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It's frustrating that a private citizen had to do this all himself.

It reminds me of the problem of robocall scammers. If the government really cared, the problem would be fixed.

I think the robocallers started calling members of Congress which is why they got shut down.. Now they just need to be called by the your windows computer is infected guys.

Don't say "Hello" when you answer the phone. Anything other than "Hello" is treated as "reached answering machine", and the predictive dialer hangs up and sometimes takes that number off the call list.

I was getting hit hard by robodialers for over a year. After a few weeks of picking up then immediately muting the call until it disconnected it's gone from one or more calls a day to about one a week. It could have been a coincidence, but it seems to have worked for me.

When did robocalls get shut down? Was it recent?

I think there are probably several times that could be said to be "the time robocalls were shut down".

Currently, I'm living in one of the times they are not shut down. Apparently student loan refinancing is quite lucrative now. I neither know much about it nor (personally) care, since mine have been paid off for a while, but apparently every state in the union has someone who is desperate to let me know about their services. In the last couple of weeks they've started leaving voice mails instead of just ignoring them when I hang up.

(I'd be slightly less frustrated at the amount of advertising targeting and surveillance done if "the system" (scare quoted because I know it's not really one thing) would figure out that, say, I don't need to hear about student loan refinancing.)

Yup, they seem to be coming in waves. In the past week, I received several robo-calls on how the IRS is suing me, after months or years of not getting any. Before that, it was the "you won an Expedia gift card" wave.

My business phone number is called 2-3 times a day by these student loan robocallers. I just work the menu to get to someone and then try to waste their time by drawing the conversation out. They're pretty good at hanging up as soon as they realize I'm not a mark.

Perhaps if we all called a congressman and claimed he owes us money...not condoning it...

Definitely. John Rogers, who wrote Leverage, a whole TV series about vigilantes striking back against the crooked, makes some excellent points here:


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