In my experience, it's effectiveness is fast dwindling to irrelevancy.
I still read posts by people who swear by it, but those posts are
becoming fewer and fewer. In fact, I have not seen one in months.
The Pennsylvania Atty General's Office blames movement to telemarketing
operations to offshore locations and the use of VOIP as the major
factors in making telemarketers free from prosecution.
Seems to me like, with most calls, somebody wants money..... and
sooner-or-later, money changes hands - so honey trap numbers along with
special credit card accounts would seem like a workable alternative as
long as the recipient of the cash is in the USA. I guess "as long as"
is the gotcha.
I'm about *that* far from going over to all VOIP (my outgoing calls are
on VOIP) and implementing a challenge-response like "Press 1 for Sam,
press 2 for Sue, press 3 for Fred and, oh yeah, press 9 to actually make
my phone ring".
Only two things between me and that are:
- Diminished 911 reliability (although I heard somewhere that
even phones with land line service disconnected have access
to 911)... but I don't know how that could be verified several
times a year without offending The Powers That Be.
- Not knowing if my VOIP provider provides a WhiteList so I can
make it so people who I know (maybe my cell phone's directory..)
don't get hit with the voice menu.
I think the time is approaching when somebody who marketed a black box
that did the challenge-response thing and the WhiteList could make a go
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