The president signed a new law called the Traced Act, which will enable the federal government to frustrate and maybe even end Robocalls.
Charles wants to know how he can stop robocalls. Leo says robocalls have become an epidemic and up to 80% of all your calls are now spam calls. It's ridiculous. But there are efforts underway to do away with them. AT&T is working on a new technology called "Shaken and Stir" which will authenticate the caller before people even get the call. AT&T also has an app called AT&T Call Protect.
Dave got a call that his computer was hacked. Knowing he was being phished, he decided to have some fun with them (especially since he doesn't have a computer). Leo says it's good that Dave gave them a taste of their own medicine, but it's sad that we have to deal with scammers and end up using so much energy to protect ourselves. But while it's great Dave knew and was able to turn the tables on them, it's always best to just hang up.
Seal just doesn't answer her phone anymore because of robocalls, so she just lets the phone go to voicemail. And if it's legit, she calls back. She can even put her phone in do not disturb mode, except for contacts. Leo says that's all she can really do to avoid answering a robocall.
David is tired of getting unwanted robocalls on his business number. How can he get rid of them? Leo says "welcome to the club!" since he can't really. He can block the number, sure, but after a short time, they use another number. So we just can't win. And blocks only really work when you're a residential customer. That's why Leo uses Google Voice for his number. That way it can get blocked at the Google level. The other option is an app like Burner to do it... or even Nomorobo.
Stu got a new phone number for his iPhone and he keeps getting calls about paying a student loan. How can he prevent the phone from ringing on unwanted calls? Leo says that he can get a Google Voice number and then use it to filter out the phone calls that aren't in the contact list. He can also use an app called Nomorobo. or True Caller to filter them out. Lastly, he can block it from the carrier itself, but these calls often change the caller ID to thwart it.
Michael has been getting robocalls for a new scam, where they contact him regarding his internet activity after buying Google ads. Leo says that there's always a new scam and it becomes even more important to know that they are out there and when he gets a call he doesn't recognize to ignore it.
Omar keeps getting spam calls and he can't block them because they keep spoofing the number. Leo says it's called Neighbor Spoofing because they use a number that sounds like it comes from his neighborhood. It's illegal, but good luck trying to catch them. The problem is that spoofing a phone number is very easy. The caller ID is useless. And there's no real way to block them. He can at least complain to YouTube and they will pull his channel down since he's breaking the law by posting recordings of the calls.
Shannon is having issues with his neighbors getting a lot of robocalls from his number. Leo says that's called Neighbor Spamming and it's illegal. They can easily spoof his phone number in the caller ID to do it. But since it's done from overseas, there's no real way to stop it legally. The only saving grace is that it will move on to another number eventually.