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Old 03-16-2019, 07:06 AM
 
Location: West Central Ohio
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I know so many who are being inundated with spam calls especially ones with the first digits of your cell phone number. I downloaded spam blockers but this is just crazy. Changing your number won't help because they call those too.
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Old 03-16-2019, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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No one is picking your number and dialing it manually.

Criminals use calling robots with apps that automatically dial numbers within an area code and fool your caller ID into posting other local area code numbers, hoping you will answer.

Yes. It is a major irritant. I get as many as 10 a day, and I need to answer the phone because it may be business.

Some people report success with apps like NoMoRobo. I haven't tried it. https://www.nomorobo.com/
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Old 03-16-2019, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Inactive
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Tried NoMoRobo for several months, but it was blocking automated reminder calls for doctors' appointments, likewise from schools. Here are some additional ideas https://www.howardforums.com/showthr...cept-for-a-few , posted days ago, none of which tried yet. Others can chime in if they have.

Besides that in the works, article from November, 2018 https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/06/...tication-2019/ , Verizon specific https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/18/1...all-protection , and info article for various carriers https://www.prweb.com/releases/roboc...eb15665048.htm .

Also a family friend was getting these spam calls like every 10 minutes from before 8am to almost midnight each day, which she called her phone company, who connected her with the FBI. Problem resolved within two days.
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Old 03-17-2019, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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For some reason these calls have went way up the past few days. Up until a few days ago I'd get a couple per day. I've been getting 10+ per day now.
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Old 03-17-2019, 08:29 AM
 
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I also use Ooma as a home phone. I signed up for the Premier service ($10/month) which includes NoMoRobo and wildcard blocking capability.

For my cell phone I use an app to send any number not in my contacts list to voice mail. If a spammer calls I can see who's calling, though my phone remains silent. The callers rarely leave a message. So far, so good! Now when my phone rings I know it's one of my contacts.

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Old 03-17-2019, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Indiana (USA)
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I got 9 calls yesterday
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Old 03-17-2019, 02:41 PM
 
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Been getting more the last 10 days, mostly first same digits as my cell mobile #. So basically I blocked off half the area code + local exchange + first digit, as my VZW phone, an LG G7, has digit filtering, and that cuts 75% of those kind of spam calls. Got my phone number initially in another city. so I only have a few contacts with those same six digits. The voicemail from these spammers have been a bigger problem the last 10 days, a total of 5, everything from hotel, car warranty, lower interest rates, and today prayer (which nomorobo's website says it is a scam). Fortunately, I have voice-to-text with ureach.com where read my voicemails instead of listen to them (a $3 add on), plus ureach.com allows you to block any number up to a year (no cost).

With Verizon's announcement, theverge.com weblink above, the scammers believe are trying even harder now. Perhaps a national emergency can be declared, where then an act of Congress enhances the donotcall.gov website to allow anyone who opts in to block all international *incoming* calls for their phone number, where many of these scammers are based. That would help many of us, though others receive calls regularly from overseas.
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Old 03-17-2019, 03:00 PM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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I also use Ooma as a home phone. I signed up for the Premier service ($10/month) which includes NoMoRobo and wildcard blocking capability.

For my cell phone I use an app to send any number not in my contacts list to voice mail. If a spammer calls, I can see who's calling, though my phone remains silent. The callers rarely leave a message. So far, so good! Now when my phone rings I know it's one of my contacts.
What is the name of the App, please?
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Old 03-17-2019, 03:15 PM
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Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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They figured out that if the number looks somehow familiar, or from area where you live, it has better chance that someone will answer it.
I get few of those calls a week. But an app on my phone catch them and put in spam folder.
I use TrueCaller. It works for txt messages too. It does a great job and it's free.

Read here why is that happening:
https://www.bustle.com/p/why-are-num...to-you-9019289
https://www.npr.org/2017/07/31/54051...t-in-robocalls

Other options:
https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/6/17...iphone-android
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Old 03-17-2019, 04:08 PM
 
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What is the name of the App, please?
I have an Android phone, just to clarify. I use an app called Blacklist Plus, which is no longer updated but I think is still available for download.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....blacklistplus

The same dev seems to have a newer app out that he is updating that also blocks SMS.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....easyblacklist
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