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How many times a week do you get a call from a (813) or (727) number similar to yours? You answer the phone and it’s a robocall. I know this will break your heart. But they may be going away. But unfortunately, not ALL of them. But more on that in a minute.

Those robocalls ARE illegal. The government, cell providers and computer geniuses have been working together and they think they have the solution. USA Today reports that the powers-that-be have come up with a tactic where they can verify a call before it gets to you. Major U.S. phone service providers will see this verification system implemented by next year. Some companies will get it implemented in the next couple months.

What may happen is you might see a green check mark next to a phone number. It’ll be similar to a verified Facebook or Twitter page with a check next to it. Feedback from users will help determine fake calls just like spam is filtered out of your email inbox. It may not be perfect, but it’ll hopefully greatly reduce the number of annoying calls.

SOME robocalls are legal though. For example, charities and political campaigns might be able to bypass the verification.

Some tips until then. Simply don’t answer calls from numbers you don’t know. Many cell users have tailored their settings so that numbers not stored in your contacts don’t ring your phone. I haven’t mastered this yet, but apparently it can be done.

Finally if you’re moving, don’t change your number. For example, my phone number is still the same one that I had when I lived in Los Angles. So, I can always spot a fake when I see a call from that area code.


Rich Fields is a veteran radio broadcaster who is best known for having been the Announcer on the Price is Right. He is also an Emmy Award winning Meteorologist .