCallsMe.com and RUscammer.com
The old "I've fallen and I can't get up..." alarm system with a new twist, now they're offering $3,000 in free grocery coupons...These people don't follow the Federal Do Not Call regulartions. Doesn't that tell you something about them! The first few words were cut off, but you get the picture.
"...medic alarm bracelet or necklace. This medical alert device is designed to save your life if you ever experience a fall or any other emergencies, Press 1 now to speak to a representative and have your $3,000 Savings Certificate mailed directly to you and learn more about the risk free offer. Again, press 1 now for more information. Press 5 to be removed from this offer."""

Robo call (914) 219-0098 recorded 28 August 2013 (FBI Crime stats, "Free" Alarm system and small sign)

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com and RUscammer.com
These people call whether you're on the Do Not Call list or not. Doesn't that suggest something about them? Don't bother to press 9 to be removed from their predictive dialer, they won't. Much better not to answer calls whose Caller ID you don't recognize.
they: "Hello. The FBI reports there was a home break in every 15 seconds. Your local police recommend you protect your home....if you will allow us to place a small sign in your yard, we will install a new security system at absolutely no cost to you whatsoever. There is no cost for the system or the installation whatsoever. To hear more, press 1 now. To be placed on our Do Not Call list, press 9."

Robo call (646) 467-9315 recorded 28 August 2013 (Senior Life Alarm system scam) Caller ID: "New York NY"

I posted on 800notes.com [note this interesting comment], CallERcenter.com, RUscammer.com and x WhoCalled.us x
The old "I've fallen and I can't get up..." alarm system with a new twist, now they're offering $1,000 in free grocery coupons...These people don't follow the Do Not Call regulartions. Doesn't that tell you something about them!
"Hello, this is Senior Life Alarm, we are offering you a medical life alert system valued at over $400 at absolutely no cost to you. Seniors living alone today are looking for personal safety and peace of mind. A slip or fall, fire or burglary, with just the press of a button, help is on the way. By taking advantage of our timely promotion today, you are eligible to receive a thousand dollars in grocery coupon savings at no cost to you. Over 1,000 national brands that you already press 1 to speak with a representative. Press 1 now. Press 9 to be put on our Do Not Call list.""

Robo call (541) 200-3592 recorded 27 August 2013 (Medic & Emergency Alert Alarm system scam) Caller ID: "Medford OR"

I posted on 800notes.com [copycat Tiger, Ventura County 1] Tiger, Ventura Countty 2], WhoCallsMe.com, CallERcenter.com, RUscammer.com and ? CallerComplaints.com ?
This one's somewhat funny, I thought the opening was going to say 'every 2 seconds in the US, someone 65 or older receives a scam phone call...' but they fooled me, their message is a little different. I've already blocked similar emergency alarm calls over the past past months, but now they're using different numbers to get through with a slightly different recorded message.
These people don't follow the Do Not Call regulartions. Doesn't that tell you something about them...
"Every 2 seconds in the United states, someone 65 or older will fall and not be able to reach the phone. Press 1 and you can now receive a free medical alert system or press 5 and we won't call again. In any event of a fall, accident or emergency you'll have access to a live, certified EMT operator as well as three of your closest friends or family. To inquire further, please press 1, or, if you'd like to be removed from the list, please press 5."

Robo call (407) 932-5239 recorded 26 August 2013 (Disney Vacation & Cruise)

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com and RUscammer.com
"Let the memories begin. You have been selected for a magical Walt Disney World area holiday special. Your claim number is 5-4-5. To take advantage of this promotion press 1 now or press 2 to be removed from this list."

Robo call (415) 375-0922 recorded 23 August 2013 (FBI Crime stats, "Free" Alarm system and small sign)

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, CallERcenter.com and WhyCall.Me
These people aren't even consistent with their instructions, one place it's "press 2 for Do Not Call" elsewhere it's "press 9 for do not call"...
they: "Hello. The FBI reports there was a home break in every 15 seconds. Your local police recommend you protect your home....if you will allow us to place a small sign in your yard, we will install a new security system at absolutely no cost to you whatsoever. There is no cost for the system or the installation whatsoever. To hear more, press 1 now. To be placed on our Do Not Call list, press 9."

Robo call (616) 980-2063 recorded 21 August 2013 ("Lower Interest" scam robo call)

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
I wish I had a quarter for every time a robo call voice said "this is your second and final warning..."
This one's so stupid, yet people fall for it.
me: Hello?   they: "This is a very important message about your current credit card accounts. This is your second and final notice to lower your credit card interest rate and payments. Press 1 now to find out the terms conditions and associated changes before the next billing cycle. Again, this is your final notice as it relates to the financial stimulus. So press 1 now to take advantage of this today."

