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Announcing a new category - Telemarketing Scams

Filed under: Telemarketing Scams & Robocalls — Charlie Summers @ 11:52 am

Today we’re beginning a new category of posts here on the ol’ blog, Telemarketing Scams and Robocalls. It may be because I’m over fifty, or maybe everyone is getting these, but the number of robocalls I’m receiving has risen dramatically over the last year or so. With the cost of VoIP dropping every day, it’s trivially cheap for these scammers to make untraceable calls from outside the country into your home. I’m so sick of getting at least one every day, and sometimes three and four, that I’ve started reporting every one of them to the FCC and the FTC (created a macro for the more-involved FCC two-page report to complete the boilerplate name-and-address stuff so I can concentrate on the specifics of each call). Now, I’m pretty sure this is similar to spitting into the wind, and the only thing I have to show for it is a stack of responses from the FCC who apparently would rather waste the postage telling me there’s nothing they can do with every complaint I make instead of using that money to track down the scammers’ boiler room with an elite kill squad, but maybe if we all start flooding them with complaints they might get off their bureaucratic butts and do something about it.

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