Robocalling and Phone Spam Explained





How can you fight against the torrent of robodialers and scammers that light up your phone?

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22 thoughts on “Robocalling and Phone Spam Explained

  • Cellphone: Enable Do Not Disturb mode – Choose Contacts can call you, and repeat callers. Tell people that you know to repeat call you if they are not on your contacts list. If robocallers start to repeat call you, disable said repeat calls allowed feature.
    Home phone: They actually make a phone that only allows people in your address book/contacts list call you – Link: https://www.productreview.com.au/listings/telstra-call-guardian-301
    Also Nomorobo.com – crowdsources phone numbers, many providers have it available.

    Also Reference: 6712-01 Federal Communications Commission 47 CFR Part 64 [CG Docket No. 17-59; FCC 17-151] Advanced methods to Target and Eliminate Unlawful Robocalls – Calls purporting to Originate from Invalid numbers – Complain to the FCC/FTC that your provider is not blocking invalid numbers/non real numbers/non real area codes/non 10 digit numbers, and repeated numbers. Providers have the ability to do this for a while now, but it requires complaints to the FCC/FTC to make the enforcement divisions aware of this.

    18. Providers may block calls purportedly originating from numbers that are not valid NANP numbers. Examples of such numbers include those that use an unassigned area code; that use an abbreviated dialing code, such as 911, or 411, in place of an area code; that do not contain the requisite number of digits; and that are a single digit repeated, such as 000-000-0000, with the exception of 888-888-8888, which is an assignable number. With a few important exceptions detailed below, the record generally supports the assumption that, because these numbers are not valid, a subscriber could not lawfully originate calls from such numbers and these calls should be blocked. Providers, however, must take care that they do not block calls that purportedly originate from valid numbers, especially emergency calls.

  • Not exactly phone spam but I keep getting calls from random numbers that are all some scam saying I'm late on payments for a car in Wisconsin.
    I have never been to Wisconsin.

  • Could you simply play fax machine or dial-up internet sounds over the phone when they call?
    They flag that as a bad number, I know if you play the disconnected number message they might stop calling.

  • FBI NSA DHS LOCAL PIGS USING ABUSING PERIOD! THEY ARE NO LESS AND IN FACT ARE THESE PREDATORS DOING ROBO CALLS THROUGH THEIR THIRD PARTIES.. CALL COLLECTIONS FRAUD INSUEANCE SCAMS..THEY ARE 1000% RESPONSIBLE FOR ANT ROBOCALLS.PERIOD

  • I'm on the DNC so I treat all calls as a scam. I got an app that blocks all incoming calls that are not in my phone book and plays back a out of service tone and message. Because got really bad after I installed it but I haven't had any in a week which is down from 6 a day

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