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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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I'm located in Canada and am on the national do not call list. I get about 2-3 calls a day from various phone numbers with the same 6 digit as my phone number. The unwanted solicitation is from a company called Linda Davis Debt Relief.
I guess businesses in the USA are exempt from following Canadian laws regarding the NDNL and unsolicited calls.

UNWANTED TEXT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT (314)624 2948 BOOST YOUR IQ

Caller scam number from same place keeps changing each day. How they get hundreds of phone numbers to call from I dont know. I block each one but the same scammers call every day using a diff number.

+919622932939
This number abuse me.

Is anyone else getting these calls????
I first got a call from a Dayton Ohio # 937-963-0720. Then I started receiving calls from multiple Georgia #'s 470-375-8128 , 470-375-4405, 470-375-4489 ,470-375-8039 , 470-375-5748 , 470-375-3195 , 470-375-4204 , 470-375-4238 , 470-375-8084 , 470-375-9321 Every time they call they leave a VM that says: Incoming charge $729 on your amazon account from Dayton, Ohio for a dispute on this charge press 1 to connect with our Amazon customer care representative. Every time they call I block the Ga.# & they keep calling back from different Georgia #'s

I am registered with The Do Not Call Registry...
I have reported hundreds of unwanted calls.
Calls still keep coming in.
Sometimes 15 calls a day. Some back to back.
Causing me mental and physical distress and failing health.

14842848932, not allocated number, spoof, spam, never answer

I keep getting calls, sometimes several a day, asking "Is Debbie there?" When I ask them to give me a complete name, or ask for their company name they hang up. But 2 hours later there is another such call. My app does not pick up the various numbers, all on the local area code, as a scam. I do business with trades people on the phone and can not risk missing a call. Any ideas of how to stop this?

I’m getting group text messages that have 20 other phone numbers. Sometimes they have random messages, and other times (like tonight) they’re filled with profanity and hate speech.

There isn’t an option to report as spam, and the number associated with the original text looks fake, and further checking shows random numbers as the originating source. There’s no way to do anything about it but spend a lot of time blocking each and every number (20) when this happens. It’s incredibly time-consuming, and previous attempts to block every number did nothing to stop this. They just keep showing up on my phone over and over again, seemingly from different sources.

I received SEVENTY calls today from 760-350-3163 in THREE MINUTES. I was able to block the call after a dozen or so calls, but watched as they continually called and the number climbed. Two hours prior I received similar calls from 760-350-3173. I received 39 calls from that number. There is no break between the calls at all. It's basically one constant ring until I'm able to block them. This has happened on other occasions as well. Knowing these numbers, why can these people not be stopped?

Getting basically dailly calls from either the same number or incremental numbers in my area code (901) with the "Would you be interested in selling your house?" My Family & I have lived here 70+ years and have no interest selling. We would let people know by putting it up for sale if we did. I want the daily calls and text harrassment To Stop! All it does is make me want to hurt one of these individuals if they do not leave me the f alone already. I've received 100's of calls & texts this year and also letters & post cards the last couple of years, basically weekly. Here's some of the recent numbers I believe have been used for this to me that I blocked & didn't delete first.
The same numbers will call numerous times until I block them, then another number sequentially wil start up. [Like 520-6646|520-6649|520-6650, etc.]:
(901):

203-8884 231-6573 231-6583 231-6644 231-6660
236-0322 239-2317 250-9084 250-9442 254-8527
290-4105 290-0090 290-4156 290-0585 290-1890
290-1526 297-4374 297-4220 306-4171 325-5115
329-3813 329-3976 350-6986 350-2038 350-5860
370-7816 401-5742 401-5859 401-9141 403-6668
403-5402 403-5838 422-7872 430-8308 430-8278
444-3491 444-3734 446-3535 452-7900 456-7135
457-1286 457-5006 459-2035 460-6187 460-8497
463-2692 463-2701 464-2417 464-2627 479-1766
479-1731 480-9040 497-5839 499-2283 499-2259
499-2312 499-2236 499-2238 499-2750 504-3372
504-3146 504-3668 519-2205 520-6650 520-6649
520-6646 520-6531 545-2677 546-4765 557-3772
557-3808 557-3865 557-3669 557-3814 563-9653
563-9832 563-4349 563-9365 563-9404 563-9217
586-1825 587-4801 597-1362 610-4324 610-4859
610-4425 610-4335 612-7916 617-6934 617-4984
627-5154 641-1419 652-5632 676-7091 676-3090
676-6978 685-8229 699-8386 699-8144 763-8930
805-5367 808-9759 808-9886 808-9236 878-6079
881-7088 881-5351 979-1410 979-9771

~~~~~ Here's one from Text. They get deleted or hid when I block the text(Android), it also blocks the associated phone number. So if I don't write it down 1st it's lost:
614-810-6576 [Called himself Alex, but likely a bogus name just like their numbers they use]
786-707-3323
770-809-1008

Harassment by Comenity Bank 614-212-5287- I get called 2 or more times a day 6 days a week. Yes I owe money but just haven't been able to make payments due to no extra money after I get my med copays paid. I am on alot of meds and even with insurance copays are high.

Got a call from 1-888-959-9547 claiming that I have an outstanding Bank of America account...called bank of America which said I did not ever have an account with them....these people are scammers and cannot be trusted

I just received a voicemail saying that a package
containing illegal components, shipped by USPS
was being held by the Canada Border Services Agency
and that an arrest warrant had been issued.
The number was from a defunct company www.simulogic.com
902 497 8206 .
Is it because I watch too much NCIS on cable?

a man will cal from this # 203-513-4917 wanting you to invest in krypto curency he has a profile on instagram as a woman & call quality is poor i think its a google subscrber line he . she wil frequently hang up to avoid questions block this #

833-669-1535 This number sent me a text to call them I can’t call back till later. Within 5 minutes they are sending text to family members for me to reach out to them.

502-777-4855 use several sites such as on spectrum , Bandwidth etc… Harrasment , pornography, text .Goes by Cody Loftus Louisville Ky

I don't know why anybody would even try using this... It doesn't work. I've registered my number at least five times.. and I still get unwanted calls...

Report this number please 609-795-1822

I received an annoying call from 3642225664 these calls are everyday harassment calls also phone #5404572010 this is everyday annoying harnessing.calls have reported before but nothing was done

I keep getting calls from student loan forgiveness and I have no student loans . (201)768-2426 keeps calling me every day

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