Lion of the Blogosphere

How do I make the Chinese robocalls with spoofed caller IDs stop???

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/2018/07/03/chinese-robocalls-part-international-phone-scam/735409002/

Why doesn’t Donald Trump do something about this?

Why can’t we create a system where it’s impossible to spoof caller ID?

Why can’t phone service providers figure out that a huge number of robocalls are coming from a certain entity and put a stop to it?

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

September 10, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Technology

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  1. Try picking up the call for a fraction of a second then hanging up, this appears to be a dropped call with a precise time signature (pick up, and disconnect), when several people do this it makes it infinitely easier to track the call to the original (non-spoofed) number as all the time signatures create a sort of unique finger print across the spoofed and un-spoofed numbers. By quickly hanging up I’ve seen at least an 80% reduction in robocalls with the reduction being noticeable within a week. They used a very similar method to find the leader of Silk Road.

    Shelia Delphin

    September 10, 2018 at EDT pm

  2. If Trump could put an end to number spoofing, he’d be a shoe-in for 2020.

    Kosher Kowboy

    September 10, 2018 at EDT pm

  3. Something else he could try to do that is easy, with no loss of political capital, is get rid of pennies, nickles and dimes. The smallest denomination of change should be the quarter. Even just pennies, or pennies and nickels, would be a huge deal. They’re just friction, an annoyance, a hindrance to commerce. They cost more to make and transport than they’re worth. And even the most desperate street bum won’t pick up a penny.

    Kosher Kowboy

    September 10, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Congressmen have been proposing this forever, but no one cares that much to eliminate pennies and a few groups care a lot about not eliminating them. So it’s a classic situation where special interests dominate the policy.

      Also, while the value of pennies is shrinking, they’re becoming less annoying as people use cash less and less. And if it’s that big a deal, can’t a business just voluntarily say that they don’t accept pennies and round all transactions to the nearest nickel?

      Meanwhile these robo-calls are out of control. I even got one as I was typing this.

      Wency

      September 11, 2018 at EDT pm

      • “And if it’s that big a deal, can’t a business just voluntarily say that they don’t accept pennies and round all transactions to the nearest nickel?”

        Most businesses prefer to price things ending in .99 so they appear less expensive, and then adding sales tax on top of that, which requires pennies. Everyone would be better off if that practice stopped, but no one wants to do it first.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 11, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Some businesses, a prominent example being Chipotle, round off cash transactions to the nearest nickel. That way their cashiers don’t have to mess with pennies. Reportedly Chipotle will also just give you the nickel in question if you feel abused by the direction the rounding took. And I’ve heard that some businesses round off cash transactions to the nearest quarter, but I’ve never actually run into that myself.

        Kosher Kowboy

        September 11, 2018 at EDT pm

  4. I get the Chinese robo calls on my cell phone sometimes. They are easy to just hang up on. I just thought it was because there were lots of Chinese speakers in the bay area.

    MikeCA

    September 10, 2018 at EDT pm

  5. amusing that USA Today suspects that the Chinese immigrants are reading USA Today.

    Lion o' the Turambar

    September 10, 2018 at EDT pm

  6. We get a lot of calls where they never say anything. What’s the point? A lot from “SSI.”

    Mrs Stitch

    September 10, 2018 at EDT pm

  7. Several years ago, I downloaded a “Silent” ringtone and made it the default ringtone on my iPhone. Then I went through my contacts and made the ringtone audible for people I allow to ring my phone. This was much easier than I thought it would be… I was surprised how few people I wanted to ring. Now my phone doesn’t ring without my pre-approval. New contacts will leave messages, and I can call back and add them to my contacts with an audible ring. On the rare occasion when I’m expecting a call from an unknown number, I temporarily make my default ringtone audible.

    Steverino@Steverino.com

    September 10, 2018 at EDT pm

    • You don’t need to do anything that weird. On the iPhone, just set notifications off except for contacts.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      September 10, 2018 at EDT pm

    • My low-cost $20/mo non-smartphone plan with Metro PCS won’t allow me to block incoming calls at no cost.

      I don’t get Chinese robocalls, but I do get weekly calls from heavily-accented Indians trying to sell me low-priced knock-off Viagra. And fundraiser calls from my three university alma maters, but since they’re going increasingly SJW, I have nothing for them.

      I’ve been able to avoid most robocalls and telemarketers because for the past few years I usually only give out my direct office tel. no. Nearly all the robocalls and telemarketers seem to call after 5:00pm, and I’m long gone by then. I come in to work most mornings to a string of disconnected incoming calls on my incoming call history.

      E. Rekshun

      September 10, 2018 at EDT pm

  8. Get a free google voice account. Port your existing cell number. Set google voice to forward your calls to your new cell phone number. Then turn off the ringer for every call except the new google voice number (which is actually your old cell number). Set google voice security to block spam calls. This blocks unwanted calls without having to give everyone a new number which would be a hassle.

    destructure

    September 10, 2018 at EDT pm

  9. I gather this is not a problem in Canada. The Canadian counterpart to the FCC has done whatever it is exactly that needs to be done. This is almost certainly a matter of the phone companies making enough money from the auto dialers that they don’t actually want the problem fixed.

    bobbybobbob

    September 11, 2018 at EDT pm


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