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Unwanted phone calls or random text messages seem to come at all hours. They bug you at work, interrupt your dinner, or wake you up when you’re sound asleep. I think we can all agree they’re a real nuisance. Did you know they could also be a scam?

If your phone number is one of the more than 217 million numbers on the Do Not Call Registry, you’ve taken action to stop most unwanted sales calls. The law allows political calls, calls from charitable organizations, informational calls, calls about debts you owe, and phone surveys, as well as calls from companies you’ve done business with or gave permission to call.

If you get an unwanted sales call or a robocall—a recorded message that’s pitching a product or service— it’s probably a scam. The unscrupulous businesses behind these calls use autodialers to make thousands of calls a minute and don’t bother to check if the numbers are on the Do Not Call Registry. Don’t press buttons to request to speak to someone or be taken off the call list. You’ll just end up getting more unwanted calls. Hang up and report it to the Federal Trade Commission at complaints.donotcall.gov or 1-888-382-1222.

If you’re getting repeated calls from the same number, you might want to ask your service provider to block the number; for calls from different numbers, ask if they offer a service to block unwanted calls. You can also buy a call blocking device. Getting calls on your mobile phone? There’s an app for that. Actually, there’s more than one. Look in your mobile app store or marketplace.

What about those random text messages? It’s illegal for a company to send you a text message if it doesn’t have your permission, barring a few exceptions. If you get a random text message from a number you don’t recognize that says you won something or asks you to confirm some personal information, don’t text back or click on links. Report it to your provider at 7726 (SPAM) and to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint or 1-888-382-1222.

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We have been getting calls about medical supplies and asking for our SS#. We have told them time and again to stop calling. They continue to call from multiple numbers several times a day.
503-734-2092 503-926-9597 503-928-7152 503-926-5267 971-256-3807 971-256-3808 971-256-3809 971-256-3810 971-256-3811 and 971-256-3812 All these numbers belong to medical supply for medicare saying that we called and asked for information but when you ask them who they want they don't know. No one in our family would call anything having to do with medical supplies off the TV and if it was from our doctors, they would say but they don't.
As you can see, too many to block and we told them to stop calling and they would call back from a different number within the next hour. Sometimes at 7am.

480 500 9007 scam! careful!

I'm getting about 3 to 4 calls a day with the "Can you hear me" scam. I block the number each time, but it is a different number each time. About to throw the phone away.

+1 830-468-6375 this number calls me all day everday after I told them they have wrong number they know my name and my car and say something about my warranty and want my Vin nber never gave it to them but after they called another time I told them weong number and the lady said well since I have you on the phone do you have a warranty on your car

I keep receiving a anonymous call but what shows up on my caller ID is as followed and it's EVERYDAY. Any suggestions TO STOP THIS?
7018,3008,8002,4004,7021,2006,4014,013,4014,2006,6023,2007,6003,00:6020,3010,7007,6023,6029,1005,1018,6010,8009,6021. This is EVERYDAY. Has this happened to you and what are my options to STOP THIS?

I just got a text message from 520-549-5745 states he is a Mr. Nicolas Wood from the firm Zurich Insurance group. He is soliciting job positions to work from home and wants you to add him to your google hangout. He wants you to add email address rance101@ so he can go over the interview and job briefing. If you go the the Zurich Insurance website it clearly states they would never do business via google hangouts.

What is needed is a white listing service. This means you maintain a list of numbers that are approved to call you. All other numbers are blocked on a network level with a standard "You are not authorized to call this number" message without even reaching your phone.
Sooner or later Mobile phone companies will have to implement this - there is no way around it.

i was thinking this exact same thing.

i was dumb and registered a (failed, no less) business with my cell phone not knowing that my number would have been listed in the very public business directory. ever since, i've gotten incessant spam calls (i never answer a call from any number i don't recognize, and i used to add those numbers to my phone so that at least my phone won't ring when those numbers came up.) but lately they've ramped up. for the past month, i've gotten calls from numbers that have the same area code as i do, and sometimes even the same exchange! sneaky. the technique they've been using in the past month is that they choose a different number each day but call 3x in a row from that number. so it's pointless adding that number to my phone to set their ring to silent since by the time i'm frustrated for the day, they're done and they'll just use a different number the next day.

(i googled some of the numbers and they're listed as safe numbers, so i'm sure the spammers are spoofing them. i just fear they'll hit the jackpot and spoof from a number of one of my actual contacts, and i'll inadvertently answer.)

Hey,
I agree with you that robocalls or pre- typed text messages are so irritating for everyone. Do Not Call list is great solution for the irritating messages. Thanks for sharing this information with us.

If you get a live person, the only sure way to annoy them back is either say hold while I get the person you asked for, or justlay the phone down and go on with your life and see how long before they get tired of waiting and hang up.

The owner of this number is a scam, and if there’s anyway to help those on this contact please you guys should help them, there scamming a woman now. If you can help to inform them that they’re being scam. 25257761

I keep getting calls from different numbers but they all have the same voice message. A robot voice recording saying theres a warrant for me and to call back 'before they take legal action?