Robo call (616) 980-2030 recorded 21 August 2013 ("Lower Interest" scam robo call)

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
I wish I had a quarter for every time a robo call voice said "this is your second and final warning..."
This one's so stupid, yet people fall for it.
me: Hello?   they: "This is a very important message about your current credit card accounts. This is your second and final notice to lower your credit card interest rate and payments. Press 1 now to find out the terms conditions and associated changes before the next billing cycle. Again, this is your final notice as it relates to the financial stimulus. So press 1 now to take advantage of this today."

Robo call (201) 499-0217 recorded 16 August 2013 (John from Shipping, Medic Alert Alarm system scam) Caller ID: "Not Available"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, CallERcenter.com, RUscammer.com and ? CallerComplaints.com ?
This one's slick, I actually thought there was a live person on the line, I could hear him flipping the pages of paper he was reading and I was all set to play with him until he mentioned "press 1 to talk to a rep" and I realized it was a recording...I already blocked the same call last month, but now they're using different numbers to get through.
I wish I had a nickle for every time the voice said "uh"...
me: Hello?   they: "Hi, uh, this is John from the shipping department of Emergency Medical Alert, I was calling to uh schedule a delivery of your medical alert system, it's uh the "fallen, and I can't get up" type of system you've seen on TV. Looks like the system's been uh recommended by thousands of hospitals and medical professionals, uh, let's see, says here that the system's already been paid for. Looks like you're getting the system because uh either yourself, a friend, a family member or maybe even someone you know has experienced a fall in the past so uh again it's already been paid for so there's no cost to you whatsoever. Also says here that the shipping has already been paid for so to uh schedule the delivery of your Emergency Medical Alert System press 1 uh again to uh have your system shipped out to you press 1 now...press 5 to decline the shipment of your system. If you already have a Medical Alert System, please disregard this message. Again, if you already have a Medical Alert System, please disregard this message.   me: "Hello?"

Robo scam call (570) 285-8022 recorded 06 August 2013 ("Free" Medical and Burglary Alarm system)

I posted on 800notes.com, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
These people must have fired "John from shipping" (or is "John" the sacrificial goat for violating the Do Not Call rules?) and now use a new phone number from "Kingston PA" and a lady to inform us we now qualify for a free medical and burglar alert system. They even changed their response codes, zero to speak to a representative, or 3 to decline this "free" offer, lol...and did I mention how much I like their singular verb that doesn't agree with their plural noun?

Note this warning from our channel 3 Philadelphia local CBS Network affiliate
me: Hello?   they: "Please don't hang up. This is a very important message for you. Due to your past or recent enrollment as a senior citizen and Medicaid, Medicare, or health insurance, you are now eligible to receive, for free, a life saving, emergency medical and burglar alert system, just like you have seen on TV. This system has been recommended by the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, and the Institute of Aging. You've seen the commercials, "I've fallen and I need help getting up..." Well, no longer do you have to buy the system. The system is free to you, the shipping is also free to you, and there is no activation fee. There's no hidden fees at all, this is just a great new program to help senior citizens and you are now eligible for this program. This device saves many a thousands of senior citizens' lives every year. It also saves thousands of senior citizens from having to go into a nursing home. You no longer have to feel alone or worried in an emergency medical situation or a burglary. We will keep you safe and allow you to keep the independence you so greatly value. So schedule the shipping and activation of your free system, press zero now. Again, to start being safe and no longer have to worry again about being alone in an emergency situation or a burglary, press zero now. Press three to be removed from this free offer list." (long pause)

Robo call (616) 613-2228 recorded 06 August 2013 ("Lower Interest" scam robo call)

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com, RUscammer.com and x WhoCalled.us x
I wish I had a quarter for every time a robo call voice said "this is your second and final warning..."
This one's so stupid, yet people fall for it.
me: Hello?   they: "This is a very important message about your current credit card accounts. This is your second and final notice to lower your credit card interest rate and payments. Press 1 now to find out the terms conditions and associated changes before the next billing cycle. Again, this is your final notice as it relates to the financial stimulus. So press 1 now to take advantage of this today."

Robo scam call (646) 737-9565 recorded 05 August 2013 ("Are you over 65? Afraid of falling..." complimentary [ha!] Alarm system)

I posted on 800notes.com and WhoCallsMe.com
These people must have fired "John from shipping" and now use a spoofed phone number and a terse recording (see below) offering their "complimentary" alarm, lol...

