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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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Got a call from "Hilton Hotels"...would I take a short survey....this is how they get around the "do not call".....then I was transfered to RCI and offered a 50% discount on a travel package....
I requested the DO NOT CALL me again.
The phone number 325-662-3398. This is not the first time they called..>The other time I did the "9" to be removed from their list. I have previously BLOCKED 3 other phone numbers from the same.

I get those too. They’re the worst

I received a phone call, say they giving 48 hours to pay Wachovia bank, I don't owe any money to Wachovia. 8447926894. They are really good at it. Careful

I got a call from unlisted number and let it go to VM. The call (based on VM) was from Bob who asked me to call back at 678-335-9292. He claimed to deliver $10,000 to my bank account every couple of weeks. I am sure he has scheme to skim $10,000 (USD) every two weeks and pay me $10,000 (Zimbabwean Dollars). Sounds like a deal to him.
I wonder what happened to do not call list

With best regards,
Kaushik

got a call from -Caller Id info. Cincinnati OH 513-729-7797- person named Jeff asked to speak with the owner.
I told him that I havent seen him come into the office yet and asked for his name and number for a return call- he hung up- I hit redial and he said I was just calling you back we got disconnected- I said ok I can take a message and call you back- he hung up again- I hit redial 4 more times and he answered and just hung up...the last time I managed to tell him I was reporting this number and blocking them

Purchasing two domains through Name.com recently has led to HUGE spam emails, texts, and phone calls -- the calls all, of course, from U.S. phone numbers but without fail having a delay and an Indian male voice on the other end. I know about WhoIs and setting privacy (which Name.com makes you pay for), but didn't matter, they obviously are selling contact info. I have domains which I purchased through Google, Tigertech, GoDaddy and a few other companies, and honestly have never had anything CLOSE to this level of barrage after the fact. I am not exaggerating. It's been obnoxious.

Keep receiving calls from 217-918-9491, 217-918-7446, 217-918-2268, 217-918-6992 all in one day. Very annoying and on do not call list.

Recieving calls from 502 649 1482 credit card services. When I asked for them to remove me the guy was a jerk and said no never. This stuff needs to stop. I block and they work around it.

I get 5 to 10 calls a day at least 5 days a week

I keep getting phone calls same number several times daily. They don't leave a message. If I answer it ,its a recording saying there's a important message dial one to hear this message. My number has been on the do not call list. I have reported the number and blocked it they're still calling 188-900-

I've gotten 5 phone calls today alone from (677)154-8712 all with in a few hour span. After the 1st one I've told them to stop calling. They keep doing it. I told them I was going to press harassment charges if they call again. I tried to make a complaint here but apparently (677) isn't a vaild area code. I'm at my wits end with this phone.

received call from 518-444-6217..caller had strange accent and said he was calling for me from Medicare (could have said Medicaid..cant remember)..Kept asking if it was me as I asked what he wanted.He finally asked if I was whio he was asking for saying "yes or no:. iurious I said yes and again asked what he wanted. He said "I want nothing from you..I am checking up on you"..again I asked why he said "you do have Medicare (medicaid) right? and I again asked "what can I do for you" and he said an exaggerated "Oh my God" and I hung up.

I got calls from these numbers: 646-682-0903 & 206-460-0900

A voice message was left in my box:

Executed by the US treasury - Intending[ed?] your serious attention. Ignoring this will be an intentional second attempt to avoid initial appearance before a magistrate, judge or a grand jury for a federal criminal offence. This is the final attempt to reach you. To resolve this issue immediately and to speak to a federal agent call back number xxxxxxx. I repeat xxxxxxx. Thank you.

This dude keeps texting me and calling me Deon. I’ve blocked him and he just uses another number. It’s really aggravating and I have no idea what to do. I’ve told him to stop texting me and there is no response. Plz help

You might want to double check your cell phone bill. You texting them back could be charging $$$ to your cell bill.

Do not ever call back or text back scammers. In many cases they can use your contacting them as the right to contact ou

I received a phone call from 570-743-1209 with a foreign guy on the other end. It was to speak with someone about lowering interest rates on a credit card. I asked to please be removed from their calling list as I am already on the supposedly DO NOT CALL list and that I do not owe on credit cards and pay them as they come. He started to call me "bitch" continuously! I said I was going to report him and he said I should. He then proceeded to ask me what my bra size was! What a pervert. Don't know if you will actually get anyone at that number as a lot of times they come through false.

