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(The Verge)   Rachel from credit card services wants you to know that robocalls were worse than ever in 2017   ( theverge.com) divider line
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2018-01-01 10:28:44 AM  
Sure fire way to for party X to win the midterms: some out for strong legislation to limit robocallers. Demand technology to enforce accurate callerID, completely prohibit robocalls of all types, enforce Do Not Call lists and enforce monetary judgement against those who violate the laws.  This will require changes to VoiceOverIP technology access to the phone system.
 
2018-01-01 11:32:20 AM  
Lax enforcement, ineffective remedies, and improved circumvention means that my phone rings 3-4 times a day, every day, for years with a bullshiat caller ID that's eventually shunted to NoMoRoBo.
 
2018-01-01 11:51:03 AM  
it's always lisa that calls me
 
2018-01-01 11:53:29 AM  
Whatever happened to Julie the time life operator?
 
2018-01-01 11:55:07 AM  

stinkyboss: it's always Lisa who calls me


I always ask what's she wearing...
 
2018-01-01 11:56:22 AM  
The only proper penalty for robocallers or fraud callers is death. A few hundred bodies is the only way these assholes will get the picture.
 
2018-01-01 11:58:43 AM  
"Card services" and "vacation award something or other" are the two I'm always getting. Same message, a different number every time, so blocking doesn't help. The timing of the robocalls is always highly disruptive to whatever I'm doing. It angers the hell out of me when it happens, and it occurs to me: all this does is make me hate whomever is trying to sell me whatever. So it's driving 90+ percent of customers away from whatever.  But there must be 1 percent or so of the people getting these that are so exquisitely dumb, that they fall for it, and the callers must be happy with playing those odds.

I wish some white-hat hackers would go after these bastards, since the government isn't making progess on it.
 
2018-01-01 11:59:36 AM  
Keep getting calls in Spanish. So have no idea what they want.
 
2018-01-01 12:01:48 PM  
Damn it Rachel!

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2018-01-01 12:01:52 PM  
Card services has slowed a bit, but the damn 'your car's warranty is about to expire' people can go DIAF. Probably 3-4 per day on my cell lately.
 
2018-01-01 12:03:19 PM  
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2018-01-01 12:03:58 PM  

stuffy: Keep getting calls in Spanish. So have no idea what they want.


Dinero
 
2018-01-01 12:04:44 PM  
Robocalls are like spam, there must be enough people out there who fall for them, otherwise they wouldn't waste their time and money on it. This is the part that's puzzling to me.
 
2018-01-01 12:04:48 PM  
nomorobo https://www.nomorobo.com/


Our phone usually rings once and then that's it.  If the stray robocall or telemarketer get through, I just add to the list at nomorobo.  (which, believe it or not, was linked by Verizon when logged into my account)

Honestly, I don't know why we even have a home phone anymore.  It seems we get 1 out of every 50 calls or so that aren't telemarketers.
 
2018-01-01 12:05:16 PM  
I just act super excited about whatever they are selling when they call.  By the time we get to the meat of the conversation one of us is ready to hang up.
 
2018-01-01 12:08:11 PM  
On my work phone, I pretty much have to answer it since the call could be coming from any number of people who are not in my contacts list.

On my phone, I usually let unknown numbers go to voicemail, but sometimes answer if I am expecting a call.

The only mildly interesting thing is all the calls that i.d. as coming from my area code and prefixes, either my number or my Google Voice number.
 
2018-01-01 12:08:18 PM  
In 2018 I had to install a call blocker because it had become so bad.

I've always had a policy of not giving my main number out to companies that I felt didn't need i (I have a google voice number for that). But that doesn't protect against sequential numbers.

Any Pie Left: But there must be 1 percent or so of the people getting these that are so exquisitely dumb, that they fall for it, and the callers must be happy with playing those odds.


A lot of old/senile folks fall for it, and a lot of these companies aren't even legitimate. Whatever they say they're selling is just to get their foot in the door. But once they hook someone, they extract money and there are no solar panels or what not forthcoming.

So yeah, their game plan is essentially to steal from grannies and other mentally impaired folks.
 
