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  • kmcelveen Nov 9, 6:11 p.m.

    We have been on the DNC list since it began. Seemed to work well for the first few years. Now it has been getting worse for the past few years. Majority of calls are about lower credit card rate or some variant to do with credit cards. When we do, rarely, get a live person we ask them to take our name and/or phone # off their call list. Sometimes we would get laughter/jeers in response. Have gone on the .gov site a few times & filled out their form when I have enough info on the caller. Now we just hang up or not answer when we recognize from caller ID. Thankfully, we have not rec'd any political calls this year that I know of. That is great!

  • excalibur810 Nov 9, 4:48 p.m.

    soooo, here is my solution...i get these same calls both the credit card and home security calls...whenever a live person picks up...i then blow a very, very loud air horn into the phone...if they are going to call me after repeatedly being told not to...then, the will have to pay the consequences....

  • gcannon Nov 9, 4:11 p.m.

    Even though I have been on the "Do Not Call List" since the day that it began, I have continued to get unwanted calls from companies with which I absolutely have no relationship (at least a couple of obnoxious calls per day except here recently where I have received several "extra" political calls per day ... I am so happy that the election is over). I generally let my answerphone take the calls; however, if I am taking a nap or up a ladder or in the shower, it is very frustrating! Something that works to stop these obnoxious calls seriously needs to be done (the phone company charges for blocking and not listing home phone numbers... such numbers as "Card Services" mask their phone numbers so that they can not be blocked with any success). I am so #@^& tired of getting these calls that I have seriously considered ending my land land service provider!!!

  • J-Hol Nov 9, 2:43 p.m.

    Dollibug....it's called an "ellipsis"....and there is a right way....and a wrong way....to use it....guess which one this is....?

  • dollibug Nov 9, 2:04 p.m.

    As with anything else....someone always figures out a way around things....for instance....bullying....bullying has been going on for many years....OMG....and did anyone actually *watch the political debates* and see just how very RUDE these 2 grown adults were to the moderator????????? And we all know that adults are suppose to be role models.....the world is slap out of control....with anything and everything....I do not answer any calls either that I do not know who is calling....and for the most part....the caller hardly ever leaves a message....(except for the political calls)....

  • dollibug Nov 9, 1:58 p.m.

    This is like anything and everything else....our country is in a MESS....a huge MESS and too much is going on....it is all out of control....and this applies to a lot of *issues*....especially the government run agencies....there are *corrupt people* trying to run things....there is actually NO ONE who can make anyone do *WHAT IS RIGHT*....did someone really think that anyone would *pay attention to a DO NOT CALL* list??????????

  • k9sandQtrs Nov 9, 1:54 p.m.

    I haven't had a land line in years. I just use my cellphone's call handling features that block any callers that aren't listed in my contacts. Google Voice, which is free, has some really cool call routing features which make it very easy for people you want to keep in contact with to connect with you and for blocking or sending unknown numbers to voicemail. There are a ton of options out there to keep you from being bothered.

  • shortcake53 Nov 9, 1:12 p.m.

    If it is a name or number I dont know I simply dont answer. I refuse to be held hostage by some phone scammer.

  • snowl Nov 9, 12:42 p.m.

    @paddie - I forgot to mention that I cancelled my LANDLINE telephone service 3 years ago, and (kept my number) for a cellular phone service with the same company. It may be that NOT having the landline phone helped to stop some unwanted spam calls.

  • CestLaVie Nov 9, 12:12 p.m.

    kittykarekat: I don't know what else your TWC is bundled with, but I removed my Bellsouth land line last spring (saved some $ too) to stop all these crummy calls & interruptions, not to mention so we wouldn't have to receive all the crummy political calls. I had TWC installed ONLY for internet service, as we previously installed satellite for TV several years ago.

    So, I think it's possible; check your area to see what TWC offers.

  • puzzled Nov 9, 11:58 a.m.

    Really sad that the US Government does not have the wherewithal to figure out how to stop these calls.

    Are you folks sure of what you are saying you expect? Do you really want the government to be able to screen your calls? some of this is just crazy talk here. Without screening your calls there is not much they can do except have laws and if law breakers are caught punish them. Be for real on here, not just grumblers.

  • puzzled Nov 9, 11:55 a.m.

    I have no problem with this. It is annoying, but just as I did with the political calls, I hang up. I am the only one who can control that and we have the control there. Don't talk to whom ever you don't want to talk to. Doesn't take a college grad to know that.

  • nighttrain2010 Nov 9, 10:20 a.m.

    Wait what? Another government program doesn't work?!? Say it isn't so!!! I put my full trust in our leaders and they always do what's best for us...

    >>"If you are trying to sell something, it is illegal to have a robo-call without a human voice coming on and asking if you want to hear it,” Cooper said

    Well Roy let's pass another law. That'll fix it.....

    >>Many people complained to 5 On Your Side over the last couple of months about all of the political calls they were getting. Those calls are exempt from the law

    Well of course. Do as I say not as I do.

    >>Cooper says he has pushed to change that in North Carolina, but he can't get the legislature to agree.

    Sure you have Roy. Pushing so hard on that I haven't heard word one in the news (or anywhere else for that matter) of your crusade...

    >>"The system is not working if people are still getting calls. That's what it boils down to.

    Well Mary you just write your Congressman again because government has always has an answer.

  • wdprice3 Nov 9, 9:27 a.m.

    "scams persist despite Do Not Call list" Well, ya don't say. People who break the law, or at least skirt the law, break other laws, too???? The DNC list is a great idea and works mostly well for legitimate businesses; however, just like any law, those who have no regard for one law, will just as likely break others.

  • pinball wizard Nov 9, 8:51 a.m.

