Don’t Call Us…We’ll Call You!

Don’t Call Us…We’ll Call You!

Another one of the consequences of the government shutdown?  No administration of the Do Not Call list!  I don’t know about you but the ol’ MM household has had an increase in these annoying calls, some as late at 10pm!  And when your day starts at 3a, that’s late!

I firmly believe anyway the Do Not Call List is a farce, and to help pare down the deficit is selling our numbers to telemarketers.  Now, I know that’s extreme but the problem is getting worse, not better.

The reason?  Unlike the government, scammers are getting smarter.  Over the last election I got 26 (!) count ‘em, 26 calls from political parties, pollsters, candidates, you name it.  On a daily basis the home phone is hit about six or seven times.  And the callers are getting sneaky.

I’ve tried capturing the numbers on caller ID and getting them to the List, but now these bastards are using numbers frequently called or somehow finding them on the phone.  Case in point…same area code but a different exchange and the same last numbers of both our daughters.  Typically we always look at those last four numbers on the display to see if we’re going to take the call.  Not anymore.  It’s the whole thing now, baby.

Even pressing #2 when they tell you so you can be removed from their list doesn’t work.  Same numbers show up again and again.  I have some success getting to an, “associate” and totally $%&**(!! them out and telling them my next call is to the district attorney.

If you still have confidence in the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and their work, you have to report the numbers FROM THE PHONE you want blocked.  The number is 1-888-382-1222 and allegedly is supposed to be permanent unless you change something.  Like your socks.

I did find out the government is not releasing cell phone numbers to telemarketers but somehow they still find us.  There is no separate program for cell phones.  Major carriers are sprucing things up a bit, but it’s still a work in progress.

Last year the FTC took more than 7 MILLION complaints about the dysfunctional list and for good reason, I’d say.  If there were a way I could get off the grid and still function in this world, I’d do it in a heartbeat.