Note this warning from our channel 3 Philadelphia local CBS Network affiliate
me: Hello?   they: "Hello and congratulations. Are you over the age of 65? Do you live alone? Do you fear the possibility of needing emergency life saving assistance? If so, to claim your complimentary three in one life monitoring system from a live representative press 1 now. Press 9 to be removed from this list. (long pause)

July 2013

Robo call (215) 383-3414 recorded 30 July 2013 ("Lower Interest" scam robo call)

I posted on 800notes.com and WhoCallsMe.com
I wish I had a quarter for every time a robo call voice said "this is your second and final warning..."
This one's so stupid, yet people fall for it.
me: Hello?   they: "This is an important message about your current credit card account. This is your second and final notice to lower your credit card interest rate and payments. Press 1 now to find out the terms, conditions and associated changes before the next billing cycle. Again, this is your final notice as it relates to the financial stimulus. So press 1 now to take advantage of this today."

Live call (954) 204-0196 recorded 26 July 2013 (National Police and Trooper Association, fallen officer fundraising) Caller ID: "Deerfield Be[ach] FL"

I posted on 800notes.com and Callerr.com
The solicitor was well rehearsed and didn't deviate from his script until I offered resistance. Following is the transcript of the conversation...
me: Hello?   they: " This is Rick Neal calling on behalf of National Police and Trooper Association. This call may be monitored for quality control. The reason for my call is each year over a hunderd law enforcement officers are killed in the line of duty in the US and the NPTA has just kicked off their fund drive. As a paid solicitor with area services I'm going to be sending you the new Active Supporter decal. Please display it in the rear window of your vehicle to show your great support to these officers. Now as a special project of the International Union of Police Association, one of the goals of the drive is to provide immediate assistance to the families of the member officers who were killed in the line of duty. And when you receive your pledge kit and decal, can the officers count on your support? Uh, can they count on your support and send that to you?

Well, it sounds like a worthy cause. If I donate...

Every little bit goes a long way, uh huh.

If I donate, what portion of my donation actually goes to help fallen police officer families?

Well the National Police and Trooper Association a special project of the IUPA is guaranteed 10% of the total gross receipt from the fund raising drive. We just want to make sure the National Police and Trooper Association can count on your support of $12 this year and send a new supporter decal to you. Is that ok?

How much did you say? $12?

Well the National Police and Trooper Association a special project of the IUPA is guaranteed 10% of the total gross receipt from the fund raising drive. We just want to make sure the National Police and Trooper Association can count on your support of $12 this year and send a new supporter decal to you. Is that ok?

Gee, well if I give $12 that means they only get one dollar and twenty cents out of it. What happens to the other portion?

That's ok, maybe you can help out next time. Have a good day. Thanks.

Robo call (201) 367-1691 recorded 24 July 2013 (Medic Alert Alarm system) Caller ID: "V724172634000632"

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhoCalled.us, RUscammer.com and CallerComplaints.com
This one's slick, I actually thought there was a live person on the line, I could hear him flipping the pages of paper he was reading and I was all set to play with him until he mentioned "press 1 to talk to a rep" and I realized it was a recording...I already blocked the same call last month, but now they're using different numbers to get through.
I wish I had a nickle for every time the voice said "uh"...
me: Hello?   they: "Hi, uh, this is John from the shipping department of Emergency Medical Alert, I was calling to uh schedule a delivery of your medical alert system, it's uh the "fallen, and I can't get up" type of system you've seen on TV. Looks like the system's been uh recommended by thousands of hospitals and medical professionals, uh, let's see, says here that the system's already been paid for. Looks like you're getting the system because uh either yourself, a friend, a family member or maybe even someone you know has experienced a fall in the past so uh again it's already been paid for so there's no cost to you whatsoever. Also says here that the shipping has already been paid for so to uh schedule the delivery of your Emergency Medical Alert System press 1 uh again to uh have your system shipped out to you press 1 now...press 5 to decline the shipment of your system. If you already have a Medical Alert System, please disregard this message. Again, if you already have a Medical Alert System, please disregard this message.   me: "Hello?"

Robo scam call (610) 755-8482 recorded 24 July 2013 ("Are you over 65? Afraid of falling..." complimentary Alarm system)

I posted on 800notes.com
These people must have fired "John from shipping" and now use a spoofed phone number from "Kenton Lynette" and a terse recording (see below) offering their "complimentary" alarm, lol...

Note this warning from our channel 3 Philadelphia local CBS Network affiliate
me: Hello?   they: "Hello and congratulations. Are you over the age of 65? Do you live alone? Do you fear the possibility of needing emergency life saving assistance? If so, to claim your complimentary three in one life monitoring system from a live representative press 1 now. Press 9 to be removed from this list. (long pause)

Robo call (914) 530-2331 [and 530-2333] recorded 22 & 23 July 2013 (FBI Crime stats, "Free" Alarm system and small sign) SCAM

I posted on 800notes.com 22 July 2013 and 800notes.com 23 July 2013
These people call whether you're on the Do Not Call list or not. Doesn't that suggest something about their business ethics? Don't bother to press 9 to be removed from their predictive dialer, they won't. Much better not to answer calls whose Caller ID you don't recognize.
they: "[female voice]Hello. The FBI reports there was a home break in every 15 seconds. Your local police recommend you protect your home....if you will allow us to place a small sign in your yard, we will install a new security system at absolutely no cost to you whatsoever. There is no cost for the system or the installation whatsoever. To hear more, press 1 now. To be placed on our Do Not Call list, press 9."

