Any idea how many robocalls we get each month? Here in the US, it’s 5 billion a month, all told. Some people place their phone numbers on the national Do Not Call list, at donotcall.gov. Most of the bad guys ignore that list, but it helps a little.
And many of us, in an attempt to stop the madness, wait for the instructions in the call as to what button to push to remove ourselves from the call center’s lists.
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David, why doesn’t the sit tone work? I haven’t had a reduction since adding it before my message.
Second, I can’t make Verizon reduce the number of rings on my phone. I asked them to reduce the rings to one or two, max, but they won’t or can’t.
Third, to stop the ringing, I often send a message that says, “Leave me a message.” Does that tell them I’m there?
And fourth, why do they make these calls? Who buys from a spammer?
Please answer for us. And thanks for your vigilance and the wonderful way you get info on these things! :)
1. It does work. You’d have more calls without it. 2. Sorry you can’t get them to help you. 3. Yes. 4. Enough people fall for their pitches to make all the extra effort worth it to them, or they’d stop.
always wonder if when I don’t answer and it goes to my voice mail, is that another way they know I’m a live person???
For my landline, I look at the caller ID before I pick up. If I don’t recognize the #, the caller gets the following voice message (done in my best DHL17 trained manner): “Hi. You’ve reached XXX-XXX-XXXX. If you’re a friend or a business associate of ours, please leave a message. If you’re NOT a friend or business associate, please hang up. We’re screening the calls.” For my android phone, if I don’t recognize the #, I let it go to voice mail. If the caller doesn’t leave a message, I have my phone block it.
My wife’s flip phone is a bit more problematic. There is no blocking software she can install, and she sometimes gets a dozen calls a day, and sometimes it’ll be the same # three or four times in that day. It got to the point that she started writing down the dates and the times of each unwanted call she received, in case she found someone to report the numbers to. Well, on the Do Not Call link that David provided in the text above today’s video, you can click on the option “Report Unwanted Calls”. It’s very easy to do. My wife put in 10 days worth of calls earlier this week. Things have started to slow down on her phone. Give it a shot if nothing else works.
I’ve started using an app called RoboKiller. It uses a database of suspected robocal numbers to block unwanted calls. You can even opt to play a recording for the scammers that they think is you talking but just wastes THEIR time. My favorite is when the forensics team answers their call. Turns out the scammers have called an active crime scene. How do you know the deceased? Funny stuff.
LOL! My husband just downloaded this app on his phone and it’s HILARIOUS! So many creative ways to waste their time. Distraught mother with crying baby, putting them on perpetual hold, you’re our next caller on a radio show, you won a cruise on radio show, bad connection, bad cold. The list goes on and on. Very funny!
Which app is that(lots have been mentioned)?
Among other things, I use ADBLOCK on my computers and IPhones, and NoMoRobo on both the landline and the iPhones. Works pretty well, with NoMoRobo I can manually add any numbers it misses. I have resigned myself to the fact that these are nessesary tools today, along with LifeLock, to guard your privacy and equity.
Jon, the ad block programs I use are noticed by sites, and they block the content I want to see until I stop blocking the ads. It would be great to have a way to stop the ads that they don’t know about. But didn’t David just do a piece on how those ads are why content is “free”?
Fabulous topic! I sometimes answer the calls as Coral Springs Mortuary or North Wales Mortuary how would you like to make your donation. They hang up very quickly. I just started doing this especially on my landline. We will see if it works.
I get calls from US Pharmacy every day. I have for about 6 years. What I like to do when I have time is take their call and say yes to everything and when it’s time to pay I tell them to hold on while I get my credit card, mute the phone and go on with my life (such as it is). Sometimes I make up random credit card numbers or ask if they can take a check. When they call back I do it again. After a while, they call, recognize my voice and hang up, or perhaps someone has put a note in my file. I’m fairly easy to amuse.
Like a previous commenter, I’ve installed RoboKiller with mixed results. A few calls slip through. Oddly 2 of my actual paying clients are blocked and there seems no way to unblock them. Of course, it’s hard to tell most of the time.
For my cell phone, I subscribe to NomoRobo, which helps, though it’s not perfect.
Such a great topic! I usually don’t answer anymore, but sometimes I will feel playful and mess with them a bit until they hang up. Other times, I may answer and be silent until it hangs up. Now, I also have AT&T Call Protect which has helped some (it’s a free app for AT&T customers).
I’d love to hear what you do when you do answer!
My Google Pixel phone now has a “screen call” option. Google answers and asks the caller for their name and why they’re calling. I can listen in, or read the transcription, then decide to hang up, answer, or mark as spam for the future.
Failing all that, sometimes I play this for known spammers:
For the last couple of years my policy has been if I don’t recognize the number I let the call go to voicemail where they get a message saying “due to the number of robocalls unrecognized numbers will not be answered, however if you leave a message the phone system will notify me and I’ll get back to you.” Only time I get a message it’s someone jabbering in Chinese. I don’t speak Chinese.
I get calls just about every day, sometimes more than once. Sometimes they leave no message, sometimes they do. If I answer, they know I’m a real person. If they get my voicemail, they know I’m a real person. It’s an inconvenience for sure. So disheartening that people actually do such a thing in the first place.
I never answer and unknown number. If they don’t leave a message, or they leave a robocall message, I block them. It seems to have lessened the stream…
I am an Android user and have an app called HiYa that blocks a lot of these. It’s based on users reporting numbers so a few get through. Better than nothing!!