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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: What's in your junk mail today?
« Last post by LilyBLily on September 02, 2021, 11:06:25 PM »
Lots of companies send their workers out without a company-identifying phone, so blocking all unknown callers won't work. I honestly don't remember if in the past service people used to call before they showed up, but these days, perhaps because we live in the back of beyond, they always call. Same with doctors' offices. Reminder calls may or may not be automated but they're the paradigm now. They often are from a phone number that is one or two digits off the main number of the medical practice, so okaying the main number would not be enough. Since some of these calls demand that one confirms the appointment, blocking them might automatically cancel it instead. Dunno.

As I understand it, phones were originally considered a terrible breach of privacy. They still can be.

Every once in a while I get a sincere email from some charlatan purporting to be in Africa wanting to share millions of dollars with me, but otherwise my spam filters seem to be very strong. On Facebook, it's a different story. Many stolen photos of men looking for...love? Nah. Probably money.

 Grin
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: What's in your junk mail today?
« Last post by VanessaC on September 02, 2021, 06:55:39 PM »
I get almost no spam email, but I make up for it in spam phone calls. Our landline provider now helpfully labels many of them "Potential Spam."

Occasionally, a spam caller leaves a message. Car warranties, mythical credit card accounts, and very often a claim from "Tim" that he's looking for real estate and if we have some to sell, get in touch. That last probably isn't a con, but it also isn't likely to produce top dollar if one has acreage to sell. The roads are lined with homemade signs saying "We buy houses for cash!" and those also probably are legitimate but not great deals.

Oh, spam phone calls are rife, too, aren't they? I've had various people threatening to disconnect my broadband, saying that the Revenue are suing me for non payment of taxes, and claiming to be Microsoft wanting access to my computer. I just hang up.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: What's in your junk mail today?
« Last post by Anarchist on September 02, 2021, 09:39:29 AM »
I get almost no spam email, but I make up for it in spam phone calls. Our landline provider now helpfully labels many of them "Potential Spam."

Occasionally, a spam caller leaves a message. Car warranties, mythical credit card accounts, and very often a claim from "Tim" that he's looking for real estate and if we have some to sell, get in touch. That last probably isn't a con, but it also isn't likely to produce top dollar if one has acreage to sell. The roads are lined with homemade signs saying "We buy houses for cash!" and those also probably are legitimate but not great deals.

I have my phone set up to send all calls and texts from numbers not on my contact list into the ether.

Blanket block.

Life is better without the distraction.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: What's in your junk mail today?
« Last post by Maggie Ann on September 02, 2021, 03:51:00 AM »
I get almost no spam email, but I make up for it in spam phone calls. Our landline provider now helpfully labels many of them "Potential Spam."


Me, too. If it's not phone calls to sell me an extended warranty on my car, it's wanting to buy a car that I traded in a long time ago or a car that I bought 3 to 6 months ago.

I read somewhere that the top three shortages we will experience because of the pandemic, are cars, air-conditioners and a/c repairs, and patio furniture.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: What's in your junk mail today?
« Last post by LilyBLily on September 02, 2021, 03:40:58 AM »
I get almost no spam email, but I make up for it in spam phone calls. Our landline provider now helpfully labels many of them "Potential Spam."

Occasionally, a spam caller leaves a message. Car warranties, mythical credit card accounts, and very often a claim from "Tim" that he's looking for real estate and if we have some to sell, get in touch. That last probably isn't a con, but it also isn't likely to produce top dollar if one has acreage to sell. The roads are lined with homemade signs saying "We buy houses for cash!" and those also probably are legitimate but not great deals.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: What's in your junk mail today?
« Last post by TimothyEllis on September 02, 2021, 02:14:45 AM »
Docusign fraud emails.

Amazon gift card giveaways.

A whole lot of Chinese character emails, and a good number of French ones. I don't read either, so no idea what they are.

SEO websites.

I get about 200+ a day.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: What's in your junk mail today?
« Last post by Post-Crisis D on September 02, 2021, 02:11:12 AM »
The latest is contact form spam claiming to be part of a vulnerability scanner and that my host "may be" compromised and I am vulnerable to ransomware.

The most--or one of the most--persistent of spams is one selling an eBook or course for doing woodworking as a business.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: What's in your junk mail today?
« Last post by Eric Thomson on September 02, 2021, 02:03:08 AM »
I just found an invitation to claim my $50 free chip from the Highway Casino in my spam folder. Usually, it's endless warnings that someone has accessed my FB account. Boring.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / What's in your junk mail today?
« Last post by VanessaC on September 02, 2021, 02:00:31 AM »
I've had some wonderfully creative junk email over the past few weeks and thought it might be fun to share.

The latest round is from a series of people who seem sure I will be able to help them with their new toothbrush venture.

What's your most interesting junk mail?
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Last post by diisha392 on August 30, 2021, 04:47:45 AM »
122 words, slowly making progress :)
Even if said progress is a rewrite of previous progress!
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