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(www.donotcall.gov)   Just a reminder, if you haven't registered with the National Do Not Call Registry, do so. Subby forgot and now is getting bombarded with spam phone calls and your mom's texts   (donotcall.gov) divider line 20
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2012-12-28 11:45:43 AM  
Is it still illegal for then to call cell phones, regardless of dnc status?

Most of the spam calls I get are identity theft scams anyhow. Shocking that criminals would break the law by calling me...
 
2012-12-28 12:00:35 PM  
I'm registered on that thing and I still get calls from unknown numbers trying to sell me something.  Good luck with all that.
 
2012-12-28 02:11:57 PM  
Do you have to renew the registration? I registered years ago but suspect it may have expired.
 
2012-12-28 02:34:29 PM  

Ambivalence: Do you have to renew the registration? I registered years ago but suspect it may have expired.


Nope. From the donotcall.gov site: Your registration will not expire. Telephone numbers placed on the National Do Not Call Registry will remain on it permanently due to the Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007, which became law in February 2008. Read more about it at http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2008/04/dncfyi.shtm.
 
wee
2012-12-28 03:02:10 PM  
My number has been on the list for years.  I get 3-4 calls a day.
 
2012-12-28 03:15:35 PM  
Subby, I think I can help you. What's your phone number?
 
2012-12-28 03:21:42 PM  
Robocallers have learned that people don't report them very often.  So the registry is rather useless in most cases.

"To date, the Commission has brought 78 enforcement actions against companies and telemarketers for Do Not Call, abandoned call, robocall and Registry violations."
 
2012-12-28 03:24:40 PM  

wee: My number has been on the list for years.  I get 3-4 calls a day.


If you put it on there before 2008, I think they may have expired.  A new law was put in place so that there's no expiration now.  But I assume the old, expired ones were not saved.  Can't hurt to just re-register.
 
2012-12-28 04:16:10 PM  
And I have a Google Voice number that forwards to my cell phone.  Friends, Family, and Coworkers *only* get the Google Voice, figured if I was getting stupid calls from whoever had my cell phone last I could easily ditch the cell.

/haven't had to worry about it
//I get the convenience of a landline, but really have no need or want for one
///my parents still get calls from charities asking for money from me, and I haven't lived there in nearly a decade... and never gave out the landline number, but white pages and all
 
2012-12-28 04:18:51 PM  

serial_crusher: Shocking that criminals would break the law by calling me...


Got a robo call from some home improvement firm from down south, I'm in New England, spiced with Tea Party propaganda. "we will provide a free quote and as George Washington said 'abandoning the gold standard is the road to tyranny', god bless."
 
2012-12-28 04:48:27 PM  
Where's the registry to sign up for spam calls and your mom's texts?

25.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-12-28 04:52:25 PM  
Last time I signed up for the do noy call registry the number of spam calls increased by about 20%. I think they used the list to get my number.
 
2012-12-28 07:25:14 PM  
If I is remembering correct, BHell In Canada runs the do not call list(Government outsourcing to a piece of shiat Telco is just lovely), and originally no one bothered to check if the robo call companies requesting and paying for the '''do not call list''' where actual companies and not just a scammer company.

Pay a few bucks and get the list and robocall all day long from some foreign country with a spoofed number from quecbec or florida or colorado or DC or your moms basement.

/By the way, if you get one of those work at home jobs where you call random people all day long, I just love to report you. Enjoy your farking fine.
 
2012-12-28 08:28:28 PM  
It doesn't help.

I have five calls on my caller id today from card services and other unknown numbers.
 
2012-12-28 09:21:39 PM  
I just have a contact called "Ignore me!!" and I add any numbers I don't want to hear from to it, and have a silent ringtone set. Problem not solved per se, but minimized to the point of indifference.

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2012-12-28 10:28:07 PM  

pseudowho: I just have a contact called "Ignore me!!" and I add any numbers I don't want to hear from to it, and have a silent ringtone set. Problem not solved per se, but minimized to the point of indifference.

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that thar's a good idea, but I don't get unwanted calls. I find it fascinating that I don't receive any soliciting calls. I do know non-profits don't fall under the do not call registry.
 
2012-12-28 11:59:01 PM  

pseudowho: I just have a contact called "Ignore me!!" and I add any numbers I don't want to hear from to it, and have a silent ringtone set. Problem not solved per se, but minimized to the point of indifference.

[ts1.mm.bing.net image 300x225]


The "you won a cruise" scam changes numbers every couple of days, so that doesn't really work.
Google Voice actually has a spam filtering feature, and it works pretty well.  But the only way to set it up is to have 2 phone numbers and make the google voice number forward to the "real" phone number. My problem is that spammers have the real number, not the google one.
 
2012-12-29 04:51:17 AM  
Two things I've learned recently:

1. For business lines, the Do Not Call list doesn't apply.
2. Google Voice has spam filtering and it works really well. I went from getting 2-3 automated calls a day down to zero when I switched my number over to the Googles.
 
2012-12-29 09:44:35 AM  

The My Little Pony Killer: I'm registered on that thing and I still get calls from unknown numbers trying to sell me something.  Good luck with all that.


I think that spammers get around the DNC by using call centers from other countries
 
2012-12-29 10:13:56 AM  
For those of you still tied to land lines, here is the answer:

Get a second line with a separate phone number. Don't use it for 5 years. Don't even plug a phone into it for that long. Finally, when the 5 years are up, plug a phone in to it. Then give your family/friends that number to use. Use that line only for personal calls to family and friends. Use the other line for everything else, screen every incoming call call with voiecmail (don't directly answer this phone) and unplug it during non-business hours. After a year robocalls will drop off dramatically, and after another 5 years you will get nearly no robocalls on either line.

How it works: Robocall software drops phone numbers which are always busy or where there is never any answer. You want to wait 5 years for this so that you an be sure that the political cycle is completely gone through and the number dropped. So 5 years after the new line is hooked up it should have been dropped from virtually all robocall lists. I discovered this quite accidentally while still a slave to dialup. I had a separate line that was exclusively for dialup connections. Once it was freed up for phone use I plugged a phone into it and was amazed that while line#1 was getting swamped with calls line#2 got nothing. Ever. Until the number got out to businesses.

Modern robocall software is also geared to drop business phone numbers. The main way they do that is by filtering numbers out that don't answer during non-business hours, and/or which always switch over to voicemail systems. By not answering your phone directly and letting all calls go to voicemail first you are identifying yourself as a business to that software. Eventually the number will be dropped from the call lists.

Yes, this is kind of an involved solution, but if you are stuck with having to use a land line this is a way out of getting robocalls which is far more effective than the do not call list.
 
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