This is an easy fix at the federal level. In order for the carrier to allow a
spoofed number, you must have signed permission from the owner of the number,
who will be held responsible for any DNC violations.This lets call
centers continue displaying their client's number when making a call, and
business can continue to display their main number instead of a personal
extension.But the states can't fix this, it's interstate
and international trade-- outside of their jurisdiction.While
we're at it, let's remove politician's ability to violate the DNC
The state is incompetent and can not take meaningful steps to curb these
unwanted calls. I get a lot of calls regarding pyramid schemes into my office
and then when I go to home there are many recorded ones and it makes me sick to
delete them and miss important ones at the same time. But what are you going to
blame when you can easily get a fake identity card online, if you search on
Google for the term fake id website many websites pop up one for instance is
fakeyourid.com and you can get Utah state fake id from them for a hundred
dollars. Then once you obtain that piece of fake plastic you can easily
impersonate yourself as someone else if you have their information. Moreover,
you can also verify yourself as a native of Utah state and make people fall for
your scam or fraudulent schemes.
A few more tips....Don't put your business card into fishbowls
for prize drawings. Nothing is given away for free.Don't
send/text/call survey responses. Businesses are more interested in getting your
contact information than they are in improving service. That's just a way
to establish a "business relationship"... after all, you contacted them
of your own choice.Freeze your credit. You'll be AMAZED at how
much your mail goes down in volume, and sales calls drop. The credit bureaus
make money selling your info to other businesses.Some states mandate
an annual privacy statement with options to ensure your info is not sold to
other entities (to varying degrees). Use it!Don't freely give
out your phone number to get a better deal or discount. Ask for the sale price
without giving that info. If you absolutely must have it, then give a fake one.
(yes, you might miss out on food safety recalls and emailed coupons, but
it's sad that you have to pay for privacy.) Or use a google phone number
that is disposable.Don't leave your name in your voice mail,
and say you don't answer calls from people that don't show on your
contact list, unless they leave a message.
You have the world in your shirt pocket. No other age has had such power of
communications.And spoofers have ruined it.I work with a
YSA group. If they don't already have your number in their system, they
don't answer. They don't listen to the voice mail. They delete your
text.Why? Because spoofers have conditioned them to think everyone
else is a call to sell you something or trick you.Such power
squandered.Government will never fix it. IF they can track you down,
they'll fine you a million bucks and get themselves a headline. But 100
more will spring up because they know Uncle Sam is inept.Reyes is
wasting his time and our money.
I'd also like to chime in on the "helpful people" who are calling
in to fix your computer or someone from the IRS calling you about a tax bill.This is a form of hacking called Social Engineering. Usually people
want to be helpful to others so when you hear someone on the phone trying to
"help" you, you may want to take some caution. The people calling you
may have ulterior motives. The IRS nor any tech company will call
you out of the blue to help or to tell you of a legal issue. Banks and
government agencies usually send you a letter by postal mail stating that there
is an issue. In the 20 years I've been working for tech companies, none of
them have ever called a customer at home to assist with an issue. Usually they
respond to your issue when you call them.Be wary of anyone who wants
access to your computer. Be wary of anyone who wants to you pay for a bill when
they call you. Especially if they say they take payments in gift cards.Remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is too good to
You don't need an expensive app to block calls. What I've
done is placed everyone that I want to receive calls from in my Google contacts
(with picture of the person, notes of who they are "Son's band
teacher" etc.) so when they call me, their information pops up on my screen.
When I get a new Android phone, the contacts automatically transfer to the new
phone when I sign in.Then when I get a call that is not in my
contacts, it only shows the number and location (sometimes "Scam Likely"
will pop up from the service provider). Since I don't know who it is, I
let it go to voicemail. 99 times out of 100, no one leaves a voicemail. Those
that do leave a voicemail gives me the option to respond or not. If it's
something important, I'll respond to it. If it's a number I need to
save, I add it to the contacts.If I get a call too many times from
one number that isn't leaving me voicemails (or is that indicates that it
is someone trying to sell me something) I can block the number in my Android
phone (a basic feature).
I am with the people who simply dont answer my phone if the caller isnt in my
contacts. If the call is truly legit (my dentist or some such) they will leave a
message. And to repeat. You did NOT win a car in a contest you never
entered. There is NOT a prince in Nigeria trying to give you a million dollars
for helping him. And Microsoft doesnt call you to 'fix' your
computer*.*I am pretty sure 'we the' was being factious.
