Fed up with robocalls flooding your phone?

Posted at 5:55 PM, Feb 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-15 17:57:04-05

We've all received a robocall or two... imagine receiving dozens every day! This is the daily dilemma a local reverend is facing. She's tried everything to stop the calls and nothing seems to work. 

"You get so angry you just want to answer the phone and scream at them, but you can't," Elizabeth Meacham, of Warsaw, said.

She is fed up. She has been flooded with daily robocalls on her landline over the past week.

Meacham is a pastor and is supposed to be on call 24-hours a day but the calls have gotten so bad that she now unplugs her landline every night. 

"There's nothing there," she said. "It's just a machine." 

Meacham is getting 25-30 calls every day; throughout the day and during the night.

The federal trade commission has seen a significant increase of robocalls because companies are using auto dialers that can send out thousands of phone calls every minute for a low cost.

"I feel helpless because I have been told because of the area code is exactly the same and each number is different to not answer  or respond to any of them," Meacham said. 

What Meachum is experience is something called 'I.D. spoofing.' In this case, the autodialer is masking a California phone number so it looks like the call is local. 

She says she's tried calling her carrier and they put 'nomorobo' but it didn't solve the problem.

The FTC says if you pick up a robocall, don't press a number and don't speak to a live operator, instead call you the carrier or the FTC for help at 1-877-382-4357.
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