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Finally, a truly bipartisan issue:
We all hate robocalls

Daily Inter Lake [Kalispell MT], by Frank Miele

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Posted By:davesenior, 4/22/2018 11:17:37 AM

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At last common ground, but the Democrats will find a way to screw it up.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird, 4/22/2018 11:22:12 AM     (No. 11609983)

Nomorobo picks up most of our robocalls. Misses very few and has never blocked a call that was from an OK source. Free service. Check to see if your landline supports it… We love it!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 4/22/2018 11:27:49 AM     (No. 11609988)

I´ve had Nomorobo for a few months. It doesn´t pick up the calls threatening to put me in jail if I don´t call some number in NY, but otherwise, it works pretty well. And for the record, no one has shown up at my door to arrest me (yet).

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mc squared, 4/22/2018 11:43:11 AM     (No. 11609995)

I sure would like to know how the committee found the perpetrator of the calls. Whenever I tried to call the numbers back, they´re out of service or belong to another victim.

I use ´Mr Number´ on my Android. By the reduction in annoyance calls I´d say it was about 90% effective. I took out the old reliable twisted pair phone some time back because of the robocalls.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Lucky5, 4/22/2018 11:51:45 AM     (No. 11609999)

ATT will not offer this service in California if you have a landline. They keep wanting me to go digital. I want to keep my landline that I use for my business for over 20 years. They offer nothing to combat this, nothing.


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Reply 5 - Posted by: EuroTim, 4/22/2018 12:00:47 PM     (No. 11610005)

Simple, give the phone companies 18 months, then fine them for every robocall that gets through their systems. I used to design similar systems for telcos, and we didn’t have the computing power they have today. It can be done.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: EuroTim, 4/22/2018 12:03:55 PM     (No. 11610008)

I use a caller id service from Verizon that identifies most of these, and I don’t answer unrecognized numbers, if it’s important, they will leave a message. I also go the voicemail transcription, so I can see at a glance who called and what they had to say, another couple bucks a month, but it does sort of solve the problem. I have noticed that if the id says “potential spam” it is spam. I just would like an app that automaticlly sends all questionable calls to VM.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: judy, 4/22/2018 12:15:21 PM     (No. 11610012)

What happened to the... do not call list... run by the government? Did a high $$ lobbyist infiltrate congress?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 4/22/2018 12:27:45 PM     (No. 11610019)

I´ve heard these robocalls have a very tiny success rate - less than 1%. But by the time they swindle those few people, it adds up to hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Pete Stone, 4/22/2018 12:37:06 PM     (No. 11610027)

@#7: All the "Do Not Call" list does is confirm for the robocallers and the boiler rooms that your number is a valid one. Then they call you anyway.
Besides, at least half the Spam calls we get are either political action committees or nonprofits. They can harass you as much as they want -- legally. It´s a joke. The newly proposed legislation probably has loopholes big enough to drive a Peterbilt through, same as the current laws.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 4/22/2018 12:49:33 PM     (No. 11610037)

If I don´t recognize the number, I don´t answer. If it´s important they´ll leave a message and I´ll call back.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: OBX Pete, 4/22/2018 12:59:44 PM     (No. 11610045)

I would like to know how many people have been charged and convicted for calling "do not call" numbers.

This law has been in effect for many years and my guess is zero. This law is a farce and has been from the beginning.!!!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Judy, 4/22/2018 1:00:22 PM     (No. 11610047)

Remember the old days without caller ID when we answered everty call.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: daisymay, 4/22/2018 1:05:10 PM     (No. 11610052)

We gave up our Landline phone about five years ago. No Robo calls since. we both have Cell phones, so we didn´t see any reason to pay the Phone company for a phone we rarely used. That said I did put Hiya on my cell and they flag any number that is spoofing one of my friend´s numbers (which is a somewhat new way of tricking us to answer). I never answer out of state numbers, but a Spoof could catch me if they didn´t alert me. Best of all, no POLITICAL ads during campaign season!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: snakeoil, 4/22/2018 1:31:32 PM     (No. 11610077)

Don´t mind them all that much on my land line. Push one button and they are gone. But my cell makes it difficult. First, have to block the number. Then delete it. And the cell is supposed to automatically block any unrecognized nos. Some of them are amusing. My electric company calls my land line when they have restored power after a blackout to tell me that service has been restored. I suspected that when I heard the refrigerator begin to run again. Miss some of the old slang in movies such as referring to a phone as an Ameche. And if Hitchcock´s movie Dial M for Murder was remade what would they call it?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: earlybird, 4/22/2018 2:19:29 PM     (No. 11610121)

Re #4, we still have ATT UVerse phone, so we do have it on our landline. The reason it is available there has to do with a feature in the UVerse setup that allows for a call to be picked up at more than one number. Nomorobo gave us their number to add to that setup page. ATT’s regular landline service does not have that setup feature.

