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(Ars Technica)   Could the FCC have possibly made a big dent into cutting robocalls? Also are you looking for an extended car warranty?   (arstechnica.com) divider line
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679 clicks; posted to Business » and Main » on 05 Jul 2022 at 1:35 PM (6 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-07-05 11:41:23 AM  
I haven't seen a dramatic drop off of calls that I don't know. But because of political exemption, maybe they're all calls begging for ever more cash.

Unless you're in my contact list or have a legit caller ID, talk to the voicemail.

Aside: Android Auto will put through all calls but does NOT offer the Screen Call option in the dialog.  Oddly, there is a space next to the Accept and Decline buttons almost like it's being held in reserve.
 
2022-07-05 11:44:59 AM  
No
 
2022-07-05 11:55:19 AM  
I've noticed on my iPhone recent calls there is now a field saying the number was verified by carrier.
 
2022-07-05 1:53:42 PM  
This is a huge step forward.

Shame is, this tech has been out there for years - but the major carriers refused to spend the money to implement it until they were forced. Tells you what your carrier actually thinks of you as a customer.
 
2022-07-05 1:55:15 PM  

labman: I've noticed on my iPhone recent calls there is now a field saying the number was verified by carrier.


I've got those, but the vast majority of recent calls are still unverified.
 
2022-07-05 1:55:31 PM  
For a while, I had been receiving multiple extended-warranty robocalls per day. Now, it's about once a week. But I have been getting robotexts from someone who writes just, "Hello" or "Hi Tim (not my name), long time no see. How are you?" I'm not sure what the latter robotexts do. Is it just for fun? Are they putting some worm to get into my phone?
 
2022-07-05 1:57:46 PM  
Oh the warranty ones are my favorite! They start automated and doesn't figure out my assistant picked up and I just see the transcript pop up (new pixel phone for me),l. Passes off to a person who asks your car model and THEN asks if you have another newer car you would like added. If you give a second "not under warranty" model you get to go to their closer, otherwise they just say thanks and hang up. Super duper fun, and they are not blacklisting well so I keep getting them. My favorite is after awhile mention the first car was totalled recently and you would like to get paid out before you finish setting up the new warranty! Just need a fake few car models in your head and go nuts. Waste their time, tell them you are getting paperwork out of the vehicle and just set the phone down.

\Don't give any real info obviously, they have your number and probably name so fake it all!
 
2022-07-05 2:00:04 PM  
Thank you Mask Man.
 
2022-07-05 2:16:29 PM  
I detest phone calls, even from people I know.  I don't have many friends and have little need or desire to talk to extended family. The only reason I don't keep the ringer on silent is for work. I would pay extra to have a mobile device that could only communicate via network and text but had no voice features.  Of course, I'd still get weekly texts asking if I want to sell my house, but as soon as the water starts running out here in Arizona, I won't be getting much of those either.
 
2022-07-05 3:15:08 PM  
I still get 10-20 a day. Yeah, haven't dropped off at all.
 
2022-07-05 3:19:53 PM  

Flushing It All Away: I still get 10-20 a day. Yeah, haven't dropped off at all.


Okay, maybe not that many, but this is horseshiat.

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2022-07-05 3:53:36 PM  
I used to hate robocalls and telemarketers. Now, I push 1 to talk to a representative. I've been practicing insults in Hindi, English and Spanish.
 
2022-07-05 4:41:06 PM  
I've noticed that the warranty calls have dropped off. I press 1 for a rep, inform them I have a 20 year old truck that I maintain myself. I'm quickly told "Sorry sir, we can't offer a warranty on a vehicle that old." Guessing I get put on a "don't waste your time calling him" list. Calls have pretty much stopped.

Got an Indian call center scam last week, informing me that they needed to speak with me about a charge to my amazon account for $1400.  waited for the rep to get on line and went off on him. "Find a respectable job you ambulatory dung heap. You are a jackanape." They couldn't figure out I was calling them a walking pile of shiat and tried to still scam me. Finally just told him, "you aren't going to scam me. Hope your grandmothers finds out what a piece of shiat you are."  They finally hung up.

It was a fun 5 minutes messing with them.
 
2022-07-05 4:42:49 PM  
Eh no.  Still get several a week.  Car warranties, CVS, some random asking for Steve.  (I'm not Steve...)

CSB - at my last job, when HR wanted to make an offer the guy called twice then shot me an email saying my "VM wasn't set up".  I got an automated call from CVS saying I can get to a 90 day refill on my prescription (that I didn't have...) Not two days later that managed to leave a VM.

