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 02-17-2005, 06:47 Post: 106267
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A Cablevision (our cable and optimum online provider) truck pulls into our driveway yesterday and the serviceman tells my wife he detected stray signals coming from our house. He says FCC requires that they monitor signal leakage and that he needs to come into our house to fix it. He tells my wife he understands that she is alone but if he can't fix the problem they will have to terminate our service. He will have to look at all our electronics and connections. My wife sent him on his way without letting him in.

We have lots of electronics and connections (including security systems) in our house that I wouldn't want the cable guy mucking around with. Also we would want someone by appointment who was clean and didn't look like a degenerate in my house. We are waiting to see if they terminate our service and then we will do what we have to when the time comes.

Has anyone ever heard of this stray signal stuff? Is it a scam? Everything is working correctly in my house.






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 02-17-2005, 08:04 Post: 106272
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Sounds like a scam to me. The proper response is for your wife to get their ID card and call your local cable company at the phone number listed in the phonebook to verify this. Additionally, she should mention that you will be home soon, you are a real hothead and surely shoot them if this is a scam. The torture before death is the only real thing to worry about. You will bury them and the truck in the backyard with your new backhoe and no one will ever find out. Just wait here a minute!






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 02-17-2005, 08:09 Post: 106273
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Sounds awful fishy to me. I would think that if there was a problem they would have to send a letter first and make an appointment with you to do a "repair."

A harty "attaboy" to Mrs. Ncrunch32 for keeping the homestead secure.






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 02-17-2005, 08:15 Post: 106274
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A couple of years ago my wife had a similar instance, while I was out of town of course. She however, kept her wits about her as your wife did.

We at the time had a 85lb. retriever who was VERY defensive about 'her' turf (she thought of my wife as part of that package) and had a peculiar quirk. If you held her by the collar at the door, she would lean forward as if pulling, but didn't pull, (my tiny wife would have been water-skiing behind her if she did) she would however, bare her teeth and make the most horrible snarling sounds.

When this character came to the door he was met by two suspicious females, one on 4 legs one on 2 legs. This guy was already off-balance at the dog snarling inches from his 'tendest of parts'...... My wife said it wasn't a good time, we had just had an attempted break-in, the dog was very nervous and scared and the police were on their way from the hospital after interviewing the burglar where he was being "put back together because the dog 'got to him' before the police arrived".

The guy beat a hasty retreat to his van, never to be seen again.

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 02-17-2005, 09:19 Post: 106278
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The only stray signals that guy was picking up were hormonal.

Keep a close eye on things and dust off Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson. That was either a case job or an attempted rape. Either way he might be back and only the firmest resolve works with such people.

Stray signals indeed. Was your wifes car in the garage? Was there any external sign that someone might be home?






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 02-17-2005, 16:28 Post: 106304
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I'm agreeing it was not legit. A simple call to the "company" he was supposedly with would confirm if there really was a tech in the area and if it was legit or not. If not, then call the police and file a report with as much of description as she can provide. That way if he shows up again, the police will have it on record of a previous transgression to go along with the body.






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 02-17-2005, 16:54 Post: 106307
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Thanks for the comments guys. He did have a sheet he left with us from Cablevision that talked about FCC regulations and these stray signals. There was a phone number at the bottom of the sheet we could call but my wife is hesitant to call the cable company in case it is legitimate. We don't want to do anything to remind them there are "stray" signals (if it is legitimate) so that they start tearing through our hookups.

My wife did say this guy looked like a shifty character and he looked aound the house a bit before he knocked on the door. We were once robbed so my wife is extra aware of all suspicious characters that come around the neighborhood - that's one of the reasons why we have so much security now. I used to think she was too cautious - but not anymore. I will tell my wife about your comments. Thanks again!






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 02-17-2005, 17:28 Post: 106310
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Call the sheriff and make a report. Please.






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 02-17-2005, 17:47 Post: 106312
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This is probably legit. I am an electronics engineer, and know that the cable industry is very paranoid. Basically, they "snoop" for certain frequencies that are only likely to come from the cable system. These signals usually come from illegal cable descramblers, so yes, they WILL cut your service if you don't comply--a quick call to your provider would have confirmed his ID. The problem can also come from bad wiring, poor crimp connectors, malfunctioning vcr/tv, etc. The attitude of the cable industry is "guilty until proven innocent." Best of luck with this.






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 02-17-2005, 18:44 Post: 106319
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Metastable - I have no illegal cable box here. I do have many base cable connections to 10 smaller TVs, a digital box to main TV and 8 way wired router which feeds 5 computers. All this wiring is entangled with lots of other feeds and connections to several sets of speakers, amps, vcrs for tv and security cameras, and on and on. I might have to kill someone who starts messing wround with my wiring Smile






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