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    Robocalls

    Not a rant - but a (probable) solution.

    If your phone only rings *from numbers you have already called yourself*, then probably 99% of the robocalls stop.

    Your phone provider keeps tabs on your incoming and outgoing calls, so they already have your outgoing calls in their data sets.

    Voila.

    This seems so gol'dern easy - and I'd happily pay $10/month for the service. "Blocking" unwanted calls is a nightmare, and close to impossible, as most junk callers fake their Caller ID numbers anyway.

    OK - back to my cave.

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    Re: Robocalls

    I use a somewhat simpler (and free) version of the same thing : If a number is in my contact list, the contact list info will show for the caller ID. If the caller ID doesn't include a name that I know (usually from my contact list), I let the call go to voice mail.

    The other useful thing is that my phone provider offers a simple means to report undesired calls as spam. I don't know how they apply that information, but I almost never get a second call from anyone I've reported as spam. I do sometimes get calls identified as "SCAM LIKELY", but I don't talk to them

    Had kind of a rash of unwanted calls last year, but so far only a few this year. The doctor's offices keep calling me back from different numbers than I called, so I wouldn't want to block those calls entirely.
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    Re: Robocalls

    Thanks Randall. The advantage of the system I'm thinking about, is that you could add any other numbers you want to come through.

    Another advantage: your phone rings *only* from numbers you want. You don't have useless rings and voice messages.

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    Re: Robocalls

    If the number that calls me is not in my contact list I don’t answer it. If the call is legit they will leave a message.
    By the way, when I see that it’s a number I don’t recognize I immediately send it to voicemail so the ringing stops.
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    Re: Robocalls

    Our phones (Pixel 3XL) have a neat feature that, if we get a call from a number we don't recognize and suspect as spam, we can send it to an automatic message that tells the caller that they are being screened and to leave a message. Usually that ends the call then, and we have the option of flagging it as a spam call and further calls from that number are blocked.
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    Re: Robocalls

    Quote Originally Posted by TR3driver View Post
    I use a somewhat simpler (and free) version of the same thing : If a number is in my contact list, the contact list info will show for the caller ID. If the caller ID doesn't include a name that I know (usually from my contact list), I let the call go to voice mail.

    The other useful thing is that my phone provider offers a simple means to report undesired calls as spam. I don't know how they apply that information, but I almost never get a second call from anyone I've reported as spam. I do sometimes get calls identified as "SCAM LIKELY", but I don't talk to them

    Had kind of a rash of unwanted calls last year, but so far only a few this year. The doctor's offices keep calling me back from different numbers than I called, so I wouldn't want to block those calls entirely.
    My phone system ( a VOIP system) does a pretty good job of identifying "SCAM LIKELY" calls and when it detects a call that is likely a SCAMMER it only rings once, then goes to VM. Otherwise I let all numbers I don't recognize go to VM and we can screen the calls that way as the VM is being left. If it's someone we know, we pick up. Usually scammers won't even bother to leave a message. The VOIP system I use also allows me to list numbers to block. (via an online UI)
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    Re: Robocalls

    My phone provider has a neat way of stopping robocalls. When my number is called, the caller is told that if they are a real person they have to punch the number 8 key. If they do this my phone will ring, if not then the call does not go through. My phone no longer disturbs me with junk.
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    Re: Robocalls

    Unfortunately most of these solutions seem to be geared to mobile smartphones. My biggest source of robocalls is the hardwired phones (at home and work). At home I am often afraid to even answer my phone anymore. At work I HAVE to answer because it could be a customer/client - I sometimes get 5-15 robocalls in a single DAY on my work phone. Car warranty scams, student loan scams, consumer credit scams, you name it. I am beyond just wanting to stop it - I want actual prosecutions and penalties for these organizations who face no consequence for outright harassment. Its the same ones over and over, from different numbers but the exact same background music, exact same voice recordings and exact same script they follow.

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    Re: Robocalls

    I think you guys have more patience than I do. I don't want to hear the ring from robocalls, and dont' want to have to screen messages from robocallers.

    The system I described works *through your phone provider* - not through your phone itself.
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    Re: Robocalls

    How ironic - just saw on the news where that caught a local
    Roanoke restaurant owner had a robocall center on the floor above
    his business.
    Surprise! - they can't seem to locate him.
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    Re: Robocalls

    Quote Originally Posted by AngliaGT View Post
    How ironic - just saw on the news where that caught a local
    Roanoke restaurant owner had a robocall center on the floor above
    his business.
    Surprise! - they can't seem to locate him.
    Is he answering his calls?
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    Re: Robocalls

    Landline gets all the robocalls. If I don't recognize the numbetr, I don't pick it up. If it;s real and important, they;ll leave a message.

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    Re: Robocalls

    I had the land line disconnected years ago. Funny thing is, even with no dial tone and the old number assigned to someone else, it still got robocalls occasionally. Always political stuff; I theorize that they were buying access through the local exchange office and not even going through the normal switching network.

    But that hasn't happened for a long time now either; and I eventually gave the antique rotary wall phone to my daughter.
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    Re: Robocalls

    I got one at 3:13 this morning
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    Re: Robocalls

    Quote Originally Posted by Rhodyspit75 View Post
    I got one at 3:13 this morning
    I have my iPhone set for do not disturb for the overnight hours. Phone will only ring for contacts in my “Favorites” list.
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    Re: Robocalls

    Quote Originally Posted by Gliderman8 View Post
    I have my iPhone set for do not disturb for the overnight hours. Phone will only ring for contacts in my “Favorites” list.
    I have my cell set up for do not disturb also. This was on my landline.
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    Re: Robocalls

    Ah, my bad.. I thought it was your cell.
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    Re: Robocalls

    Quote Originally Posted by Gliderman8 View Post
    I have my iPhone set for do not disturb for the overnight hours. Phone will only ring for contacts in my “Favorites” list.
    Elliot - you may be on to something here. So if someone calls you that's *not* on your contact/favorite list, the phone doesn't ring at all?

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    Re: Robocalls

    Quote Originally Posted by NutmegCT View Post
    Elliot - you may be on to something here. So if someone calls you that's *not* on your contact/favorite list, the phone doesn't ring at all?

    Tom M.
    Tom the iPhone has a Do Not Disturb mode that you can turn on or off at will, or you can set a schedule. I have mine set to Do Not Disturb from 11PM till 7AM. Then you can set exceptions that will allow calls through from specific groups. The options are "Everyone", "No One", "Favorites" (that's how I have mine set), All Contacts , or you can choose a specific group from your contacts.

    The "Allow Calls from Everyone" seems kind of silly - it's the same as just turning off Do Not Disturb.

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    Re: Robocalls

    Quote Originally Posted by NutmegCT View Post
    Elliot - you may be on to something here. So if someone calls you that's *not* on your contact/favorite list, the phone doesn't ring at all?

    Tom M.
    That's right Tom. I have my iPhone set to only let only my contacts ring through during the do not disturb parameters that I have set.
    Basil's post is spot on in explaining the Do Not Disturb settings.
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