Stop the Robocalls!

November 4, 2017

Everybody gets robocalls, but nobody wants them.

 

Good news! You can stop 99% of the robocalls to your home number. Just cut them off.  All it takes is five minutes to sign up for a free service called “NoMoRobo,” and link it to your cable-supplied landline telephone number. (It doesn’t work with telco landlines from Verizon or Frontier. Sorry. Another reason to switch!)

 

The way it works, once set up, is that calls to your phone are simultaneously sent to the NoMoRobo servers where the caller ID is compared to a massive database of robocaller numbers. If the calling number matches, then NoMoRobo hangs up on them. You hear one ring on your phone and then . . . nothing.

 

It’s delightful.

 

Comcast & Optimum 

 

To set it up, first create a free account at NoMoRobo. Go to https://www.nomorobo.com/signup and follow the instructions. They’ll ask for an email address and the name of your telephone carrier. That will be “Comcast XFINITY” or “Optimum” for most in and around the Pawling area.

 

The NoMoRobo form will then link you to your cable company’s site so you can set “Advanced Call Forwarding” to go to NoMoRobo. Follow the instructions to configure the forwarding settings. At the end of that, you go back to the NoMoRobo site and test the connection. That’s it!

 

Unfortunately, NoMoRobo does not work with landline service from Verizon or Frontier, and it isn’t supported by wireless carriers either. At least not yet.

 

Verizon & Frontier 

 

Happily, there are alternative means for old-school copper telephone service users to reduce robocalls. It involves the use of a call-blocking device called “TeleZapper” that you plug into your house telephone system.

 

When “TeleZapper” (about $16 at Amazon.com) is plugged into your house phone system, whenever you pick up the phone, TeleZapper emits a short but magical tone on your line.

 

This short beep makes the robot callers think that your phone line is not a working number so they immediately hang up and move to their next call. When you pick up the phone, the robot hangs up and you end up with nobody there.  (Better than, “Hi! This is Rachel . . .”)

 

Most robocalling systems will also automatically remove your number from their database of numbers to call.

 

So there you have it. It is possible to actually stem the tide of robocallers. The best one, NoMoRobo, is free – but it only works with telephone service from the cable company. If you have plain old telephone, the alternative is a zapping device that is easy to set up and use. 

 

No more robocalls!

 

Hoping, as always, that this is all quite clear and useful; but please let me know if I can fill in some details or help with anything on your computers. 

 

Mike Pepper, The Computer Guy, has been providing software and hardware support in New York and Connecticut for more than 35 years. He can be reached at: www.PawlingComputerGuy.com.

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