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Dealing with those annoying robocalls

D. GARY DAVIS
Posted 6/4/19

I sometimes reminisce about a time that now seems long ago, when the telephone would ring and you picked up the receiver and said, "Hello."After a brief pause, you would hear the voice of a family …

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OUR COUNTY

Dealing with those annoying robocalls

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I sometimes reminisce about a time that now seems long ago, when the telephone would ring and you picked up the receiver and said, "Hello."

After a brief pause, you would hear the voice of a family member, close friend, business associate or someone who had a legitimate reason to place a phone call to you.

As life, and technology, progressed our home telephone was slowly replaced by a cordless model that allowed us to roam about the house with ease while we talked to these same people on the phone.

Another couple of decades came and went and this found us with not only a wireless home phone, but now we had the advancement of cellular technology that made it possible for us to talk with these same people once more. But now, we could be literally in almost limitless locations around the globe.

This advancement in communications equipment was soon followed by advancements in advertising and some very unscrupulous entrepreneurs who somehow find a willing soul to fall for their schemes.

What was once a random phone call has morphed into an almost daily barrage of “robocalls” checking on my student loan debts and ways to pay back nothing; my car warranty expiration for the past 12 cars that our family has owned; credit card consolidation opportunities; and lately, the follow-up call to my recent call (that I have never made) concerning my $48,000 line of credit in which they need to finish up with the final few questions.

I know through conversations with my friends that I am not the only one who receives these phone calls, and I have even tried to employ some of the apps that are available to possibly reduce, if not remove, all of these from making it to my mobile phone.

I used to rely on the caller ID function to just not answer any phone call from an unknown number. Sadly, this is no longer a viable option as these companies have found ways to use a local number, and a few have even used a few of my family’s telephone numbers that are cloned and then used for their marketing schemes.

I am all for employment and finding a job to support yourself and your family, but I have often wondered what these individuals are taught in their introductory portion of their employment with these companies. To me, it would have to be amazing what these individuals could achieve if they just used the same amount of time, energy and effort to actually benefit others instead of being part of a scam operation. 

Consumer Reports states that at best only 31% of robocalls are stopped by any Apple or Android App, and whatever you do ... please do not press ANY number that you are given by the phone message “to remove you from the list,” as this just ensures that you will receive MANY more of these wonderfully annoying phone calls.

The major cellular phone providers, and legislators, are looking at ways to limit the ability of “neighbor spoofing” of phone numbers, but there has not been any recent change on this front to make it illegal to use another phone number as the origin of the phone call to make it more likely that you will answer the phone.

A loud whistle, air horn, along with a lengthy dissertation of your own, have been ideas that I have heard as ways to possibly limit the likelihood of limiting these super annoying interruptions of our day.

And while I do NOT endorse any activity that would possibly cause damage to one’s hearing through their headset, I do ask that we all work together to help Tennessee find a way to logically limit these types of phone calls by legislative changes that will help all Tennesseans.

This continued leadership by our citizens and state government is just one more reason that Bradley County truly is Tennessee at its best!

    


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