Spammers on the Phone, a Warning

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Home Inspector with Helm Home Inspections

Well it just happened.  I'm sitting here at my computer, after midnight, looking at AR blogs, when my phone rings. It was my business cell so I answered it, as I always do.  I'm sure everyone out there gets the spam about someone in some faraway country wants to use your account to bring in Millions of dollars, giving you a cut in the process.  Well, this phone call, from Malaysia he said, was exactly the same thing.  Got my number off my website.  I stopped him mid sentence and told him to never call this number again.  I wonder if other people are starting to get these; and does anyone have any ideas how to stop them?

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Rainer
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David Helm
Helm Home Inspections - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham, Wa. Licensed Home Insp
Yeah Leon, I get those too.  This one seems like an escalation of the spammer scams though.  It's a little bit scary.
Jun 06, 2007 08:17 PM #2
Rainer
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Robert Whitelaw
Whitelaw & Sons Real Estate Services - Morgan Hill, CA
Broker, CEO, Realtor , ePro
Wow. I had not heard that these scams had stepped up from being emails to phone calls! How nuts! I would guess that doing it this way would have even less chance of success. Totally nuts.
Jun 06, 2007 08:29 PM #3
Rainer
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David Helm
Helm Home Inspections - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham, Wa. Licensed Home Insp
Yes Mott, we have to have our numbers out there to get business.  My spam filter picks up 5 or 6 of these things a day, so it must not be passe.  This just feels like an escalation; and do I look that easy???
Jun 06, 2007 08:38 PM #4
Rainer
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David Helm
Helm Home Inspections - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham, Wa. Licensed Home Insp
Phone calls, Robert, have to be nuts.  They open themselves to all kinds of verbal abuse (not that I would do that of course.).  Maybe they think if they talk to you personally they have a better chance of convincing you.
Jun 06, 2007 08:40 PM #5
Rainer
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KRISTINE CROWE
COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE - Dundalk, MD
I've gotten spam faxes as well, faxed to the office to my attention.
Jun 06, 2007 09:47 PM #6
Rainer
32,266
Blue Ridge Ga Real Estate >> Real Property in Blue Ridge Georgia
United Country Landmasters - Ellijay, GA
I have gotten spam through my AR contact form but not on my phone line     
Jun 06, 2007 10:57 PM #7
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Christopher Johnson
RE/MAX Olympic Realty - Haymarket, VA

I am always bombarded with new and wonderful services that will bring me buyers or help finance my buyers or improve my website....blah blah.  It is very irritating to get these calls! but I have never been spammed from some Prince in Nigheria who wants to thank me for my part and would like to send me $1,000,000 US Dollars.

 

 

Jun 06, 2007 11:47 PM #8
Rainer
23,981
Tony D. Howell
The best place EVER! - Wilmington, NC
I keep getting phone calls from guys trying to sell me something about being the preferred lender for a forclosure website.  They all claim to have gotten my info from Active Rain.  GRRRRRR....
Jun 06, 2007 11:50 PM #9
Rainmaker
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Paul Moye
Benchmark Realty - Franklin, TN
Broker, GRI, SRES
Yes, they get your cell # of of your web page; it's not a violation of the "no call" rules since you advertise! They are surfing for idiots and truth be told they find someone...that's why they keep it up. Eventually someone will fall for their scam, lose hundreds if not thousands of dollars and tomorrow it starts all over again. 
Jun 06, 2007 11:55 PM #10
Rainmaker
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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County
There is no escaping them. I guess these are "cold calls." I guess they call them cold because that is the response they get from me when they call!
Jun 07, 2007 12:02 AM #11
Rainer
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Matthew J Blum - (retired from the business)
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
David, You where a lot nicer than I would have been at midnight.
Jun 07, 2007 12:44 AM #12
Rainmaker
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Jay Beckingham
Christensen Financial Mortgage - Port St Lucie, FL
Seniors ROCK!

do not call for cell phones

1-888-382-1222

i believe this number is correct. 

Jun 07, 2007 12:50 AM #13
Rainmaker
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
I have recently gotten at least FIVE calls to "Be on the Front page of Google"  --  And I read somewhere else on this site that others were getting them as well.  Fast talking salesmen that I now say "sorry" and hang up on.
Jun 07, 2007 01:02 AM #14
Rainer
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David Helm
Helm Home Inspections - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham, Wa. Licensed Home Insp

Kristine, I guess they try everything, a good reason to not fax.

Doug and Tony, Nothing is sacred; the downside of AR.

Christopher, Me too. I don't mind regular sales calls nearly as much as this something for nothing crap.

 

 

Jun 07, 2007 04:28 AM #15
Rainer
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David Helm
Helm Home Inspections - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham, Wa. Licensed Home Insp

Paul, I hate to be lumped in with idiots.  I find it hard to believe that there are people that naive.  But I guess this is America and we have all kinds.

Gary, I'm sure your right.  At least with email you can block their address.  I'd love to have a spam filter for my telephone.

Matthew, Yeah, my mama taught me to be polite.  Who knows, maybe he'll want to move here from Malaysia and need my services. . . . not!

Jay, Thanks, I have done that but as paul said, it's not really a violation.

Carole, Yes, those are a pain, and some are very aggresive.  Those I hang up on without even a word of sorry.

Jun 07, 2007 04:35 AM #16
Rainer
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Christopher Johnson
RE/MAX Olympic Realty - Haymarket, VA

I guess it is the price we pay for having to advertise our cell phone and office numbers.   When it comes down to it, I don't mind that much because I forget about the call immediately after I hang up.   If we didn't do it we wouldn't get  legitimate business!

Jun 10, 2007 04:51 AM #17
Rainmaker
92,669
Bob Elliott
Elliott Home Inspection - Chicago, IL
Chicago Property Inspection

Yeah I keep getting the ones who promise first page ranking,and go on to tell me my site is not even ranked by Goggle.

My reply is wow that's amazing since all of my business comes off the internet,to which I add "if you get 1'000 customers how will you fit them all on the same first page".

Jun 10, 2007 06:59 AM #18
Rainmaker
299,413
Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate
Yep, i got my Malasia call this morning....so off goes the cell number on my profile.  Call the Office durning regular business hours, then the 'gate keeper" can handle them.
Jun 10, 2007 07:03 AM #19
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Gomer Pyle
Greenville, TX

I haven't gotten such calls on my cell phone yet, but I do get occasional calls on my business line from people who want to sell me web site optimization or other such services.

I wouldn't expect to get a lot of the "Nigerian Letter" pitches via phone call because it just isn't very workable.  The scheme works with email because the con man (woman) can easily send the email to a million people.  If only one in one-thousand fall for it, then they have managed to rake in one thousand suckers.  Making a thousand phone calls to get one "hit" wouldn't work as well.

As someone who is out there trying to market my services and trying to get attention in the local market, I tend to be sympathetic with people who are trying to pitch their services to me.  I never purchase anything from a cold call, but I tend to be polite--"I'm really not interested, but thanks for calling--click."  Allowing them to talk on is just a waste of my time and their time, so I do us both a favor by cutting it off quickly. 

David Harkness, P.E.

Consulting Engineer / Inspector

http://homeanalytical.com

Jun 11, 2007 01:49 AM #20
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David Helm
Helm Home Inspections - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham, Wa. Licensed Home Insp

So Bob, Don't you want first page ranking?

Kathy, thanks for stopping by.  I think I would leave my cell phone on in spite of the weird calls.  Being accessible seems to me to be very important.

David, Good response, although it is hard to think I would be doing them a favor.

Jun 11, 2007 10:18 AM #21
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