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Harassing calls will not stop

Discussion in 'GENERAL Wireless Discussion' started by brantly04, Dec 20, 2016.

  1. brantly04

    brantly04 New Member

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    since about 6am this morning I've been receiving calls from random, obviously spoofed numbers. It happens about every 2 minutes, numbers originate from surrounding cities. When you answer it hangs up after 2-3 seconds.

    This makes my life and work very challenging. I'm on my phone heavily during the day dealing with business. I also get legitimate business calls from people not in my contacts, so blocking all except contacts may pose a challenge.

    Don't know if there is a correlation, but on my personal email I've received about 1000 junk emails (that made it through the filter) and about another 500 that the junk filter caught. On average I might see 30-40 a day, big jump.

    I have Verizon and an iPhone 6. Any help ASAP would be appreciated.


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    Played with true caller for a bit and it didn't solve the problem. Calls keep coming.
     
  4. palandri

    palandri Former Palm Guy
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    I wish I had a better answer for you, but it sounds like you need to transition to a new phone number & email address.
     
  5. M in LA

    M in LA Mobile 25 Years Plus
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    Try Call Control. It's available for both Android and Apple. The Android app is more complete than the iOS one. I have it for both and it works great.
     
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    Still going... about every 2 mins. Changing number is probably out of the question :S
     
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    If you notice that the any part of the number is the same, such as the prefix, Call Control (I use it successfully) allows you to use wildcards to filter out ranges of numbers. For example, I know that prefixes starting with a "1" are spoofed. So, within my areacode, I've blocked 1**-****

    Another game I play is to answer the call "Interceptor." If its a scam, I tell them that "Interceptor is a call filtering service. Your call is unauthorized." and then hang up.

    In your case, you say that the calls all hang up upon your answering. I've tried calling the number back to see if it is indeed spoofed. (Normally is) If not, I try to determine who the caller is. However, wait about 20 minutes, then try to call back, otherwise, they will anticipate the call.

    Finally, within your browser, you can merely enter the phone number and see if it has any hits.

    (I had lots of fun with an unauthorized telemarketer yesterday. I wish I could post the recording. It was hilarious.)
     
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    If none of these solutions are working for you, and transitioning to a new number is out of the question, the only other thing I can think of is reporting it to the police. If the calls are coming in every two minutes, there's probably some type of harassing communication act/law the police could use to go after the person doing this.
     
  9. viewfly

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    Have you contacted Verizon for help? They do take this stuff seriously.


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  10. brantly04

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    Stopped last night at 9:30, stated again today at 6:15
     
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    Hi there, not exactly a solution but on the iPhone you can individually block the number after you realize it's spam. This may end up to be a never ending task but maybe worth a try.

    Good luck.


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    Spoke with a really nice Verizon rep. Said the same thing happened to him and it died down after 2 weeks. Verizon can't do anything.
     
  13. M in LA

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    Call Control will do the trick. For iOS, keep the core settings (check marks for all types of bothersome calls) and it WILL work. You can also add the number specifically. I just activated an iPhone with the app on it and not even the Verizon rep could get through (went straight to voicemail), until I realized the app was the source.

    The Call Control app icon is a blue shield with an old-type landline handset in it. The maker of the app is Kedlin Company.

    You've been given suggestions that will work. Whether you choose to try them is up to you.
     
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    Unfortunately, I found out why they were hammering my phone. They stole my visa and ordered a go pro camera and used my visa rewards to pay for some of it. It all makes sense now, I received a snail mail rebate for it and was perplexed until I saw the charges. Merry Xmas to someone. The calls surprisingly stopped a couple hours after it was delivered. I have the address, but I feel law enforcement in the area it was delivered won't be able to do much since it's probably low on their radar, undertandibly.

    It was delivered under my name and there's pretty much nothing that can be done besides a claim with my credit card company. Freebie for someone.
     

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