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If you're on Android, you could try the app "Mr. Number". It auto blocks all suspected spam calls based on a reporting system. It has millions of users, so most spam numbers have been added to their list, and if they aren't, you can add it yourself.
The only bad thing about it is that it doesn't completely block the calls, it usually rings for about half a second before it's blocked, but it's still much better than without the app.
Download an app called Mr. Number. If you get a call like that, you can mark it as spam on the app. If enough users mark a number as spam, the app will automatically block said number on your phone. It's not perfect, but I've had a significant decrease in spam calls since I downloaded it a few months ago.
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About blocking numbers, if you're on Android you can try Mr. Number. I haven't used it for long and it seems to be aimed more for spam, but if it keeps you away from your dealer, then I say go for it.
And congratulations as well!
I've been getting callers from Somalia and Burundi at stupid hours of the morning for the past 2 weeks.
I've installed Mr Number on Android and blocked the entire country code; Seems to work quite well. you can find it here: Google Play
I believe there is a version for iPhone.
I own a small business and I can tell you it's very annoying getting scammers, and bullshit callers every fucking minute . Your service provider isn't gonna do shit about it either no one knows how to deal with it but what I did which is the only solution I found is the download Mr number:.
Open the app , and block all calls and texts from all numbers and exclude the ones beginning with your Area code or any other area code to usually get calls for , all 1-888 1-666 1866 1800 numbers cannot call u anymore boom you're done
Edit: Sorry about that didn't know they updated the app. Download this version http://apkshared.net/1LmC
Go to block list (click the icon with the no sign) and click hang up on someone and a list of people will come up , click all numbers not in contacts or all numbers , then go to exclude and exclude area codes in your area or any other numbers that's it!
Mr. Number (Freeware). I use this app personally and have zero complaints. It does what it says, has no ADs, and as stated in it's about dialog is free and always will be. You can add notes to spam numbers to tell other Mr. Number users what the number is for. You can also block any number that you choose instead of having to rely on an unreliable database.
Looks like they ran an update on the app you suggested and it wiped out bad date info for users, I would probably look for something else. I personally just have two phones, I keep an iphone so it backs up to my icloud and haven't lost any client contact cards, notes and blacklists.
I use Mr. Number [Android | iOS], I usually ignore all calls that aren't on my contact list unless it's someone that might actually contact me or I'm expecting a call. It's handy since it auto hang-ups on known spam calls and you can check a number that has dialed you for user comments, and you can block numbers so they auto hang-up after one ring.
I normally check the number to see if other users report it as telemarketing, robo calls and etc. the app flags the "Chinese Embassy" scam calls as "Chinese Embassy" rather than outright block them though since it seems they use a bunch of numbers or number spoofing for the scam.
I started using Mr. Number a couple of months ago. It seems to work well for me, I can even block phishing text messages with it.
Is this on a landline or mobile? If the latter there is an app called Mr Number that allows filtering on STD code 0300 to block all government calls.
u/blipblipbleep I use an app called Mr Number and set a block rule for number "begins with 727-504" knowing I'd never call myself from my own phone and if I did I'd go to voice mail anyway. Everything blocked goes to voice mail and 90% don't leave one. Occasionally I get a robocall ad in my voice mail that I listen to for a couple of seconds, laugh, and delete.
In my case it is "865-..." but you get the point.
The key is it stops it before the ring tone even sounds, I see a quick pop up on the phone but don't even have to swipe it, it goes away in less time than it takes for me to think about it.
I use Mr. Number, works really great. You can block numbers with different criteria (numbers not in your contact list, numbers that begin with, etc). You can also hide blocked notifications so you never even hear a peep about it.
I've been getting these every once in a while for a few years and this last week it really increased. Like around 5:00 pm for a few days in a row I would get 10 or so of these calls back to back. I finally had to get an app called Mr. Number and used it to block any calls starting with the same first three digits of my phone number.
The weird thing is that when it started to escalate the callers sounded more like prank callers. Usually when I've received these, I'll answer and nobody will be there so I hang up right away. Last week I answered and stayed on the line for a few more seconds and some guy came on the line claiming I had been asking his girlfriend for nudes on Facebook (wtf?). So I hung up and then a few seconds later get another call (same first 3 digits but different last 4) and it was someone doing an Indian accent so I hung up right away and blocked all the calls with the above app. So fucking annoying.
