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Spam Callers

December 13th, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

If you are like me, your number of spam phone calls has gone up.  I am in the national and state Do-Not-Call registries.  That worked for a while but the spammers have said screw that.  What to do?

Spammers have gotten good at what they do.  Many calls with US listings are coming from off-shore.   Some just spoof a number.  Their bag of tricks is bulging.  I am getting a half-dozen a week and I’ve gone out of my way to keep my unlisted phone away from most eyes.

I recently downloaded an Android app that has made life a lot easier.   The iPhone doesn’t do as well.  iOS is just to locked up.  That’s good in many instance but not for this one.

Should I Answer

If you don’t have a type checked you get this.

Notification Features
• Displays phone number rating immediately when phone starts ringing
• Does not touch or display ratings for your numbers stored in contacts!
• Works offline – uses offline rating database (internet connection not needed)
• Fast access to detailed phone number information and user reviews
• Fast access to write own review

Optional Blocking Features
• Blocks calls from hidden numbers
• Blocks calls to premium rate numbers
• Blocks calls to foreign countries
• Blocks calls from/to negative rated numbers
• Blocks calls from numbers defined on private block list
• Can blocks all calls from numbers which are not in contact list!
• Never blocks or touch any number from your contact list!

Online Manual: Shouldianswer.net/mobile-manual/7

As it says, it has very configurable options.  What happens if it get a spam call it knows about is to quickly disconnect.  No way for them to pollute you voice mail.  I add to the database if one slips through.  With the database on the phone, there’s no data cost.

It is waiting in the app store for trial.

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  1. December 13th, 2016 at 13:48 | #1

    My calls have gotten good at spoofing my home area code, even though they are really from somewhere else. If you call them back, you get the “no such number” message.

    I’ve been tempted to take the message and them string them along. There are some hilarious videos on youtube about this. But I usually just hang up.

  2. July 8th, 2017 at 20:40 | #2

    I have started getting phone calls from the American Red Cross. Apparently, because they are a non-profit outfit, they can ignore any do-not-call list.

    Thanks for your support while I was at the WSOP.

  3. July 9th, 2017 at 07:48 | #3

    There are a number of classes exempt from DNC list. One of them is the DNC, I think.

    You can tell them to put you on their list. They have their own.

    Another great run, Dave. Always fun to see a friend do well! Maybe a once in a while blog post? Who am I to ask that?

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