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Old 02-19-18, 12:35 PM
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What's with the foreign language spam calls?

I've gotten a couple of voice mails lately that are in some foreign language. When I check the numbers some people mention they're speaking Italian, but there isn't enough yelling and outrage in the voices for me to believe that. Anyone else getting these calls? Got any idea what they're about?
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Old 02-19-18, 06:06 PM
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I got one of these yesterday. Turned out they was from some place called “Nawlins”, hell of a time understanding them
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Old 02-20-18, 01:06 PM
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Por Espanol, marque numero dos.
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Old 02-20-18, 02:59 PM
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I don't even answer them, but they still leave me messages. Maybe I need to tighten my tin foil helmet.
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I got a few calls from unknown number last month. I checked its phone code here https://areaphonecodes.com/portugal/, it was someone from Portugal. I never answer calls from unknown or private numbers, there are so many scam phone calls today.

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Old 03-06-18, 01:12 PM
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Nomorobo, https://www.nomorobo.com/ cuts out a lot, I have Caller ID, cable, land- line , cheap phone, the display is on the TV,


and I have an answering machine that kicks in after 4th ring.. speaker on it..
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Old 03-06-18, 02:20 PM
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Odd...

I'd love to get some Italian telemarketers calling me so I could practice

But, I can't imagine there would be many sales in the USA when advertising in a foreign language (other than Spanish). I suppose some cities like St. Louis have large Italian neighborhoods, but a little research, and one could target those directly.

In the past, once a month or two I'd get someone with a heavy accent calling me telling me that my Windows computer was broken (even while I was running Linux). Unlike Hillary's campaign staff, I chose not to give them access to my computer
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There was some kinda scam on the news where they bill you thousands of dollars.
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It's entirely possible that someone is using a VOIP program and has made a call to the USA, then forgot to reset the destination country when making the next call. This means you got a call intended for someone who has the same number in another country, or even just in another area code.

Happens to me all the time, both inbound and (sadly) outbound since I make lots of overseas calls on Skype. Just yesterday, none of my USA calls got through. Fortunately I found the problem before I chucked the laptop through the (closed) window. Turns out the country code somehow got reset to 0, and all the calls were being rerouted to Antartica. On the bright side, I didn't wake anyone in the middle of the night.
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Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
It's entirely possible that someone is using a VOIP program and has made a call to the USA, then forgot to reset the destination country when making the next call. This means you got a call intended for someone who has the same number in another country, or even just in another area code.

Happens to me all the time, both inbound and (sadly) outbound since I make lots of overseas calls on Skype. Just yesterday, none of my USA calls got through. Fortunately I found the problem before I chucked the laptop through the (closed) window. Turns out the country code somehow got reset to 0, and all the calls were being rerouted to Antartica. On the bright side, I didn't wake anyone in the middle of the night.
Antartica? Do they even have phones down there?

If it is day all the time, then how do you know if you're waking someone up while they're sleeping?
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Antartica? Do they even have phones down there?

If it is day all the time, then how do you know if you're waking someone up while they're sleeping?
I assume they have phones there, but most likely only direct satellite phones. They have a country code, 672, country code assigned so there must at least be a plan for phones.

However, it seems to be a glitch where +0 prefixes default to Antarctica.

As for not waking anybody, it's not a question of time of day, or even month of year, but simply that nobody picked up.
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I can't say for sure but the Italians just had an election and Italians living abroad have the right to vote in Italian elections as there are specific overseas electorates and candidates. For some reason they had your phone number on their list of Italians abroad who were eligible to vote.
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So ... when you typed the number into Google, what did it tell you?

I don't answer my phone.

After it finishes ringing, I type the number into Google. When one of the reverse lookup sites on Google tells me it is a spam phone number, I delete it. I have no idea what language they may have used to leave a message because I don't check the message before deleting it.
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