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Old Jan 16, 2021, 05:41 PM   #1
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got 20 spam calls today, all from unique #s, all saying iPhone support. This is getting really fricken irritating blocking all these numbers every day...

any idea how to handle this, other than getting a new cell#?

I'm very careful to never give out my number or put it on any forms.... pisses me off when businesses even ask now...
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Old Jan 16, 2021, 06:45 PM   #2
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got 20 spam calls today, all from unique #s, all saying iPhone support. This is getting really fricken irritating blocking all these numbers every day...

any idea how to handle this, other than getting a new cell#?

I'm very careful to never give out my number or put it on any forms.... pisses me off when businesses even ask now...
i always get calls from kac trying to clean my ducts, its super annoying
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Old Jan 16, 2021, 07:03 PM   #3
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i get about probably on average of 1-2 per day. the key is never to pick up. i find when i used to pick up, I would get them more and more...

but sometimes people don't have that option... if it is a work phone or something... but yeah, not picking up at all seems to make them go down over time.
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I just turn Silence Unknown Callers on and most #'s that aren't in my contacts or in my call/message history get sent straight to voice mail, no ringing. They still show up as missed calls that you will have to delete. This is on the very latest iOS though.

I imagine since the gov't is giving out free money plus the vaccines, the spammers are out in force right now.
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got 20 spam calls today, all from unique #s, all saying iPhone support. This is getting really fricken irritating blocking all these numbers every day...

any idea how to handle this, other than getting a new cell#?

I'm very careful to never give out my number or put it on any forms.... pisses me off when businesses even ask now...
Don’t think getting a new number will help. I started getting 10 plus calls a day on my work cel phone and I don’t give that number out to anyone so no idea where they got the number from.
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Old Jan 17, 2021, 09:05 AM   #6
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I just turn Silence Unknown Callers on and most #'s that aren't in my contacts or in my call/message history get sent straight to voice mail, no ringing. They still show up as missed calls that you will have to delete. This is on the very latest iOS though.

I imagine since the gov't is giving out free money plus the vaccines, the spammers are out in force right now.
they dont call from private numbers tho, there smart and spoof a local number

i get spam from kac and his duct cleaning service
calls for the affordable care act(wtf)
the legal department of service canada lol
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Gays report numbers to the police. That’s what I do.
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I would if I thought it would help.

Any more, I just screen calls and let them go to voice mail unless the number is in the contact list. Typically it's 5 seconds of silence on the voice mail which is always a scammer, or it's no voice mail at all.

Nothing we can do about this. They've been trying for years.
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they dont call from private numbers tho, there smart and spoof a local number

i get spam from kac and his duct cleaning service
calls for the affordable care act(wtf)
the legal department of service canada lol
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I dunno, I've seen my phone send local numbers straight to voice mail if I've never called them before. Mom is old school so we have a VOIP phone that she thinks is landline and doesn't understand why it goes down with the internet. So a lot of our calls to businesses/services is through that so we don't have to worry about draining our batteries while on hold. I'm not saying local businesses sell their customer's numbers but we've picked up a number of spam calls while waiting for a callback from said businesses. That number has just been getting hammered with health insurance/vaccine spams.
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I just turn Silence Unknown Callers on and most #'s that aren't in my contacts or in my call/message history get sent straight to voice mail, no ringing. They still show up as missed calls that you will have to delete. This is on the very latest iOS though.

I imagine since the gov't is giving out free money plus the vaccines, the spammers are out in force right now.
okay, will try this, this should help somewhat...
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Old Jan 19, 2021, 01:58 PM   #12
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seriously, I would expect police wouldn't give a crap about spam calls?

Is there a # in the US that we can report these calls somewhere?
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i always get calls from kac trying to clean my ducts, its super annoying
your ducts or your "ducts"?
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definitely, I never pick up an unknown caller ...ever ...EVER!
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Its just part of having a phone number. Not much you can do to stop it.

I do like others suggested, just ignore the call when I don't recognize the number.
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Its just part of having a phone number. Not much you can do to stop it.

I do like others suggested, just ignore the call when I don't recognize the number.
sure, but averaging 10 spam numbers a day, is this typical? It takes me time to listen to and then delete these calls/numbers, not a lot about 5mins a day but still... this is getting irritating...
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I don't even bother listening to voicemails.
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how can you be sure it's spam and not some person you know who's not on your contacts list?
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I get these often and pick them up all the time. I usually lead them on and then call them out as a spammer. They get mad and hang up. Hearing them curse with that accent is hilarious.
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how can you be sure it's spam and not some person you know who's not on your contacts list?
I'm married with two kids. I have no friends.
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I've been getting a **** ton of them lately too but my carrier is actually flagging them so they are showing up on my screen as "Spam Risk".
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LOL that's actually a Trinidadian accent. Gerry Bednob is the actor and has a thick Trini accent there.

Them scam calls though, they sound more like this

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Man this guy is hilarious, more people should do this

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Not a problem if you own a Pixel. Never rings for known spammers and the Google Assistant can screen calls for you:

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Pixel + Fi here. In the last year, google has really stepped up their game when they started straight blocking known spammers. Anything that gets through with a number I don't recognize gets screened, and promptly blocked after that.

All in all, spam calls that actually manage to get through have been pretty rare compared to a year ago. Get maybe one or two a week that actually ring the phone.

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I got one today that left a voice mail of music playing and some foreign language. Maybe chinese.
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Not a problem if you own a Pixel. Never rings for known spammers and the Google Assistant can screen calls for you:

are there any apps similar to this for iphone? I'd even be willing to pay for this...
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Your carrier might have something. Verizon has a free level and a plus tier if you use their app

https://www.verizon.com/support/call-filter-faqs/

The very bottom of the above mentions something about silencing specifically junk callers

To turn off spam blocking for iOS devices, follow one of the options below:

Turn off Silence Junk Callers by going to device Settings > Phone > Call Blocking & Identification > Silence Junk Callers.


I don't have this option maybe because I'm on a prepaid not associated with Verizon or because I don't have the app or its something carrier related. Just something else to look for.
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i use an extreme high pitched whistle, works like a charm. There's nothing better than hearing the panicking scream on the other end of the line.....
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