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Google search = Robo calls

by rje49 / March 24, 2018 12:08 PM PDT

I wasn't expecting this. While walking around outdoors recently, my phone rang. It showed the call was from a town about 20 miles from here, but I rarely answer calls if I don't know who it is. About 3 minutes later, it rang again; same number. That doesn't usually happen, so I took a chance and answered - "um, is this the Hampton Inn in Carlisle?". "no, you got the wrong number", but knowing there isn't any Carlisle in my state, I added "better check the area code". The woman said, OK, thank you.
I was curious as to why I got the call, so when I got home I Googled "Hampton Inn, Carlisle, PA". Without any further clicking, I saw the ad on the right and immediately knew how the woman got my number by mistake. I thought that was the end of it, but about an hour later, my phone rings- it's a number (not the same) from Carlisle PA. Then again a half an hour later. Then a third time. Thinking it must be coming from another phone at the Inn, wanting me to book a room or something, I answer the 3rd call and say WHAT DO YOU WANT?" Silence. Then beeping at 5 sec. intervals.
Looking up this phone number shows just how robo calls work. The number is from Carlisle PA, but the "owner" lives in Huntsville Alabama. Whatever... but my Google search and the robo calls "from Carlisle" were no coincidence!
I've never had any computer malware for at least 10 years and my A/V never detects anything, but I did some serious scanning with 3 different programs. They found nothing, no spyware, etc.
So what is the connection between a Google search and a robocaller?

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