OP, if you use Android then get this app and block calls starting with '780447': https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mrnumber.blocker&hl=en
I use an alternative app called Mr. Number. Works well for me but to be honest I have no idea how it operates in terms of security/privacy.
Do you use an android phone? If so, here's a great app to block/ignore calls from specific numbers: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mrnumber.blocker
I'm using it since my own mobile number got somehow into the monthly rotation of a few spam callers. (Basically the same case you described.) And it work's like a charm.
As far as I know there isn't an in-built way to block by area code. You could use the Mr. Number app to do it though.
I've had good luck with Mr. Number. Like any other app it doesn't catch all of them, but it does catch a few and includes a caller ID function. It automatically whitelists contacts and is user feedback based so you can report numbers that are spam. With enough reports it goes into their community list and blocks it from everyone.
I used Mr. Number on my previous phone, but now I don't use it anymore. My Xiaomi phone already has its own blacklist feature that's quite handy.
There's great app called Mr.Number for android, that lays an overlay on your incoming calls to tell you if calls are possible scams or spam calls from an ever updating database of suspect numbers.
With the last few Hiya updates (version 7) my phone would ring 2-3 times and then send the call to voicemail. I do not want to hear the phone ring unless it is someone in my contact list. The old version never rang unless it was someone in my contact list.
Also, I did not like the text messages Hiya sent to unknown numbers. I switched to Mr. Number (also a Hiya app) and now my phone does not ring unless is is a valid call and Mr. Number does not sent text messages to unknown numbers.
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Can I recomend an app called "Mr.Number"?
You can put numbers into the "spam" category and config the app to directly end the calls. Is awesome and ever since I installed the app I haven´t even got the notification for the calls (they just get cut inmediatly)
Try Mr. Number (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mrnumber.blocker&hl=en). You can have it send spam calls straight to voicemail. It used to have the ability to hang up spam calls without sending them to voicemail but for some reason or another they had to disable that feature. It also syncs with a spam report so you can see what others have said about the number.
If they're ringing your android mobile, I can recommend "Mr Mobile" call blocker
Edit: I've used it to block area code 0121 - Birmingham? - which is where most of these numbers appear from.
Download the Mr. Number app. You can block and auto-reject calls (either to voicemail or immediately pick up then hang up for you). It has a pretty decent database of known spam/scam or suspected numbers and you can select to block them automatically. You can also add individual numbers to block lists. It works for texting as well.
I was desperate for some kind of call blocking system that would wouldn't let this psycho lady get to my voicemail. She would call/text 100 times a day saying I stole her boyfriend (definitely not) and we needed to "talk." She was absolutely manic. Crying and screaming and then calm and friendly. This app worked like a dream.
There is an Android app called Mr. Number and it will auto block any number you tell it to. It cuts down on that stuff pretty well.
THIS. I use Google Voice as my business cell. It rings the same cell phone that my personal number rings. I have no home phone or landline for the business. No trouble getting calls from clients or personal callers and very few telemarketers. IF one makes it through I use the Google Voice block feature and Mr. Number to handle them.
Alguns telemóveis têm a opção para bloquear números especificos, também tens apps como o Mr. Number (Google e Itunes).
You won't be able to do that through Verizon. Install a third-party app like Mr. Number and set up a rule to block all numbers with that area code.
I use the Mr. Number app. Once you block them there, your phone usually doesn't even ring if they try again from the same number.
Doesn't help that the dickbags change numbers all the time, but it's about all you can do. They have a lookup function, too, where you can see if others have reported the same number as spam if you're not sure that it's somebody you want to block.
I know there are more features at the premium level with them but I've never tried that. Not perfect, for sure, but better than nothing.
I'm using Mr. Number on Android. It blocks numbers that have been reported as spam, and I've also set a blocking rule that blocks numbers starting with the same first 3 digits (and area code) as my own.
I installed Mr. Number (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mrnumber.blocker&hl=en) on my phone. It gives you the option to set numbers to either go straight to VM or to answer and hang-up immediately. As an added bonus it will show which numbers have a high spam rating saving the effort having to research the number on the internet.
Yes but the phone still rings. But Hiya also has this app called Mr Number that augments the Hiya features. Like blocking an entire set of numbers. You know how scammers will spoof caller ID buy pretending they're calling from (your area code)(your first 3 digits of number)(random 4 digits)? Mr Number gets rid of that. Hurray!
I use Wide Protect and block all numbers from my area that aren't in my contact list.
e.g. my areacode is '111' so wide protect blocks anyone calling from 111-000-0000 to 111-999-9999.
