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I've received such calls, many of them "computer" calls, not real live people. If I get a real live person, I'll tell them to take my phone number off their call list. If it's a computer call, once I realize it's a computer talking, I hang up. If I start getting several calls from the same number, I'll put it in my contacts under "Do Not Answer." That way, I only have to glance at the phone to see if it's one of my do not answer calls. Fortunately, most of these types of calls don't leave a voice message.

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We discovered one big source of spam cell calls was our voter's registration, phone number was optional so we re-registered without it. Any time giving your cell number to a public database is optional you should really consider not giving it out. Maybe to private ones too given Target, Home Depot and the rest of the leakers.

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Quite a bit, just recently. You can block calls through Verizon, don't know about other carriers. Problem is, you can only block five at a time without paying extra. Some of these pests use multiple phone numbers. Most of the calls I've been getting are on the weekend or in the evening.

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Often these are Robo calls where the computer starts dialing all numbers in an area code. If it is out of state I let it go to voice mail.

 

Understood. I never answer any call from a number I don't recognize. It's still annoying though, especially when I have to acknowledge notifications on my phone or they keep notifying.

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We discovered one big source of spam cell calls was our voter's registration, phone number was optional so we re-registered without it. Any time giving your cell number to a public database is optional you should really consider not giving it out. Maybe to private ones too given Target, Home Depot and the rest of the leakers.

Stan, that is a pretty good point. Never thought about that... and that is public info as you say.

 

Probably too late for me now, but I did just renew my FTC do-not-call registry. Their web site states to do so every 5 years, and its been at least 2+ years for me.

Jim

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I get them all the time. If I don't recognize the number, I don't answer. I've created a number of listings in my contact list labeled "Spam" A thru Z. Each of these contacts is tagged as "no ring". Each time I get a spam call I add it to the list; each spam listing holds 5 numbers (office, home, mobile, etc.) Doesn't help for new numbers, but any repeat calls don't ring.

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If you have an Android phone there is a free app called Mr. Number that not only will block calls from suspected spam numbers, but it has a sizeable database of spam numbers with comments already built up. We use it on our phones and it works well, plus there is no limit to amount of numbers that you can have blocked. Check it out as it has several other features.

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I use Call Block (Android). Once the number is added to the blacklist call block automatically hangs on them if they call again. Also blocks any text messages from numbers on the list. Numbers can be imported from your recent calls or texts. My blacklist is up to 26 numbers now. :blink:

 

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I did away with my voice mailbox and no longer answer calls from numbers I don't recognize. The phone shows the Missed Call number and I can look it up on Google if I'm so inclined. Most of the time I don't bother. My friends know my number and vice versa. Otherwise, they can send me a snail mail...which I will trash.

 

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Stan, that is a pretty good point. Never thought about that... and that is public info as you say.

 

Probably too late for me now, but I did just renew my FTC do-not-call registry. Their web site states to do so every 5 years, and its been at least 2+ years for me.

Jim

 

That used to be true but was changed several years ago.

This is from the web site

 

" Will My Registration Expire? How long does my phone number stay registered?

Telephone numbers on the registry will only be removed when they are disconnected and reassigned, or when the consumer chooses to remove a number from the registry. "

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  • 2 weeks later...

We are Android users and I started by using Call Filter in fact DW still uses this. I upgraded to Call Control for its Black & White list feature, it uses a global blacklist + the one I add to with offending #'s.

 

The apps are set to answer the offending call then promptly disconnect, leaving the Robo/call center employee on a dead connection. No voice mail or interuption of my concentration. Spammers using a legit # get 1 shot only and then I add that number to my list to be disturbed no more.

 

I suspect there are similar apps in the iStore.

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As Stanley pointed out, above, most (if not all) cell spammers today use spoofed (fake) phone numbers that may - or may not - belong to real people or businesses. But one thing is for sure: the number doesn't trace back to the spammer. They can change them for every phone call. The FCC has been trying to come up with a way to identify the actual callers but it is extremely difficult since the records show the spoofed number and not the actual number and the spammers themselves are not in any US phone system.

 

Adding your cell phone (or any phone) number to the do-not-call list will not protect you from these spoofed callers. They are not worried about getting fined for calling you since no one has figured out a good way to catch them.

 

And blocking the calls would only be useful for callers who use a number more than once. Since they do not do this (figure out the permutations on a 9-digit telephone number... something just shy of a billion) it's not really useful. The next call will be from another number.

 

WDR

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The point for us is to hopefully get our number to register as a poor prospect because it hangs up vs answers. I pray they use some level of efficiency tracking to avoid calling useless #'s. I can say since we've employed our current strategy the rate of spam calls has dropped dramatically. (From 4+ per day to < 3 per month over the course of 3 years)

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The point for us is to hopefully get our number to register as a poor prospect because it hangs up vs answers. I pray they use some level of efficiency tracking to avoid calling useless #'s. I can say since we've employed our current strategy the rate of spam calls has dropped dramatically. (From 4+ per day to < 3 per month over the course of 3 years)

I've tried a few things to discourage them. For a while I "pressed one" and when the operator came on I engaged him/her (almost always a him, though) in chat. That didn't seem to bother them though and I began to worry that they'd jot my number down for "extra" consideration in the future.

 

Lately I just swipe the red "X" and never answer at all.

 

That seems to have helped... no calls for a week or so.

 

WDR

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