Spam/Telemarketer Calls (How do I Stop)

Discussion in 'Serious Discussion' started by BrokenDaily, Nov 17, 2017.

  1. BrokenDaily

    BrokenDaily MDL Junior Member

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    About 4 months ago in july, I believe I put my entire family on the national do not call registry (all of us are android cell users), because **** telemarketers and spam callers, I don't need to change my phone service (and if I do, ill do it in person, not on the phone/web) or any other bullcrap; problem is, I still get spam calls. Now what this link tells me here is if I believe that these calls still happen, and if under the correct circumstances, I can report them to the FTC, but the thing is, I think some of these numbers are spoofed (meaning they use other cell numbers to hide their real landline/telemarket/whatever numbers). Reason being one number tried calling me (I didn' hear it so it rang out), and I msg'd it, thinking it was a landline and therefore no reply, but I did get one, and despite thinking (oh they're lying, they know) I believed them when they said they had no idea what was going on; trying some online phone tracing websites (at least the part before they tell you "buy a subscription to see the rest of the info") showed a few of these numbers being cell numbers, and others from basic home phones; Mr.Number does nothing to block the calls still coming through, and im worried some of the numbers I block might end up being used by legitimate people/businesses, and they not being able to contact me would imply (if im doing business with them currently, for example) that I don't care and **** off. I don't want to be rude then

    What process must I take to ensure this stops (beyond never answering any call, because some might be legit), what legal recourse as a consumer can I afford, because im tired of this ****; also, I use Mr.Number, and these calls still happen; is there ANYTHING better than Mr.Number, and I mean in every aspect of blocking unwanted calls, because if this alternate app means I have to pay for it, then I will, but free would also be nice (and preferred)
     
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  2. MrMagic

    MrMagic MDL Guru

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    No way to stop it other than a whitelist call app that only accepts calls from your contacts, or install something like True Caller
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.truecaller&hl=en_GB

    Got my number on the telephone preference service too and still get spam calls, my phone tells me they are spam before I answer though, and then I just add that number to my block list

    3-4 calls a month still get through, game of cat and mouse, it'll never be stopped 100%

    The day they stop spam emails is the day they stop spam calls
     
  3. JFKI

    JFKI MDL Expert

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  4. MS_User

    MS_User MDL Guru

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    other than never again use a phone...is almost impossible sense telemarketers just like scammers have the ability now to spoof their numbers....yes like posted above u can try a few of the blocking apps that are out their....the problem is sometimes does apps block a lot of the numbers that u need to come in....good luck
     
  5. John Sutherland

    John Sutherland MDL Addicted

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    Ultimate spoofing: One day my brother got a call, checked the caller I.D. (as always), and saw his own phone number displayed. It's happened several times since then. How on earth can they do that?
     
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  6. MrG

    MrG MDL Addicted

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    The same thing happened to me on my Land line phone, I just blocked it too & keep it blocked.
    I generally get around 4-5 telemarketers/spam phone calls a day, sometimes they are persistent & try 3x from the same #.

    My land line phone has a 250 phone # blocking feature & I record them on a spreadsheet w/ the month & year so as I unblock them (when getting close to 250 #'s blocked) I will remove the earliest #'s first.
     
  7. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

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    Several times I've had Microsoft call me to tell me I'm destroying the interwebs because I'm spreading viruses! I try to keep them on the phone for as long as I can because I figure if they are wasting their time with me, then they are not scamming somebody more gullible. Eventually they get mad and hang up after about a half hour. They stopped calling me
     
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  8. an0n107

    an0n107 MDL Novice

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    I got rid of my landline and only have a private mobile, only get Government political robocalls once every election year but that's about it