I also have the surrounding numbers blocked as well.
doesn't even ring/vibrate my phone.
iPhone App Store
Not in Google Play store?
Mr. Number is the Google version it seems
I use an app called Mr Number which allows you to block certain numbers (eg not in your contact list, 'Hidden' or unknown numbers) and so on. It also advises you of suspected spam numbers as well. I haven't had any real issues with it (although I tend to flick my work phone through to my mobile when I'm working from home and this is unfortunately a 'Hidden number'. It might be problematic now as the latest reviews on the Play Store suggest that there is now a subscription fee.
Mr. Number FTW! (Android and iPhone)
This is the first app I installed. Look up some videos on youtube on what you are looking for. Plenty of useful apps there.
Yea I have been using Mr Number last year or so, is there anything better?
It used to block texts but no longer does so, I get a lot of text spam as well =(
Hay 2 apps buenas para evitar este tipo de llamadas: Mr. Number o Should I Answer? .
Puedes probar a ver con cuál te acomodas mejor. Ambas son seguras y también deberían de estar para iPhone.
That's why ground lines suck. I have an app on my cellphone (Mr. Number) that alerts me to spam calls, and can even block them automatically.
It's completely free and has no ads. It does what it says, blocks numbers and stops spam. This is by-far the best app of it's kind I've used.
I downloaded Mr. Number on my phone and phones that have had several Scam Alerts are immediately routed to voicemail. Ones that only have a single report or two come with a warning on Caller ID letting me know of a possible scam or telemarketer.
I've tried a few of these apps and finally settled on Mr. Number. It does everything I want.
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Mr Number is a great, free app I use to block this kind of nonsense.
I use the Android one, so can only vouch for that
For those that want this functionality plus more (e.g. auto overlay company name and location, see the content of others' reports) try Mr Number. I think it works with any dialer. I have a Pixel but added this too to get the extra info
There are several apps (Android, iOS and Windows Phone) that blocks numbers automatically. I think one of the more popular ones is Mr. Number.
You can also block numbers on your phone manually or just pick up the phone and make random noises to piss the salesmen off which I do all the time (yes, funny considering I hate when that happens to me).
These are the options available here in Norway at least!
I'm glad Google is doing this. But for those disappointed by its limited availability, let me recommend Mr. Number in the meantime. Starting maybe nine months ago, I started getting bombarded by one spam or scam call after another, and this app has all but eliminated them.
This app purports to be able to block texts and calls from specific numbers, and also has the ability to save them. I can't tell you if it works or not though, having never used it myself: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mrnumber.blocker&hl=en_GB . If that's not useful, ask on the iphone or android subreddits, they may be able to offer more help
I used to use an app on android called Mr Number which would let you block calls from private numbers, but I think it blocks all private numbers.
Solution #1: Mr. Number
Solution #2: Port to Google Voice. For unknown contacts, enable call screening or send directly to voicemail.
I used Mr. Number, great blocking app, even has a database of numbers that get blocked and comments of people who blocked it tell you who it was and what happened during the call.
When I called my provider asking what I could do about these they suggested the Mr Number app. It has been blocking those on my phone for a few months now. I had been getting daily (two or three) "tech support" scam calls, and a few "google" calls a week. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mrnumber.blocker
I recommend Mr. Number. It has a database of spam numbers that it'll block for you, adds in the caller ID for unknown callers, and allows you to report new numbers as spam so they stop bothering you (as well as other people).
Mr. Number kinda works: it hangs up on the call but only after about a second or two of ringing. The only sure why to do blocking is to root and use for example Root Call Blocker.
If you have an android cell phone, you might try out an app like Mr Number or similar call blocker. It will give you a choice of hanging up or sending to voice mail any number you want, so you'll never get a second call from the same number.
Best tips I can give:
EDIT: This is for within the US. I don't know about other countries. There's also a national Do Not Call registry that you can sign up for (that may or may not help reduce solicitors) at donotcall.gov
EDIT2: Someone posted about trolling the poor call center employee and escalating to their manager, but it got deleted. My response:
"Better (assuming you have unlimited minutes):
Why do this? Because a lot of telemarketers are paid to work by the number of minutes they are on a call. When you put THEM on hold, they get to sit in their chair, close their eyes, and relax for as long as you have them on hold. They get a sweet little respite from their day of endlessly repeating the script that haunts their DREAMS.