2018-01-01 12:08:41 PM  
I've more or less white-listed my contacts.  Problem solved.
 
2018-01-01 12:08:41 PM  
People answer calls from numbers they don't recognize on their personal phones?

I do it on my work phone, when I'm at work, but otherwise I screen all calls. If I'm by my laptop, I'll google the number real quick to see who it is before I answer.
 
2018-01-01 12:11:32 PM  
Been using Hiya for a few weeks. It seems to screen 90%+
 
2018-01-01 12:14:13 PM  
The ones we gotten regularly are all faked to pretend to be local phone numbers with the same area and exchange numbers. They all read as out of area mind you so it pretty easy to determine who are the bad ones, but occasionally they call from someone I know and the name doesn't match and is out of area and those people need a visit from a SEAL team since it not really viable to block them in the call blocker.
 
2018-01-01 12:14:13 PM  

jetzzfan: People answer calls from numbers they don't recognize on their personal phones?

I do it on my work phone, when I'm at work, but otherwise I screen all calls. If I'm by my laptop, I'll google the number real quick to see who it is before I answer.


^^^^^
THIS

If I don't recognize the number, voicemail gets it, text messages from people I don't know get ignored and deleted.
 
2018-01-01 12:14:30 PM  

ReapTheChaos: Robocalls are like spam, there must be enough people out there who fall for them, otherwise they wouldn't waste their time and money on it. This is the part that's puzzling to me.


That's what I'm wondering, who is still not using called ID and voicemail to screen calls?  It's free, don't answer if you don't recognize the number.
 
2018-01-01 12:16:59 PM  
Bernie Sanders always calls me.
 
2018-01-01 12:18:12 PM  
I never answer my cell. If you need to contact me, and you're meant to be able to, you know to text me. I'll see it when I'm available and respond in kind.
 
2018-01-01 12:19:29 PM  
I almost feel sorry for the callers when they spoof my area code.  I ask them if they are in VT and then yell at them for lying to me before we even do business.
 
2018-01-01 12:20:01 PM  

buzzcut73: Card services has slowed a bit, but the damn 'your car's warranty is about to expire' people can go DIAF. Probably 3-4 per day on my cell lately.


Yep

And what makes it even better is that I haven't owned a car since 1986.
 
2018-01-01 12:22:06 PM  
Google voice all the way here. It all just goes into the spam folder. It's great.
 
2018-01-01 12:22:20 PM  

BunkyBrewman: nomorobo https://www.nomorobo.com/

Our phone usually rings once and then that's it.  If the stray robocall or telemarketer get through, I just add to the list at nomorobo.  (which, believe it or not, was linked by Verizon when logged into my account)

Honestly, I don't know why we even have a home phone anymore.  It seems we get 1 out of every 50 calls or so that aren't telemarketers.


Same here. NoMoRobo works great. When we moved, the new number we got was getting, quite literally, 5 to 10 robo calls a day; it was driving us crazy. We need a landline to activate the gate to our community. Since installing NoMoRobo (free, btw) the phone rings once, is recognized as a spam call and that's it. In over a year exactly one call has gotten through. If that happens, just go to NoMoRobo.com and add that number. And, I guess that our number has fallen off some lists because now we only get about 5 - 10 a week. I believe that NoMoRobo makes their money on selling their list to other call blockers and corporations. When I joined you needed a VOIP phone, and they didn't cover all carriers. It's easy enough to check by going to their website, conditions might have changed. Highly recommended, takes about 30 seconds to join and activate.
 
2018-01-01 12:23:34 PM  
Only robocall in my circle of friend (no s, so I guess it's more of a point of friend) is some holy caller.  I guess they just recite verses from the bible (over and over) again.  No selling, no identifying information, just you Jesus and a sweaty ear.

It's a robot teaching about the lord and his ring.

I tell that friend, and all of ye with the same issue:

1) Don't answer the phone, if you do not know the number.  The robodialer will mark your number as "connected" and you'll get more calls.

2) On your voicemail (or answering machine) record the first three tones of a disconnected number (boo boo beep) This will make the robot think your phone is disconnected!  They will remove your number.
 
