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Old 08-06-2016, 10:32 AM   #101
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Why are you asking me? Call the IRS and ask them.

I'm just reporting fraud as a concerned citizen.

I'll take your advice and not do anything from now on.
My only point was, don't expect any action from your report. As I said, most of what was on those pages was advice on avoiding the scam. I really don't think they are going after anyone, based on info from these reports.

At the most, they are using the reports as a means to see how much activity is out there? Just a counter?

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Old 08-06-2016, 10:51 AM   #103
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Old 08-06-2016, 11:08 AM   #104
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I have no idea if they chase these numbers or not, I don't care.

I used to just delete the message or simply "pick and hang" the phone, but then I thought I'd copy down the number and report it. Only takes a minute.

I also know that if nobody reports anything then nothing even has a chance of happening.
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There is an Android cell phone app called Extreme Call Blocker that does a great job of blocking scam phone calls. I assume it is also available for iphones.
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I just put that number on my reject list. got a second call
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My only point was, don't expect any action from your report. As I said, most of what was on those pages was advice on avoiding the scam. I really don't think they are going after anyone, based on info from these reports.

At the most, they are using the reports as a means to see how much activity is out there? Just a counter?

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I know it's said to report the calls but I always thought it was to give us something to do. To make people think that the IRS can do something about the calls. I've never reported the calls because the phone number displayed or given in the voice mail isn't a "real" number. The only thing my calling will do is tell the IRS that someone in Pennsylvania got a call and as you said how much activity is out there.
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There is an Android cell phone app called Extreme Call Blocker that does a great job of blocking scam phone calls. I assume it is also available for iphones.
There's also a version called "Call Blocker No Spam Voicemail" (I have that for Android, not sure about iphones) which actually is a version of "Extreme Call Blocker" but for more current Android systems.

I was about to purchase the "Extreme Call Blocker" app then asked the author and he told me about the difference between the two apps.

Those are the only apps I've found that allows for hang up no answer and not going to voice mail for the newer Android systems.
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Old 08-06-2016, 07:22 PM   #109
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I have no idea if they chase these numbers or not, I don't care.

I used to just delete the message or simply "pick and hang" the phone, but then I thought I'd copy down the number and report it. Only takes a minute.

I also know that if nobody reports anything then nothing even has a chance of happening.
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I know it's said to report the calls but I always thought it was to give us something to do. To make people think that the IRS can do something about the calls. I've never reported the calls because the phone number displayed or given in the voice mail isn't a "real" number. The only thing my calling will do is tell the IRS that someone in Pennsylvania got a call and as you said how much activity is out there.
Agreed. They are not the real numbers in the Caller ID, reporting that number will do nothing. They probably change it daily, maybe every call, by just substituting some name/# in the phonebook. I keep getting calls from random City/Sate, I don't pick up and they don't leave a message. I could block them, but they change a few days later (probably to avoid detection by the NOMOROBO app).

I suppose in some minor way (like me jumping up and down moves the path of the Earth), reporting lets them know the scale of the problem. But don't expect any specific action. Writing your reps directly would probably have more effect than a form.

The only known way for any action to take place is to have them call your Congress person's personal cell phone. Google that for more.

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Mr Number is a great app for getting rid of telemarketers and other spam callers. It's free and easy to customize.

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My scam callers keep changing phone number. It seems like they have an endless bank account with local numbers.
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Mr Number is a great app for getting rid of telemarketers and other spam callers. It's free and easy to customize.
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Really working well on the LG tracfone we use for old landlines number.
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My scam callers keep changing phone number. It seems like they have an endless bank account with local numbers.
A scammer with caller id name of "Doctors Group" has been calling my landline for years and consistently changes numbers. The place has no shame as would call me bright and early in the morning and several times a day.

I finally have some peace with a whitelist based call blocker that blocks everything besides what I allow. Otherwise, time to play cat and mouse .
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That IRS is certainly the busy agency--apparently they have several lawsuits filed against us as they call every afternoon from a different number.
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That IRS is certainly the busy agency--apparently they have several lawsuits filed against us as they call every afternoon from a different number.
Wow! I still wonder if it's answering your phone or what that makes them call certain people a lot. I only get them on my land line every couple of months, never my cell. I don't pay for caller id on the land line and let everything go to voicemail but use Mr. Number on my cell. Love, Mr. Number app.
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I never answer these calls, which all come into my cell phone (to which I ported my former landline number), but the lawsuits are apparently so pressing the callers leave recorded messages. I delete the voicemail and block the number and boom, another comes in, from a different spoofed number, a different fake city. DH never gets them.
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Arrests made...

70 Indians arrested for IRS tax scam...the ring leaders are still on the loose.

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I heard this on NPR and agree that it's great news. I never thought any of the scams originating outside the country where they are trying to scam would ever face arrests.
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Wow - figures are t was overseas. DH says - we taught Inda how to do call centers for Americans, so no wonder.
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70 Indians arrested for IRS tax scam...the ring leaders are still on the loose.
They've nailed (some of) the (easily replaceable) guys in the trenches...the generals are likely already processing new recruits.
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