Consumer Watch: Say 'no' to robo-calls

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 3, 2013 at 4:32 PM

(WHAS11)-- If you have a phone, chances are you've gotten your fair share of robo-calls - which are basically the telephone equivalent of spam saying you've won a sweepstakes or some other nonsensical "bull-derdash."

Starting this week nomorobo.com is a way for all of us to say "no" to robo-calls once and for all.

The site compiles incoming robo-call numbers and puts them on a black list on it's web site. When you sign up, incoming calls are basically forwarded through the site. So after one ring the numbers are recognized and hung up on. Legal robo-calls like school closings and emergency advisories are on a different list and allowed through.

The Federal Trade Commision recognized the robo-call problem and went in search of answers after it realized previous advice to consumers was basically worthless.

Seeking a better solution the FTC held a contest for consumers to develop a solution that works, is easy to use and can be rolled out. A Long Island software developer won 50 thousand dollars for developing nomorobo.com

And it was rolled out Tuesday morning. It is online and hanging up on robo-calls as we speak.

With your consumerwatch I'm Andy Treinen WHAS11 News.
 

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