Are Robocalls Flooding Your Cellphone? Here's the cure [telecom]

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Robocalls Flooding Your Cellphone? Here's How to Stop Them

By CHRISTOPHER MELE

An unfamiliar number appears on your cellphone. It's from your
area code, so you answer it, thinking it might be important.

There is an unnatural pause after you say hello, and what follows is a
recording telling you how you can reduce your credit card interest
rates or electric bill or prescription drug costs or any of a number
of other sales pitches.

...

Experts recommend a multifaceted approach: Don't answer unknown
numbers, use call-blocking apps and report unwanted calls to the
government.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/11/smarter-living/stop-robocalls.html

***** Moderator's Note *****

I don't agree with the 'experts' the article mentions. I have a
different approach, which has been recommended by a number of
newspaper columnists, radio personalities, and by me.

Take one for the team.  

I think you should answer the call, and hang on until you get to talk
to a human being. Stretch the call out as long as you can, and then
politely say that you're not interested.

/THAT/ will get you on their don't dial list faster than a nuclear
bomb aimed at Bombay: the purveyors of this kind of come-on don't care
about what /you/ want, but they care a lot about how much time /their/
employees spend on a call.

You've already been molested, and already had your time wasted. Take
one for the team, and tie up their one irreplaceable resource for as
long as you can. If everyone did it, the entire industry would be out
of business in a month.

Bill Horne
Moderator

Re: Are Robocalls Flooding Your Cellphone? Here's the cure [telecom]
How effective is it if you just press 1 to talk to a live operator,
then set the phone down and go on with your life?  Does that waste
enough of their time to annoy them?

Re: Are Robocalls Flooding Your Cellphone? Here's the cure [telecom]
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In my experience, no.  I've also tried saying PLEASE HOLD FOR THE NEXT
AVAILABLE OPERATOR and putting them on hold, which doesn't work
either.

Re: Are Robocalls Flooding Your Cellphone? Here's the cure [telecom]
On Wed, May 17, 2017 at 08:37:39PM -0000, John Levine wrote:
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The latest ones I've gotten are repeated calls from people pitching
"extended" car warranties. As always, the tactics are changing: like
spam, robocall prevention is an arms race.

The latest trick is to connect me, briefly, to a human, who promptly
hangs up with nothing said, so it's clear that my name is on their
PITA list, but they either can't or won't modify their call engine to
avoid my number in the first place.

Bill

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Bill Horne
(Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)

Re: Are Robocalls Flooding Your Cellphone? Here's the cure [telecom]
On Thu, 11 May 2017 11:09:28 -0400, responding to Monty Solomon, Moderator
wrote:

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Just yesterday I had a call from the infamous 799-CALL-045 "Windows
Technical Support" offering to clean the malware from my Windows computer.

(On a tangent: am I right that 799 is a not a US but a Mexican area code?)

"Yes," I answered, "I was expecting you yesterday already to clean my
windows, when are you coming?"  

Remote voice: "No, no, it's your Windows computer needs cleaning, and ... "

Me: "Yes, can you come this afternoon? or tomorrow? there's 13 of them on
each floor, and 3 floors, so, along with the glass in the front door, 40
windows, and they're filthy, really need a thorough cleaning."

Remote voice? gone -- hung up.

But, 160 minutes later, same caller-ID rings again. No, I didn't answer.
Clearly I hadn't (yet?) made it to their "don't dial list". We'll see tho'.  

Cheers, -- tlvp
--  
Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP.

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Mexico is not part of the NANP, and there is no 799 area code within
Mexico.  If there were, it would probably show up as 52 799 xxx xxx.

Within the NANP, N9X codes are reserved for expansion past 10 digits.

International codes starting with +79 are mobile numbers in Russia and
some other former Soviet Union countries.  But I'm pretty sure that's
not who it was.

Re: Are Robocalls Flooding Your Cellphone? Here's the cure [telecom]
On 17 May 2017 20:36:43 -0000, John Levine wrote:

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Thanks, John. And, FWiW, there's been no contact from any 799 number since.

Cheers, -- tlvp
--  
Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP.

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