As for calls getting through, they should be reported to Nomorobo (by anyone having that service) so that they can add the numbers to their database. Never ever call back to the numbers that call you!!!!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: earlybird, 4/22/2018 2:23:47 PM     (No. 11610124)

You can check out Nomorobo here and find out whether it is available on your telephone:

https://www.nomorobo.com

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Peach1, 4/22/2018 2:27:42 PM     (No. 11610129)

Are these calls the ones I get 5 or 6 times a day from different places in the U.S.?

I don’t answer them, but once they call, I simply block their number. I have so many blocked numbers on my phone it’s ridiculous.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: lakerman1, 4/22/2018 2:31:30 PM     (No. 11610131)

I carry my cell phone when out and about because Mrs. Lakerman insists on it.
And yesterday, for the first time, I received a call on my cell phone from Bridget, Cardholder Services, who wanted to lower my interest rate. (she calls our land line daily. She seems to be obsessed with our credit card interest rate.)
I propose that Senator Crewcut should find Bridget and lock her up. That might gain him some votes in November.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: stablemoney, 4/22/2018 2:58:25 PM     (No. 11610148)

A great example showing even bipartisan agreement can get nothing done in Congress, or any government agency. Congress will have to wait until a vested interest group with a lot of money writes them legislation, but no such vested group exists, so no money behind a remedy.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: earlybird, 4/22/2018 3:25:27 PM     (No. 11610173)

Re #18, while they are at it, they could pick up Heather, Jennifer and all the other robots who call us… re our credit card interest rate, our travel reward and other useless subjects.

The man with the heavy accent who used to call (a live person, not a recording) threatening IRS action got himself reported to the fed. Haven’t heard from him in a long time.. Nomorobo may be apprehending.

Some of the calls to my cell phone are now leaving VM in Chinese. And then they are blocked/deleted.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: strike3, 4/22/2018 5:45:25 PM     (No. 11610270)

I recently read that the "Do not call" database got so big that it can no longer be maintained so they stopped trying to keep up with it. Why don´t they just outlaw the practice of robocalling and nail the hucksters who do it? If Alexa can interpret our voices, surely AI can tell a tin-can computer from a human voice. Far easier than doing it on the receiving end because NOBODY wants these calls unless they are very lonely.

Letting all calls go to voice mail works great for private citizens but you can´t run a business that way.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: jl80863, 4/22/2018 8:18:45 PM     (No. 11610362)

Lots of people give up their hard wired phones because they have cell phones. I am a retired emergency manager. You can bet that if a significant emergency occurs, the cell system will rapidly become saturated and you may not have communications when really needed. It´s your choice.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Catherine, 4/22/2018 9:22:28 PM     (No. 11610414)

Moved here almost three years ago. For almost three years we have been getting automated calls for "David Morgan." My son actually called them back once and told them no one by that name lived here. To this day they still call looking for "David Morgan" and threatening legal action if he doesn´t contact them. Yeah, go ahead with that.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 4/22/2018 9:42:22 PM     (No. 11610433)

I have learned to like the Robo calls. We mess with them constantly and get a huge laugh.Wife is now playing along, too. We try to keep them on the line as long as possible and just screw their heads up.

The other night:

ring: Answer- Agent 16, station 12-go ahead. (If it is anyone we know, they will laugh and the fair conversation begins)

Them; Uh- this is survey Xyz- may I - uh - speak with Mr´s () please?

me- I am screening all of her calls at the present time. Identify yourself. How did you get this number

(background - wife) Yes sir, we are tracing the call immediately)

Them: Uh, I´m just taking a survey. Uh-

me- I´m afraid it is too late for that. You are now involved.

Them: In what? (panicky)

me- You are aware this is now a very serious matter. I will be interviewing you further later. Identify yourself or get your immediate supervisor on this line--

I might go on like that for quite a while and both of us are cracking up. Usually, they have already disconnected. I can´t imagine what they are thinking.

But, then that is just one of our funny little scenes. We have dozens and get a huge laugh out of doing them. We can´t wait for the next one.



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Former President Jimmy Carter jabbed President Trump during his commencement speech at Liberty University in Virginia on Saturday, joking about the crowd size at the event. Carter pointed out that the crowd size at the commencement was bigger this year than when Trump spoke to Liberty graduates in 2017, the Associated Press reported. “I don’t know if President Trump would admit that," Carter said, referring to the Trump’s claim, which was widely determined to be false, that his inauguration crowd exceeded 1 million people. Carter wasn´t the only one to bring up the Trump inauguration crowd size Saturday. The Twitter

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Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
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Windsor, England - Prince Charles will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle at the royal wedding — stepping in after the father of the bride fell ill just days before the ceremony. Kensington Palace said Friday that Markle´s future father-in-law, the heir to the British throne, would walk the American actress down the aisle at St. George´s Chapel in Windsor for her wedding to Prince Harry. The palace says he "is pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Markle to the Royal Family in this way." (Tweet) The decision comes after feverish speculation about who would have the honor after the bride announced that her father,


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