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Comment by Patricia Re on [PHONE SCAMS] Who is Most Gullible? (June 25, 2019 11:46 PM)
Another scam is Visa 'gift cards'. Got one for $25.00 when I redeemed it the first thing they did was deduct $7.95 for monthly charge. Apparently this...
Comment by Kacm on Can You Spot A Fake Product Review? (June 25, 2019 10:35 PM)
I too hoped to hone my detecting skills! I just spent much of today trying to research kitchen faucets w/motion sensors. Scrolling thru many reviews o...
Comment by Nezzar on [PHONE SCAMS] Who is Most Gullible? (June 25, 2019 10:33 PM)
Thanks, Bob, for a very informative article. I have had more trouble with the tech spoofs than anything else. They almost fooled me the first time,...
Comment by Rick on [PHONE SCAMS] Who is Most Gullible? (June 25, 2019 10:19 PM)
I have Hiya (paid version), Verizon’s Call Filter, and RoboKiller (paid version & this is my favorite). I even recorded my own RoboKiller answer-bo...
Comment by Robert A. on [PHONE SCAMS] Who is Most Gullible? (June 25, 2019 10:17 PM)
Back near the beginning of this year, I bought a new Panasonic cordless phone system, with a main, cordless console and four cordless extensions, One ...
Comment by jim on [PHONE SCAMS] Who is Most Gullible? (June 25, 2019 10:13 PM)
Any number that I don't recognise or that says 'unknown caller'is summarily blocked. Period. ...
Comment by Kevin on [PHONE SCAMS] Who is Most Gullible? (June 25, 2019 08:31 PM)
I have been using NOMOROBO for a couple of years on my VOIP. Works pretty good, but still have to check the caller ID for numbers that do get through,...
Comment by Larry on [PHONE SCAMS] Who is Most Gullible? (June 25, 2019 08:30 PM)
I never answer a call that does not provide full caller ID that I recognize. Thats' the great advantage of voice mail. If it is legitimate, they will ...
Comment by Lucy on [PHONE SCAMS] Who is Most Gullible? (June 25, 2019 08:12 PM)
Bob has recommended "nomorobo" in the past and we are signed up for it. It is free for VOIP numbers and $1.99 for smart phones. You always wait for a...
Comment by Laurie on [PHONE SCAMS] Who is Most Gullible? (June 25, 2019 07:53 PM)
@Ken How sad that you choose to denigrate an entire group of people. Signed: A Boomer. At this point, I rarely answer the phone unless I believe I...

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