Kill a Telemarketer Today!

Since I retired about 5 years ago, it was like somebody put out a notice to start calling me and trying to find out if I would fall for all of the scams. I began getting up to 14 calls a day (the record) for things like solar power systems, contractors that happened to be "in the neighborhood", requests for donations to phony veterans and police organizations, duct cleaning, threats from the Bollywood IRS to pay back taxes or go to jail, computer virus removal that also includes the bonus of encrypting my drives so I can't access my information, and of course the chance to be a guinea pig for new medication trials.

I ended up purchasing a call blocker that required entry of the phone numbers that I wanted to block. This became tedious and finally hopeless when the telemarketers began using IP phones and spoofing numbers and caller ID info.

Finally I was asked by a friend to help test a new service he was working on that would block robocallers and telemarketers by using the simultaneous ring feature that would also ring his computer, allowing the software to compare the incoming call to a huge list of know robocallers and telemarketers who have been identified by their calling habits. The service had a few issues at first, but quickly became super accurate and now nails at least 98% of the robocallers and telemarketers who try to interrupt my daily life. All they get is one ring and I get to see who they were by the caller ID display. It has never accidentally blocked any legitimate calls from anyone or any legitimate robocallers such as pharmacies, schools, and emergency alert services.

The name of this service is NomoRobo

It is available for most landline services in the US and is free. If you want coverage on both your cell and landline, there is a modest charge. I understand that many carriers offer it as an option.

Give it a try and enjoy some peace and quiet in your home and on the run.

Comments

Bill Caciene Added Jul 21, 2016 - 4:23pm
I have a quicker, easier and cheaper way to rid your life of telemarketers, get rid of your land line.
George N Romey Added Jul 21, 2016 - 4:50pm
Oh no they are on to cell phones now. More from corporate brainchilds that think we really want to speak with a call center. 
Bill H. Added Jul 21, 2016 - 6:40pm
George is right, I am also starting to get robocalls on my cell phone from spoofed numbers. This just took off only about 2 weeks ago. The problem with my cell phone is I constantly get "pocket dials" from people, sometimes late in the evening. I only turn my cell phone on when I am expecting or need to make an important call.
Bill H. Added Jul 21, 2016 - 7:18pm
Also, cell networks are so congested in my area that the voice quality is usually terrible and the delay (latency) results in constant interruptions between both sides.
If they ever get the networks to the point of acceptable audio quality and negligible latency, I may consider cutting the landline. 
Cuckoo o'clock Added Jul 21, 2016 - 9:56pm
You can't hide from them - even on the streets. Where I live they have charities that have workers who bother pedestrians as we walk down the street. It's one thing to try to engage someone, but the other day a woman worker shouted at me that I had dropped something. Although I was in a rush, I stopped to find out where and what I had dropped. She told me I dropped my smile. Needless to say, it didn't return after she said that! 
George N Romey Added Jul 21, 2016 - 9:58pm
Somehow the gods of corporatism think that we want to be pandered to and live in an infomercial 24/7.  
Bill H. Added Jul 22, 2016 - 12:07am
 
