I'm Getting Six Or Seven Robo Calls Per Day And It's Driving Me To The Brink Of Insanity
Saturdays and Sundays are my only reprieve from what has become an absolute nightmare of a situation. For some reason, the robo calls cease on those two days, but for the other five, my phone exists partly for text messaging/social media scrolling, and partly as a place where telemarketing corporations can just tee of on yours truly.
On weekdays, the calls usually begin around 7:30 in the morning, which is right around the time I’ve had my first cup of Cafe Bustelo. Sometimes a robot will tell me that my credit card information has been compromised, but for the most part the only thing I hear on the other end of the line when I pick these calls up is white noise.
My phone number is the same one I’ve had since I joined the Verizon Wireless network 15 years ago, so the calls usually come from a number in Michigan, most oftentimes in the metro Detroit area. As of late, what I do is ignore the call completely by hitting the power button on my phone. Then, I immediately go to my call log, where I scroll to the unknown number, click on it, and then select “Block this Caller.” If I don’t immediately block the number, they call back within the next five minutes.
I rinse and repeat this same routine six or seven times a day, and this has been going on for at least a year now. I don’t even flinch anymore when I see a number calling me that I can’t recognize. I just press the ignore button and head straight for the “Block this Caller” feature. It’s muscle memory at this stage in the game. I’ve put my phone number on the national do not call registry and I’ve downloaded apps which claim to screen calls for validity.
At the beginning of this whole ordeal, I would foolishly stay on the line for several seconds and sometimes even ask to be taken off of their list. That of course, sends the robot into a whole spiel and also makes it worse. If the computer knows that the number is active, it doesn’t matter what you say, you’re number gets recycled and will get re-called again at some point.
After a year of dealing with this I can’t honestly say that I’m annoyed with it anymore because I’m so used to the process of getting a phone call, ignoring it, and then blocking it. Changing my phone number has always been the best option, but I honestly think going through that would be more annoying than just dealing with the robo calls.
Remember in like, 2009 when people would create Facebook groups to let all of their friends know that they got a new phone number? Most of my friends don’t even have Facebook anymore and even if they did, an invitation to join a group as trivial as one announcing that I got a new phone number (which will just give them more annoying notifications to deal with) is going to fall on deaf ears.
Google “random phone numbers are calling me” and the only thing I can find is a bunch of listicles suggesting that you register your number with the Do Not Call registry and that you should try downloading the aforementioned apps I talked about. I mean my hands are tied here. I can’t change my phone number. I won’t do it. That would be admitting defeat. Although I guess after a year of telecom companies assaulting my phone with spam calls I think it’s fair to say they’ve beaten me. So let’s go to the bargaining table. I’d settle for a reduced number of calls per day. Six is way too many to deal with, but I could do three a day EASILY. Let’s make a deal here.