So this people keep on calling us and we had it and told them that they were harassing us about buying some solar panels and we threatened to make their company broke after we report them . Look we where furious because every 6 hours one of us gets called , it happens to me especially because I’m a business men during meetings and it is so embarrassing for my phone to start ringing then I have to excuse myself and go outside the room to start yelling at this annoying telemarketer and i come back in the room and because everyone has heard me on the phone I get these awkward looks. So from now on I have just been threatining them about filing a report and they have been backing off l. This is so annoying like these people want us to buy their products and when we say no they continue to go on about how good their solar deal is and how better it is then mine when they don’t even know if I use solar . So every time they call I just say never call me again and hang up . Pls tell me what to do to removes these fools.

Read about some options for blocking unwanted calls. You can also report the company to your state Attorney General.

3348509550 is a fraud!!! don't push any number hang up! says its a cc company to help u out..not!hang up!

03053927684 this Number is send lots of text message on my Sister mobile number. please do some action against him.
Thanks

1 724 339 1128 calls all the freaking time and says nothing

I'm being harassed by Amazon.com I've told them more than a dozen times to stop and every other day I get a new message

Some company called "Go Clean" or "Clean Island" from Montauk NY keeps calling me. When you answer they give a spiel about electric rates and to press 1 to talk to someone. There is NO option for removing your number. You have to call back, listen to the same spiel then you get the option. Then a week later you get ANOTHER call from the SAME company from a DIFFERENT number. I got the third call today and I'm reporting them.
The numbers are 631-230: 2876, 1475, 2792, 2904
Other calls I get are from LOCAL numbers. So local, they're from my own town. One was about addiction recovery. No option to remove my number. I call back and it rings a few times then goes to a fast busy.
Second number rang about 100 times then I got a recording saying all lines were busy.
Today I get yet another one that I missed but when I called back it said it wasn't in service.
Why is spoofing not yet illegal?
These numbers are as follows:
631-849: 6792, 9570, 4477.

I keep getting calls, text message, and email from the Canadian pharmacy. All the people with whom I have talked are from India. There is supposed to be a way to collect money from these people if they contact after being told to stop. How does that work? I must get 10 or more unwanted contacts per week. I think the only way they will ever stop is if they can be forced to pay for their actions.

This makes no sense. The crazy telemarketer I get has an indian accent. Has been calling me for years. Sometimes many times a day. Used to curse at me. Telephone company doesn't care and won't give me trace info for the IP address/account where the calls come from. They claim it is impossible, so bogus. Believe me if the gov. wanted to find out who the call was from they could easily. The number is spoofed of course so the do not call list does not apply. Where are my tax dollars going if gov. can't fix things like this. If I got $12000 per call I could retire. If I hired a layer I suspect they would come back and give me a bill saying the person is not in the country or something so there is no way to collect. Sheesh, can someone please change the law for this or something to get rid of this harassment.

How is it that scammers can get volumes of phone numbers to call from anonymously? Why do we allow anyone in the USA access to this powerful resource? Moreover, we should always have a built in option to block all foreign calls, or calls from outside our state or area code. My phone has become useless being tied up with scam callers. I get about 8 every day and I habitually block the number and trash the voice mail they leave. What is the point of having a phone if you can't use it? While the phone is being called to, it can't be used to call out. I have to set my phone to get calls only from numbers in my contacts list. If you are having trouble, you should do this.

I continuously get calls from a company called Canadian Pharmacy. I block every number they call from. As it is a person (probably overseas guessing by accents) I tell them to remove me from the list but it never works. Every number they call from is different, all have a US location showing up never the same location.

DAILY SPAM OR FRAUD CALLS FROM AREA CODE 253 AND PREFIX 345-57xx NBRS. NO PURPOSE AND LADY ALWAYS HANGS UP WITHIN 10 SECONDS.

I keep getting robo calls about health insurance,they are using different local numbers now so I can't block it.If I call back,it is a local business or a local resident.

I have been receiving calls from various 720-560-xxxx for months now. I've called back on several of the numbers and I get an innocent person who has that cell number. I've had calls from people who ask why I call them since my number starts with 720-560... This company is using people's cell numbers to call people and they are wanting to know if I want "affordable insurance", I continue to ask them to remove me from their call list as it is illegal since I am on a no call list. They are obviously not doing this. I receive 1 to 5 calls per day! I don't know how to get rid of them? I have blocked so many 720-560-xxxx numbers from my phone and they still call!

949-647-4424 Called and claimed I had a student loan, they I inquired on-line. I kept asking him about the online inquiry that I supposedly submitted, and he said I AM GOING TO ASK YOU 1 MORE TIME, doe you have a student loan, I told him, you tell me, you called me, and he hung up.

This past week I have been getting calls from random numbers, that start with the same 3 numbers as my phone... Ex: 990 then it will have different numbers at the end, but they all are fake numbers. Once I block them, I get a new number calling. I get about 6 calls a day and at this point it is harassment. How do I stop this? Please help!!!