Robo scam call (484) 483-6286 recorded 20 July 2013 ("Free" Medical and Burglary Alarm system)

I posted on 800notes.com, callERcenter.com and x WhoCalled.us x
These people must have fired "John from shipping" and now use a new phone number from "Chester PA" and a lady to inform us we now qualify for a free medical and burglar alert system. They even changed their response codes, zero to speak to a representative, or 9 to decline this "free" offer, lol...

Note this warning from our channel 3 Philadelphia local CBS Network affiliate
me: Hello?   they: "Please don't hang up. This is a very important message for you. Due to your past or recent enrollment as a senior citizen and Medicaid, Medicare, or health insurance, you are now eligible to receive, for free, a life saving, emergency medical and burglar alert system, just like you have seen on TV. This system has been recommended by the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, and the Institute of Aging. You've seen the commercials, "I've fallen and I need help getting up..." Well, no longer do you have to buy the system. The system is free to you, the shipping is also free to you, and there is no activation fee. There's no hidden fees at all, this is just a great new program to help senior citizens and you are now eligible for this program. This device saves many a thousands of senior citizens' lives every year. It also saves thousands of senior citizens from having to go into a nursing home. You no longer have to feel alone or worried in an emergency medical situation or a burglary. We will keep you safe and allow you to keep the independence you so greatly value. So schedule the shipping and activation of your free system , press zero now. Again, to start being safe and no longer have to worry again about being alone in an emergency situation or a burglary, press zero now. Press three to be removed from this free offer list." (long pause)

Robo call (586) 231-3711 recorded 18 July 2013 (FBI Crime stats, "Free" Alarm system and small sign)

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com and NumberGuru.com
These people aren't even consistent with their instructions, one place it's "press 2 for Do Not Call" elsewhere it's "press 9 for do not call"...
me: Hello?   they: "The FBI reports there was a home break in every 15 seconds. Your local police recommend you protect your home....if you will allow us to place a small sign in your yard, we will install a new security system at absolutely no cost to you whatsoever. There is no cost for the system or the installation whatsoever. To hear more, press 1 now. To be placed on our Do Not Call list, press 9. If you would like your phone number remove [sic], press 2 now, otherwise press 1 to speak to a representative. Thank you." (pause and repeated 2 more times)

Robo call (415) 333-9999 recorded 11 July 2013 ("Lower Interest" scam robo call)

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, NumberGuru.com and MrNumber.com
I wish I had a quarter for every time a robo call voice said "this is your second and final warning..."
This one's so stupid, yet people fall for it.
me: Hello?   they: "This is an important message about your current credit card account. This is your second and final notice to lower your credit card interest rate and payments. Press 1 now to find out the terms, conditions and associated changes before the next billing cycle. Again, this is your final notice as it relates to the financial stimulus. So press 1 now to take advantage of this today."

Robo call (913) 279-0536 recorded 9 July 2013 ("Free" Alarm system and small sign)

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, callERcenter.com,nRUscammer.com and CallerComplaints.com [first posted 7/9/13 at 9:17:22 PM]
These people aren't even consistent with their instructions, one place it's "press 2 for Do Not Call" elsewhere it's "press 9 for do not call"...
me: Hello?   they: "The FBI reports there was a home break in every 15 seconds. Your local police recommend you protect your home....if you will allow us to place a small sign in your yard, we will install a new security system at absolutely no cost to you whatsoever. There is no cost for the system or the installation whatsoever. To hear more, press 1 now. To be placed on our Do Not Call list, press 9. If you would like your phone number remove [sic], press 2 now, otherwise press 1 to speak to a representative. Thank you." (pause and repeated 2 more times)

Robo call (281) 966-5793 recorded 9 July 2013 ("Card Memeber Services, Reduce your Debt" scam robo call)

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me.com and RUscammer.com
Similar to an earlier call today from a different number on the same subject, assuring me, "this is your final courtesy call before we close the file on your annual credit card review..."
Yeah, I wish. They also claimed to have sent notices "...to your residence..."
me: Hello?   they: "This is an important message from Card Memeber Services. This is your final courtesy call before we close the file on your annual credit card review. We have sent you several courtesy notices to your residence. This will be the last time to take advantage in lowering your credit card interest rate to as little as 6% on all your credit card accounts. The only requirement is you must owe at least $3,000 between all your credit card accounts and have one in good standing. Press 1 now to speak to a friendly customer services agent."

