9 Jan 2019
Tired of Robocalls? Time to #MakeEmDeaf
While the cellphone has helped to make life a whole lot more convenient, it has also introduced one of the most annoying consequences – the robocall. Everyday, millions of people across America receive automated calls related to insurance, credit cards, finances, and much more. In fact, in April 2018 the volume reached 3.4 billion calls. Yes, folks, that is 3.4 BILLION IN ONE MONTH!
Considering that there are probably 200 million people in the United States who have cellphones, we are looking at the average person receiving 17 calls a month. Calls they don’t want, yet still receive.
The automated call system is out of control and it is time to do something about it – it is time to #MakeEmDeaf.
Current Measures at Your Disposal
The volume of automated calls in 2018 increased 60 percent from the previous year. While most of these calls are nothing more than an annoyance, some get fooled into thinking the calls are legitimate. The New York Police Department reported that in December of last year, 21 immigrants from China lost $2.5 million to these automated scams proving that these calls are far more than a simple annoyance.
The robocallers have gotten fairly sophisticated as well. They are able to spoof local numbers to your area, making you believe that the calls are legit, only to hear one of these ridiculous recordings start the moment you say “hello.”
What is even more aggravating about these calls is that they often give you the option of having your number added to their “do not call” list. Yet, they still keep calling…day after day after day after day…
To try to combat these calls there are things you can do. These include:
- Hanging up right away.
- Don’t answer numbers you don’t know.
- File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
- Get your number listed on the Do Not Call Registry.
- Use a phone app that blocks robocalls.
All of these sound like good ideas, but none of them are really effective. Not answering or hanging up does not deter computers from calling you. They will just try again later.
For those who file complaints or who add their name to Do Not Call registries, you should be aware that these can be ineffective. In 2009, a law was passed that banned most forms of robocalling, yet they still occur. Violators can be punished, and it is a good idea to make a complaint anyway, but the problem is becoming so big that is taxing the government’s resources to stop them.
Do Not Call lists are an antiquated idea that no longer matters. This worked well during the age of landlines, but not in this digital age. In fact, 68 percent of people report that even after adding their number to this list, the calls continued in large volumes.
There are a number of apps you can add to your phone that can help. They are quite simple to use. Every time you receive an automated call, you simply enter that number into the app. All persons who have the app are then blocked from receiving calls from that number.
This sounds like a great idea, but then why is the volume of calls still rising? The truth is that either enough people are not using the app correctly (not entering robocall numbers) or the app does not deliver on its promises…or more and more scammers are placing more and more calls. They even have software that switches from one calling number to another so that, as soon as you block one number, they start dialing back from another one. (Yes, they can tell when you have blocked a number.)
In addition to being annoying, those direct marketing calls can also hurt you financially. There are con artists out there who can siphon thousands of dollars our your pocket simply by getting you to say the word, “Yes.” They record that response and then use your recorded voice to “prove” that you gave them verbal permission to charge your telephone account for bogus goods and services. Therefore, there is one thing you should be aware of at all times. Whenever you do end up getting on the phone with one of the dialing demons never – NEVER – say the word “Yes” in response to any question. In fact, just say, “No.” It’s safer, but you are better off saying nothing at all.
Time to Make Them Deaf
The truth is that all of these measures are defensive. These companies are going to keep using these systems because they make money from them, and because they have employees who are willing to be a part of their fraud. This is where it is time to start taking the fight to them, to go on the offensive.
It is time that all of us work to scare, annoy, pester, bother, and disrupt the lives of these employees. It is time to do something that will give them a little taste of their own medicine.
The next time you get one of these calls, go through the system until you are actually connected to a real person. When you hear them say “hello,” blast the music in your car or home as loud as you can. Get an airhorn to blast into the phone. Make some really loud and obnoxious noise to scare then hell out of them.
The goal is to #MakeEmDeaf. I am not one for injuring people but, at the rate this is going, most of us will be getting dozens, if not hundreds of these calls a day. Some may already be reaching that rate. It is time to punish those who are annoying us.
Now, one can say that these employees are doing nothing more than trying to earn a living to take care of their families. However, you can say the same thing about drug dealers, pimps, and thieves. We do what we can to stop them, and we should stop these jerks as well.
It is time to start a national campaign to annoy these people in the same way that they are annoying us. It is time to #MakeEmDeaf. So, be ready with your favorite loud and obnoxious song. The next time you get an automated call – LET ‘EM HAVE IT! It will not be long before they are afraid to call you.