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Are you signed up for the National Do Not Call Registry, but still getting unwanted sales calls?

If a company is ignoring the Registry, there’s a good chance it’s a scam. Report calls like this to the FTC. But that’s not all you can do. Here are some other options for limiting unwanted calls:

Mobile apps. Call-blocking apps let you create a “blacklist” of numbers that won’t be able to call your cell phone. Some apps allow calls only from a contact in your phone or an already approved number – and block the rest. Many of these apps are free or only cost a few dollars.

Features built into your mobile phone. Check and see what features your phone came with. You might already be able to block specific contacts, identify unwanted incoming calls for future blocking, and set “do not disturb” hours.

Cloud-based services. Typically, these work by analyzing your call data and combining it with other people’s call data to create crowd-sourced blacklists. You may have to register your phone line or download a mobile app to use a cloud-based service.

Call-blocking devices. Designed for home phones, some devices use databases of known spam numbers to know which numbers to block, but let you add your own list of numbers, too. Others rely on you to create your own blacklist. Some devices allow calls only from approved numbers.

Your phone carrier. Whatever type of phone you have — landline, cable, internet or mobile device — many carriers will let you block anywhere from 10-30 numbers. Many also let you block anonymous callers who prevent their phone number from appearing on caller ID. Some charge a fee for these services.

Read our new article for more ways to limit unwanted calls. And if you get an illegal sales call or robocall, file a complaint at


I hate the fib one saying that send 55dollars western union

The blocking anonymous calls only work if it from a phone line. They call through internet it does not work.

I'm just going to disconnect my home phone. AT&T has totally dropped the ball on this and I am sick to death of answering calls with spoofed numbers -- looks local and isn't- and thus telling scammers it's a live number. A home phone just isn't worth the hassle anymore. If you work from home, it's a living hell. If 'Rachel from Cardholder services' calls my cell phone, at least I can immediately block that number.

Home phone is worth keeping if for nothing other than being able to call 9-1-1. I know from experience that an ambulance can be dispatched immediately when you dial 911 from a landline, whereas they have to determine your exact location by you giving them information over your cellphone and them switching you to determine "not city limits, then in the county, then closest ambulance. Procedure can take 5 minutes or so. Keep your landline and turn the ringer off.

Most states/cities enacted laws now that requires 911 calling from mobile phones. I used to keep a basic landline to call 911, but dont need to now. So check your city and state. Might not need landline if your mobile phone is recognized by 911 dispatchers now.

its not a matter of your phone being able to call 911, but rather the emergency services being able to locate your physical position by using your phone. Landlines are tied to a specific physical location and responding emergency services know EXACTLY where it is coming from and where to respond to. Mobile phones are, well, mobile. They provide location info by pinging off towers and checking into local wifis and such. If you have ever checked in to the reliability of 'find my phone' apps, you will know how hit or miss, off and on, this service is. Yes, your mobile phone CAN make 911 calls, but it can NOT reliably tell 911 where you are the way a landline can.

Additionally, in the case where the power goes out or a surface disaster such as flood or tornado, cell service can be disrupted or eliminated completely. Landlines are more reliable as they are buried underground and carry their own power ensuring they will work e en if the power goes out. The requirement here on your end it that you need to keep an old style rotary phone available for emergencies, because the phone line powers your phone connection only, not your answering machine with wireless phones which are reliant on the electricity they get from the wall outlet.

That my intent yoo only I have Verizon Fios. I can block numbers easily on my iphone but its the landline thT we are dumping. It is too time consuming and if only 10-30 calls can be blocked that of no use we easily get 15-20 calls a day and we have all phone numbers registered for years with Do Not Call Registry. So even that isnt working!

Agree with fed up completely. AT&T is just trying to help. I get spam calls from my town,my next town over, the town 30 minutes away and even have a IRS scammer calling from inside the beltway of Washington D.C.! That one has became funny so I always answer it just to hear the stupidity spewing from roboRobin into my ear. FCC HAS Dropped the ball into the sewer!

I had so many calls a day from "R" @ cardholders even after I had reported them. I waited "in line" (for the next one to speak with me) & when she came on & said her first word I blew a VERY loud whistle IN her ear. They never called back!

