Have you been getting less connections on your cold calls? Too many answering machines? If so, there’s a good chance your phone number has been flagged as SPAM LIKELY, TELEMARKETER, or even FRAUD by phone carriers. When a potential prospect sees this they usually immediately ignore or send the call to voicemail. It’s simply getting harder and harder to get your calls through as carriers are getting stricter and stricter.
Once your number is “SPAMMED” (flagged and displayed as telemarketer, spam, etc), it’s extremely hard to get that undone. In theory, with these new updates to FCC laws aimed at targeting “robodialers”, carriers now provide their consumers with the tools to help ignore potential scam calls. However, the carriers have gone too far and often flag legitimate businesses.
The most likely way that your caller ID gets marked as a spam number is by making a large volume of calls from one caller ID in a short amount of time to a specific carrier, such as TMobile, AT&T, or Verizon. These carriers have different algorithms that see “unusual” call volumes and automatically flag it without any easy way to have it undone. We believe they have gotten extremely overzealous in their labeling which is harming small businesses trying to make a living.
The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) is using Stir/Shaken to “declare war” on those billions of robo-calls that are almost all crooks trying to rob you. (The Canadian gov is doing something similar) Examples: Car warranties, Student debt forgiveness, “Microsoft” tech support, etc.
Since all the spam calls have not stopped, the FCC is in the process of taking another over-reaching step that is called “Caller ID Authentication”. Only calls with Caller IDs that are “authenticated” by the calling phone carrier will be permitted to go through.