iPhone 8(+) phone calls scam

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Dsampedro, Oct 16, 2018.

  1. Dsampedro macrumors newbie

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    is there an app or what that blocks scams from calling? there is times when they call about 10 times a day or more.
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    I try to block them and they keep coming back with a different number
     
  2. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    Try Robokiller. A lot of people speak highly of it. It cost about $30 a year (U.S.).
     
  3. kargurin macrumors 6502

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    I have RoboKiller. One bogus call has gotten through in past three weeks. It’s the best scam screener I’ve tried. And it doesn’t bug you. You get a notification with a recording and that’s it. AT&T has a free app that’s pretty good if you have that service.
     
  4. Mac'nCheese Suspended

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  5. Jordan921 macrumors 601

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  6. ectospheno macrumors regular

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    There are apps but you may find the cure just as bad as the disease in this case. You are giving a third party access to everyone who calls you as well as your full contact list. That is a lot of access to give when you can just hit decline and go about your day.
     
  7. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

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    What's the name of the ATT app?
     
  8. Nhwhazup macrumors 68020

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    Love this one. Has worked great for me.
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    Call Protect
     
  9. BigMcGuire Contributor

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    The number of spam calls in the last week and a half has been more than all the spam calls I've gotten in the last year. Frustrating. Not sure if some company with my number got hacked but good grief, it's bad.
     
  10. kargurin macrumors 6502

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    Get yourself on the do not call list. That should help some.

    https://www.donotcall.gov/register/reg.aspx

    AT&T Call Protect is as good or better than any other App Store app. Except RoboKiller IMO. Your phone will still ring with Call Protect but it will tell you if it is suspected spam. RoboKiller is silent.
     
  11. Stinsle macrumors member

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    Yes, one day last week I got back to back to back calls from some travel service. They called about 5 times and sent a text. That was in the AM. Then they called in the afternoon. I am not sure if they got my number by something I did. I am usually very careful with my phone number. UGH!
     
  12. Jordan921 macrumors 601

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    A couple weeks ago I called Comcast. The next day some random number called and I didn’t pick up. They left a message saying they were from a company calling on behalf of Comcast. Had to block the number because they kept calling.
     
  13. Five_Oh macrumors regular

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    Feel free to try, but the vast majority of the "businesses" that are spam calling are either beyond the reach of U.S. authorities offshore, or agile enough they don't care.
     
  14. adamhenry macrumors 68000

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    The donotcall registry seems worthless. I have been trying Hiya premium but it seems to identify all of the spam and scam accurately while failing to block it. I am losing patience troubleshooting and waiting for results. I am about to uninstall Hiya and try something different.
     
  15. Packers1958 macrumors 65816

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    I set up all my contacts to have a ring tone. i also have a silent ringtone for all the other callers. If I don't hear a ring tone, I don't have to worry about being annoyed by spam.
     
  16. lsmachado macrumors member

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    If you tap the Protect tab, you can set it to automatically block those calls instead of just warning you. That’s what I did and it’s working great. It will also update any new threats.
     
  17. adamhenry macrumors 68000

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    I have set that option and it still warns me.
     
  18. MEJHarrison macrumors 65816

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    If I don't recognize a number, I don't answer. Seems simple enough to me. If that number continues to call, or they don't leave a message, or the White Pages app doesn't recognize them as a legitimate business, that number gets blocked. If it's a number from the same prefix as mine and no message, instant block. If I'm in a bad mood that day, instant block. If you're not in my contact list, you sure as crap better text instead of calling or at least leave voicemail or there's a 50/50 chance your number will just be blocked. And if you are on my contact list, text anyway because most times I don't answer calls from the numbers I do recognize (in my defense, I'm a stereotypical, anti-social developer). I've seriously used my phone as a phone probably less than 5 times this year.

    When I got my first iPhone years ago, I even tried just getting a data package without the ability to make calls. Unfortunately, that wasn't an option.
     
  19. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    This is what I have sued now for about 6 months and it has worked very well. It does not stop all the calls but I would say 80% and I am using the no cost version of Call Protect.

    Not sure how much better the paid version cost or what it offers for the extra money!

    The DO NOT CALL list is another joke on us. I am betting government employees have sold our numbers or the list has been hacked! They are unable to protect their OWN private data, you know how little they must care for ours.
     
  20. Packers1958 macrumors 65816

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    Do not call list is for domestic callers. 99% of all spammers are outside of the US, using computer generated phone numbers and calling via the internet, not actual phone lines or cell phones. Government employees are not selling any list, and they have not been hacked.

    All one has to do is have software that spoofs a US number and then robo call every possible phone number in the US. They ignore the no call list because they cant be prosecuted outside of the US.

    The only way to stop it would be to ban computer generated phone numbers, but that would put skype and other similar companies out of business. Just pass a law that requires users to get a US phone number from a US phone company or wireless carrier.

    Also remember, when you purchase something online, and click on an agreement, many can legally sell your phone information to other vendors, who the can bombard your phone with robo calls. And since you agreed to those terms, those who bought the info cant be prosecuted.
     
  21. BigMcGuire Contributor

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    Do you use this? I'm really leery about using something like this because I think they're a no-name company doing whatever with a massive list of calls that they get as well as my phone number. lol. I'm only considering it because my spam calls have REALLY gotten out of hand in the last few weeks. I keep my phone off but my watch is buzzing all the time now. I guess I can just turn on DND permanently and only allow calls from contacts? :/ except when I'm expecting calls outside of contacts (doesn't happen too often).
     
  22. kargurin macrumors 6502

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    Once I placed my number on the do not call list last year I did notice a downtick in activity. It is not worthless.
     
  23. dotzero123 macrumors regular

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    I’ve been getting hammered with calls about auto warranties and health care. I used Obamacare for about 6 months and haven’t stopped receiving unwanted calls since. Nice that something set up by our government can bypass the do not call list.
     
  24. aristobrat macrumors G5

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    If it helps, I've never used Obamacare and I get those types of calls.

    The calls that really make me mad are the ones that spoof a local number. If my phone is 555-1234, these calls appear to be coming from 555-####, where #### is just some random numbers they're using. Blocking that number is pointless, because they next time they call back, they'll pick a different 555-#### number.

    What what REALLY kills me is when someone else gets a spam call where the spammer used MY CELL PHONE NUMBER. So that person calls back and leaves a crappy voice message, thinking I actually was the one spamming them.

    Ergh
     
  25. HEK macrumors 68040

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    Been using AT&T Call Protect. Quite pleased with it. As more people use it and report spam calls the better it gets. Known spam is intercepted before you even get it. Ones that do get through you can report and manually block. Improves their data base and prevent same number repeat calls.
     

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