Turns out the guy was just a dumb ass.
 
2022-07-05 5:02:15 PM  

toetag: I've noticed that the warranty calls have dropped off. I press 1 for a rep, inform them I have a 20 year old truck that I maintain myself. I'm quickly told "Sorry sir, we can't offer a warranty on a vehicle that old." Guessing I get put on a "don't waste your time calling him" list. Calls have pretty much stopped.

Got an Indian call center scam last week, informing me that they needed to speak with me about a charge to my amazon account for $1400.  waited for the rep to get on line and went off on him. "Find a respectable job you ambulatory dung heap. You are a jackanape." They couldn't figure out I was calling them a walking pile of shiat and tried to still scam me. Finally just told him, "you aren't going to scam me. Hope your grandmothers finds out what a piece of shiat you are."  They finally hung up.

It was a fun 5 minutes messing with them.


There's an exception to the Golden Rule when dealing with phone criminals.
 
2022-07-05 5:10:47 PM  

toetag: I've noticed that the warranty calls have dropped off. I press 1 for a rep, inform them I have a 20 year old truck that I maintain myself. I'm quickly told "Sorry sir, we can't offer a warranty on a vehicle that old." Guessing I get put on a "don't waste your time calling him" list. Calls have pretty much stopped.

Got an Indian call center scam last week, informing me that they needed to speak with me about a charge to my amazon account for $1400.  waited for the rep to get on line and went off on him. "Find a respectable job you ambulatory dung heap. You are a jackanape." They couldn't figure out I was calling them a walking pile of shiat and tried to still scam me. Finally just told him, "you aren't going to scam me. Hope your grandmothers finds out what a piece of shiat you are."  They finally hung up.

It was a fun 5 minutes messing with them.


If you want to get farther in the warrantee scam say you have a newer vehicle as well/see my comment above. I guess they lead with the old car warranty thing but are really there to get money/info for the new vehicle.
 
2022-07-05 6:32:00 PM  
I haven't noticed a difference, but it does seem like I'm getting more email spam lately.

Damn, all of a sudden that makes me sound old. Who uses email?
 
2022-07-05 8:48:21 PM  

Lance Robdon: I detest phone calls, even from people I know.  I don't have many friends and have little need or desire to talk to extended family. The only reason I don't keep the ringer on silent is for work. I would pay extra to have a mobile device that could only communicate via network and text but had no voice features.  Of course, I'd still get weekly texts asking if I want to sell my house, but as soon as the water starts running out here in Arizona, I won't be getting much of those either.


You sound like me. I have an unlimited plan and use maybe 15 minutes a month on a heavy month...I hate talking on the phone. I use TF out of my texting and data though.
 
2022-07-05 10:07:03 PM  
I get 2-3 calls a day on average, sometimes up to 5 or more. I bought a phone with a smart screening system, which apparently plays merry hell with robocalls - I know the calls are happening because the phone keeps a log, but I hear NOTHING otherwise. Explicit block list, explicit allow list, screening for everything else.

Even with NoMoRoBo and similar tools, I'd still get at least one ring. Sounds fine, until you're getting that every hour and a half or so. This? Absolutely NOTHING. It's blissful.
 
2022-07-05 10:24:04 PM  
I have no way of really knowing whether it's been effective unless I look at the phone, because right now my state is in the middle of several different special elections and any candidate with two dimes to rub together is spending the money on political robocalls...to which these rules don't apply.

I'm also getting spammed by campaigns for offices that aren't even in my state.
 
2022-07-05 11:40:19 PM  
If interested: AT&T CL82407 DECT 6.0 4-Handset Cordless Phone for Home. If you still have a "landline", either analog or digital, it's handy.
 
2022-07-06 9:33:36 AM  
Looking at my phone, I've gotten 4 scam calls since the start of the month.

And yeah, I hate phone calls to.  Send me a text.
 
2022-07-06 11:25:16 AM  

Flushing It All Away: Flushing It All Away: I still get 10-20 a day. Yeah, haven't dropped off at all.

Okay, maybe not that many, but this is horseshiat.

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Answer the phone and stay completely silent. The robocall software has an audio trigger when you say hello to record if it's a valid line or not.

Stay silent and after 30 seconds or so, the line will disconnect. The scam call software will note it's a line but not one actively used by people. It's basically the "do not call" list for people who don't obey American law.
 
2022-07-06 11:41:47 AM  
Maybe. It was at 220+ over 30 day period.

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