    Really sad that the US Government does not have the wherewithal to figure out how to stop these calls.

    We have resorted to posting a prize.

  • kittykarekat Nov 9, 8:41 a.m.

    Unplugged my house phone daily for 2 months due to multitude of political calls at night especially around dinnertime. Family/friends knew to call cell if important. Would disconnect home phone altogether if it wasn't bundled with TWC. The caller shows up on the television and we never answer it if we do not recognize the number.

  • Unfair Moderators Stink Nov 8, 7:59 p.m.

    "Thanks Roy Cooper. You accomplished nothing with this one."

    What's Roy got to do with it? It's a federal registry, not a state or local.

  • gman007 Nov 8, 7:51 p.m.

    If you want to have a little fun, if it's a real person on the other end, answer with a 'yeah, hold on a sec'. Then, holding the phone somewhere near your head, have a very animated conversation with a pretend person. Throw in an occasional 'I gotta take this call' but keep the one-sided chat going. Make it as 'juicy' as possible and have fun with it. See how long you can keep the caller glued to your 'conversation', then abruptly say, I'm sorry, I gotta go. My personal best is 2 min 7sec.

  • Rebelyell55 Nov 8, 7:49 p.m.

    I'm on the do not call list. But they use these auto dial, and if ya want to talk to someone, ya have to push 1 or some number they call out. After a few minute of conversation, I told the guy, ya know I'm on a do not call list, why did ya call. He told me that pushing 1 I was actually calling him, so it didn't apply. So, I been having some fun, I try and sell them stuff. Like an offer for an offer. I know my life is so boring, but it make for few good laughs. One lady told me she heard a tape of me off the answering maching, and told me I could make money putting them out. I don't think so, but it keep me intertained for a few minutes. Keep calling!!!

  • heelsgirl05 Nov 8, 7:45 p.m.

    duh! this has been going on for the last 9 years!

  • Wheelman Nov 8, 7:39 p.m.

    Maybe they should change it to a call permited list instead. Work it so that only phone calls you want even ring your phone. People who want to call you can be added to the list with your permission.

  • paddie Nov 8, 7:32 p.m.

    snowl....I have done exactly that. Never picking up the phone, but that doesn't stop it from ringing several times a day and that doesn't eventually stop them from calling period, AND I get recorded messages on my answering machine from them also. I don't feel any freedom at all.

  • snowl Nov 8, 7:21 p.m.

    I do not receive those calls very often.... by NEVER picking up any call where I do not recognize the phone number. I tell friends/family who call me to always leave a message if they use a different phone because I screen all my calls. It really DOES work. And the freedom you get is awesome! There is no other solution folks.

  • dcatz Nov 8, 7:17 p.m.

    I assure you that, while it is possible to spoof Called Idea (CPID), it is not possible to spoof ANI data.

    One of the advantages of having my own PBX is that I can see this ANI data. I can also reroute calls based on number.

  • justabumer Nov 8, 7:16 p.m.

    I have found that the calls which are made by an actual person can be effectively dealt with by keeping one of those air horns like boaters sometimes use close to the phone. And using it.

  • paddie Nov 8, 7:14 p.m.

    @KH-Apex-NC, I love your post. I have done similar stuff, but the language I used is unprintable. I may try your way next time.

  • paddie Nov 8, 7:12 p.m.

    I disagree with Nuff z Nuff that the DNC list is a joke and always has been. It worked wonders for me and I was getting calls 8-10 times a day. Once I was on the list all of that ended, until this "new" style of call started about a year or 2 ago. The bad guy will always work hard to find a way in.

  • mikeyj Nov 8, 7:12 p.m.

    And just who the hell are politicians to use the same scams and get calls coming in from 1800's I went through more this election year than I have in the past 2 years. Laws that apply should also apply to candidates.

  • GoSteelers Nov 8, 7:10 p.m.

    Thanks for the follow up paddie. And Yes...GO STEELERS :)

  • cstanton Nov 8, 7:09 p.m.

    Here is another scam that just called last night. They will try to get your computer information and fool you into remote access. Caution!! It's called the eventvwr scam.

    http://www.hostinglegacy.com/announcements.php?id=1

  • dsdaughtry Nov 8, 7:08 p.m.

    Phone companies should bear some responsibility. It is phone companies that distribute and assign phone numbers. Therefore if a company is masking its phone number and bypassing federal rules – then phone companies are ultimately responsible in my opinion. There are still laws on the books for phone equipment tampering. Instead of states going after phone law breakers, the feds should go after them instead. What telemarketers do on the phone is no different than federal postal rules. This may curb some robo calls.

  • Screw WrAl Nov 8, 7:05 p.m.

    the "do not call list" is a joke and always has been.

    Thanks Roy Cooper. You accomplished nothing with this one.

  • KH-Apex-NC Nov 8, 7:04 p.m.

    I answer with the following, "No hablo español" meaning I do not speak Spanish, spoken in Spanish! confuses them to no end, they usually put me on the do not call back list, which is fine with me! If the continue speaking, I just start a blah, blah, blah, blah tirade until they hang up! Worry me, and I'll waste your time!

  • paddie Nov 8, 6:56 p.m.

    GoSteelers...I tried the ignore tactic for a VERY long time....does NOT work. Pressing 3 or whatever they say to press to stop recieving their calls doesn't work either. Everytime I get a call, I immediately register it on the DO Not Call complaint website. I've never received any follow up. I can't even tell you how many times I've registered a call. Nothing works and it's very frustrating. There has GOT to be a techno wizard out there somewhere who can fix this! BTW....GO STEELERS! Luv them!

  • GoSteelers Nov 8, 6:35 p.m.

    Great news report. Very helpful. Is it better to just not answer unfamiliar phone numbers? Will they stop calling eventually?

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