Robocalls

So ridiculous. DD answered the phone as caller ID read 800 Messaging Service. That has always been the HS's and University's ID. They call to advise about weather advisories, closures, COVID, etc. Well, it was a pre-recorded call from Molly of Amazon. Called about a dozen times every 45 seconds or so. Always with a variation of the number. Never answered again and it would go to voice mail. We unplugged the phone for the evening. Plugged it back in a few hours later. 29 missed calls but no voice mails, thank heavens. The calls stopped but WTH?

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There is at least one way to block robo calls. Hubby uses something, and I often hear the name of something when at work. 'This phone is protected by [killthat#@%%robo or similar]. I do not know how much it costs or how to activate it. I chuckle because for some surveys we make up to fifteen (15! Three more than a dozen! Two more than a baker's dozen!) calls before the telephone numbers drop out of our system. Mind you, the work I do truly is for research, we are not robo callers, and we do not solicit. But consumers have had enough and they are fighting back!

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I have a Los Angeles area code and a West LA exchange. I get spoofed calls several time a week that are robocalls. The blockers don't work.

"There's so much trouble in this world; surrounded by miracles" - Citizen Cope
These calls were made on my landline. I have Verizon FIos and i do see one can subscribe to a no Robo Caller service or something like that. Have not tried it. I can go into my phone logs and block numbers. In this instance, it was a losing battle. Today 2 more from Amazon regarding unauthorized purchases. Thank goodness, they stopped.
Amazon doesn't call or text. They contact customers through email.

"There's so much trouble in this world; surrounded by miracles" - Citizen Cope
@Madetoshop wrote:

Yes, they were soooo obvious they were not from Amazon, lol.
Yes, I've had those fake calls from whoever, purporting to be from Amazon. We have a landline in addition to our cell phones. Years and years ago, a service called NoMoRoBo (short for, No More Robo Calls) started up, and we were able to sign up for free on our landline. (Now I think they charge a fee for both landline and cell phones). We still use it. It catches about 90% of all spam calls. What it does is ring once, then goes to another number where the spam caller hears a message stating to ID themselves in some manner. If they can't the call is dropped. 95% of the time when our phone rings now, it stops after one ring. Spam calls still do get through, though, so it's not 100% effective, but close. On the spam calls that do get through, the caller ID identifies the spam calls as "Unknown Caller", and usually with the same first 3 numbers of our area, so we don't answer. I'd say 95% of any LEGIT calls we get come through our cell phones now anyway.

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Since some of the robocalls are solicitations, would it help to add one's numbers to a no solicitation call list?

It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside. - Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy-Tacy and Tib
_____
I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born. - Ronald Reagan
_____
At my research job, we often hear from people who do not realize that being on that do not call registry is intended for marketing but not for research efforts. Sometimes, they let us explain and thank us. At other times, they find high dudgeon, aim their ire at us, and hang up before we can explain the difference between call types. An now you know. If we in research world call you and you would not like to hear from us again, you simply say that you would like us to remove your number from our list. We will do that. (We also do that for people who yell, swear, and insult us.) It is more pleasant when people ask nicely. After all, we are calling to gather information from people whom we reach randomly. Sounds like a mystery shop, eh?

It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside. - Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy-Tacy and Tib
_____
I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born. - Ronald Reagan
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nomorerobo is the name of the company. it charges a fee to force callers to input a numeric code to be connected.

spoofing is the name. i can tell you on more than one occasion i have recieved a call from my own number

lets be real here. telephone companys make money connecting calls. robo call companies pay telecoms for this service. huge numbers of telemarketers are out of us jurisdiction. there is less than zero incentive for telecoms to enforce do not call its not happening legislation or not welcome to capitalism

my solution is simple. i dont answer the phone anymore unless its a close friend/family. thats it. period. it goes to voicemail

shopping north west PA and south west ny
@cooldude581 wrote:

nomorerobo is the name of the company. it charges a fee to force callers to input a numeric code to be connected.
Yes, Nomorobo has been a help to us. But they don't stop the calls that have our neighborhood numbers from getting through. We just don't answer the phone with any "Unknown Name" ID.
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