Despite being listed for many years on the Do Not Call registry, I still get annoying calls from time to time on my cell phone (which is my only phone). But now that I took a deal from Time Warner that included digital phone — which I'm using strictly for a fax line — I'm getting inundated with junk calls. I immediately registered that number, and I know it can take up to 90 days for the registry to update, but this is INSANE!
Since my MFC does not have a handset or any voice capability, I have a cheapie phone that can be plugged into its line 2 jack. I've installed Time Warner's My Phone app on my Mac and iPhone, so when these annoying calls come in, the caller ID is captured and I can call them back and counter-annoy them!
Some callers have an opt-out that allows you to punch in the number you want removed, so I can do that on the iPhone (and I opt-out both phones). But for others, I have to plug the spare phone into the MFC and make the call from that number. What. A. PIA!
I expect that this will diminish over the next few months, but DAYAM!
The ones I hate are the ones soliciting donations to like police auxiliary, firefighters fund, you name it. Sympathetic as I am to those services, if you donate to a single one you will be inundated by dozens more. I am not Bill Gates. I don't have deep pockets.
It seems that Monday is the big day for these parasites. I had eight junk calls Monday, and nothing Tuesday except for one wrong number (someone looking for whomever had this number last — and yeah, I looked up the history of the number so I can let those callers know that party ain't here no more).
I figure it'll subside in a month or two, and then I can delete the TW app and put the handset in a drawer.
Call blocking only works on legitimate numbers. Problem is, so many of these junk calls are made using spoofed caller IDs.
I get very few junk calls on my cell phone. But one that I can count on getting a couple of times a month is the Reduce your credit card interest rate scam. Some give you an opt-out prompt to have your number scrubbed. But most variations don't. So for the latter, I take the Don't bust a ball-buster's balls approach. I stay on the line and either lead the rep on using an over-the-top foreign accent and giving him/her all kinds of bogus information to totally flummox them, or I simply ask if they can promise me a rate as low as their IQ — at which point the line goes stone dead!
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