412-566-8514 they always ask for Chasity white for a business matter and then I ask who they are calling who they are and what they are calling about they don't tell me their names so I think they are fraud and also did a number reversal and it come up it comes up that but they are a verizon number now call Verizon they don't have no listing of that number so I think it's a fraud company that's wanting to get money from people so please check the number out and give you a buzz and see what's their problem is and please get them into trouble for calling people for fraud

I'm getting harassed hourly by people working under a website called HOUSES2RENTOROWN.COM. I made the mistake of partially filling out one of their forms to see about getting a home and since I have been getting calls that start around 5am and 12 hours later they are still calling. They don't even attempt to speak at this point and just hang up after 10 seconds. They call from different numbers many 315 and 201 area code then drop the numbers. I'm not sure what they are getting out of this.

I called the “do not call” number and I was told I’m on the list, and that I’ve been on the list since 2014. But I’m still getting calls CONSTANTLY! If I’m on the list why do I get so many calls. Most are from the same number. And many times it comes thru as scam likely. I don’t understand why I’m getting these calls if I’m on the “list”

Hi my name is Michelle. I have received at least 100 or more calls from a company its for student loans. They won't let me get a word in. I tried being polite and said I wasn't interested. I told them 2 put me on there do not call list. I get phone calls sometimes several times a day. When they call now I always block the number they still keep calling. I tried calling the number back it won't let me call them. What can I do this is Harassment ?

I received call from his number this threathing to send me to jail 2409701443

615-258-9724 IRS scam call

Is there any organization who would block, trace out, and take those people to court who call us on our phones?

You can block calls on your phone. You could install a call blocking device on your landline phone. You could ask your phone carrier what call blocking services it provides. Many carriers also allow you to block calls from anonymous callers – those who prevent their phone number from appearing on a CallerID device, or whose number shows up as “ANONYMOUS” or “PRIVATE.”

We have been getting a call for the last several days saying we need to discuss 4 serious allegations against you within the next 24 hours or the cops will be out to arrest you. It doesn't even tell us who they are. Just call us back at .....

I keep receiving calls and text messages from a company telling me that my auto warranty has expired. They tell me I am eligible for an extended warranty for my chevy whatever. I DON'T OWN A CHEVY and have not driven a CHEVY in over 20 years. They got my number from an online insurance quote site. My boyfriend was looking for a car, and we went online to get a quote for the car he was about to purchase. He couldn't come to an agreement on the price, and never bought the car. I've told 5 different representatives that we do not own this car...never bought it. They kept calling. I blocked the number, and then they started calling from different numbers. I've blocked no less than 10 numbers this company uses. Received another call last week, again requested my number to be removed from their list. The man hung up on me. Today, I got a text message from yet another number. I don't know how to make them stop!! I don't know the company name, they don't provide that information. It's ridiculous!

I am so tired of getting these robo calls and other unwanted sales calls. I get a call everyday from 6232312434 And it’s not just one call it exceeds 20 calls every day around 3pm. I registered with the do not call list when it first came out and I continue to report numbers and nothing is ever changed. I still get same calls from same numbers. I block all the numbers and now my phone spends more time blocking calls then I do talking on it. When this number 6232312434 calls I cant even make a call because phone is busy blocking the 20 or more calls this number is making to me. I bet the do not call registry is a scam and they are the ones selling our number.

Keep a whistle near your phone and blow as hard as you can. They won’t call back

917462904700 fake call bank details not submitted

0390134039 is absolutely a scam number. They are pretending to be the ATO or AGL but as I checked with ATO this number is a fake. They may threaten you to have a callback or they arrest you! :) Do not give them any personal information.

I repeatedly received calls from Grand Prairie, TX. The automated message states I recently stayed at one of the hotels. My cell phone number is listed on the DO NOT CALL registry and the calls keep coming.

"Reporting" these phone calls is useless. I get an average of two phone calls a day from spammers, BUT NEVER THE SAME NUMBER, so reporting these fake numbers is useless. They just keep creating new false caller ids. We need a way to see the REAL NUMBER people are calling from, THEN maybe blocking these calls would work. In the mean time, I've gotten to where I just don't answer my phone anymore unless its from someone I actually know. EXTRA: I HAD TO CLICK THROUGH 14 STUPID reCAPTCHAs. THAT'S RIDICULOUS.