2018-01-01 12:24:02 PM  

Feel_the_velvet: I've more or less white-listed my contacts. Problem solved.


I've used several different call blockers, they all flake out sometimes.

jetzzfan: People answer calls from numbers they don't recognize on their personal phones?


I have, but only in certain situations (and have gotten bitten a few times just do to the timing).

For example, when I'm at home waiting for a call from a furniture delivery driver, or from a contractor, etc. (they call from their mobile phones when they get lost or delayed, so it could come from any number).

When I'm expecting one of these calls, I turn the call blocker off so it will go through*, and I answer if it looks like it's from the right zip code.

// The worst was when I was was in my old car (car wouldn't start) and was waiting for a call from the AAA person and answered a robocall instead.

//*: I feel like I'm commanding a starship and I put my shields down for a short period of time in order to let some shuttlecraft with a broken IFF come through, and some enemy vessel just happens to get a lucky shot through.
 
2018-01-01 12:24:22 PM  
Pro tip: If you answer the call then they know your phone number is good, it gets resold to other telemarketers, and more and more people call you. If you never answer - and it's pretty easy to know who is a telemarketer based on the caller ID - the number of calls will eventually die down.
 
2018-01-01 12:24:59 PM  
The latest one I've been getting is trying to sell me medical and/or diabetic supplies. Don't answer them, of course, but google the number to see what others that did answer reported.

I've also been getting calls from someone with the same area code & prefix as me, but I don't answer since I don't recognize the number. I figure if it's that important and they have a legit reason to get in touch with me, they'll leave a voicemail. They tend to call at least twice, with the calls less than 5 minutes apart.
 
2018-01-01 12:28:07 PM  

wademh: Sure fire way to for party X to win the midterms: some out for strong legislation to limit robocallers. Demand technology to enforce accurate callerID, completely prohibit robocalls of all types, enforce Do Not Call lists and enforce monetary judgement against those who violate the laws.  This will require changes to VoiceOverIP technology access to the phone system.


I've said the same thing about debt collection (companies cannot resell debt without expressed written consent at the time of sale from both parties) and how any party that fixed that, would sweep the election.
 
2018-01-01 12:28:19 PM  

lordargent: In 2018 I had to install a call blocker because it had become so bad.


So in the last 12 hours?

How the hell are you going to make it through the rest of the year?
 
2018-01-01 12:29:23 PM  

John the Magnificent: So in the last 12 hours?


lol, 2017

// guess I already rolled-up my mental numbering.
 
2018-01-01 12:31:37 PM  
jetzzfan: People answer calls from numbers they don't recognize on their personal phones?

Exactly. How often do people receive calls from an unknown number that turns out to be a long lost friend or a family member calling from a new number? Only time I answer a number I don't know is if placed an order for something were delivery is imminent, like a Lyft ride.

I do it on my work phone, when I'm at work, but otherwise I screen all calls. If I'm by my laptop, I'll google the number real quick to see who it is before I answer.

I get so many cold calls from sales people that I stopped answering my work phone - and make it clear on my VM that I don't listen to my VM. Everyone I do business with has my cell phone number.
 
2018-01-01 12:34:02 PM  
I'm eagerly awaiting this year's first call telling me I'm being "sued by the IRS." This has happened for the last 3 years but they keep sending me refund checks, so maybe it's a harassment lawsuit because I insist on  mailing them my boring financial info.
 
2018-01-01 12:39:20 PM  

stinkyboss: it's always lisa that calls me


I've had both in the same day many times. Finally ditched them by sending them directly to voicemail  multiple times.
 
2018-01-01 12:39:34 PM  
I'm getting calls offering duct cleaning services every fall, for a few years now. Initially I tried to explain that in my area people have only baseboard electric heating, but then realized that "Bob" who is calling me has a rather heavy Pakistani accent, so he might not actually know what those "ducts", or "baseboards" are. Now I just say "No, thank you" and hang up. No point of venting at the poor bastard making minimum wage at some godforsaken call centre somewhere...

