Want to block telemarketers
Posted on 2009-05-04
I have a problem ... and so do thousands of other Americans who have telephones, with spammers, scammers, con artists and thieves. My telepohone rings 5 and 6 times a day with calls from crooks posing as legitimate businesses trying to get me to pay them to improve my credit, extend my vehicle warranty, make money at home, get reduced pricing for medication and find a soulmate.
It's not enough to register my phone number on the federal DO NOT CALL LIST. The list is a joke which may discourage honest veders but has no effect on the sucmbags marketing the scams and cons.
I need to find a device that will require additional input from a caller before the house phone rings. Panasonic used to make a telephone that required the caller to enter an additional 2 or 3 digits before the phone would ring. I am no longer able to find a product with this feature. Is there anything like that being manufactured?
Does anyone out there have any ideas about other ways to combat the rise in robocalls and autodialed nuisance calls from teelemarketers and other assorted bottom-feeders? Blocking anonymous calls doesn't work. The crooks now spoof phone numbers which, when called back, prove to be "NOT IN SERVICE."
Does anyone have any thougfhts about using a call router to forward calls to an unlisted extension (with the extensipon number we could provide to those callers we might need or want to hear from but not provided in the answering message.
By the way, I would make an even money bet that the Panasonc phone was discontinued because of complaints from the telemarketing industry ... an industry we should outlaw!
I realize this is probably outide of the area normally covered by EE but my hope is that SOMEONE will have some suggestions and input.