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#1 +Xinok

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 17:10

I recently switched to T-Mobile and I got a new phone number as a result. Ever since then, I've been receiving calls from telemarketers/scammers. I'm running CM7 which has a call block feature, but they keep calling from different numbers.

So I'm looking for an app that has a blacklist of known telemarkers and which occasionally updates, similarly to Adblock subscriptions. I've found a couple apps so far which do just this (WhosCall and Mr. Number), but they seem kind of sketchy to me and I'm paranoid about what I install on my phone. There are other apps which have a *call block* feature, but most don't clarify if there's a built-in list or if you must manually block numbers.

I'm wondering if there are any *trustworthy* apps with such a feature, or an antivirus even. I already run Avast which has a call block feature, but no downloadable list.


#2 helpifIcan

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 15:04

Is there a do not call list available to you, basically a number you call and put in your number. This supposedly blocks them from being allowed to call you.

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 15:05

Block all calls except for phonebook entries ?

Change your number ?

#4 OP +Xinok

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 23:04

Is there a do not call list available to you, basically a number you call and put in your number. This supposedly blocks them from being allowed to call you.

It doesn't help. People on the Do Not Call list have gotten calls from these numbers regardless.

Block all calls except for phonebook entries ?

Change your number ?

I often get calls from numbers I don't recognize, whether from school or work. But usually, I won't answer if I don't recognize the area code and let it forward to voicemail.

Changing my phone number seems like the best option. Only a few people know my real number; I use Google Voice for everything else.

#5 Azusa

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 23:06

Don't most if not all telemarketing calls leave no caller ID/number?

#6 Hum

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 23:12

I block them on my cell phone with Call Reject :D

#7 UKDarkJedi

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 23:34

Just wondering here...

In the UK we have an option called the Telephone Preference Service. It's governed under something call the Direct Marketing Association. Essentially you register your number for free (you just have to prove you own that number every 12 months or your registrations lapses) and any companies using direct marketing techniques (as you seem to be plagued by) who call you while your number is registered will earn a "strike" once you've reported them. Three strikes and those companies are fined heavily and repeated offences after that will have them investigated by the national watchdog (OfCom in our case) which means they essentially have to stop business for a few days to have everything they do gone over with a fine tooth comb.

I'm assuming however, you're not a resident of our green and pleasant land but there should be something like this available where you live?

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 23:45

Just wondering here...

In the UK we have an option called the Telephone Preference Service. It's governed under something call the Direct Marketing Association. Essentially you register your number for free (you just have to prove you own that number every 12 months or your registrations lapses) and any companies using direct marketing techniques (as you seem to be plagued by) who call you while your number is registered will earn a "strike" once you've reported them. Three strikes and those companies are fined heavily and repeated offences after that will have them investigated by the national watchdog (OfCom in our case) which means they essentially have to stop business for a few days to have everything they do gone over with a fine tooth comb.

I'm assuming however, you're not a resident of our green and pleasant land but there should be something like this available where you live?



I knew there was something you could do to stop them, but wasn't sure what it was called, registering my home number tomorrow with Telephone Preference Service, I assume they need to call to confirm it is my number so I`ll wait until people are not in bed :D

#9 remixedcat

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 23:53

ha !! DNC list is BS it doesn't work.... I get marketing calls a lot...

only solution i had was saying stupid things to them like "I'M A POTATO!!!" over and over or talking dirty to them or something....



hey tell em u wanna have hot steamy sex with them!!!

Don't most if not all telemarketing calls leave no caller ID/number?


yep.... or some 512 number....

#10 .Neo

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 23:54

Don't pick up your phone.

:p

On a more serious note: It's my experience most telemarketers have a blocked caller ID, so there's not much you can do about it… :/

#11 Praetor

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 23:58

anwser the phone; if it's a telemarketer just say "oh just wait a minute i'm going to see if the responsable person can anwser that" and then leave the call on...until they drop it (they are paying for that).

did it once, never again they call me back :)

#12 xendrome

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 00:05

Just call T-Mobile and have them issue you a new number, obviously someone who had a lot of bills had that last number.

#13 Nashy

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 00:17

Do USA carriers not put number into quarantine for a certain amount of time before re-using the number?

#14 Xilo

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 00:21

Do USA carriers not put number into quarantine for a certain amount of time before re-using the number?

Nope. I've seen some people get old hooker numbers and such :laugh:

#15 remixedcat

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 00:21

nope... I got calls for an Angie that I never know and they keep asking for her,,, alll the time... arrrg