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Current Month Phone Spam Call Blocking Effectiveness

Spam telephone calls from “Rachel at card holder services”, “your Google listing has not been optimized” and numerous others are an annoyance that has become a major problem. Stopping Rachel from Cardholder Services covers multiple ways to address phone spam, including

  • Turning on call blocking at your telco
  • Signing up for a call blocking service like NoMoRoBo
  • Setting up your own call blocker using open source software (Network Caller ID).

This article is a daily job that reports the effectiveness of these methods during the current month on my residential phone line.

## Error in as.Date.default(callSum$callDate): do not know how to convert 'callSum$callDate' to class "Date"
## Error in as.Date.default(callSum$callDate): do not know how to convert 'callSum$callDate' to class "Date"
## Error in as.Date.default(combinedSum$callDate): do not know how to convert 'combinedSum$callDate' to class "Date"
## Error in sum(combinedSum[combinedSum$NCID_Action == "Valid", ]$Freq): invalid 'type' (character) of argument
## Error in sum(combinedSum[combinedSum$NCID_Action == "NCID-Not FTC", ]$Freq): invalid 'type' (character) of argument
## Error in sum(combinedSum[combinedSum$NCID_Action == "NoMoRoBo or Pass-through Spam", : invalid 'type' (character) of argument
## Error in sum(combinedSum[combinedSum$NCID_Action == "NCID-FTC List", ]$Freq): invalid 'type' (character) of argument
## Error in eval(expr, envir, enclos): object 'totalNCIDNonFTC' not found
## Error: Column `callDate` must be a 1d atomic vector or a list

Month to Date Call Blocking Effectiveness

Figure 1 shows the current month to date call blocking effectiveness for NCID for both calls on the FTC List and the black list from previous spam calls, as well as calls that are either blocked by NoMoRoBo or passed through as spam. There is really no good way to identify calls that NoMoRoBo stops. Valid calls are omitted.

Figure 1. Thursday, September 20 month to date call blocking method effectiveness. Valid calls are omitted.
Figure 1.  Call History Illustrating Blocked Robot Dialer Calls After Installing Network Caller Identification (NCID)

Installation to Date Call Blocking Effectiveness

Figure 2 shows call blocking effectiveness for NCID from the date of installation. In early 2016, the phone line was ported from Verizon to a VOIP provider; this broke the NCID installation, but also made NoMoRoBo more effective by delaying the first ring to the VOIP phone. This delay allows NoMoRoBo to block many calls before the VOIP phone line rings. With the improved NoMoRoBo efficiency, there was not a strong incentive to fix the NCID installation, and thus the missing data for much of 2016.

Figure 2. Installation to date call blocking method effectiveness for telco, NoMoRoBo and NCID spam call blocking.
Installation to date call blocking method effectiveness for telco, NoMoRoBo and NCID spam call blocking

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Updated Thursday, September 20 at 06:00 PM.

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