The last effort that had any effect was several years ago when Sen. Chuck Schumer got one of these calls while in a Senate Committee. He went slightly ballistic and set a fire uinder the FTC, which then announced a major crackdown on the scammers, with heavy fines, etc. Whether the crackdown ever really happened is debatable -- I don't remember any news aerticles about a major prosecution, but the massive publicity efffort had an impact. The calls miraculously stopped for a year, maybe even two. I agree that if the criminals were prosecuted, things would get better, but there are a couple of problems at the get-go -- they are difficult to track down (many of them, maybe even most of them, operate offshore) and their crime is not high-profile enough to get the attention of the law. I agree about multiple handsets -- my wife and I are empty-nesters, so we don't often have that problem. When grandchildren visit, we turn off the volume on the indvidual handset. Since the odds are that we wouldn't answer the call anyhow, nothing is lost.
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Iused to obsess about these calls -- checked them out on 800notes, tried to block them, etc., etc. Finally, I have opted for the simplest solution I couls think of -- if I don't recognize the caller id, I don't anwer the phone. If it's important, or if it's a friend, I assume they will leave a voicemail message. It helps that we don;t get a lot of phone calls, but I feel like I've had some weight lifted off me because I don't let these call bother me any more. P.S. Forget about do-not-call lists or some kind of law enfordement help. Also forget about conspiracy theories. There is no deep dark scheme to these calls. They will keep coming because these callers operate outside the law (if they didn't, they would respect the do-not-call lists) and they obviously get some targets to take the bait, which makes money for them.
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