Your advice is the most valid advice i have come across. I am going to buy a whistle and ready to go on blowing business for anyone that calls me.
It is annoying with these unwanted callers as they call me 5 to 10 times a day. Sometimes if I was talking to a friend or one of my children the call get disconnected when these crooks call. So the whistle will do the trick. Thank you for your advice.

If it is a human caller and they specifically ask to speak to a member of the family- I act really sad and say that they died last week. Works well.

Don't worry, when you block the number they just call from another one next time. For almost 8 years an aftermarket car warranty company has called. I bet I blocked 30 numbers by now. The phone companies are useless and lazy with this.

I am constantly getting sales people calling. I signed up for the do not call list but different numbers appear but its the same people calling. Please help thanks

I'm having the same problem. I get calls for Amy from businesses even though Ive had this phone number for 10 years. I just hang up because obviously that list doesn't work!

Residential phones can use NOMOROBO, which is FREE and it has cut down on these crap calls tremendously. Costs money for a business, but residential is free.

Unfortunately AT&T landline users can't use that.

I've used it since NOMOROBO came out, and have an ATT land line. I rarely get calls now, and when I do I can just report them to the company. I know ATT has its own proprietary software, but never bothered with it. If ATT is telling you their software isn't configured to work with NOMOROBO, I'd go to your local utility commission to find out why.

Can’t get nomorerobo to work on my ipad

Nomorobo works with ATT Uverse. I have it and it does help, but I still receive scam calls that have not been reported to nomorobo.

I have been using the app Hiya and it works pretty well. It's free.

Spoofing of phone numbers is evolving faster than the technologies can keep up. The scammers keep spoofing numbers similar to mine in the hope that I will answer them. Even after the FTC and Florida AG went after Rachel from Cardholder Services I am still receiving calls from their system with spoofed numbers.

glad to hear Rachael from cardholder services got caught but dismayed the b.....h is still out there

I don't know if our Federal Agencies are actually doing something to help because I am REALLY TIRED of reporting and keep on getting the same calls.
Hopefully they read this blog and do something, because these callers are an infestation and these are the numbers:
800-531-7013 800-531-9278 904-620-4433 877-322-9724 239-690-6906

If you want law enforcement to know about the calls you get, report it to the FTC at The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

The comments you put here on the blog don't go into the law enforcement database.

That doesn't work. I filed a complaint with over 300 numbers that I stored in my contact named Spammer. The FTC did nothing. I keep getting calls from the same numbers. Even though I blocked the contact, it only blocks it half the time. Please! Someone figure out a way to stop these spammers! They waste over 30 minutes each day of my life!

Rachel from Cardholder Services has been silenced by nomorobo on my land line. My cell phone app didn't recognize her last week. I reported the details to the FTC complaint site as usual.

May I suggest that the FTC use enforcemnt power that they have or use the services of a federal enforcement agency and shut these companies down. They can arrest the people working there and use a bat on the calling machines. If they did that I am sure they would have the thanks of the American people and might even get additional funding.

Two thumbs up! How easy for the spammers and spoofers to get through to us despite the Do Not Call. Yet when we consumers need to contact a legitimate business, look at all the hoops and menus we have to jump through just to get a human!!!

Insane what a customer go through in this era .

I actually collect data and information about these calls i get and in turn anonymous parties pay to have this info to dos and blacklist the scammers no matter what device or tech they use. So... i very much welcome it. Its like another day at the lake fishing.

Good, here's one for you. 418.925.7632 it's from Quebec with Indian or Pakistanese accent.

The FTC refused to own up to its authority in protecting consumers by failing to deploy cyber security measures in telecommunications.and ID theft. It would be helpful if they disclosed any interagency agreements to counteract harm to consumers.

Do Not Call Lists DO NOT WORK!!!!!! 2 straight years I reported every call and I still get them!!! Now they ( spammers) are attacking my cell phone!!!!! Nothing better to do---- Ah how about a job, it's called working!!

I'm so sick of them. I'm on the list, doesn't help to be on it. Two calls at 7:00am one again around a few minutes later. Say Fargond the other unknown. I know they're scammers but I just don't know what to do anymore. Have my phone set to ring twice because it drives me crazy. I'm looking for a new phone that may have some new features that will help. Probably doesn't exist. I tried nomorobo and for some odd reason I can't use it. I will check out Hiya but that sounds like a cell phone app.

