DoNotCall

DoNotCall

Day Five

Learn more about this silly experiment with DoNotPay in the post Here We Are.

I decided to check out the "Government Paperwork" section again to see if there was anything there that might be interesting. Robo-lawyer asks me what government agency I want to contact. I noticed "FCC" in the list. Wondering if I could complain to Ajit Pai directly about his awful video on why Net Neutrality is not bad, I tapped it.

I was presented a list of three options:

  • Register for the National Do Not Call List
  • Report a caller
  • Something else

I can't remember if I've ever registered for the Do Not Call List, but I do remember the many spam calls I've been getting lately. It almost seems like they're ramping up and trying to get all there calls in before the FCC implements the STIR/SHAKEN caller ID authentication.

So I clicked "Register for the National Do Not Call List". The Robo-lawyer simply asked for my email address and tells me that I'll be registered in no time. A few minutes later I received an email from register@donotcall.gov that asked me to click a link to finish my registration. I clicked it, and the process was done.

A couple hours later, I received a notification from the DoNotPay app. My issue had been resolved. And here's what the PDF had to say.

I have registered you for the Do Not Call list. You will receive an email from Register@donotcall.gov. To complete your registration, you must open the email and click on the link provided.Note: you must respond to this email by clicking the link within 72 hours for your registration to be successful. If you don't get a "Registration Complete" message after clicking on the link, or the link doesn’t work, use your "copy" and "paste" functions to insert the entire link in the email into your Web browser’s address bar.

They were a little late to the game, since I'd already completed the process. However, the information was nice. It was definitely presented better than my Canadian passport renewal response, but I still think the PDF is unnecessary.

UPDATE (10/28/19): Joshua Browder addressed my distaste for PDFs in my interview and said that they were moving away from them.

Could I have done this myself? Probably. The FTC has a site built for this purpose, but it's a 3-step form. As soon as you get to the first-step, it just feels complicated. DoNotPay asked me one question and in a few minutes I received an email.

Will I still receive spam calls? Only time will tell. I should be getting one any minute now.

Day 4 stats:

  • Money spent: $0
  • Money saved: $0
  • Money earned: $0
  • Time saved: An hour a week for the rest of my life. And also the awkwardness of leaving the office to answer what I think is an important phone call.

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