We are wondering when and how those spammers ever get caught. You never read much about them going to prison? Shouldn't they be facing strong penalties? Thanks so much for your site!

i am so sick of the same robo callers continuing to call my phones!
have wasted so much time reporting these same phone numbers to the FTC ...the ftc should be eliminating these robo callers phones....or better yet, the FTC should be charging these horrid criminals money for each robo call they make!
The most recent robo callers are making my life total hell. If i'm at the doc's office, my cell rings with one robo caller after another.
Why won't the FTC "DO" SOMETHING ABOUT THESE CRIMINALS?
I CANNOT AFFORD TO SIGN UP FOR THESE FLYBYNITE OUTFITS WHO CLAIM THEY STOP ROBO CALLS.
AM TOTALLY SICK OF THIS NON-ACTION BY THE FTC!

i am receiving robo calls from 202 860-0485 claiming that legal actions are being filed on my social security number for fraudulent activities and I need to call back asap.

704-989-9526
704-989-6223
704-989-9239
704-989-5104
704-989-2620
704-989-7973
704-989-9747
704-989-8584
704-989-9198
704-989-5150
704-989-4883
704-989-8854
704-989-3770
704-989-9583
704-989-2461
704-989-9883
704-989-5751
704-989-9321
the list goes on...
I receive phone calls from these numbers every day.
They always wait a few seconds and hang up.

I receive numerous calls from this number every day. I have blocked the number but the still call and leave voicemail.

The number is: 501 213 9010. They will not stop. The voicemail concerns a "free" safety device. Is there anything that can be done about this constant passive aggressive harassment?

The FTC and FCC don't do anything. Pure lip service. They know these scam calls are a major problem yet they continue.

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I got calls from this number +17808608162 facebook mike elvidge from Canada in a relationship of mcriz dulay is scammers. Beware to them

Phone number 518-375-2219 is an IRS scam

These ph #s keep sending me & posting sex videos & keep sending me sex messages i dont know these #s 717 772 4183 & 913 586 4504

I keep getting these calls from "Joe" and "Joel". They say they found a job for me, they just need to verify a few things. I've told them quite firmly to remove my number. Because they show a local area code, or at least a Louisiana area code, I end up answering. I am now up to 5 different numbers for them. They call 2&3 times a day, even on the weekends. I'm tired of repeating myself. I've blocked some numbers, but like the cockroaches they are, they just use a different number. If I could get my hands on them, I would scream in their ears to stop calling me!

This number 510-518-3195 keep calling me and hanging up. When I answered the phone, she claimed that she is calling from Social Security disability and when I told her that she is not from SSD, she hang up on me. They are still calling and hanging up when I see their callers I.D. Number and they hanged up. How do I stop this calls?

I have received at least 33 nuisance calls the past four days, 9/10 to 9/13. Most of them have been from spoofed numbers. The persons calling all have Asian accents. I am on the no-call list and have been since 2012. I have an excel spreadsheet with all the calling numbers, times and dates. How can I stop these calls?

Does it actually do any good to report unwanted calls to the FTC?

Most of the time, the caller uses a spoofed caller ID number so there's no way to block them or identify them. What's the FTC going to do about the nearly anonymous scammers who keep harassing me when the FTC themselves are the ones who allow scammers to legally spoof their caller ID?

It should be illegal to spoof your caller ID unless you choose to send "unknown" ID for privacy reasons. At least that way, us honest people can choose to block all incoming calls from "unknown".

What would you do if you have a caller call you every night between 9pm and 10 pm? I blocked the number and the caller leaves voice msgs each night. It is so annoying. The number from which these calls are made is 732-947-4755

I get 9 to 10 calls from 785 area code and 207 area code about my student loans and despite my repeated requests to the person on the other line, i continue to get calls and I am sick of it. Often time before even I finish my request, the hang up and I try calling them back, the call does not go through . I am on a call or in a meeting and this happens all the time to the point I have muted my phone but I miss calls from friends and family. I try to block one number but they dial from another number

This is RIDICULOUS that political SPAM is allowed. What's the point of even trying to trust the FTC? A political creep is spamming all Texans, and it is a not right. In today's politically charged environment, this should not be allowed. This "beta" creep running in Texas is sending this crap from a different number every time.

I brought a car about two years ago. Ever cent I got it I have been plagued with calls from the vehicle warranty department. Every day I get like 20-30 calls from them they will not stop

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