Do Not Call Registry...

tigres

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Need a little assistance.

I have always been extremely careful with my Cell #. I only give it to family/friends, some close clients I work with, etc.
I never enter it online for orders, forms, emails and the like. Instead I use my office # for all contact information-

I am on the National DNC list, and re-uped in March of this year.

Recently I am getting calls from solicitors, survey people etc. Last eve I got a call from Reno @ 9:20 PM. PH 775-337-1194.

Does anyone know how this could happen #1, and how to stop it #2?

Total calls this week has been 5, and I have never had these issues before. I have had my # for 12 years, so getting rid of it is not an option.

Advice is appreciated.
 

Mac'nCheese

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Google search for FCC complaint form. At very least, report each call you get.
 
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Apple fanboy

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I have the same issues with text messages. About 1 or 2 a day. Credit or you had an accident stuff mostly. I know my problem was caused by a carrier problem with O2 in the UK. Apparently there was a security breach where for about 48 hours any website you visited could see your phone number. I was not happy because I never had a problem before this. I don't want the hassle of changing my number etc but what can I do? It's always a different number so getting it blocked will do nothing.
 
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yg17

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I get them all the time too....these people calling are scammers, not actual companies. If they don't mind stealing money from people, they're not going to mind violating the DNC list.
 
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heehee

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Dont know what phone you use, but some phones have call block.

Ive been getting an automated call lately saying i owe some money and have to call back this number with a reference code. A search online says its those magazines or columbia house collection. I checked my credit rating and its perfect. That number has been blocked from my phone.
 
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davidinva

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Read somewhere recently (citation needed) that the FCC doesn't have time or staff to handle these complaints. We are getting more these days, mostly from banks, credit card companies, and charities. And the poster who said that many of these are scammers is probably correct.
 
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ejb190

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Used to get calls like this on my work cell phones (both office and cell). Stating you work for a state agency, that all calls are being recorded (which is false), and that they will be hearing from my attorney (which would be the State Attorney General's Office in my case) usually gets them to back off.

Loved it when I got a call from a political party soliciting funds from a state employee on my state phone line during work hours. They sure hung up in a hurry.

I did get a lot of spam text messages on my personal phone. As I don't have a texting plan, I got the pleasure of paying for these myself. I talked to someone at my local AT&T store who said AT&T was investigating. Haven't seen one of those in a month or so.
 
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smithrh

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Many of these calls are coming from overseas with spoofed numbers. This way, the FTC (not the FCC) can't really do anything (although I'd like to see some action taken against the caller ID spoofing).

They don't even know who they are calling. -0001, -0002, -0003, you get the idea.

There are also exceptions to the DNC list.

Not much you can do, sadly. I do await the day when my phone will do an automated search on the number that's calling me, then decide whether or not to let it ring, go to voicemail, or just go "click."
 
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tigres

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Dont know what phone you use, but some phones have call block.

Ive been getting an automated call lately saying i owe some money and have to call back this number with a reference code. A search online says its those magazines or columbia house collection. I checked my credit rating and its perfect. That number has been blocked from my phone.

iPhone. Not JB either.
AT&T want's $ of course to block #'s- f- that.

I will see how this plays out. I am in the credit business, so I know a lot on how these games are played with peoples info.
FWIW, NEVER EVER give anybody your Cell # when applying for a loan of any sort. If they put that in the system, before pulling credit- the bureaus sell that info-

I have not done the above, just letting you all know.

Found this website also, that at least traces the #'s to some extent for free.

http://800notes.com
 
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'Bmac

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My mobile company told me to do this when I receive and unwanted call or text to my number.

Unwanted TEXT: Forward the msg to the number 7726

Unwanted CALL: Text the word SPAM to 7726, when prompted reply with the phone number of the unwanted call.
 
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thatoneguy82

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Need a little assistance.

I have always been extremely careful with my Cell #. I only give it to family/friends, some close clients I work with, etc.
I never enter it online for orders, forms, emails and the like. Instead I use my office # for all contact information-

I am on the National DNC list, and re-uped in March of this year.

Recently I am getting calls from solicitors, survey people etc. Last eve I got a call from Reno @ 9:20 PM. PH 775-337-1194.

Does anyone know how this could happen #1, and how to stop it #2?

Total calls this week has been 5, and I have never had these issues before. I have had my # for 12 years, so getting rid of it is not an option.

Advice is appreciated.
Like a previous poster said, this is most likely an international caller that is spoofing their Caller ID. I get them constantly. If you call back the number, you get nothing but when you answer and ask where they are calling from they usually tell you it's international. The only way I've dealt with this purchasing the Smart Limits subscription with AT&T and putting the number that they call from. They usually spoof the same ID several times before they move on. And like you, I've had my number for 12 years and I have no intention of changing it because of this.

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iPhone. Not JB either.
AT&T want's $ of course to block #'s- f- that.
I just saw this. Another alternative that I saw somewhere is to create a contact for the number and assign a silent ringtone and no vibrate. I'm not sure if that's even possible.
 
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