I just complained a couple weeks ago to the Home Depot main office about their practice of allowing solar system sales people to roam their aisles trying to sell their systems. They responded that they were getting "a few" complaints about this, but "it is up to the local store management".
Also some new technology is being implemented in certain stores that uses your phone to sense that you are in the store and will immediately begin texting deals and coupons to your phone. They are even able to sense almost exactly where you are using what they call X/Y grid sensing so that when you get to the meat counter, you will get a coupon for the special on bacon.
Bill Caciene Added Jul 22, 2016 - 8:52am
For whatever it’s worth, I think Home Depot does a great disservice to their brand by having those solar pushers stalking people.  Having said that, they should be free to operate their stores pretty much however they please.  Or do you think otherwise?
Billy Roper Added Jul 22, 2016 - 9:25am
As a former manager for an office which raised funds for charities through telefundraising, let me give you some advice: if you simply tell them firmly but politely to place you on their do not call list, they are required by law to comply, or face fines and penalties.
Bill H. Added Jul 22, 2016 - 11:36am
Bill - of course they should be able to operate their stores as they please. I just believe it is a bad decision to allow the practice. Many of my friends have mentioned the same thing.
Bill H. Added Jul 22, 2016 - 11:40am
Billy - That may indeed work for legitimate charities (which are maybe 2% of telemarketing calls), but it will not work for the remainder, as most of them are spoofing their phone numbers and caller ID's. Most of them are also using random number robodialers that may actually have a number-ignoring feature, but is never used as most of these clowns are scammers.
Autumn Cote Added Jul 22, 2016 - 12:42pm
My first job out of college was selling life insurance as a telemarketer. That was another way of saying, don't shoot the messenger, it was my employer's fault I was there.  
Bill H. Added Jul 22, 2016 - 1:53pm
Autumn - When I refer to killing telemarketers, I mean by electronic methods.
I have to hand it to you as that must have been a difficult job. I am not sure how long ago you were doing this, but these days it would be even worse. I used to average about 1 to 2 telemarketer calls a day 4 years ago. I now average about 7 to 9 over the last 6 months.
Here is a forum site that will help identify telemarketers based on the phone number that they call from: 
http://800notes.com/
Bill Caciene Added Jul 23, 2016 - 4:17am
As mentioned to you in my comment, I had already stated it was a bad practice.  The point I’m trying to make is that we both agree retailers should be able to operate their stores however they please.  Why can’t the same principle be applied to companies that sell their wares via phone?  In other words, don’t bitch at the person on the phone or his or her employer, bitch at the government if you want it to stop. 
Bill H. Added Jul 23, 2016 - 11:32am
 
Bill C.- virtually everyone despises telemarketers and they let the government know it years ago. The government response was to create the Do Not Call list that ideally would have taken you off of telemarketer's calling lists, eliminating calls from all telemarketers. The telemarketers chose to ignore the law and begin using tactics such as using spoofed numbers, deceitful caller ID's, and mass sequential/random robocalling dialers to avoid being detected. They also now use tricks like parallel calling, which is calling your number from several different lines 4 seconds apart in an attempt to fool you into picking up the phone if you are using a blocker that only allows one ring before hanging up on the blocked number. The NomoRobo service is the result of the Government seeking better solutions to the problem using American technical talent. Go to the site I listed and read about it. 
About 90% of the calls I was receiving came from unlicensed contractors using non-existent business names, phony veterans and police charities, scammers from India trying to convince me that I owed back taxes and would be arrested if I didn't pay immediately, fake Microsoft technicians advising me that I had a virus on my computer and they would gladly remove it if I allowed them access to my machine, lower credit card payments and interest rates if I would give them my card number, and a free hearing aid if I would just pay for the shipping with my credit card. I can't remember the last time that I got a call from a legitimate business or organization. Thanks to the NomoRobo service, I get virtually no calls from these scumbags.
 
 
Rusty Smith Added Jul 23, 2016 - 12:44pm
I saw an phone app in action that you might enjoy.  You put the phone next to to a speakerphone that has the telemarketer, and it runs a program designed to keep the telemarketer on the phone as long as possible.
 
It listens, waits for pauses and then injects ambiguous words like "uh hu, ok, yes" at the right time, just enough to keep the telemarketer thinking someone is participating.  At one point the program responded "just a second, I'll be right back", and later on it  put the person on hold because "a bee was close by" and they had to chase it away.  I was doing something else while the person with this phone app was entertaining themselves but think it kept the telemarketer on for almost 15 minutes before they gave up and hung up.
 
I don't have the patience or inclination, I usually just tell them something that would render me ineligible and hang up.  If they want a home owner, I say I rent; you get the idea.
 
