Mike Pepper, The Computer Guy - Cut the Robocalls!

Robocalls! Probably enough said. Everybody gets them, nobody wants them. Good news; for your house phone there are ways, that actually work, to cut them off — or at least drastically reduce them.
We just cut them off entirely from our house phone (and thanks to Pawlingite Frank Matheis for this tip) with a free service called “NoMoRobo”. It took about 5 minutes to set up, and since that moment, we’ve had zero robocalls get through to us.
NoMoRobo checks every incoming call against a blacklist of robocallers, and if the calling number is on the list, it gets cut off before we answer it. On our end, we hear one ring on the phone and then… nothing.
You can sign up for the free service at NoMoRobo.com. You need to turn on the automatic forwarding service on your phone line, but the NoMoRobo signup leads you directly to the settings on the website for your phone company.
Unfortunately, NoMoRobo only works with phone service from Comcast, Optimum, and other VOIP telephone services such as Vonage, Ooma, or Sonic.  It does not work with landline service from Verizon or Frontier, and it isn’t supported by wireless carriers either. At least not yet.
Robocall blocking for Verizon & Frontier customers.
Happily, there are alternative means for old-school copper telephone service users to block or reduce robocalls. And I’m not talking about the do-not-call list.  These alternatives use a call-blocking device that you add to your house telephone system.
One that we’ve been using for years is called “TeleZapper” (about $25 at Amazon, http://amzn.to/1HwDLI9). When it is plugged into your house phone system, whenever you pick up the phone, TeleZapper emits a short but magical beep sound. This short beep makes the robot callers think that your phone line is not a working number, so they immediately hang up and move to their next call. I’m told that, when they get this “disconnected” tone, the robot will also automatically remove your number from their database of numbers to call.  When you pick up the phone, the robot hangs up and you end up with nobody there. (Better than, “Hi; this is Rachel....”)
Joe Downey, at Downey Auto, heard our phone beep and decided to try just hitting the “7” key on his phone when he sees that it is a robocaller on his caller ID. He reports that, though it is not the official “out of service” tone, it does seem to work on the offending robots. Worth a try.
There are other more elaborate call blocking devices too, and these will let you build your own blacklist of callers to block, though they require a little more hands-on interaction from you.  These gizmos will also do things like make callers with hidden or out-of-area caller IDs confirm that they are actual human beings before they get through to your phone. I’ve never tried one of these, but reviewers say that they mostly work well. Search the web for “call blockers” to find them, or follow this link to a sample of one at Amazon.com [http://amzn.to/1JgZZQs].
So there you have it; it is possible to actually stem the tide of robocallers. The best one is free – but you have to have telephone service from Comcast or another VOIP provider to use NoMoRobo.com. If you have plain-old-telephone, the alternatives are call-blocking devices that are easy to set up and use. No more robocalls!
Hoping, as always, that this is all quite clear and useful; but if I can fill in some details or help with anything on your computers, please don’t hesitate to call: 
Mike Pepper ~ Computer Guy. www.PawlingComputerGuy.com 845-855-5824.