Robo call (616) 613-2199 recorded 9 July 2013 ("Lower Interest" scam robo call)

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, RUscammer.com, WhyCall.me.com and x WhoCalled.us x
I wish I had a quarter for every time a robo call voice said "this is your second and final warning..."
This one's so stupid, yet people fall for it.
me: Hello?   they: "This is an important message about your current credit card account. This is your second and final notice to lower your credit card interest rate and payments. Press 1 now to find out the terms, conditions and associated changes before the next billing cycle. Again, this is your final notice as it relates to the financial stimulus. So press 1 now to take advantage of this today."

Robo call (480) 999-5637 recorded 8 July 2013 ("Free" Alarm system and small sign)

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, CallERcenter.com, RUscammer.com, WhyCall.me.com and ? CallerComplaints.com ?
These people aren't even consistent with their instructions, one place it's "press 2 for Do Not Call" elsewhere it's "press 9 for do not call"...
me: Hello?   they: "The FBI reports there was a home break in every 15 seconds. Your local police recommend you protect your home....if you will allow us to place a small sign in your yard, we will install a new security system at absolutely no cost to you whatsoever. There is no cost for the system or the installation whatsoever. To hear more, press 1 now. To be placed on our Do Not Call list, press 9. If you would like your phone number remove [sic], press 2 now, otherwise press 1 to speak to a representative. Thank you." (pause and repeated 2 more times)

Robo call (732) 510-5497 recorded 5 July 2013 (Medic Alert Alarm system)

I posted on 800notes.com, [copy-cat on July 23, 2013], WhoCallsMe.com, CallerCenter.com, whycall.me, ComplaintsList.com and ? NumberGuru.com ?
This one's slick, I actually thought there was a live person on the line, I could hear him flipping the pages of paper he was reading and I was all set to play with him until he mentioned "press 1 to talk to a rep" and I realized it was a recording...
I wish I had a nickle for every time the voice said "uh"...
me: Hello?   they: "Hi, uh, this is John from the shipping department of Emergency Medical Alert, I was calling to uh schedule a delivery of your medical alert system, it's uh the "fallen, and I can't get up" type of system you've seen on TV. Looks like the system's been uh recommended by thousands of hospitals and medical professionals, uh, let's see, says here that the system's already been paid for. Looks like you're getting the system because uh either yourself, a friend, a family member or maybe even someone you know has experienced a fall in the past so uh again it's already been paid for so there's no cost to you whatsoever. Also says here that the shipping has already been paid for so to uh schedule the delivery of your Emergency Medical Alert System press 1 uh again to uh have your system shipped out to you press 1 now...press 5 to decline the shipment of your system. If you already have a Medical Alert System, please disregard this message. Again, if you already have a Medical Alert System, please disregard this message.   me: "Hello?"

June 2013

Robo call (610) 257-7096 recorded 21 June 2013 ("uh, John from shipping...Medic Alert Alarm system") Scammer, Caller ID: Bala Cynwyd PA

I posted on 800.notes.com 06/21/13 with Tom Shafer copycat 06/21/13 and Martha copycat 2 06/28/13, 800.notes.com 06/12/13, 800.notes.com 06/12/13, CallerComplaints.com User 6/25/13, CallerCenter.com and WhyCall.me
This one's slick, I actually thought there was a live person on the line, I could hear him flipping the pages of paper he was reading and I was all set to play with him until he mentioned "press 1 to talk to a rep" and I realized it was a recording...
I wish I had a nickle for every time the voice said "uh"...
me: Hello?   they: "Hi, uh, this is John from the shipping department of Emergency Medical Alert, I was calling to uh schedule a delivery of your medical alert system, it's uh the "fallen, and I can't get up" type of system you've seen on TV. Looks like the system's been uh recommended by thousands of hospitals and medical professionals, uh, let's see, says here that the system's already been paid for. Looks like you're getting the system because uh either yourself, a friend, a family member or maybe even someone you know has experienced a fall in the past so uh again it's already been paid for so there's no cost to you whatsoever. Also says here that the shipping has already been paid for so to uh schedule the delivery of your Emergency Medical Alert System press 1 uh again to uh have your system shipped out to you press 1 now...press 5 to decline the shipment of your system

Robo call (305) 389-5335 recorded 12 June 2013 (Lisa, you qualify for a 6% credit card rate...")

I posted on 800notes.com, CallerCenter.com, NumberGuru.com and x WhoCalled.us x
This robo call might be a cousin of Rachel from "Card Services"? Or did Rachel finally get bumped off and Lisa is taking her place?

me: Hello?   they: ""This is Lisa calling in regard to your credit card account. I'm not calling about any problems with your accounts. The reason for the call is to let you know that you're now eligible for interest rates as low as 6%. If you'd like to be transferred to a representative regarding your account, press 9 now. Again, press 9 now to speak with a representative."

