So I amused myself half the afternoon with learning how to block fake phone numbers used by the bastard phone solicitors’ bastard spoofing software. It’s an exercise in futility, of course, because their machines simply generate fake numbers ad infinitum.
Not altogether futile, though. Because I’m fortunate enough to have an extremely limited social life, I found myself in the convenient position of feeling free to block a pile of area codes and a pile of exchanges from which no legitimate human on this planet is ever likely to call me.
Area code 213, for example. Very popular with scam software for scam callers. I no longer know a soul who lives in Southern California, leastwise not any who want to chat with me. Blocked every phone number that starts with 1-213.
Nor do I now anyone who lives in Tucson. Or Yuma. Or Flagstaff. Or southeastern Massachusetts. Or Macau. Or…waypoints.
Blocked 25 fake numbers from nuisance callers, as recorded by the phone’s Caller ID before it filled right up. Got at least a dozen nuisance calls today.
And now am seriously thinking that if this current effort doesn’t stem the tide, it will be time to simply cancel Cox’s phone line. And have no incoming telephone number at all. If anyone wants to talk with me, they’ll have to email me. Otherwise: unreachable. I can use a cell phone to call people I wish to speak with. Otherwise: don’t call me….I’ll call you.
It’s a shame. The telephone is a fantastic and wonderful invention. And an instrument of torture. If phone providers refuse to control the use of their service as a device to pester and scam their customers, then all that is left for their customers is…to become former customers: to cancel phone service. Find some other way to keep in touch with family and friends.