The Widder Curry Discovers a Solution to Robo Calls and Asks “Why Didn’t I Know About This?”

by on September 7, 2016 · 4 comments

in Culture, Environment, Life Events, Media, Ocean Beach, The Widder Curry

robo-calls-hammer-phoneWhy Didn’t I Know About This?

For the past three weeks, beginning at about 9:00pm, I have received the following calls:

“Hello.  My name is Lisa.  You have been awarded a full paid, all-expense trip to the Bahamas by just answering a few questions. Are you ready to begin?” 

That is call number one.

Call number two comes in an hour later – or so – and it is a foreign voice telling me that he is calling from Windows 7.

“There seems to be a problem with your computer; go turn it on.” 

I say that “I don’t have a windows computer” and the voice answers back, “go turn on the windows computer that you don’t have. . . .”

Then my cell phone begins to ring.  The first call is from Lisa; the second call is from the Windows 7 Computer guy.

These calls have come in as late as 11:25pm! The Lisa call generates from Chula Vista; the Windows 7 comes from Colorado.

A friend told me about “NOMOREROBO” and I attempted to file with them (I am on a “do not call” list), but I was told that neither Cox – my land line carrier, nor Verizon – my cell carrier – are part of this service. (Interesting that AT&T is.)

In total frustration I called Cox and guess what I found out?

I found out that by dialing *60 and then “3” that I can block up to 30 calls.  All I need to do is to put those numbers in after the directions begin.  I did; and the last 4 nights have been peaceful.

So how come this isn’t publicized?

Why did I have to be losing my mind to find this out?  Curious.

But if you are having the same problem I am, give it a try.

And yes, I know that the telemarketers are able to change their numbers.  (As evidenced by the calls I get from Windows 7 – same voice but different numbers.)

But it is peaceful and quiet again for the time being. (Unless, of course, British Airways decides to ignore the curfew again.  But that is a different story.)

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judi September 7, 2016 at 11:27 am

It has been suggested – by nomorerobo – that I call cox and ask them to become part of the service. The number is 1-800-234-3993.

The number to call for Verizon is 1-800-922-0204


Jan September 7, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Not real clear on the directions??? Of what “numbers are you speaking? Most of my robo calls don’t involve a number, just the sales pitch.
I dialed 60 then 3 and got nothing, directions or otherwise???


judi September 8, 2016 at 9:51 am

Hi Jan, Sorry if the directions were not clear – dial the star *60 and then 3
BUT you will need to have the number calling you. Some time it shows up; sometimes it doesn’t. I check my answering machine to see if the number is there. If it is, I can now program it to the *60/3 to block it. Those calls that do not leave numbers are out of luck. Hope that clarifies it.


Sandi September 7, 2016 at 11:42 pm

I get so many robocalls on my landline, that I don’t even clear the message machine anymore. It fills up in less than a week. I also get 2-3 a day on my cell phone telling me that the IRS is suing me – obviously a scam. My iPhone has a feature that allows me to block those calls, but it doesn’t take long for them to come from a new number. What a waste of my time!

There has got to be some kind of special purgatory for those people who create and perpetuate those unwanted, unwelcome robocalls.


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