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FTC Gets 744 New Ideas On How To Hang Up On Robocallers 281

coondoggie writes "The Federal Trade Commission today said the submission period for its Robocall Challenge had ended and it got 744 new ideas for ways to shut down the annoying automated callers. The FTC noted that the vast majority of telephone calls that deliver a prerecorded message trying to sell something to the recipient are illegal. The FTC regulates these calls under the Telemarketing Sales Rule and the Challenge was issued to developing technical or functional solutions and proofs of concepts that can block illegal robocalls which, despite the agency's best efforts, seem to be increasing."
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FTC Gets 744 New Ideas On How To Hang Up On Robocallers

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  • by YodasEvilTwin ( 2014446 ) on Thursday January 31, 2013 @02:58PM (#42753491) Homepage
    Or maybe just actually investigate consumer complaints.
  • by gstoddart ( 321705 ) on Thursday January 31, 2013 @03:06PM (#42753595) Homepage

    Somewhere along the line, it must be technically possible to identify that the number isn't coming from where it claims to be.

    Most of the obvious fraudulent crap is all using fake caller IDs and they're calling another country.

    If I could simply tell the phone company that I'm not willing to accept numbers which don't match their origin, that would kill off all of the crap I get. And I don't care about the legitimate ones, because by masking their real phone number they're no better than the scammers.

    Unfortunately, these guys lobby hard enough that they make sure nobody could pass anything which cut into their business -- because they feel it's their legitimate right to call us.

    It's gotten to the point where even the ones with legal exemptions like charities and political parties usually get an earful of profanity.

  • Easy solution (Score:5, Insightful)

    by smooth wombat ( 796938 ) on Thursday January 31, 2013 @03:11PM (#42753649) Journal

    Follow the money trail. Once you know what company is getting the money, find out who owns the company.

    Once you find out who owns the company, you shoot them.

    Problem solved.

  • by crazyjj ( 2598719 ) * on Thursday January 31, 2013 @03:12PM (#42753683)

    The feds and ISP's are too busy busting kids for downloading movies in their dorm rooms.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 31, 2013 @03:25PM (#42753833)

    I don't want political parties or charities calling me either. The fastest way to get on my "do not give money to ever" list is to call me.

    Seriously, why does "Save the Puppies" and "Elect My Candidate" get to be except from the Do Not Call Registry? Just because you think your puppies are special? They aren't and I don't care about them. I'm sure "Buy My Awesome Vacuum" also thinks they are special and if they could just get me on the phone I would see that I really do want to buy their vacuum. Well, no I really don't. Charities and political parties are the same as salesmen. They all want me to give them money and none of them realize I don't care about them.

    If I wanted to save the puppies, I could find your address on google and mail you a check. Just like if I wanted a new vacuum. Don't call me.

  • by Almost-Retired ( 637760 ) on Thursday January 31, 2013 @06:28PM (#42756117) Homepage

    Yes, and I have turned that name & number in to the DNC web site until my fingers are bleeding, fat damned lot of good its done. Now the wife is answering them playing like she is hard of hearing and going into hillbilly vernacular as soon as a human comes on the line. They hang up quickly but they keep calling backIt just encourages the bastards.

    We have one of those call centers here. They made the mistake of doing a local call campaign, so I wrote it all down, and had smoke coming out of both ears when I walked into the office. Some red headed bitchj came to the counter & claimed it wasn't them, so I quoted the callerid I had written down, then quoted the number in the phone book for them. She reached under the counter as if to retrieve a weapon but found herself looking at my carry piece faster. I said, slowly and quietly, once, that if that number ever showed up on my callerid again, that I did know where there was about 50 sticks of very old Nobels, and that I knew how to use it. She took me serious. Took my phone number and purged it from the database.

    That was nearly 20 years ago.

    I was serious in case anybody cares.

    Anything that raises their CODB gets my approval. Point is, its my telephone, and I pay the bill for it, so I should have control over what its used for. That part simply is not open for discussion. But I think Card services has changed their name, we are now being harassed at least daily by an outfit called SERVERS TDM, at 1-213-344-4839. Make of that what you will. What we really need is the home address of the owner of the scam.

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