Save the world by asking questions: phone scam protection

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Whether it's a phone scam, Internet scam, or some other type of scam, you need to know how to protect yourself.

One way to protect yourself: Don't give out any information.

One way to protect others: Stay on the phone and ask a lot of questions. Here's a few that I like to ask. These are used for those special people that call my personal phone number (that's on the National Do Not Call Registry).

  • What's the weather like where you are? Then go on to talk about the wonderful conditions where I live. It's a great opportunity to sell them on your area.
  • Where are you calling from? If they can't tell me that because of "security reasons", I press them by asking "If I guess it right, will you tell me if I get it?"
  • Do you like your job? How long have you been in your current position? How can I get a job application?

I know people suggest hanging up right away. But think about it. The goal for a phone scammer (I'm not saying telemarketer. Many telemarketers are legitimate no matter how much you don't like them.) is to quickly find a victim. By preventing them from making another call, you can save effectively delay their feast. You might even save the world! :-)

If you're looking for "authorized" and practical measures of thwarting evil in this world, check these out:

Do you have other links or info? Please share!
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Rainer
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Christopher Smith
TREGO REALTY - Cedar Rapids, IA
Jason, thanks for the link to the NDNCR.  I just registered my phone numbers.
Aug 17, 2006 07:27 AM #1
Rainer
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Teri Isner
Keller Williams Realty at the Lakes - Orlando, FL
GRI, CRS, CIPS
Jason you are too kind and thoughtful yes you save them from making another call but what is your time worth?  I just hang up or don't answer.
Aug 17, 2006 09:53 AM #2
Rainer
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Jason Ungos
Real Estate Technology - Lewiston, ID
Teri, I do it for fun. Maybe a sick sort of fun. I know who it is via my caller ID so it's pretty easy to know whether I want to spend the time or not.
Aug 17, 2006 12:40 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International - Saint Petersburg, FL
St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS
Sometimes, if I'm in the mood, I'll listen to their spiel, to analyze what works and what doesn't in a sales pitch. Which are hackneyed phrases, or ingratiating questions? Which are well thought out. Use it as an exaplme.
Aug 17, 2006 02:48 PM #4
Rainmaker
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Toby Barnett
KW North Sound - Marysville, WA
Toby Barnett
Hahhaha, scammers are always trying new tricks. One of my favorite responses is to try and sell them something...it is quite comical if you can manage not to laugh during the conversation :)
Aug 17, 2006 03:02 PM #5
Rainer
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Art Blanchet
On the Outside Lookin' In - Sebastian, FL
Stranger in a Warm Land
dID A BLOG ON PHONE SCAMS - WE DON'T BUY OR DONATE anything OVER THE PHONE.  pERIOD.
Jul 13, 2007 05:14 AM #6
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