By the way if your choose to do something like blow a whistle, do beware that many telemarketers can choose to "slam" you because many already have all the information they need, including your credit card numbers, to charge you for whatever they are selling without your permission.  Banks sell that information and if they "slam" you, you have to spend the hours getting it reversed, so they do get the last laugh, and sometimes even get to keep the commission they got for "selling" you whatever it is that they say you agreed to buy from them.  Of course if they do it too often they get in trouble, but if you make yourself the worst customer of that day for them, you just might be worth that risk.
Bill H. Added Jul 23, 2016 - 1:01pm
 
Rusty - I did hear about that phone app.
Have any of you ever been called by the "Life Giving Moments" or "California Fraternal Order of Police" talking robots that actually carry on a conversation with you? If I suspect one of these, I always ask them "If you are not a robot, please tell me what the sum of 6 and 4 is". If it is a robot, it will usually respond with "can we get back to our conversation, please?"
George N Romey Added Jul 23, 2016 - 1:20pm
Now that our decent jobs have been decimated call centers have surged here again in the US. People take these jobs out of desperation. Part of the new world economy like Uber.
Bill H. Added Jul 23, 2016 - 2:01pm
They just busted a call center here in my town that moved into what was once a dental office. They were found to be making calls for a non-existent charity and taking payments on charge cards. All of the calls were being placed over IP circuits and were discovered by the local internet provider who found them while troubleshooting neighborhood complaints of slow internet service. The call center had 80 people working in it simply using laptop computers and robodialing software programs.
Thomas Napers Added Jul 24, 2016 - 4:31am
The government response to this problem actually might have exacerbated the problem.  Thanks to the Do Not Call list marketers have an active listing of excellent prospects and all one needs to make calls into the US is a laptop.  Like most things government does, the unintended negative consequences are worse than the problem itself.     
Bill H. Added Jul 24, 2016 - 11:27am
Thomas - Yes, the DNC list turned out to be a joke, and was probably used the wrong way. The FCC eventually got it right when they presented a challenge to the US technology industry to come up with the best system possible to eliminate robocalls. This is what produced the NOMOROBO service.
Another example of letting small businesses and industry conquer our problems, rather than creating them.
Rusty Smith Added Jul 24, 2016 - 12:06pm
Bill H. I have never been called by those groups that I know of, but telemarketers have literally taken me to the point where I never answer my phone, I let it go to voicemail, and I think that drops a lot off.
 
Of course it also makes me generally out of touch with emergencies so I'm thinking of just eliminating my home phone after having the same number for over 30 years.
Rusty Smith Added Jul 24, 2016 - 12:12pm
George N Romey almost all the big companies that had US call centers have outsourced them to other countries to remain competitive.  It's not just the wages, (which are going up), it's also Obamacare and lawsuits which have driven the ultimate cost of employment so far beyond what it costs to get the same job done in another country that they can't afford to employ them here.
 
Many big companies actually have about as many foreign people in other countries working call centers as they now have doing everything else in the US.  That's true with most that are in heavy customer service industries.
 
As Obamacare rolled in I watched it happen to about 2000 people in one company and I saw the numbers, the savings was trimendous.
Bill H. Added Jul 24, 2016 - 1:05pm
Cell phones were once robocaller-proof, but that is no longer the case. Myself and friends have seen a recent increase in this. I get probably 1 to 3 robocalls a week on my cellphone, but the worst problem is the increase in robotexting lately. I get at least 2 a day over the last month, and some were coming in during the early morning hours (like 2 and 3 AM), which caused me to shut my cell phone off in the evening. Of course, the originating numbers were spoofed as they are on most landline robocalls.
I believe that over time, this problem will become as bad or worse than it is on landline phones and that the number of robocalls to landlines will begin to slow down as the scumbags find that most of their "customers" are using their cellphones. The technology to eliminate robocalls to cellphones is still in the development stage and has not yet been perfected to the point of avoiding all methods of penetration.
Ravi BG Added Sep 3, 2016 - 1:45am
hi bill, this phone call are really irritating, the Telecom Authorities are literally dead [here we have "TRAI" dose nothing], DND - activation also waste of time. one okay okay kind of solution is have truecaller installed on your device..., keep blocking unwanted calls its one time pain but you will certainly get released of unwanted calls.
 
if you are on linkedIn .. lets get connected there as well. 
Bill H. Added Dec 30, 2016 - 1:26am
 
And a belated Merry Christmas to you, MJ!
I had no idea anyone was still looking at this one!