My home VOIP provider has a feature where I can log in to my account on
their site and see my caller ID history. For every number there's a "block"
option. Select that and the number will never ring the home phone again.
Between that and us simply not answering the phone when we don't recognize
the number, we waste very little time dealing with voice spam.

And if someone were to spoof the number of someone we know/would pick up, I
think we'd be able to spot the scam pretty fast.

The Do Not Call list helps, but since charities, the government, and other
entities are exempt it doesn't do the whole job.

Dave - Next time answer with "Topeka FBI office, how may I direct your
call?" :)

On Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 9:13 AM, <daparnin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

When we moved my mom out of her old house into an assisted-living
apartment I transferred her old phone number to a cell phone. She used to
get a ton of calls soliciting money from the elderly. She had a new
number at the apartment and anyone who mattered knew what it was. Every
time the cell phone rang I answered "Hello, Budget Rent-A-Car. This is
Dave. Can I help you?". The confused solicitor would often ask for my
mom. I would tell them that she didn't work here and asked when they
wanted to rent a car. They would often apologize and say that they must
have got the wrong number. It worked better than the state/federal
no-call lists. After awhile the calls stopped coming.

Dave Parnin
Nishikawa Cooper, LLC
(formerly Nishikawa Standard Company)
Topeka, IN 46571

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