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    • These days I find it very rare to actually talk to someone on the phone. It seems about 90% incoming calls for me end up being some sort of solicitation, government survey, rebate, tax credit, scam, etc. etc.

      I've registered on https://www.donotcall.gov/, and I have been religiously adding numbers I don't recognized to a blocked callers contact on my phone. I just decline any number that isn't in my contacts and figure they will leave a voicemail if it is important. If they do leave a voicemail, will read the transcription and not bother listening to it, unless it is someone I know trying to reach me.

      It seems like the current trend is for government / nonprofits (which are not legally obligated to respect do not call) to use rotating banks of numbers (which bypass blocked numbers) to call. They also often seem to be able to pick numbers from your local area as well, to make you more likely to pick up.

      Does anyone have any other strategies for dodging these kinds of calls?

    • I also have been on a Do Not Call list forever, but keep on getting usolicited calls. The simplest strategy I found is after taking the call and realizing this mistake I go to “recent calls” on my iPhone and tap on “Block This Caller”. I never hear from them again.

      Obviously if they use a different number this wouldn’t work, but it is simple and effective for occasional unwanted calls.

    • I have Google fi as my service provider (Nexus 6 phone). All spam calls appear as the same 408 area code number and only ring once before Google hangs up on them.

      With my previous phone I was able to block numbers. I also recently added a second number for myself. The old number gets most of the spam calls despite being on the do not call registry.

    • I am a no answer unless the caller is in my contacts person myself. I have a severe aversion to talking on the phone which is funny since I have spent over a decade in the telecom biz.

    • I've been plagued by this too. For the longest time I've followed the basic instructions you've laid out here @eric. But the calls just kept on coming in.

      Recently I read somewhere about an alternative to just ignoring the calls (don't have the link, sorry!).

      Basically they said that the way a lot of these call centers work is they have machines/tools that auto-dial the numbers. Only after the call detects a voice does it actually switch over to a human operator. If you ignore the call, it goes to your voice mail and you just get recycled on that list.

      However, if you answer, but *don't make any noise* after a few seconds the call disconnects and then adds your number to a list that basically says "This number is inactive/broken". Then, the calls, in theory are supposed to stop.

      I've been doing that for a few weeks and the calls have mostly stopped.

      Is this a coincidence or actual proof? No idea... but even if it's just a placebo affect it seemed to work for me!

    • Google Voice is helpful. Only people I know have my direct cell number. Everyone else gets my Google Voice number.

      Google does a pretty good job of blocking known telemarketers. Occasionally one still gets through, but I just mark it as spam in Google Voice and then I never see that number again. I do still get spam calls to my direct number, but I block those in iOS.

      I never answer my phone unless the caller is someone I know, and I changed my default ringtone to be silent. The phone (and my Apple Watch) will vibrate when I'm getting a call, which isn't too annoying and makes it easy to ignore unknown numbers.

    • I use nomorobo (https://www.nomorobo.com/) on my land line. It's also available for iPhone and Android but I haven't started using it on my mobile yet.

      It is very effective on my land line - just need to wait one ring before you pick up the phone. So far my mobile hasn't been plagued by robo calls; if / when it starts I will try nomorobo there as well.

      For any unsolicited calls that get through, I report them on the do not call list.

    • Based on your recommendation, I did some research and ended up installing it. I like it so far.

    • I too, hate those "rotating-in-your-area-code" spam callers. #(*@$! I do find that between youmail (the app I use to do my voicemail-to-email) and T-Mobile, about 90% of spam is blocked. Still, about 3x a week one of these phone-spamming-so-and-sos gets through. Argh.

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