My cell phone number has an area code I don’t live in anymore. I normally don’t answer calls from that area code unless it is one of my caller ID contacts. This has worked pretty good keeping my spam calls down to just a couple per day.
About 3 weeks ago I was expecting a call from my old area code, so I answered every call for a couple of days. Since then the spam call rate has dramatically increased in quantity and lack of respect for time of calls. It is not even 11:00 this morning and I have already gotten 8 calls this morning. The last one yesterday was at 7:58 PM! I got a total of 21 yesterday and blocked every one of them for the future. Like I said, I have been doing this for weeks now.
To be completely transparent, I was a bit rude to one of the calls I answered. It was from one of the “let us install solar cells at your house for free” callers. They were asking me a barrage of their typical questions; "how much is your power bill?”, “how old is your roof?”, “are you married?” etc. She quickly became agitated because I was giving her BS answers. I told the girl in all fairness I would be happy to answer her questions if she would answer the same questions for me. She let me know I was an asshole and hung-up on me. Maybe she is getting revenge and sold my number to multiple spam phone call groups?
Anyway, any better ideas to get back to one or two spam calls per day?
I switched carriers to save money and didn’t port over my old number.
I like my new number, easy to remember.
But, it seems the previous owner was involved in some powdery stuff based on unsolicited text messages I receive.
I’ve been pretty lucky with limited spam calls on my phone🤞
I did register the number with the do not call list and I don’t answer unknown numbers when I’m home. But when I’m out on work projects I can get potentially important calls from all sorts of numbers I don’t know. So I do answer those and occasionally get a spam call because of that. But if they don’t respond to my hellos within a few seconds I hang up. If they do respond and start their spiel I just tell them “sorry I’m busy working” and hang up.
There is supposedly a new app out there that you can send spam calls to that uses AI to hold a conversation with the spammers to waste their time until they finally figure out they are talking to a computer:)
I get unasked for calls on both my landline and cell. With the calls on my landline I look at caller ID. And if there is no name, it says out of area, state only, or someone’s name. I always ask for company name or their name if it is different than what shows on caller Id. And when they tell me. I ask them why they aren’t using their company name or their real name and using someone else’s name? and most times the hang up on me. Now for my cell I have an app called “robo killer”. And it screens calls. And tells me what type of call it is. And if the number is not in my contacts list it blocks them. and Robo Killer also has messages that you can choose to mess with the callers as well.
I hear you. Spam callers are often scammers who steal from millions of Americans every year. Adding your number to the FTC’s “do not call” list helps a little but realize that government and law enforcement have absolutely no interest in tracking down and prosecuting these gangs of organized scammers.
If your phone is a landline, you may also be able to register it with NoMoRobo or one of the other phone screening services. Your line must be capable of “simultaneous ring” in which call ring to your phone and NoMoRobo simultaneously. NoMoRobo then bounces the incoming call number against its database of spam/scam numbers and blocks it if found in the database.
My 90+ year old mom also had loads of scam calls (they target the elderly), but NoMoRobo screened out 90%+ of those calls.
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My carrier (AT&T) has an app that will silence any calls NOT in your address book. It pushes them directly to voice mail. Spam calls hardly ever leave a message I can ignore and delete at my convenience. The voice mail, if left, is also slilenced. They do appear on my home screen if I care to look at them when they come in. If it’s one I want to talk to or am expecting I can call them back. If I get a text from one of these, there is an international hand signal I text back before I delete and mark as spam.
AT&T is using “Active Armor” app that shows info whenever the incoming call is registers as “spam” or not. You can block all “spam” or just drop the calls.
I’m pretty sure every provider get similar apps that can be installed on smartphones.
The thing is, that once you answered "spam"call, they got your number as “alive” so be prepared to a new experience with tons of spams calls. You have to start using app to block spammers.
Starting this year I now get text messages about candidates in this years upcoming elections, never happened previously, no actual phone calls, finally
I’m pretty Rude to them, my boiler plate answer is “Do Not Try To Sell Me Anyhting!” and hang up.
So, out of curiosity, Have any of us actually ever said “Oh Wow. that sounds great, send me two of them, here’s my card number…” to a spam caller?
Election? Mine spam calls are better. These are about erection.
“US Pharmacy” has been calling me for last year in “Indian English” trying to sell Viagra and Cialis. I must admit. They’ve got a great prices.