Robo call (404) 400-1124 recorded 11 June 2013 (Safety and Security Home Alarm system)

I posted on 800notes.com, CallerCenter.com, WhyCall.me, WhoCallsMe.com, WhosCallingNotes.com and EveryCall.us
This robo call makes it sound as if they're teaming up with the local authorities to protect the public...what a crock! I wish they'd suffer a permanent "crack down"!

me: Hello?   they: ""This is a courtesy alert for home owners in this area. Crime is on the rise and your city officials are cracking down. As part of the city-wide crack down, over the next ten days, Home Services, a private company, in conjunction with state and local agencies, will be in the area providing residents with a free safety and security evaluation, giving away free literature and valuable safety tips. There is no cost or obligation and real home security has never been more affordable. The evaluation takes less than 10 minutes. Press 1 now and let us know if you prefer mornings or afternoons. Help your local officials fight back by pressing 1 now. Again, press 1 now."

Robo call (616) 613-2226 recorded 06 June 2013 (Medical Alert Emergency Alarm system)

I posted on 800notes.com, CallerCenter.com, WhyCall.me, RUscammer.com and who-is-calling-me.info
This one's similar and nearly identical wording as other recent calls pushing emergency medical alert systems for seniors...
the spammer obviously has a block of consecutive phone numbers, all in the (616) 613-222x range...
me: Hello?   they: ""Every year it is estimated that over 30% of the senior populationa accidentally falls. Many of these falls are serious and require medical attention. Now a new program designed to keep seniors safe and more protected is available for a short time. Don't become a helpless victim lying on the floor without options. You may qualify to receive a free medical emergency alert system. To find out if this program is available in your area press 1 now. Press 5 to be removed but to feel more protected 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, press 1 now."

May 2013

Robo call (610) 257-7095 recorded 18 May 2013 & 12 June 2013 (Medic Alert Alarm system)

I posted on 800.notes.com 05/18/13 with Joe Black copycat 05/24/13 and copycat 2 07/05/13, 800.notes.com 06/12/13, 800.notes.com 06/12/13, CallerCenter.com with a comment on page 2 and whycall.me
This one's slick, I actually thought there was a live person on the line, I could hear him flipping the pages of paper he was reading and I was all set to play with him until he mentioned "press 1 to talk to a rep" and I realized it was a recording...
I wish I had a nickle for every time the voice said "uh"...
me: Hello?   they: "Hi, uh, this is John from the shipping department of Emergency Medical Alert, I was calling to uh schedule a delivery of your medical alert system, it's uh the "fallen, and I can't get up" type of system you've seen on TV. Looks like the system's been uh recommended by thousands of hospitals and medical professionals, uh, let's see, says here that the system's already been paid for. Looks like you're getting the system because uh either yourself, a friend, a family member or maybe even someone you know has experienced a fall in the past so uh again it's already been paid for so there's no cost to you whatsoever. Also says here that the shipping has already been paid for so to uh schedule the delivery of your Emergency Medical Alert System press 1 uh again to uh have your system shipped out to you press 1 now...press 5 to decline the shipment of your system   me: "Hello?"

Robo call (321) 873-4937 recorded 2 May 2013 ("Get ready to have fun in the sun in Orlando and Daytona or Miami Beach...")

I posted on 800notes.com, callERcenter.com and WhyCall.me
Yeah, I could use a vacation. But call centers like this one make me want to shut them all down and send them to the moon.
me: Hello?   they: "Get ready to have fun in the sun in Orlando and Daytona or Miami Beach and for the first 150 callers, a luxury bonus getaway just for you. Press 1 to be transferred to a live representative, press 2 to be removed from this list. Your claim number is 6 3 5."

Robo call (570) 000-0000 recorded 1 May 2013 ("Congratulations, you are pre-qualified to reduce your interest rate...")

I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com and x WhoCalled.Us x
Such a strange phone number with so many zeroes but at least they seemed sincere when wishing me "have a great day!"
me: Hello?   they: "Congratulations. You have been pre-qualified for a reduced interest rate on your existing account. Press 1 now to speak with a representative so your new rate will take effect. If you have received a reduced rate in the last 48 hours, please diregard this message. Again, press 1 now to speak with a live agent and reduce your rate. Thank you and have a great day."

