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Old 05-09-19, 03:04 AM
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If you really called yourself you would get a busy signal.

If I dialed 5 '2's for the old fire dept. no. I tended to get a bar called the 'Smoke Shop'.

No problem, there was usually one of the volunteers there.
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This is silly. How are fines going to help when it's entirely unenforceable? How can you tell who is calling you? Don't tell me caller ID.
TPC will know, they always know.
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It is interesting to note that the carriers seem to have no problem doing this... if they can charge extra for it... otherwise it's "we need permissions" or we're "working on a solution, " or a host of other lame excuses...
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It looks as if the carriers right now are letting the robocall and phishing problems fester and get completely out of control, so that they can roll out their fix to the problem. Which they can charge more for the worse they allow the situation to become.

They have all the authority they need, right now, to start blocking calls. And in a truly competitive system, they'd be falling over each other to be the first to implement it. at the lowest price or for free. But the fact that they are just sitting around looking at each other, and doing nothing, letting the problem get worse, shows what an unresponsive uncaring monopoly they have become.
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Old 05-16-19, 03:12 PM
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Old 05-17-19, 05:32 AM
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This guy needs a freakin reality check...

The FCC itself recently cited a study saying half of all calls made to American cell phones this year will be spam. Put me on permanent silent mode, people.

Wait, hold on, not so fast, says Republican FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly.

“Repeat after me,” O’Rielly said on Thursday. “‘Robocall’ is not a bad word.”
https://news.google.com/articles/CAI...S&ceid=US%3Aen

I hope some robocallers put this idiot on speed dial... and his family too. (This is is the modern day version of the curse "may the fleas of a thousand camels sleep with you.")
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Yesterday I got a call-back from a telemarketer that sets up solar appointments.
I had played along with an earlier caller, then this guy called me up and recorded me.
He said his "product" that he sells to the installers, is a recording of me saying I would like "up to four" contractors to contact me. That's what the installers BUY from the telemarketers. I stopped playing along and told the guy he was annoying.

So it occurred to me that the guys who buy these recordings need to feel the pain. I'd have to play along through the process, make a positive sounding recording, have the contractors PAY for my info, and then tell them I don't want them to come.

That's just way too much work, but I might try it once.
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
Yesterday I got a call-back from a telemarketer that sets up solar appointments.
I had played along with an earlier caller, then this guy called me up and recorded me.
He said his "product" that he sells to the installers, is a recording of me saying I would like "up to four" contractors to contact me. That's what the installers BUY from the telemarketers. I stopped playing along and told the guy he was annoying.

So it occurred to me that the guys who buy these recordings need to feel the pain. I'd have to play along through the process, make a positive sounding recording, have the contractors PAY for my info, and then tell them I don't want them to come.

That's just way too much work, but I might try it once.
I've never said one word to these clowns, yet I continue to get calls ranging from "medical grade brace," to the latest... "your social security number has been suspended...." Recently I was called by my own number.... I could not block that one.

Heck, I don’t even answer. I just shut down the call as soon as I can.
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The reason I am posting now is I just got aone of these damn calls at 5:30 AM from Anonymous. Of course the first thing I thought about when the phone started ringing is something happened to my 93 yo mom.


There needs to be a law. No unwanted robo calls period. And it should be impossible to spoof the caller ID.

My phone rings a time or two then starts announcing the name. Why is it the damn thing can't pronounce names correctly? It is not like I purcahsed thsi phone whay back when text to speech firat came on the scene. It pronounced the name as anno name ous. You should see what it does with the name of a friend that is a very common word.
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Heck, I don’t even answer. I just shut down the call as soon as I can.
That does bring op a question. The reason these calls are being made is they must work. So what moron answer the call and actually listens to what they have to say?

Maybe that is what should be illegal. We get emails all the time at work from our security department. If we don't report it and respond to the click bait we can e fired.

So have the FCC send out test phone calls. If you are dumb enough to fall for it then they take away your phone. If you are elderly you get off with a warning NO PHONE FOR YOU!

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Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
That does bring op a question. The reason these calls are being made is they must work. So what moron answer the call and actually listens to what they have to say?

Maybe that is what should be illegal. We get emails all the time at work from our security department. If we don't report it and respond to the click bait we can e fired.

So have the FCC send out test phone calls. If you are dumb enough to fall for it then they take away your phone. If you are elderly you get off with a warning NO PHONE FOR YOU!
You know, that ALMOST sounds reasonable. But not quite.

Every cell phone provider offers service to eliminate robocallers... for a fee. So the technology clearly exists.

How about they just do it and eliminate the problem for us... rather than encouraging it, by omission.
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It's a 'protection racket'. Service providers don't stop the problem because they can profit from it. As if they don't get enough money out me every month.
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I had a new experience with this during the morning today. The caller was an oriental woman who said she was with Microsoft and contacting me about a refund I was due.
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When I get the Chinese language version, I just guess at what number I'm supposed to push to speak with a real person - it's usually 1, 9, or 0.

Then (if it works) I tell the real person that they're too stupid to get a real job.
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This must be my day for strangers to want to send me money. First the call from Microsoft wanting to send me a refund, and then I got an email from a different stranger wanting to send me $4,750,000. I may need to buy a bank to keep at that money safe - or a bigger mattress.
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I had a new experience with this during the morning today. The caller was an oriental woman who said she was with Microsoft and contacting me about a refund I was due.
Whatever you do , DO NOT put it in the bank then you will have Uncle Sam coming after you to take half. Buy that bigger mattress now!

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Today I got transferred to a supervisor and I almost made her cry. Not only was she too stupid to get a real job, but she should be embarrassed to work for a company that fakes caller ID, bait and switch, and annoys thousands of people by the hour.

And she accused ME of being rude - HA!
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I got another robocall I answered today while I was listening to my bluetooth speaker. I put the phone in speakerphone mode and set it in front of the speaker. It didn't take long to go from 28th in line to having them answer the call, and they must not have liked the music I was listening to as they hung up quickly.
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I'm retired and spend a lot of time at my console. On my desktop is a copy of the SIT (special information tone) for non-working number. You can find it easily by Googling it.
When a robocall comes in, I answer by playing the tone; holding my phone near the speaker. The 'bot disconnects immediately, and presumably doesn't call back. I have significantly reduced the volume of robocalls in this manner. Someone needs to write an app so that one could do this directly from the phone.
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I had that when I had a land line, and it did cut down on the number of junk calls. It also made me explain what it was to the people that called with legitimate reasons too.
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I'm retired and spend a lot of time at my console. On my desktop is a copy of the SIT (special information tone) for non-working number. You can find it easily by Googling it.
When a robocall comes in, I answer by playing the tone; holding my phone near the speaker. The 'bot disconnects immediately, and presumably doesn't call back. I have significantly reduced the volume of robocalls in this manner. Someone needs to write an app so that one could do this directly from the phone.
The YouMail app can give a non-working signal - I'm using this app and it's working well, can't recall the last robocall that got through. I get YouMail reports on my phone and email ... so I know the robots are trying but they're not bugging me.
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How can it work? You can't trace the source of the calls.
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