While I screen all calls via caller ID and have my message state we don't answer unknown calls, I recently reinstated Verizon's Call Block service (which I believe is a legacy service only available in DC, DE & PA and, low & behold, it has not accepted even one number... so the callers are either calling via voip or cell. Very frustrating!

Mr. Johnson, Just admit that the scammers have won and there's nothing that you or your agency can do. The scammers have developed technology that can morph numbers and the government is powerless to protect the public from these parasites.

We get way too many calls from automated solicitors.


I love to mess with the ones who call saying they are from the IRS and going to sue me. They hang up quickly when I ask them their name. Some even answer their phones with Internal Revenue Service, when I tell them they shouldn't they hang up. Some days it is fun. I have let our investigation people know.

I want all these unwanted phone calls to my home stopped. Most of the last ones were in the area of politics. I'm simply not interested in these at all.

I read once you can tell the caller to" hold on for a minute...then go do you laundry and keep them on hold and coming on the phone and saying " can you hold on" They will get the message!

I too like so many appearing above have received numbers on my caller I.D. that appears as a local call, but if you dial the number back, a recording claims that number has been disconnected or is no longer in service. Then I get a ton of 1 - 800 #'s and they too claim I can press 2 to be placed on their Do Not Call list which takes 72 hours to achieve. But when you call back, the name of the company or who called you is never identified. They are so urgent to get a hold of you but they do not want to be identified. I have since informed AT&T they can have my landline as I have purchased Ooma and I will get a new number and deal with whatever problems. At least I do not have to feed into a giant who does nothing to provide half way good customer service.

Ive call stating irs this is your last chance before they sue you.IVE gotten on my computer call this 800 number for service,do not use your computer because your information can be used.ALSO call this number ,if not we will show up at your job trying to get you to verify your social security number.HOW DO ALL THESE PEOPLE GET YOUR INFO.I WANTED TO BUY A TV OFF DELL.COM.The lady that answered keep saying hello about three times as if she could not hear me.FINALLY I got her voice,i asked her where was she located is stated INDIA I hung up from the beginning could not hear or understand me.She called me back about 3 times,i did not answer .the next time she called me I answered told her to cancel call,hung up.She called me one more time to tell me do not call here any more.When everything started going to other country things started to go crazy.Ive never had a sales person to call me back,and have an attitude when I changed my mine.I do no like giving my credit card to people that can hardly understand me,and me understanding them.

It is appaling that Americans are not safe from these invasions of privacy in our own homes. This is top on my list of what the government is failing to do for the average family.

I want my calls blocked. I have been getting threatening phones calls from IRS telling me there is a warrant out for me and to get a lawyer. He says I owe 9,100.Thats impossible. I have all my taxes for proof.

it's a scam. don't answer the phone or just hang up on them.

I am certain that the DoNotCall list is being used as a priority calling list. The FTC can't do anything about offshore phone rooms that move around [nor even local ones for that matter] If you think about it, those numbers used to get fewer calls.

Over the 15 years I have moved 3 times and/or bought 3 new phone numbers and 3 new mobile. Each time when I put something on the DNC list it only took about 10 days before the incessant calling started on the numbers I listed to NOT CALL.


what up with that anyway .they still call

I just received a call around 5:30 this very morning. I answered because my sister had gone out of state for a funeral and did not know if she was calling me from a different phone. I could hear talking but they would not answer me. I hung up and it made me mad so I texted the number and told them they could have had the courtesy to at least say sorry wrong number. About 10 or 15 minutes later got another call but different number. I ignored it. Another 5 or 10 minutes received another call again from the second number. By this time they are really making me mad because I am trying to sleep. I answered and had to say hello several times, and then a lady, and I say that mildly asked who I was. I asked who did she want to speak to. I told her I answered because that was the 3rd call I had received even after I sent a text. She then began to tell me I had her phone. I told her oh no mame I don't. Have had my number for years. Asked me again what my number was. I told her I guess you must know because you called it. She said she called her number because she had lost her phone and I have it. I told her to think again. I had my phone in my hand and she was calling my number. She then began to threaten me saying she had a tracker on the phone and I will call the police. Told her why didn't she just do that since I have all the papers on my phone with me and we will see who is in trouble. She hung up!!

On the internet type in nomorobo it's free and works they test your line and when a call comes in it rings once and they take over its a god scent


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