Tuesday, May 9, 2017

No More Robocalls?

No more robocalls.  Doesn't that sound like a dream come true?  Earlier today I filed an FCC complaint about a company that keeps trying to give me/sell me a back brace.  I mentioned them in a blog post here.

It seems like I had no sooner filed the complaint, than my phone rang with a number bearing a 799 area code.  799?  Where exactly is that?  Well, it's nowhere as the area code is not assigned.  At least according to Google.
When the phone rang again a few minutes later, I went online to my Xfinity account and was going to block the number.  Lo and behold, cue the music, there was a notice that Xfinity participates in Nomorobo and all I had to do was go to their site and register my phone.  YES!!!  YES!!!  YES!!!

I had no sooner registered the home phone that the phone rang once and then stopped.  Since 1:00 this afternoon this same number has called not once, not twice, but thirteen times.  When I Googled the number, callers said it was either someone telling them they were from the IRS and needed to collect money before they were arrested, or it was Microsoft Windows telling them their computer was sending out viral messages and was infected.

More recently I received a phone call telling me my Windows licence was expired and I would have to pay them to renew it before I could use my computer.  Do you really think I am that stupid?  Is anyone that stupid?

So, if you have a landline or cell phone and are tired of these calls, just go to   https://www.nomorobo.com/ .  You can check to see if carrier participates.  I am sure there is a downside, like maybe someone is trying to call me to tell me I won the lottery (not), but if it means no more annoying calls that I have to ignore, I am all for it.  I hate talking on the phone anyway.  But I will have to find someone else to scream at when I am feeling nasty, lol.

27 comments:

  1. You can also register with the Do Not Call registry AND go back to that number that rang recent on your cell phone (iPhone has a blue "i" you tap), choose edit and block it.

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  2. The do not call registry is totally ignored by scammers. One caller told me it was fake when I told her I was going to report her for violating my wishes.

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  3. Unless I recognize the number I don't answer. If name is blocked I don't answer.

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    1. I don't answer either, but after awhile I am sick of hearing the phone ring. Not answering doesn't solve the problem. Since I posted this, the number has called twice.

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    2. A friend of mine got the "IRS" call when the scam was relatively new, and she believed it. Fortunately, she had an accountant file her taxes for her, so she called him.

      Another friend of mine is an IRS agent. When she gets that call, she plays along for awhile...

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    3. When the IRS caller said they were sending the police, I told them to send the chief. Told her he was a good friend.

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  4. We received calls about the revenue Canada scam....we even received a call at my work...Credit Counselling! That made me laugh but the sad thing is that people get scared and end up giving money to them. They are often people who can't read or write, are elderly or are mentally handicapped. Sorry can't remember the new politically correct term

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    1. Not handicapped enough so that they couldn't wire someone some money or give them their bank information. As the old prez would say, 'sad'.

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  5. I blogged about this during the challenge. I'm confused, you said you registered for nomorobo and then got 13 calls in a row!? Is it working or not? Where we live, only Verizon service works, they limit numbers you can block and they do not participate in nomorobo yet. There are things you can buy that are suppose to stop it, but I have not tried yet.
    My Reflections post is up @ Life & Faith in Caneyhead.

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    1. The service works. The phone will start to ring and then be cut off. I went to my xfinity account to see how many calls there were and now they show 15 attempts. xfinity only allowed you to block 25 and you could use that up in a week. So glad this is available. There are phones that will block 200 numbers, but who wants to pay for new phones?

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  6. I absolutely hate the phone, wouldn't even have one except for emergencies and needed for work. Never answer it unless I know who it is. Family joke is I don't even answer my cell phone half the time (don't have it with me.) I too google numbers when they come in to see what they may be from, especially if I'm not familiar with the area code. Getting to know where a lot of area codes are these days.

    betty

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    1. My cell phone is never turned on even when it is with me. Now I try to remember to forward my calls to it if I am away from home just in case the baby is on its way.

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  7. Argh, I hate those calls! The worst are the robocalls which are partway cut off when you answer. Although the one where you hear a ship's horn before someone tells you you've won a cruise always makes me smile. It's just so silly.

    And sadly, lots of people fall for those scams. That's why they still exist.

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    1. The Feds shut down one of the IRS scams emanating from India earlier this year. They scammed folks out of more than $300 million.

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  8. I had just found out about this service the day before yesterday, and found that Spectrum (my phone provider) offers it. I have to investigate it for both me and my elderly mother in law. She gets these calls all day long. I fear she will answer one. She has already been taken by a (non-phone) scam. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. As I said above, the phone rings once and then the call is stopped. I guess getting used to that is better than having to check caller ID each time. I can see all the calls at my online xfinity account. The fact that they are spoofing non-existent phone numbers is really irritating. Who knew 799 was not a real area code? And I am sure your MIL is not going to google it.

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  9. Stop Shouting you two. Unfortunately this is a US site and doesn't handle Canadian companies.

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    1. Maybe someday. Actually SJK lives within shouting distance, lol.

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  10. I don't get very many of these annoying calls since I gave up my land-line. Occasionally some get through on the cell phone. But I usually don't answer if I don't recognize the number. And it is important they will leave a message. That's my philosophy anyway.

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    1. Well, I've had these robocallers leave messages on my machine. Yesterday I saw another number with a non-existent area code. Doubt the FCC could ever find them.

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  11. I do get a lot of repeat calls. Grr. I'll have to look into this. Thanks for the tip!

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  12. Good for you. I must confess that as part of my job I sometimes have to set up robocalls for candidates. Please don't hate me.

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    1. As a former elected official I understand that. But hopefully your candidates are not threatening to send folks to jail if they don't pay their back taxes.

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  13. We used the block on these calls and the sound of a single ring then nothing is a wonderful thing. We used to get several of these calls daily and at all hours, so things are much better now, and will hopefully last. The fake giggling girl one is the most annoying and don't they don't understand that everyone knows it's spam! Thanks for the tip.

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