In a description regarding stoppage of Robocalls, it was revealed that “this is a final notice from the IRS. The nature and purpose of this call are to inform you we have received legal petition notice concerning a tax fraud against you. Before this matter goes to the federal claims courthouse or before you get arrested, please call immediately.”
This was the first time I was greeted by that automated call on my iPhone, I resentfully put it off. For the next time, I puzzled over that I might without familiarity pulled a Martha Stewart, and even fourth and 10th times, I was got furious on these low-life scammers that are not going to leave me alone.
Yet, we are in the midst of a robot apocalypse. They’re crushing us with robocalls despite wiping us out with liquid metal lasers guns, especially those pre-recorded intrusions into our private lives. You’re not safe even on your once-sacred smartphone though might be elsewhere.
“I’m not talking about a prescription that followed by legal calls from the pharmacy, or the school announcing a snow day. I’m talking about illegal ones, often scams that promise free cruises, debt relief, easy money and many more little slices of the American dream”.
According to YouMail which is a provider of cloud-based telecom services, over 10 billion robocalls have been placed to U.S. phones since 2016. Complaints to the Federal Trade Commission about them were about 50% since 2015, while as per the real IRS,Tax scams similar to received one are also at rising this year, and since October 2013, this has netted the bad guys over $40 million.
Yet, it’s quite easy to say the robots got succeeded.On the other hand, it gets one angry at those who appears to be not doing well enough regarding it, in addition to that Regulatory agencies are too not catching the perps fast enough. Lawmakers said a lot in this regard but didn’t do enough. Those sleeping giants, the telecoms, don’t seem to be in a hurry to solve the problem. Nevertheless, the rise in robocall frequency is putting pressure on all of them, yet, it hard to find our own ways to fight back.
I raised the question, why is my cell phone?, because I can understand targeting publicly listed home numbers and have never shared my mobile number online or handed it to some shady shopping site or payday lending service.
Doing a Google search of my cell number was suggested byKatherine Hutt, at the Better Business Bureau. Ms. Hutt said that on various sites it appears alongside hundreds of other phone numbers from the same area code—without my name. Scammers and telemarketers could have scraped these number lists.
THE REAL REASON FOR ROBOCALL BARRAGE
It’s so easy and cheap for scammers to dial thousands of numbers that are hitting most of us. First, plug lists of phone numbers into software are plugged and calls are fired off over the internet, as the software makes it easy to “spoof” numbers, falsifying caller-ID information even if the caller is out of the country, can change the identity or location indeed.
For me, it was quite annoying when last Sunday night, at dinner time, eight of my friends and family members all got the same robocall. What I need to do is to warn them all that there’s no such thing as a free cruise!
Once it was a time when the FTC rode to the rescue with its magical National Do Not Call list. Those of us who put our numbers on the list, only get some respite from unwanted telemarketing calls. In my opinion, they still get calls despite being on the registry. Scammers couldn’t cater for the legitimate carefulness of the companies.
Moreover, outsmarting the phone-spamming robots isn’t as easy as installing a spam filter, so here’s your best plan of action:
1) Experts from the FTC and Federal Communications Commission ask you to let the systems know that you’re a real person exactly when robots call don’t answer, and If an incoming number is not recognized by you, let it go to voice mail. Just hang up once you pick up and realize that it’s a robocall.
2) You must report the number after looking it up. If you know it’s a scam number, report it in the app, then file an FTC complaint. The FTC would say that the aids are an investigation now.
3) The next step involves the use of a call-blocking service.Apps like Truecaller and Nomorobo can alert you when a scammer calls, checking the incoming number against databases of phone numbers commonly used by illegal robocall ers.
4) Nomorobo creates a separate address book that updates every 15 minutes with the latest scammer digits. It has the best answer to fighting spoofed numbers as well. You might not consider it perfect, but its creator, as per Aaron Foss,3% error rate is improving over time. By the end of August, Nomorobo will be available to all in a closed beta for smartphones.
5) Another step you need to take is to update your phone. Android devices currently allow pretty deep call blocking. You can block numbers in order to let a caller goes straight to voice mail, but without dumping numbers into your address book, apps will soon be able to block callers in bulk.
CANADIAN TELEMARKETING GUARD
The best example can be given of the Telemarketing Guard from Canadian carrier Primus which stated that how something like this would work. Blacklisted numbers are challenged by Primus’s own robots before the phone ever rings particularly in the case of a home phone customer chooses to enable it.
WHAT OFFICIALS OPINED?
Officials state that U.S. wireless carriers have been a slow move. They put the onus of call blocking on users and phone makers.Vice president for regulatory affairs for CTIA Wireless Association,Scott Bergmann holds that the problem with network-wide blocking is that you may miss calls you actually want. Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T said they are constantly assessing new technology but wouldn’t provide further explanation.
Earlier this month, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y) teamed up with Rep. Jackie Speier (D., Calif.) introduce a bill that would require phone companies to provide consumers with free services that block calls. Over 600,000 consumers have also signed the Consumers Union’s petition to phone company CEOs to offer tools to block robocalls before they hit their phone.
Still, pressure is applied to the carriers to do more when we’re plagued by incoming robocalls as the FTC and FCC promise to crack down on more culprits.