states, "A robocall
is a phone call that uses a computerized autodialer to deliver a
pre-recorded message, as if from a robot. Robocalls are often
associated with political and telemarketing phone campaigns."
the FTC: "
seen a significant increase in the number of illegal robocalls because
internet-powered phone systems have made it cheap and easy for scammers
to make illegal calls from anywhere in the world, and to hide from law
enforcement by displaying
fake caller ID information
Point being, even though regulations forbid the practice,
are workarounds which evade restrictions and fines, and let
telemarketers call you despite
you having placed your number on the DNC (Do Not Call list)
you want to find out who is making these calls (e.g., if there is
no Caller ID), you can just GoogleBing the number (dashes are
optional) and it will usually lead you to various sites which keep
track of user complaints. It won't help you stop the calls,
at least you'll know who not to do business with in the future.
But if you want to stop
the calls altogether,
you have several options.
According to Consumer
, "Nomorobo [is]
free for landlines
costs cell phone users $2 monthly after a 30-day free trial."
article goes on to say this only works for VoIP Internet-based digital
phone service, and not old-fashioned copper-line phone
Nomorobo is the focus here, but there are copper-wire service
compatible alternatives ($60-$110) discussed in this CR
. Read the reviews to get an idea of how well
those systems worked.
have used the Nomorobo method for 2 yr, in conjunction with Comcast
VoIP, and have only good things to say about it. When a robo
comes in, my phone will ring only once. All other calls will
continue to ring,
normally. Most of the rejected call numbers (as well as
numbers) appear on the TV screen (if I have selected that option at
Comcast), so I
know which telemarketers keep trying, day after day (out of curiosity).
Here's where you can go if you want to sign up: https://www.nomorobo.com/
Here's the Comcast/Xfinity link.