I have taken to never answering any call that my address book doesnt recogonize.
If it is legit and someone needs to get a hold of me then they will leave
a message and I can call them back. This is almost never the case. 8 months ago
I was getting 10 of these per day. Since I have started not answering it has
taken some time but has gone way down. Probably down to 5 per week.
Problem with the Do Not Call List is that only ethical companies respect it.
Scammers, by definition, are not ethical.I work for a company that
makes outbound calls to people on behalf of their employers' HR
departments. Unfortunately, our outbound number looks unfamiliar on Caller ID,
so we get a lot of No Answers, voicemail, and pickup-hangups. People miss out
on their employee benefits sometimes because of this problem.
@imsmarterthanyou - “ I remember the days when my phone was attached to my
house. If I was not home, no one could call me. Those were better days. The
invention of the cell phone changed the world and not for the better.”Even with the spam calls, smartphones/cell phones have been a valuable
tool for me. All depends how you use it. Are you its master or vice versa? By the way, landlines are still available if you want to go back to
that. Have fun. :)
I've received several spam TEXT messages lately. Is that a new trend?However, I have had some fun trying to spam them back. I
click to speak with one of their representatives and then speak gibberish or
maybe try to confuse them.One example: A call came from someone
offering a funeral plan. I pushed 1 to talk to a representative. He answered
and asked if I'd be interested in a pre-paid funeral plan.I
replied with my best fake Italian accent: "Ah yes. I needa a funeral plan.
I'ma planning to die next Thursday. So I gotta have a plan."He, somewhat confused, "What?"I repeated my first
message.He, "Is this a joke?"Me, "No.
I'ma planning to die Thursday. Gonna need a big funeral. How much it
cost?"CLICKOr I get a call from a strange area code
and answer with: "Utah Attorney General's Office. Fraud division. How
may I direct your call?"CLICKKinda fun . . . .
y'might try it. . . .
I get at least 1 call every day. I block every one but the just keep coming. I
remember the days when my phone was attached to my house. If I was not home, no
one could call me. Those were better days. The invention of the cell phone
changed the world and not for the better.
You say 2018 was a record year for robocalls? Well, it was an election year.Seriously, the politicians think THEIR robocalls and the survey callers
are OK. Hypocrites!Note that the suggestions in the article are
totally ineffective. You can be on the do not call list, but the callers
don't care. And blocking numbers doesn't work because they spoof with
local numbers.So, you have a $500 paperweight in your pocket.You'd think the technology exists to determine the ACTUAL source of
calls, even with spoofing. After all, who should be able to control Caller ID?
The caller should be able to block his ID, but not create a fake number.In short, government fails us again.
I also have received 5-20 calls per DAY. Using Hiya has been almost useless. I
just simply block the number on my iphone. I wish there was a feature you can
activate a button to simply decline the call without forwarding to voicemail and
automatically blocking that number.
And this is what happens when we have an FCC determined to keep out of the way
I answer my landline less than one time per month now.
They are now making calls from your own number.
I've been on the do not call registry for years and check it occasionally
to make sure I'm still on it - yep, still there, but it is absolutely
worthless. I get upwards of 5 spam calls/day. I have hundreds of numbers
blocked that can't call me back - only about a billion more to go before I
quit getting bugged by spam calls.
I think I got two million of those calls. I have gone on the "Do Not
Call" registry twice. I have always responded by opting out on their calls.
I get calls from Google, rebates, hotels, insurance and credit cards among
others. In the case of Google, their caller said they had many call centers
doing the exact same thing as they were doing. I don't even dare to go an
line to use a search engine for services in my area because I will end up
getting dozens of calls soliciting my business. Something really does need to
be done!At one time I asked the phone company how they could
"sell" my number to businesses, and they said they owned my number. If
I am "renting" my number, shouldn't it be the same as renting a
house, and therefore not available to "rent" to anyone else?