I have changed my number several times due to this issue but again wrong clzzz ....... plz tell me what to do ?

03402397275 this is the number

916 437 5204 her name Christina Anderson from Sacramento called and pretend as she is calling from covered California and get all of my information as it was regarding to one of my appeals and I was waiting for one hearing too, but in reality she had changed the whole story and made me very angry with her way and when I called the appealed place they said my schedule time is not on that day and they didn't have any clue.

Well, Well, the scammers are now using phone numbers of local residents in my area. It looks as if you are being called by some one you may know. The other day I got a call from a local lawyer. They hadn't called me, but the secretary was shocked as the number that I was called from was their private number that is only used by the office staff! How about that?

I receive atleast 10 calls a day from an 800 number when i asked to put me on the do not call she laughs at me even told me no then tonight it was halaluigha and its always a ifferent number and its back to back.. they claim to be the irs its the scam the news was talking about how can i stop the harassment without changing my number

Apple iTunes Scam 8446014555

I have been receiving calls from CCI 585-382-1222 from a woman talking about her last call was worse then her cooking. tried to sell me a $25 or $50 package to raise money for a cancer charity for women. I asked her where she was out of she said Pennsylvania. she asked what package I would like, I hung up. this crap needs to stop.

I'm on the do not call list. I get calls every two weeks saying I'm in wanted by the IRS for 4 violations and if I don't call their number within the next 24 hrs, the police will come to arrest me. While I know this preposterous, I would definitely like to put a stop to this particular call.

You need to report that to the FBI. They are actively pursuing cades where scammers pretend to be the federal govt or at least were.

Why does the burden have to be on the receiver of these bothersome calls?? Report them here or there; that's almost impossible with so many calls!! No-call list?? Doesn't work!! MAKE IT ILLEGAL TO CALL FOR SALES!!!

Why does the burden have to be on the receiver of these bothersome calls?? Report them here or there; that's almost impossible with so many calls!! No-call list?? Doesn't work!! MAKE IT ILLEGAL TO CALL FOR SALES!!!

I get robocalls all the time at work and on cell phone. And they are from many different states. They threaten to hand me papers at my place of residence.Can they or WILL they do this?

I just got a call at 1:20am I was asleep now I'm highly upset getting woke up about a vacation the phone number is 407-933-3845 they called my cellphone it was a recording.

keep calling saying i am going to get arrested all automate 910-585-7911

Senate Race Telemarketers - Why would a company call you over 1,800 times in a two year period to donate money to some imaginary Senate Race. Do you have a Land Line ? A Cox Cable telephone a Century Link / Internet Telephone connected to your internet. Maybe your telephone company is paying these telemarketers to harass you so you will buy their $30 a month call blocking features that will block up to 20 numbers. Then after the calls continues with different phone numbers everyday your 20 call blocking slots are quickly filled up. Then your phone company will offer you their premium 50 number call blocking feature for only $49 a month. Then when that is filled up they will offer you their Deluxe Unlimited call blocking feature for $69 a month.
Also why is it still not illegal to call people with phony spoofed phone numbers after all of these years ? Maybe it has something to do with your congressmen receiving thousands of dollars from Cox Cable and Century Link for their re election campaigns.
Call your congressman ! Or even better call the Federal Trade Commission that wrote this article. What a Joke !

I just got three calls in a row from scammers working together. A couple of them left messages for Binaca Pittman whom I told them over 2 YEARS ago I was NOT and they had the wrong number. One of them has been trying to confirm a dental appointment for her for over 2 years. It's really not THAT deep. Now I'm being subjected to a Sinai-Grace Hospital scam where I'm being called on different SPOOFED numbers every hour on the hour and left messages for a 'Miss Sumbry' who may or may not actually exist. These people need to get alife and a clue. Special place in hell for 'em all. No conscience. The love of money is the root of ALL EVIL!!!

Erma Mcbride keeps calling me from Iowa 319-493-8499. Since I work in a warehouse, I don't have access to my phone. I called her back when I was getting home. Rudely she asked what was my problem after I had asked what she wanted on 11/28 at 1:02 pm. I asked her to stop calling amd texting me; she needs to be stopped.

Harassing call from 1-888-382-1222 Aubrey Tx claiming my arrest if I don't pay taxes due.

My mother is 98 years old and has received over 15 calls per day from various numbers. No one is on the line (or speaks) if I pick up the call. She is registered on the Do Not Call List, I have also tried blocking calls via her (flip) phone. How can this torture be stopped??

This FTC article about blocking unwanted calls has ideas about some options you could try.

Caller from 201-713-0593 has called 7 or 8 times in 24 hours. Told him DO NOT call this number again or would report to attorney general's office. He said "attorney general doesn't scare me." Then he threatened to call as many times as he pleases. I don't have call blocking. I don't like being woken when I go to sleep. Calls in the night hours are scarey when you have family and worry that it may be one of them. I want this person STOPPED.

i do not want this nnumber to call me 724-716-0842

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