April 2013

Robo call (518) 292-6634 recorded 29 April 2013 ("Free" Alarm system and small sign)

I posted on 800.notes.com Apr 29th, WhoCallsMe.com Apr 29th and WhoCallsMe.com May 8th
These people aren't even consistent with their instructions, one place it's "press 2 for Do Not Call" elsewhere it's "press 9 for do not call"...
me: Hello?   they: "The FBI reports there was a home break in every 15 seconds. Your local police recommend you protect your home....if you will allow us to place a small sign in your yard, we will install a new security system at absolutely no cost to you whatsoever. There is no cost for the system or the installation whatsoever. To hear more, press 1 now. To be placed on our Do Not Call list, press 9. If you would like your phone number remove [sic], press 2 now, otherwise press 1 to speak to a representative. Thank you." (repeated 2 more times)

Robo call (724) 302-2349 recorded 25 April 2013 (Medic Alert Alarm system)

I posted on 800notes.com, CallerCenter.com [copycat 1 Anonymous June 4th] [copycat 2 Anonymous June 12th] and whycall.me
This one's slick, I actually thought there was a live person on the line and I was all set to play with him until he mentioned "press 1 to talk to a rep" and I realized it was a recording...
I wish I had a nickle for every time the voice said "uh"...
me: Hello?   they: "Hi, uh, this is John from the shipping department of Emergency Medical Alert, I was calling to uh schedule a delivery of your medical alert system, it's uh the "fallen, and I can't get up" type of system you've seen on TV. Looks like the system's been uh recommended by thousands of hospitals and medical professionals, uh, let's see, says here that the system's already been paid for. Looks like you're getting the system because uh either yourself, a friend, a family member or maybe even someone you know has experienced a fall in the past so uh again it's already been paid for so there's no cost to you whatsoever. Also says here that the shipping has already been paid for so to uh schedule the delivery of your Emergency Medical Alert System press 1 uh again to uh have your system shipped out to you press 1 now...press 5 to decline the shipment of your system   me: "Hello?"

Live call (215) 383-3455 recorded 16 April 2013 (Third Party Electric Bill Savings)

I posted on 800notes.com
"me: Hello?   they: Hello? Yeah, yes sir, I'm trying to reach the person that's in charge of the PECO electric bill please.   me: Uh, there is no...we don't use PECO.   they: You have a different electric carrier sir?   me: yes   they: Ok sorry to have bothered you, have a good day.   me: thank you.   they: uh mmm, bye bye. "

Robo call (724) 364-4111 recorded 9 April 2013 (Medic Alert Alarm system)

I posted on 800notes.com
"If you are a senior citizen, listen closely to the following information. Each year there's been a significant rise in the number of senior citizens suffering death and serious life threatening injuries from a delay in response time for medical emergencies, fires, burglaries, or even a simple fall. The American Heart Association and the American Diabetic Association are urging all seniors to get a personal life saving emergency medical alert system for their home. For the first time the senior medical advisory is providing senior citizens with this life saving emergency medical alert equipment at no charge to seniors. Press 1 now, to find out how with just one push of a button, you can have a live, certified emergency medical technician on the line to help you in just seconds. Again, press 1 now and you'll never have to feel helpless, worried, or by yourself in an emergency situation. Press 5 now to be removed from our senior medical advisory calling list."

Robo call (321) 967-5779 recorded 03 April 2013 (Disney Vacation & Cruise)

I posted on 800notes.com
"Let the memories begin. You have been selected for a magical Walt Disney World area tax time special and the first 200 callers will get a special bonus vacation. Your claim number is 1 5 8. Press 1 now to connect to one of our live agents. Press 2 to be removed from this list."

Calls not recorded with Google Voice but posted on sites like 800notes.com etc.

A live call asking by correct household name. It was a contribution solicitation on behalf of NJ State Police association.
(856) 506-3104 NJ Police contribution solicitation live call on 24 May 2014 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com

A live call asking for my wife by her full name. It was a NJ political survey pertaining to candidates in the upcoming June US Senate election. My wife participated until they kept questioning her about a particular candidate she aboslutely hates.
(844) 313-3753 Political Survey live call on 30 April 2014 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com

Live call (848) 248-4676 22 March 2014 (Breast Cancer Contribution solicitation...) [not recorded]
I posted on 800notes.com and page 2, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me, callERcenter.com and RUscammer.com
It was a solicitation for donations for breast cancer. They've called before and actually told me that only 15% of my donation goes to fight cancer (they keep the other 85% as "administrative cost").
Now I make it harder on them by pledging, giving them a false ID and credit card information and address, and making them waste postage to mail me a receipt, then wasting more time when they get their envelope returned from the US Postal service and they have to flag it on their computer.
I use Fake Name Generator ( www.FakeNameGenerator.com ) to create 100% false credit card numbers, individual's name and address to give telemarketers soliciting contributions from me. The fake credit card actually passes the "Luhn Formula" first level test and appears to be in the valid credit card number format.

