Today I had calls from Memphis, TN; New York; Fall Church, VA; Bay Point, CA; and Randallstown, MD. It would be great if those calls were coming from clients but I will never know because I didn’t answer any of them. Truth is, I’m a successful Realtor and I no longer answer my phone.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who is fed up with the run away number of robo calls, scams, unwanted solicitations, and unwanted texts notifying me that I’m a winner (thanks, but I already know that). The National Do Not Call program is a joke. I’ve had my cell phone number registered for years, but it’s done nothing to curb the phone calls. And now there is this thing called spoofing. According to the FCC Caller ID spoofing is when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display to disguise their identity. You know those calls...it shows up on your phone as a call originating from the city you live in, or perhaps a city within your market so you’re more inclined to answer it, right?
And if you do, you may listen to a message that says if you want to opt out, press 9.
All that does is confirm that yours is a working number.
I block every one of these callers, but it doesn’t matter. And if you call the number back, you’ll get the message that the number of has been disconnected. Big surprise, right? I make sure my friends are in my address book and when I start working with a new client, the first thing I do is add them so I don’t miss those calls. I’ve come to the conclusion that if someone legit is trying to reach me, they will just have to leave a message.
Until someone comes up with an app or some effective way to stop this invasion, I don’t answer my phone. You can always reach me at email@example.com.
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