We all have experienced those automated calls from telemarketers, bottom-feeding debt collectors, and scam artists. Once those worrisome assholes get their hooks into your phone they will call you into submission.
All hours of the day and night your phone rings. Even when you answer it and tell these jerks you’re not interested- the calls don’t stop.
Another one starts right up. They pass your phone number around like beer gets passed around at a frat party.
Hey, you could put your number on the DO NOT CALL REGISTRY. And nothing will happen. But Robo-calling is illegal you say to yourself. It is but since Robo-calling became illegal the calls have INCREASED.
Thanks to technology these harassers are able to thwart regulators investigations and keep on dialing thousands of numbers a day. They can change the viewed number on your caller ID to read a number not associated with them. Hell, they can even change the number on the caller ID to read YOUR number. Go ahead, call up the FTC and report your number.
Technology has also given us a resource to identify the culprits. It’s called search.
We can “Google” these numbers and most of the time the search returns a listing of sites that reveal not only who these fools are but a community of people that they have been worrying the hell out of. All well and good to know who they are, however, that won’t stop the madness.
NPR took a look at why robo calls are so hard to stop. Listen HERE.