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Apparently SD is Selling DMV Info - (605) Spam Calls Started After Reg Renewal


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I recently renewed my SD registration online and gave them my phone number.  I don't have a very good spam filter on my phone, so I typically get some spam. But today it exploded. I received 33 calls from the 605 (South Dakota) area code in 6 hours.  During that time, I reported the calls to Hiya, which I think is Samsung's proprietary screening service.  

I Googled this and only saw one hit, a SD based local newspaper article that could be read by subscription only.  Not willing to subscribe, I could still read the headline which was "SD Sells DMV Database for $70,000".  

I post this for a few reasons.  

First, to make others aware. I think I was required to submit my phone number to re-register my vehicle, but if it is optional, I suggest you not.  You may get into trouble putting in the phone number of your SD State Legislator or such, so I don't suggest that. 

Second,  I am looking for a good Android app to block spam calls on my Samsung S8.  I have heard of something called Call Screen that I thought was part of the Android system, but can't find that on my phone as a feature, or in the Android Play Store as an app. 

And third, I am curious if anyone else on here has had the same experience.

Thanks in advance for your comments.

Jim  

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3 hours ago, Cheetah said:

I renewed in January, I haven't had any uptick in calls. And I don't have any spam blockers.

It's possible that it is not the SD DMV that is responsible.  I am trying to think who else I may have recently given my phone number to. 

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To my knowledge, I  have never received a SPAM SD call despite the fact that we are SD residents.  All my SPAM comes from the area code where my phone is registered which happens to be 301.

As for SPAM filtering, my Pixel 6 Pro rejects ~80% of SPAM without me having to do anything.

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47 minutes ago, Kirk W said:

Could it be that you have to opt out of such an information sale? It seems to me that we did have to do that in TX, but it has been a while since I did the DL. 

I didn't notice any boxes I needed to uncheck to opt out, but it wouldn't be the first time I missed one when submitting a form online. 

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26 minutes ago, docj said:

To my knowledge, I  have never received a SPAM SD call despite the fact that we are SD residents.  All my SPAM comes from the area code where my phone is registered which happens to be 301.

We too are SD residents and the phone's 646 area code is from where I originally signed up for my Verizon account before we started full time RVing 8 years ago.  I typically get spam that uses my 646 area code and often also the next 3 numbers of my phone number.  I have had a drizzle of SD 605 area code spam calls in the past, but this is a tsunami by comparison.   

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I haven't seen any spam from SD, but lots from the area code where my phone is registered. I can set my phone (iPhone) to block all numbers not in my contacts, but since our coach is for sale, I don't want to do that. Instead, any calls from that area code are declined. Yes, I may hang up on a potential buyer, but that's a risk I'll take.

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this is why the "off" button is good.

do they still sell "burner" phones? might be worth it to get a couple.

and as for any gov agency. they do not need your phone number, as they do not call, they send out notices via the usps. ... unless they are barging into your home unannounced.

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