•   over 10 years ago

There's plenty of answers.

There's multiple solutions

For home phone/LAN lines:
Basically, an answering machine, but, with the ability to block certain area codes and/or require a specific "code" (extension number, such as when calling a tech support line "press this button to call this department") to be entered by the caller before the call will actually go through to the recipient. It could be a mediator between the cord coming from the wall, and the phone itself.

For Mobile calls:

-iPhone - Anyone willing to jailbreak their iPhone( yes, this is legal) has access to an app called iBlacklist http://www.iblacklist.com.br/
-For those who aren't willing to jailbreak there's an app called YouMail, another blacklisting app along with a few other nifty features http://www.youmail.com/

-Android phones - Android's also have access the YouMail, along with NQ Call Blocker, on the Android's Play Store.

Another " off the wall idea" is, most telemarketers are calling via computers. Each computer has a specific IP address assigned to it, any IP can be blocked from access from a computer, but possibly create an app to do the same thing? Keep in mind that some ISP's change consumer IP addresses on occasion, along with the ability to change a static IP at will, or use a proxy server to "hide behind" a different IP address.

Another easy way to stay under the radar is to simply not put your phone number on every single form you fill out. Alot of things on your computer/phone such as programs, toolbars, games, registrations, etc require a phone number, name, address, etc and a few of those come along with unwanted programs, trials and other things. I've never honestly read and of the Terms and Agreements for such programs but I'm sure if they're willing to throw in a few extra programs that you didn't even realize came with it, then they wouldn't mind having somewhere in their Terms that allow them to contact you with surveys, or other unwanted things.


  •   •   over 10 years ago

    The first requirement to make this work is making it illegal for robo callers to block their caller id. Like any other commercial solicitation the consumer should know who is calling and the the choice to let them in or not. So yes your idea works fine but only if you can identify the caller.

  •   •   over 10 years ago

    I may be mistaken, but i thought it was already illegal for them to do that, maybe it's just illegal to change the ID, but either way, most phones already have a caller ID, and it's safe to assume that someone who is actually trying to contact you personally won't be calling from a blocked number.

  •   •   about 10 years ago

    A lot of VoIP spammers operate from countries that are not under FTC jurisdiction. In any case, the caller ID can be spoofed.

  •   •   about 10 years ago

    Solution is trivial. All telecom companies use tones for diagnostics. One set of 3 tones indicates "line out of service / disconnected". Install these 3 tones as the first part of your answering message. The telemarketing computers will connect, hear the tones, and immediately disconnect. The smarter ones will also remove you from the call list. Your friends, need only hang on past the 1 second tone burst to hear your actual message. Tones can be downloaded from the web (Wiki-telephone tones).

  •   •   about 10 years ago

    Regarding "solution is trivial" - if you expect and want calls from out of country you will need to disable the tones or create a different message on your answering machine without the tones. Out of country calls will be blocked when the foreign system hears them and disconnects the caller. So it works GREAT for foreign telemarketing operations.

  •   •   about 10 years ago

    The solution may be stated in three words:

    Enforce Existing Laws

    The three tones system doesn't work. I use that now, but there are no humans involved in the robocalls, and the machines don't care about the tones. They can distinguish between answered calls and a true disconnected line. Either should tell them we are not interested, but it doesn't work, they keep calling.

  •   •   about 10 years ago

    There appear to be many possible solutions to this problem, however most of them only address how to stop these calls from bothering you. I also want the criminals who are doing this CAUGHT and punished! It is also nice when the victims of these scammers get all or part of their money back. The FTC has successfully prosecuted some of these bums (I believe Rachel from Card Services is out of business) and has collected millions in fines. Much of this money has already been returned to the victims.Concentrating our efforts on ways to block these calls is like treating the symptoms of a disease without ridding yourself of the disease itself. A more complete solution will not only stop the calls, it will aid in the apprehension of the Robocallers themselves. If they are not caught then it is like a game of chess that never ends. They move, we counter move and they move again until we counter again and so it continues. However, once they are caught....It's Check Mate.

  •   •   about 10 years ago

    VoIP telemarketers all use one common technology; DNS. Change their DNS records on our side of the equasion and they basically drop off the edge of the earth as far as routing goes. As far as business in this country, they'd be dead in the water.

    It takes less than 24hrs to issue, receive and apply a DNS request from the DoD to every DNS server (and VoIP or HOP routers) in the US.

  •   •   about 10 years ago

    It's even simpler than all this. The way to remove the problem is to remove the profit. Require a $0.01 per-call long distance charge, instead of the fractional usage charges that the carriers currently allow. This way when the burst dialers hit with thousands of calls per minute, they're racking up huge charges with their providers as well. The cost of doing business has to go up, otherwise there will be no end to all of the harassment.

  •   •   about 10 years ago

    Lucas S has it the right idea. However, since most land lines are VoIP, you probably should have a surcharge of $0.01 for ALL calls and texts. This charge should only be made to the initiator of the call. If the originator of the call is overseas, then charge the service provider that brings the call into the US. That service provider will eventually have to pass that cost on to the originator. For most people this would be a pitance, but for the robocaller this would amount to a lot of money. (I heard ... but can't verify... that one overseas robocaller issued over 2 billion calls in one month.)

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