Getting scary calls on my iPhone

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    bonskovsky

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    This is my first contract iPhone, and all day I've been getting these calls from Beaverton, Oregon. These calls were at 2:11 PM, 6:14 PM, and 8:52 PM. These calls are all coming from the same place, but they show up with different numbers.

    The phone will continuously ring until answered, and it will stay on the line as long as I'm quiet. But as soon as I say, "Hello." The call is disconnected.

    Is this a way of someone trying to steal personal information? Is that possible if a person is on the line long enough they have can get sensitive information about you?
     
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    Telemarketer. Annoying, yes, but nothing to worry about.
     
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    Start running.
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    Well, something just happened.

    I got curious and decided to call the phone number back to see who it was. Crazy me thought it may have been an old friend who couldn't work up the courage to speak to me. I didn't know.

    An adult male picks up the phone as if he was a telemarketer. He claimed to be an associate from Wells Fargo. I don't bank with Wells Fargo, so why would they be calling me.

    So then he asked me what number it was and I told him my phone number. Then he asked for my name, and I told him my real name.

    He said "That's definately not what's in our system," now this is some random person from a bank who knows my name and number.
     
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    Well you really better

    Now
     
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    No.

    ...unless you start telling them personal information.

    It's an auto-dialer for a telemarketing company. When you answer, it notes that the number is good, and transfers the call to what's supposed to be a live telemarketer, but in your case, is getting disconnected before that's happening. Count yourself lucky. ...except, the stupid machine will probably keep trying to dial you til it connects a call.

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    No, it's someone from a call center probably calling for a debt collection service representing Wells Fargo, looking for someone whose phone number you now have. Now that hey know the guy they're looking for isn't at that number, you hopefully won't hear from them again.
     
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    Well here's what I'm starting to think, certain carriers come with lower quality numbers. I'm not with AT&T mind you and I can guarantee that the numbers they give you will not be sold to telemarketing.

    This is the second number I've gotten and that's because previously a person called my phone claiming that they work for the carrier I have. Though they sounded like they were from Russia. So they called and was like, "I'm here to verify your account so there won't be any surprises. What's the passcode to your account?"

    I immediately hung up at the moment. After which I kept getting calls repeatedly. All day long.
     
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    Don't blink.
     
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    I personally wouldnt give them any information, i would ask them, what name do you have on file as they are calling you.
     
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    Don't tell them anything. The next time they call, just ask to be placed on their "do not call list" and they should comply. Just keep repeating yourself if needed. That should end it.
     
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    You got it all wrong! You need to have fun with these people. Give them false answers and names. Keep them running in circles and then bring up your theories of alien invasions, the yetti, the end of the world. Keep them on line as long as you can. They get gigged for being on the line too long and accomplishing nothing. When they are ready to hang up, ask to talk to supervisor and go through your theories again. :D
     
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    Exactly. I've had the same thing happen to me.
     
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    Poltergeist inside your iPhone.
     
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    What's the difference between a lower quality number and a higher quality one?
     
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    wxman2003, that's akin to what I do when religious fanatics knock on my door even though I have a "no soliciting" sign posted. I tell them I can't talk right now because my cauldron is burning in the other room. The look on their faces is priceless! Even better, I had a neighbor who would pretend he was deaf and start using sign language at them. :D

    But seriously, I would never give out my real name & number.
    There's too many nutzoids out there...
     
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    Uhhh... did we buy a used phone from GraigsList? and the old owner maybe the Mob? :D
     
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    Do other carriers send you texts as a method of advertising?
     
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    What is your real name?
     
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    bonskovsky

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    John Jacob jingleheimer Schmidt of course. I should've told them that. Lol
     
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    I'd use SpongeBob SquarePants.
     
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    Based on the OP's previous threads, I have to conclude that these phone calls didn't take place and are just voices in his head
     
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    Interstella5555

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    You know how people get personal information from you? It's not by you breathing, it's by calling back and unknown number and telling them personal information over the phone.
     
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    A number of Scammers say they are from Wells Fargo, telling you your account is locked and you have to call a number. when you call the number you are asked for your account info "to verify" ..but the number you call is NOT wells Fargo.

    There's a site that allows you to key in phone numbers and see if the number is connected to a scam: http://800notes.com/

    Key in the number and you will usually find other people are getting the calls as well.

    I deal with the telemarketers by assigning their number to a contact "Do Not Answer" with a ringtone of silent.
     
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