Na Na pinches her pennies

Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.

Robocall fighter

I’ve had several comments to my last post about all the robot calls.  Several people were telling me to get nomorobo.  Instead of answering the comments individually I’ll answer here.  The do not call registry only applies to companies here in the USA.  Robot calls are from foreign countries who don’t obey our laws.

Well I checked it out and nomorobo seems to be the talk of the internet these days.  Finally someone came up with a weapon against the robots.  It was invented in response to an FTC robocall challenge.  If I read the reports right the FTC was apparently so happy with the results that the $25,000 prize was doubled to $50,000.  There are good reports on the effectiveness of the program on/in all the major news organizations.

It took all afternoon with a lot of tries on my part and finally gave up to make a phone call to att before I could get the nomorobo on my phone.  The guy helping me over the phone was very helpful and very patient with me.  We were on the phone for about 3 hours.  I couldn’t remember my phone security code so we had to set up a new one.  The original was set up about 30 years ago.  No way I could remember it now.  My email address wouldn’t be accepted so we had to create a new temporary one just for access to the home page.  I had to create a new password for the new email address.  Several other issues had to be resolved before we got to the main page for my account.  Then he instructed me how to get set up for the nomorobo.  After we finished I went to the nomorobo site and put my phone number on the list and did the test call.   Yippie!!  Success.

Now to wait to see if it works.  Strange but I haven’t had a single robot call all day.  Apparently the robots take weekends off.  I can’t see if it works until the robots start calling again.  According to what I’ve been able to find out the robot calls are diverted and sent to the NY directory assistance line.  If I remember right calls made to directory assistance, whether the call goes through or not, means a charge is added to the caller’s phone.  Genius!  So everytime a robot calls my phone its going to take money out of their pockets.  The same for all the other people who signed their phone up too.  I love it.

If anyone is interested in signing up for nomorobo there is a free version at the very bottom of their home page.  Go to  You may be lucky and get it on your phone without issues but if you are a klutz like me you may have to call for technical support.


7 comments on “Robocall fighter

  1. Tamara
    July 10, 2018

    Did the calls stop? We still have 1 ring but then it stops. Hope it was better.

    • Anita
      July 11, 2018

      The first day there was 5 of those hello hello calls that got through. I went to the site to report them. The next day only one got through which was also reported. Yes, the phone rings once but stops. I believe fewer are being made to my number because the phone hardly rings at all and its only been three days. I’m loving it.

  2. Cath young
    July 10, 2018

    Costs for Cellphones. Only free for internet type landlines.

    • Anita
      July 10, 2018

      Oh. I’m sorry. I didn’t know that. You think maybe its because there are more cell phones than landline phones? Or maybe cell phones are harder to track?

  3. sarasinart
    July 8, 2018

    Good luck. Some robots don’t take the weekend off; I’ve had calls at 9 PM on Saturday and Sunday. No day or time is sacred.

  4. Linda in NE
    July 8, 2018

    I tried to sign up, but it didn’t work. Of course, it’s almost midnight here so I’ll try it again in the morning. I am so sick & tired of all those annoying calls. Honestly, I’ll NEVER buy anything from a call out of the blue anyway. You’d think they would give up after a while.

    • Anita
      July 8, 2018

      Don’t give up. It costs nothing and could be very helpful. They must be making money at it somehow or else it would stop. Of course their cost of living is probably very low and getting that one person in a thousand to buy might pay enough wages to keep the worker alive.

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