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Make It Stop - Put an End to (or just slow down) Robocalls

Posted by Dev Sethi | Apr 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

The number of robocalls polluting our days is skyrocketing.  With easy technology that allows these calls to come from fake numbers and despite some regulators efforts to stem the tide, they are multiplying exponentially.  YouMail, a subscription app that attempts to stem these intrusions, publishes a monthly robocall index that tracks the volume of calls. 

Here's the bad news -- In March 2019, Arizonans received an average of 14 calls per person.  Almost 100 million robocalls were made into our area codes. And if that seems like a lot, it is.  In fact, it's almost a 100% increase from March 2018, when 55 million calls (seems like a quaint, quieter number!) were made for an average of 8 calls per person for the month.

Why is this happening?  The internet has made it incredibly cheap and easy to place thousands of calls in an instant. Each call costs a fraction of a penny. The calls apparently work, and our lawmakers have zero interest in effectively regulating the issue.  So this problem isn't going away anytime soon.  

There are a couple of things you can do to mitigate the issue, though.  

First, make sure all of your numbers are on the government's Do Not Call list.  It's not failsafe, but it's free and easy.  Register at www.donotcall.gov.

Second, activate your cell carrier's free protections.  AT&T (AT&T Call Protect), T-Mobile (ScamID and ScamBlock), and Verizon (Verizon Call Filter) all offer tools to cut down on robocalls.  The basic packages are free, but there are subscription services that provide more robust tools for a few dollars a month.

Third, consider a robocall-blocking app.  There are four highly rated apps that you can consider - Nomorobo, RoboKiller, Truecaller, and YouMail. 

No one suggestion is a silver bullet.  But with increasing interruptions from fake numbers, and no end in sight, some affirmative steps can help hold the barbarians at the gate.

About the Author

Dev Sethi

Dev Sethi litigates and tries a wide-range of complex injury and death cases throughout Arizona. He has Martindale Hubbell's highest rating, AV, and he is listed in "Best Lawyers." Dev is also recognized as an Arizona Super Lawyer in the area of plaintiff's products liability litigation.Dev has been at the forefront of auto product defect litigation. He played a key role in uncovering the Goodyear Load Range E tire scandal and worked to hold Ford Motor Company responsible for the danger posed by their now notorious 15-passenger vans. Dev is currently representing families in product liability suits against the nation's largest corporations including General Motors, Ford, Pentair Pools and Invacare.

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