Thanks Sean Reyes. This is a problem that needs fixing. If I don't receive
a robocall before noon, I wonder if my phone is working.
I wish this article delved into some technical details a little more, perhaps
interviewing telephone network engineers or others with deep technical
understanding of the problem and possible solutions out there. The reality is,
unless we can–at a technological level–stop caller ID spoofing, then
we can't _really_ solve the problem of phone scams and illegal robocalling
(regardless of what the government declares illegal).I've
proposed that the phone system needs to be updated to work using public-key
cryptographic certificates with a central set of "Certificate
Authorities" (CAs) much like the web uses. These certificates should be used
to authenticate all metadata (caller ID) provided with the phone call itself.I'm not normally a "central authority" proponent (prefer
web-of-trust) but pragmatically, I recognize that the web's system has
worked better than what we've now got now with our phone system. There are
modifications I'd make, but there are real technological solutions out
there. The government's role should be to light a fire under the industry
(which should be regulated) to actually try to solve the underlying problem, not
put bandages on the symptoms.
WeThePeople and others, BEWARE of anyone that wants to take control of your
computer unless it is a paid tech support service that you researched and
subscribe to, or you initiated the call to a bank or software program, etc.
Especially if they mention Microsoft. I'll bet you a donut they are NOT a
Microsoft employee, but a scam trying to trick you into giving them access to
your computer. If you store your account passwords on the computer, such
as an Excel spreadsheet, password protect access to that file. (It's on the
File tab, or search the help.)"Just the other day, a nice young
man from Microsoft called my wife. I would never have known that my computer had
been hacked, but he showed her how to fix it over the phone!"
hey, i just emptied the "spam" in my gmail.gmail determined that
16 "callers" aka senders were spamming.gone ! with one click.these senders even had "names" that i didn't recognize and
would not have opened any way; gmail just shoved them aside into a folder that
gmail would clean for me after 30 days !communications can stop
spamming, annoying callstill, i'm not going to wait for
t-mobile to help me.i'll just continue deleting calls that do
not leave a message.like i've been doing for years.
i simply do not ever answer my fone or cell fone if no familiar name is
displayed.difficult for that on a cell fone.but why ? if it can be
done on a wired fone ................ then on a cell fone.my recorded
message say i will not answer an unidentified number that does not leave a
message.and i don't.if a message is left then i am responsible
for what i do and what happens next.do not answer calls that do not
"identify" a person known to you.believe me you are not that
famous or important that i am sitting on tacks waiting for YOU to little
ol' me.no message, no pick up
Our biggest robocaller is the school district, and they are “legal”.
Once I was on a business trip and they called me nine times at 2 am to remind
me of the photos being taken that day at school. I politely asked them to block
my number and take it off their lists, but they refuse. Sigh.
If I rent a house, the owner of that house can not let others use it at their
discretion. The same principle should hold true for my phone (along with MY
phone number). So when the phone company, or any other entity sells phone lists
with my number on it, it should be against the law, period!
For the past 2 years, my cell number has been used as a "spoof" number
for a "you've won a sweepstakes!" roboscam. So, I get all of these
people calling me back to ask about their prize. I've had to let everything
go to voicemail with a recording letting them know my phone number is being
spoofed and this is NOT a number for their fake prize. It's maddening. I
refuse to change MY number that I've had for the past 20+ years just
because of some creepy criminal out there. I wish the FCC - or the phone company
- or anyone! - could find a way to prevent this from being possible!
There’s an app out there that I saw featured on a news site that blocks
calls. Sure it costs $$, but I’d rather pay them than have the government
do it. Look up the robo killer app. It’s been good so far!
Requiring cellular carriers to grant unlimited call auto-blocking to consumers
would fix this issue. I believe the carrier we use allows our family a total of
20 "free" blocks.
Oh Justin M, your simple, inexpensive and probably effective ideas don't
have a place in The Government. They couldn't justify throwing $800 million
at themselves to use an idea like that.
