Readers told me that the Do Not Call Registry seemed to work just fine at blocking calls when it began in 2003 and for several years after that. But the number of unwanted calls has steadily increased... First of all, legitimate organizations, in general, seem to obey the Do Not Call Registry. It’s the fraudulent calls that are becoming more numerous lately....
“The technological advances in the past 18 months have allowed illegal dialers to increase the number of calls they can make..."
Robocalls from “Rachel at card member services” seem in particular to be driving readers crazy. She’s one busy lady, as Blacky Bokich, a reader from Los Angeles, attests, saying he had received Rachel calls from 10 different numbers. In fact, Rachel has been around a long time, Mr. Maxson said, and is really just a digital recording that was made years ago and is recycled by dozens and dozens of lead generators and telemarketers.
Here in Wisconsin, with the recall election coming next week, the exemption for polticial organizations is truly maddening:
Political calls, especially as the presidential campaign heats up, can be the most annoying. A Robocall Privacy Act has been introduced in Congress by Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Zoe Lofgren, both California Democrats. The legislation has gone nowhere.
It is so typical and frustrating that national and state elected officials exclude themselves when passing legislation.
There is one tactic I do not recommend:
Others have resorted to more unorthodox means. Mr. Bokich has a loud police whistle and sometimes will press the number for the operator and blow with all his might.
Remember, they have your phone number...