Sheila commented on our post about a Microsoft phone scam. “Being on the do not call registry stops nothing. I used to take the time to report phone scams(usually after I answered and yelled)amd also sent spam email addresses to the government, which seems not to care or is unable to stop the malicious activity. Now I don’t answer the phone if I don’t recognize the number and just delete the spam without opening it. The amount of calls and spam have diminished.”
The problem with the Do Not Call Registry is that is only works for legitimate businesses who want to obey the law and not irritate potential customers. Note that it does not apply to charities or political calls. (Politicians aren’t going to limit their ability to raise money.)
The majority of these scam calls originate from outside of the U.S. Our law enforcement has no power over these people. If a call is coming from India, Russia or Nigeria, there’s nothing the government here can do about it.
A lot of spam originate overseas as well, putting it off-limits for our government. You’re smart to avoid interacting with these scammers, but I would keep reporting them. Also, make sure you mark that spam e-mail as spam. That teaches your e-mail provider what to filter out.