Oh, for the days of the old west where the sheriff and posse could track down
those guilty of heinous crimes and find a convenient tree. Sadly such a fate
is illegal for these scam callers... even though scam robocalls are also
illegal.A more entertaining solution, if you are patient enough to
get a real person is to tell them "That sounds really interesting, hang on
while I get a pen to write stuff down..." and just put the phone down and
walk away for a while. Or, keep a whistle or air horn near the phone and as
soon as you know it is one of "them" give them an earful. (And hope you
don't get sued.)I hope government agencies can put a stop to
these pests soon!
Calling? Sure. Make them go away. Get rid of the political texts and fundraising
texts! Texts now overtaking calls on my phone.
"WeThePeople" Fact is, your right to peddle your goods ends at my
property line, whether you come knocking at my door, or ringing endlessly on my
phone. I have a right to post a No Solicitors sign on my door; I have a right
to prohibit those same shuysters or their kin, from disruping the peace and
quiet of my home by ringing my phone day in and day out.
No! Not only are these businessmen providing a valuable public service, but
they help people who need it.Just the other day, a nice young man
from Microsoft called my wife. I would never have known that my computer had
been hacked, but he showed her how to fix it over the phone!
It's gotten to the point that I just don't answer my phone anymore.
And please can we stop talking about what the founding father might or might not
have thought about machines capable of dialing tens of thousands of numbers per
minute. They could scarcely imagine such a thing, and any guess as to what they
might have deemed appropriate action is simply guessing.
I have followed the FTC complaint process, and found it to be nothing more than
therapy for the angry taxpayer. There is currently no way to effectively
prosecute a spoofed call.Let us face the fact that these callers
have us over a barrel. They are not likely to obey Do Not Call rules. They will
claim to be your bank or Microsoft with impunity. So, this effort is
great for a Reyes political brochure, but can never be effective.Speaking of politics, Reyes is too kind to himself. We don't want
political robocalls any more than we want Medicare supplement robocalls. You may
think you are in a separate category...but alas, you are not.
If a telecommunications company is allowed to start charging money for each call
to those systems that generate more than X calls in a time period, that will
stop it cold. If a telecommunications company is able to freely be
sued or substantially penalized when it doesn't stop the calls from those
frequent calling numbers, that will also shut it down.The
alternative to that is to tell me that telecommunications companies don't
have the billing or security expertise to stop the abuse of their systems. And
I really refuse to believe that! As it stands, the
telecommunications companies have the imprimatur of "business as usual"
when there is legal language protecting them from lawsuits.When
there's a will, there's a way. Start by writing to your
representative in Congress and share their responses widely. Don't just
write to the FCC where Mr. Pai (ex Verizon General Counsel) is pro-industry.
Then start reminding them of their job and lack of action, particularly as it
gets close to election time.Don't let them defer to the FCC, as
it operates under the authority of congress.
It seems that with the technology of today, that companies or the government
could do something so that I do not get 10+ spam calls/day. The do not call
registry is a joke, so any potential action is greatly anticipated.
I don't agree...WeThePeople.I consider these calls an INVASION
of my privacy. I don't want them!!! I'm tired of getting up to
answer calls that come from Amanda, Shirley or whomever who tell me "do not
hang up!" The people behind these calls want to steal your/my money. Thank you, Reyes, and others for tackling this problem. Next can you
please work on the unsolicited mail that, if stolen, can be used to open up a
credit card in my name. I get mail for businesses that don't exist any
longer and send letters back to those companies pleading to be removed from
their lists. Doesn't help.After that, go after the apps which
access personal contacts and the STUPID friends who allow that access.
@ WeThePeople - Sandy, UT,You say "Utah needs to stay true to
the principles of conservatism that made America great!"How is
that possible when you elect a democrat to congress? And looking at your
further remarks, you are obviously clueless, stopping harassing, unwanted
solicitation in no way restricts business transactions. People who make these
calls are predators and can't make a dollar without resorting to unethical
means. Greed corrupts.
Utah is doing absolutely nothing! I get 10 calls a day from some recording or
other wanting to lower my credit card interest of sell me a warranty for my car.
Not things I want or need. If I ask how they got my number they just hang up. I
wish they would be completely outlawed.
Utah needs to stay true to the principles of conservatism that made America
great!We don't need government to interfere with these phone
calls. That just means that government gets to meddle with any business
transaction. The founding fathers would never have imagined government
restricting who can make phone calls!And we especially don't
need our state's weakening their authority. Shame on Mr. Reyes for getting
the feds involved. All they know how to do is take our taxes!