Originally Posted by ERD50
How does this handle the legitimate 'info' calls - like doctor/dentist appointment reminders, many of which are 'robots' now? I doubt that their robotic system knows to 'press 0 and call back'? These go to the answering machine now, which is just what I want.
Being dependent on Caller ID isn't great, the scammers have been spoofing that to trick systems like this and NoMoRoBo (still cuts down, does not eliminate).
I just wish my ans machine would auto-delete, and not beep, when 'someone' does not leave a message. The scammers seem to almost never leave a message.
In advanced (on) mode, the default of this device is to screen out calls not on the wait list. So, if you expect a legitimate automated call from a doc or dentist, if you already know the number, you can add that number manually. If not, then you can leave the device on basic (off) mode and wait until the call comes through, then add that to the whitelist. Of course, while in basic mode, all calls good and bad come through. Once calls are added on the whitelist, they go through directly bypassing the screening.
The good thing about this call blocker is the default of screening (while in advanced mode). I was getting a call from a caller named "Doctors Group" and they would always spoof to change the number around and call early in the morning. Now when they call (not too often as I think they know I'm on to them
), the call blocker only gives them one ring before going to the screener.
With the call blocker, it is nice to come home and see if my answering machine shows 2 messages, there are 2 legit messages and 0 robocalls. Before, for example, the machine may show 7 messages, but only 2 of them are from people I know, the rest are robocalls or dials tones when a telemarketer hung up.