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Tue Nov 6, 2018, 05:00 PM

About Robocalls...FTC Consumer Info..

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What's the Reason for the Spike in Robocalls?

Technology is the answer. Companies are using autodialers that can send out thousands of phone calls every minute for an incredibly low cost. The companies that use this technology don't bother to screen for numbers on the national Do Not Call Registry. If a company doesn't care about obeying the law, you can be sure they're trying to scam you.

What's the FTC Doing About Robocalls?

During the last few years, the FTC has stopped billions of robocalls that offer everything from fraudulent credit card services and so-called auto warranty protection to home security systems and grant procurement programs. Tracing these calls is a tough job:

Many different companies use the same or very similar recorded messages.

Robocallers fake the caller ID information that you see on your phone. That's called caller ID spoofing — and new technology makes it very easy to do. In some cases, the fraudulent telemarketer may want you to think the call is from your bank, or another entity you've done business with. Sometimes, the telephone number may show up as "unknown" or "123456789." Other times, the number is a real one belonging to someone who has no idea his or her number is being misused.

Robocallers often place the calls through internet technology that hides their location.

What's the FTC Doing About Robocalls?

During the last few years, the FTC has stopped billions of robocalls that offer everything from fraudulent credit card services and so-called auto warranty protection to home security systems and grant procurement programs. Tracing these calls is a tough job:

Many different companies use the same or very similar recorded messages.

Robocallers fake the caller ID information that you see on your phone. That's called caller ID spoofing — and new technology makes it very easy to do. In some cases, the fraudulent telemarketer may want you to think the call is from your bank, or another entity you've done business with. Sometimes, the telephone number may show up as "unknown" or "123456789." Other times, the number is a real one belonging to someone who has no idea his or her number is being misused.

Robocallers often place the calls through internet technology that hides their location.

What Should You Do If You Get a Robocall?

If you get a robocall:
•Hang up the phone. Don't press 1 to speak to a live operator and don't press any other number to get your number off the list. If you respond by pressing any number, it will probably just lead to more robocalls.
•Consider contacting your phone provider and asking them to block the number, and whether they charge for that service. Remember that telemarketers change Caller ID information easily and often, so it might not be worth paying a fee to block a number that will change.
•Report your experience to the FTC online at or by calling 1-888-382-1222.

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Tue Nov 6, 2018, 05:11 PM

1. It is just awful anymore!

We still have a landline because we live in a rural area with Centurylink DSL service that drops a lot so I don't want to go to internet phone. And cell coverage can be spotty as well so I want to keep our landline.

We've had the same number for 21yrs and same address for 14, so they have a consistent target with us. The spoofing of numbers is insane. I get calls from Walmart, Payless Shoes, random names, even had one of the towns near us town government called - all spoofed numbers wanting to lower my credit card interest, offering extended warranties, walkin tubs, knee braces, Marriott vacations. It's endless and I just don't know how it will ever stop.

Then the last week with midterms, our phone rings off the hook all hours of the day. I just pick it up then hang it up w/o answering.

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Tue Nov 6, 2018, 05:52 PM

2. I get more robo calls than regular calls..In one way it is a good thing..(only one way)

..It forces me to get up from the computer to pick up the phone which is about 18 feet away. Now, I did have a phone, (I have a land line too) right next to the computer. So I didn't ever have to get up. But I realized that getting up and walking the 18 feet to pick up the phone was not a bad thing, but a good thing..
..The computer offers so much info, and usage, that I could sit (and have sat) for hours. But getting up and walking to the phone is good for me. As much as I hate the robo calls, in a way they are better than sitting 3 hours and going from place to place on the computer...

...Before I had a computer...2006, I went to the library, and we were limited the amount of time we could use one of the libraries computers. And then there were only 8 or nine for public use. Now there are close to 25 in two rooms. Oh well ...back to the drawing board..Wait, I have a drawing board on this computer...I don't even have to get up...

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