Podcast: Practical Tech with Tony – Robocall Scams

Not only do you need to protect yourself online, you need to protect yourself with calls coming into your home. In this podcast, we discuss some of the most common robocall scams and what you can do to protect yourself and how to cut down on these annoying calls.

Links and Information


Microsoft Windows Phone Scam – the information in this article from Microsoft also holds true if you get a call in general claiming that they are from an anti-virus firm or similar and that they’ve discovered you have a serious virus or malware on your computer. Now, if you have a Mac or install a Linux build on your system, you can simply tell them that what they are saying is impossible, but it’s best not to speak with them. Reports are that they can be very condescending, rude and vulgar if you tell them you don’t want or need their “help”.

IRS Phone Scam – The important thing to note is the IRS will never call you unless they have sent you official correspondence via US Mail.

Phone Scam Roundup from the Federal Trade Commission

Consumer Reports Write Up on Call Blockers

Nomorobo – Free! You must have Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) phone service, such as is available through Comcast Xfinity, AT&T Uverse, Vonage, Ooma, etc. If you still get phone service through traditional copper twisted pair running into your home, this service will not work.

Federal Trade Commission Do Not Call Registry

There is another call blocking service for landlines and cell phones coming soon called Robokiller. They are currently trying to raise startup funds through a Kickstarter campaign and recently won a Federal Trade Commission contest. This will be a paid subscription service.

Upcoming Library Technology Classes

Links take you the library’s Events & Classes calendar. Registration is encouraged as if I don’t have any, or very few, registrations I cancel the class.

World of Open Source – Sunday, October 4 at 2:00 p.m. Come find out about FREE software that can replace many of the paid-for programs you may currently use. Registration begins Sunday, September 13.

Upgrade Your Computer Workshop – Sunday, November 15 at 2 p.m. Find out what it would take to upgrade your old computer and if it is even worth upgrading. Old computers will be on hand to practice removing parts and putting parts in. Registration begins Sunday, October 25.

-Tony L.


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