The F.T.C. has said its stopped four separate organisations that between them made billions of robocalls on auto warranties, debt-relief services, home security systems, fake charities, and Google search results services.
I simply donít answer my phone. I wait for them to leave a message and then grab it in the remote case that it turns out to be a human calling for me personally. (Caller ID costs money.) And the cell phone only accepts calls from people on my Contact list.
:: insert witticism about success rate of SEO services initiated by junk phone call as opposed to industry-wide average success rate ::
Yah, but it's not likely they would randomly spoof the number of someone I actually know--or even the number of a local business, where caller ID would also show the business name and Iíd know if Iím expecting a call from them. In fact Iíve just come from wiping my cell phoneís call log. They all claim to be from the local area code, for all the good it did them. (Or else they claim to be from an 800-type number, which Iím pretty sure isnít even physically possible.)
Astounding but true: the number of junk calls did drop slightly after I put my cell number on the DNC list. At least, the call log doesnít fill up as fast.
and these 4 companies are already being replaced. The FTC needs to go after the carriers for letting this happen. The carriers know when calls are being made from a source faster than humans can perform. They also know when spoofed numbers are being used. They could easily just stop it at the source.
One thing that is happening a lot more here is spoofing the number of popular phone banking services. The chances are people will have that saved in their mobile. If they happen to hit a number of a customer who has the bank saved in their mobile it makes the call seem more credible. They are certainly getting smarter.