Live call (609) 232-8935 20 March 2014 (Royal Cruise line, "Free" cruise offer in exchange for favorable review...) [not recorded]
I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com and WhyCall.me
This particular call offered a free vacation cruise to fill up unused cabins in exchange for favorable reports to friends and family after the cruise. I wasn't going to fall for that, so following is what I told the caller:
pleasant female voice: "Hello. I'm [I forget her name] calling to offer you a free vacation cruise to fill empty staterooms in exchange for you telling your family and friends about the trip. You can do that, can't you?"
me: "Just looking at the TV news over the past few months, I see a cruise ship grounded on the rocks in Italy and the Captain abandoning his ship before his passengers are safe, and more recently, people cruising in the Caribbean in ships that lose power with floodded staterooms and passengers who had to wade knee high in human excrement..."
female voice interrupting: "I'm sorry, thank you. Good bye." [hasty disconnect]

Live call (732) 305-8350 26 February 2014 (Debt Collection ) Caller ID: "North Brunsw NJ"
I posted on 800notes.com, WhoCallsMe.com, WhyCall.me and RUscammer.com
A live debt collection call, a man with a heavy India accent asking for a "Mindy Lay-he" (phonetic spelling of what I hear).
We've had this phone number for 35+ years and nobody named "Mindy" has ever lived here but every time Mindy's debt is sold to a new debt collector, we start getting these calls again.
Call transcript:
me: "Hello?"   they: "Is 'Mindy Lay-he' there?"   me: "Mindy who?"
they: " Mindy Lay-he""
me: "How do you spell that?"
they: ""Last name spelled EL E A Aich Why"."
me: "No such person at this number, how much does she owe?"
they: "Sorry to have bothered you, have a nice day." and he disconnected."

"Am I speaking with the homeowner...?" live burglar alarm scam call on 25 February 2014 (302) 414-8624 800notes.com and WhoCallsMe.com

"Over 65? You qualify for free $3,000 grocery coupons/voucher..." scam robo call on 20 August 2013 (973) 922-3302 800notes.com

"Lisa, no problems with your Credit Card account, lower your rate" scam robo call on 13 August 2013 (305) 368-8706 800notes.com

"Cold" sales calls: "Jerry S Rubin [1]" on 09 August 2013 (215) 364-1738, "Jerry S Rubin [2]" (215) 364-1738 and "Jerry S Rubin [3]" (215) 364-1738

"Free alarm with small sign" scam robo call on 29 July 2013 (914) 530-2334 800notes.com

COPD medical study solicitation call from "Dr. Rick Malcolm" on 19 July 2013 (877) 255-6443 800notes.com

Children with Cancer live solicitation call. A live call asking for my wife by her first name. The woman explained they are a charity for children with cancer and asked if they were to "...send an envelope, would I make a small donation?" I politely refused, and she wished me a good day.

on 12 July 2013 (732) 907-2112 800notes.com

A live call asking for my wife by her full name. It was a NJ political survey pertaining to 4 local candidates in an upcoming state-wide election. My wife actually enjoyed participating and the questioner was intelligent and interesting.
Political Survey live call on 1 July 2013 (800) 644-9064 800notes.com

Irritable Bowel Study robo call on 3 June 2013 (855) 541-1205 800notes.com
A robo call from Dr. "somebody" soliciting people who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome to participate a study of IBS. Because they ignored the Federal Do Not Call list, I'm inclined to question their authenticity. Beware!

Breast Cancer call on 21 May 2013 (848) 248-4676 800notes.com
To my surprise, this was a live person after a brief pause the predictive dialer took to get an agent on their end. It was a solicitation for donations for breast cancer. Here is roughly how the call went:

caller: "If we send you an envelope, can we count on you for something small?"
me: "Well, I could send you one of those pink 'awareness ribbons'..."

caller: "No, no, a donation. We don't suggest an amount, the highest is $40 but many give $20"
me: "What percent actually goes to help fight breast cancer?"

caller: "I'm glad you asked that. 15% goes to fight cancer, 85% goes to administrative costs..."
me: "Only 15%? That's not very much, is it?"

caller: "Can we count on your support?"
me: "So you're saying that if I donate $20, only $1.50 goes to help cancer victims?"

caller: "Yes, yes, can we count on your support?"
me: "It seems to me that if I were to call the American Cancer Society directly and donate directly to them, they would get more money."

caller: "We could argue about this all day. Can we count on your support?"
me: "I could make a smaller donation directly to them and they'd actually get more money!"

caller: "Well, thank you for talking to us today, have a nice day, good bye!"

This woman certainly was very professional and well trained. Every time I was negative, she steered the conversation back to "can we count on your support?" She really did try to get me to donate but finally gave up.

Call on 15 May 2013 (602) 753-9864 800notes.com

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