But seriously, if you pick up a call, say "hallo", and there is a several seconds of silence, then just hang up because that is an autodialer calling. The system needs a few seconds to determine that the call got picked up and that the other leg of the call needs to be connected with the agent.
 
2018-01-01 12:40:35 PM  

ComaToast: I'm eagerly awaiting this year's first call telling me I'm being "sued by the IRS." This has happened for the last 3 years but they keep sending me refund checks, so maybe it's a harassment lawsuit because I insist on mailing them my boring financial info.


Had part of a robocall voicemail that said something about there being a warrant for my arrest, blah blah.

// I read an article once that these robocalls are intentionally and obviously stupid as a way to filter out the smart and sound-of-mind folks.

(folks that would get the call and say WTF, the IRS doesn't call people you dumbass. or If the cops had a warrant for me they could just come to my house and grab me off the couch.).
 
2018-01-01 12:41:04 PM  
That Rachel is such a twat.
 
2018-01-01 12:42:07 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: The latest one I've been getting is trying to sell me medical and/or diabetic supplies. Don't answer them, of course, but google the number to see what others that did answer reported.


Nomorobo: best thing ever. Free. Easy. I used to get 5-10 a day, I've had maybe 5 get through in 3 years.
 
2018-01-01 12:42:09 PM  
ArthurVandelay: ...
2) On your voicemail (or answering machine) record the first three tones of a disconnected number (boo boo beep) This will make the robot think your phone is disconnected!  They will remove your number.

Forgot to point out the tones need to be the first thing played on the message.  Also helps to warn friends that you've done this.
 
2018-01-01 12:43:22 PM  

ComaToast: I'm eagerly awaiting this year's first call telling me I'm being "sued by the IRS." This has happened for the last 3 years but they keep sending me refund checks, so maybe it's a harassment lawsuit because I insist on  mailing them my boring financial info.


Ugh.  I've gotten so many of these.  Yeah, "Charles Smith," with a heavy Indian accent, I totally believe that the IRS is calling me about how they're going to sue me.  And it's always the same area code as I am in.  I've had remodeling work done this past year, so I've had to answer these calls just in case it was a contractor or delivery person.
 
2018-01-01 12:45:12 PM  

BunkyBrewman: nomorobo https://www.nomorobo.com/


Our phone usually rings once and then that's it.  If the stray robocall or telemarketer get through, I just add to the list at nomorobo.  (which, believe it or not, was linked by Verizon when logged into my account)

Honestly, I don't know why we even have a home phone anymore.  It seems we get 1 out of every 50 calls or so that aren't telemarketers.


I only have a cell, they appear to charge 1.99 for mobile service, and are rated a shockingly low 2.1* on play.

I personally use Mr Number after a farker recommended it.

\As a software contractor with clients in like 30 states, I have to answer it I don't know it's spam. Could be an important work call from dozens of area codes.
 
2018-01-01 12:45:13 PM  

wademh: Sure fire way to for party X to win the midterms: some out for strong legislation to limit robocallers. Demand technology to enforce accurate callerID, completely prohibit robocalls of all types, enforce Do Not Call lists and enforce monetary judgement against those who violate the laws.  This will require changes to VoiceOverIP technology access to the phone system.


Callcentric.com solved my robo problems, at home anyway.  Never get them.  anonymous calls are blocked and the caller has to a dial 0 thru 9 digit for the call to go thru.
otherwise, my phone won't ring and the call is logged on my callcentric login page.
 
2018-01-01 12:51:14 PM  
I don't answer my phone or use the mail. Just two unwanted advertising channels I don't have to skip through.
 
2018-01-01 12:52:08 PM  
Someone explain this to me...

I get the call...
I answer...
He says something or other... (Accent)
I say "Let me go to my other room where the phone works better"...
He says "F___ YOU!" and hangs up.

I guess if enough people f___ themselves they show a profit??
 
2018-01-01 12:52:41 PM  

lordargent: I've used several different call blockers, they all flake out sometimes.


Mine doesn't.  It's works like this:

   Look at the ringing phone.  If a name from my contact list doesn't appear, dump it.
 
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