And the best part is, the company loses just a little bit more revenue every time this happens."
In case anyone comes here looking for an Android alternative, I use Mr. Number
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I've been having the same problem for months, and started using mr. Number app and its been pretty good at catching spam calls.
I use Mr.Number to block calls, and to block spam/telemarketers automatically.
I use Mr.Number and it has literally added 20 years back to my life.
It's been happening to me too, and it seems that it's becoming a bigger problem every year.
In 2010 there were roughly a million complaints to the FTC about spam calls. In 2015 there were about 2.2 million complaints, and if things keep on as bad as they have been there will be roughly 3.3 million complaints in 2016. source
I don't know the exact reason that it's been getting worse, but based on what I've seen when it comes to things like DDoS attacks and whatnot I can guess that the spam companies have been finding more reliable ways to break the system.
For example I will not answer unless it is a number I recognize or it's in my phone area-code. If a spam company knows my area-code they can send me spam from numbers that are very close to that area-code or from the area-code itself which might trick me if I don't pay attention closely. Other times the caller id will be something official or scary sounding, these are easier to block because I'm pretty sure the FBI don't have their caller id set to FBI.
Unfortunately until the telecoms get off their ass there's not a whole lot you can do. There are a number of smartphone apps that will act as another layer of verification, and I've found this works well enough for me.
NOTE: Research the following apps and make sure they're not asking for permissions you don't want to give.
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C'mon bot, get it together!
Install an app called Mr. Number
It reveals incoming callers first and last name.
if you have an android phone, get this: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mrnumber.blocker&hl=en
I have my number listed in much the same way, and Mr. Number is a damn godsend.
i use this Mr. Number it blocks numbers
I know that is not the same thing but this app was helpful during periods of time when spam calls became unbearable
You can block prefixs with Mr number https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mrnumber.blocker
There are multiple applications you can download that will do this. I use Mr. Number.
Link for anybody curious such as the likes of myself.
Try Mr. Number or Hiya. Both are from the same dev. Both are great and ad free. If those doesn't meet your requirements, install Truecaller. It'll work for sure. Do note that Truecaller has ads (IAP is available to remove those) and you'll need to go to settings and disable all of the options that you find unnecessary.
Truecaller Screenshot: https://i.imgur.com/odbLfoI.png
I like Mr. Number a lot. Completely free and super reliable.
I use Mr. Number:
Mr. Number-Block calls & spam
I use this program https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mrnumber.blocker very useful for blocking spam calls and what not
Mr. Number always worked out great for me.
Try Mr. Number for blocking calls.
+Bonus, you won't get spam calls.
Try Mr. Number for Android. It allows you to set certain numbers to pickup and hangup without ringing the phone at all.
Looks interesting, I'll give it a try...
Carriers can't block them.. yet (there working on it but legaly that have to connect all calls right now)
i use https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mrnumber.blocker&hl=en
There's at least one app for that
In that case you would need a third party app, like Mr. Number, for instance.
Purtroppo puoi fare ben poco, continueranno a chiamarti.
Scarica questaapplicazioni e blocca tutti i numeri di spam.
Io mi trovo bene con Mr. Number
vai de Mr. Number.
Mr. number meaning this app?:
Mr Number can block entire area codes or countries.
Mr. Number is still up
Literally the first result when you search the Play Store for Hiya. Have you tried it?
Linkme: Mr. Number
Edit: I use this app, the company makes others.
A Google search brings up recommendations for Mr. Number
"Mr Number" from Hiya on the Play Store for Android
Block calls & spam
We use Mr Number.
Went from multiple a day to hardly ever getting any of them anymore.
Maybe Mr. Number?
Mi recomendación es esta aplicación
If you are on android you can use this app it will automaticly block spam calls
Mr. Number. It blocks a bunch of scam/spam calls and texts. You can also use it to block any number you want.
Mr Number is your friend - Android phone app to auto block spam calls
"mr. number" is the one I use, doesn't have ads.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mrnumber.blocker&hl=en This may help
Link to App
Mr. Number Been using it for years without issue.
Man kan godt blokere for udenlandske numre med https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mrnumber.blocker&hl=en
Personligt blokerer jeg for alle numre der ikke er i min telefonbog.
Or get Mr. Number for free?
If your friend has an Android phone, try getting Mr. Number on the Play Store.
Try Mr.Number works perfect for me on s9
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mrnumber.blocker here's what I use.