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I literally get 5 calls a day from “Vehicle Warranty Department” on my cell phone. Always a new number (because I block the old ones), but obviously with 10 digits they have a pretty much unlimited source of spoof numbers.

I’ve reported it to the FCC. I’ve made sure I’m on the Federal Do Not Call list. Is there anything I can do to stop these assholes?


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Would definitely be nice. I imagine I get 10-15 random calls per week.
I've resorted to almost exclusively answering calls from numbers I know.




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[quote]I literally get 5 calls a day from “Vehicle Warranty Department” on my cell phone. Always a new number (because I block the old ones), but obviously with 10 digits they have a pretty much unlimited source of spoof numbers.[

Tell them you are incarcerated and ask them to call back during visiting hours.
 
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I literally get 5 calls a day from “Vehicle Warranty Department” on my cell phone.
Tell them that the engine just blew up. 'Sploded all over the garage wall. Is this covered by your warranty?

I had the same thing not too long ago when I bought a car from a large Ford dealer. If there is a next time, when the paperwork is being done, I will give the dealer the phone number for somebody who rally aggravates me. Revenge!

I'm pretty sure that the contact information that you give to the dealer goes into some sort of vehicle registration database, and the slime balls who keep pestering you to sell a warranty scavenge the phone number from that database.



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Answer and ask them if they’re wearing something sexy. Make it as uncomfortable for them as possible.
 
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What if it's dude calling? Oh, wait... that might work even better. Smile

Or maybe not. Frown



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I literally get 5 calls a day from “Vehicle Warranty Department” on my cell phone. Always a new number (because I block the old ones), but obviously with 10 digits they have a pretty much unlimited source of spoof numbers.

I’ve reported it to the FCC. I’ve made sure I’m on the Federal Do Not Call list. Is there anything I can do to stop these assholes?
Me too, now on my cell phone. I hang up immediately. I have reported them to donotcall.gov but have never heard any feedback.



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This is why I still have a landline, and use it on all paperwork at stores. I've recently had some days with no calls to one day with about ten calls! Answering machine gets to handle it.

Maybe you can buy one of those VOIP devices, get a number separate from the ones you use normally - use it for that purpose.
 
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Someone needs to invent an app that makes the caller's phone explode when you answer them.

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Between those assholes and the ones who send spam email, I get probably no less than 100 per week. It pisses me off to no end.

Some regulation of this "industry" is necessary.


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Blocking numbers is pointless since telemarketers spoof their source caller id to make it look either local or some number you normally call. Given how much companies can learn based on calling patterns and money they make selling that info, blocking telemarketers isn't a technical issue.

When I called and discussed this with the FCC last year, they said we should contact our federal representatives. Landline and mobile phone providers spend a lot of money to get legislation the way they want. If enough people complain and representatives feel enough pressure, things could be changed.
 
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Talk about their mama!
 
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Invent some device somehow connected to the telemarketers' phones that instantly taze them the moment they dial the DNC numbers. Then, you'll become a millionaire.
 
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Tell them your vehicle is a 2003 with 320,000 miles and ask them if they have a warranty to cover it because the engine has a funny knocking noise in it.......
 
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I ask to be removed from their list. That stops the honest ones.

If they dont stop.... then I mess with them. Relentlessly. Eventually they stop calling me.





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Can you help me on dialing in elevation on India? Curvature of Earth and variations in gravity keep fudging up my shot.


Probably that Toyota Coriolis thingy...

You'll need to consult with a Rocket Surgeon. Hope one is in your HMO network.




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I ask to be removed from their list. That stops the honest ones.




Considering they’re calling a number on the “Do Not Call List” in the first place, why would you assume you can trust them to remove it. More likely it goes on a list of numbers proven to be answered when called and sold at a premium.





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Tell them your vehicle is a 2003 with 320,000 miles and ask them if they have a warranty to cover it because the engine has a funny knocking noise in it.......


I’ve tried this. Told them my car was a 1970 Mazda Z 360. They said it was too old to cover, but they still call daily.


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