A friend who is an engineer with a cell company near me said that the easiest way to get rid of spam calls is to record onto your voicemail greeting that tone that plays when you call a number that is disconnected or no longer in service. Let that be what plays before your normal greeting. The reason this works is because most all the spam calls are computer dialed and as soon as that tone is played it will kick your number out as a non working number. My calls have fallen to almost nothing.
On an iPhone you can set it to silence unknown callers. It will only ring if the caller is on your contact list. I believe Android has a similar feature. If someone calls that’s not on your contact list they can always leave a voicemail.
I have my cell phone set to silence unknown callers, which sends them to voicemail. I rarely get any voicemail. It only rings for those on my contact list. If you are expecting a call from someone, if you know the number you can add it to your contacts. Otherwise, why couldn’t that person leave a message? You would then have that number and could add that to your contacts and call that person back.
My home phone that I bought a few years ago has a call blocking function that makes unknown incoming calls press the # sign to ring through. Those on in my phone directory ring through like a normal call. I have only had it ring through twice and both times it was a real person, one was for a survey, and another was a solicitor. All the bot calls show when they are calling, but the phone does not ring. I’d say it works great. I also have noticed that I get far fewer bot calls now than before the call blocking.
I got a ‘Spam’ call today.
This guy called himself ‘Agent Johnson’ from Homeland Security
I asked A**Hole was it ‘Big Johnson or Little Johnson’! from the first 'Die Hard film! :(Robert davi) rofl:
He assured me THAT was NOT funny, I begged to differ but I played along
He then asked me for my Social Security Number and I told him to ‘Get Phucked!’
He said this call is being recorded and my answers could be held against me…(that was too easy so I let that one go)
I asked what this was all about and he said he couldn’t tell me…I gleaned this now may be about that Base Job, but there is zero reason for Homeland to call me so I said if there weren’t any serious questions please call my potential boss at ‘REDACTED’… He asked me for his name and number…DUH!
I said if it was about THAT job he would have that already as well as my shoe size and what favorite Breakfast meal I liked. (You guys know this I feel he should have also). He was getting really angry with me and I was having a blast.
He finally made a serious request and told me my Job is in jeopardy because of ‘Where I lived’…OK?
Which place gave them cause for concern I asked?.. He said 'Why did I move to Belarus? the Country!
Europe. I replied he was ‘Nekulturny’ and said I never lived in Russia or anywhere outside of the United States!
He called me a liar and said 'Kiss the job Good-Bye… and he hung up.
About (20) minutes later I had my angel hit me on the head with her wand and I said SHITE!
For a brief period in my life when I escaped from my abusive Father (and my Apartment I was moving into was being re-painted) I lived in …wait for it!
‘‘BELLROSE, Queens, NEW YORK CITY! right on the Border of Queens and Long Island! Not near MOTHER RUSSIA! You are probably saying Don102 why are you laughing at losing the job you really wanted?
I laugh because if this .gov is so phuckin’ stupid as to mix up Queens NY with a European Country near Ukraine I really don’t want to have anything to do with them. And besides they were starting to tell me how many hours I needed to work, 04:30 start times, using my own vehicle (that wasn’t the deal, No gas reimbursement and on and on)… So I was looking for an excuse to bow out anyway in the back of my mind, this just sealed the deal. I hope I really put salt peter in his Corn flakes!
The PAY is always a sticking point with me, It’s an UNBREAKABLE rule in my World. If you promise a certain amount, you pay on a certain date I plan the rest of my schedule around that. Bill Pay, savings etc. It started out at $35.00 an hour, and because of jerkin’ around it went down to $22. an change I had to get a 1099 form for some of it $6.27 after which Quarterly I had to pay taxes on the six bucks… so it was even less… So lying right from the get is a deal breaker. And it’s the .gov…'Nuff said.
NO EASY DAYS FOLKS! Back to the drawing board!
Be careful my Brother… today it was “Agent Johnson”… tomorrow it might be “Special Agent Johnson”.
You don’t want to mess with Special Agents…
Yes My Friend I should have used more common sense and NOT POKED THE BEAR SO MUCH!
But it was so much fun!
I regret NONE of it!
If that ‘FLASH’ ever happens to me and I become a babbling, skid mark making fool…
HEY, I could run for pRESIDENT! AWESOME!
You’ll just start your life from the scratch…