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December 28, 2011 8:45 AM Subscribe
Within the past few weeks, I've been receiving phone calls on my cell phone every day at 9am and 5pm like clockwork from the number (000) 000-0000. How do I make these bastards go away and leave me alone?
posted by Geckwoistmeinauto to law & government (25 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I do not answer numbers that I don't recognize -- if it's important, they'll leave a message. Recently, some entity has taken it upon themselves to begin harassing me twice a day on my cell phone. Obviously, the number is not a valid number and indeed spoofed Caller ID. Twice a day at the same exact time each day, I get a mysterious phone call from (000) 000-0000. I have never answered these calls. I do not intend to answer these calls, as I don't want the entity to think they have a 'lead', and to increase the volume or frequency of calls.
Interestingly enough, the calls do take off weekends and holidays, which makes me think they're some sort of debt collection entity. I have no debt, nor have I ever had any outstanding or uncollected debt. My number is on the do-not-call list.
Up until maybe this summer, I never received any unsolicited calls on my cell phone. Since then, it seems as though I get from two to five calls a week. Some times from spoofed numbers -- callbacks to the caller ID number reveals disconnected or otherwise out of service -- some times from established businesses.
I've contacted my wireless provider, and they are set on selling me a $5 service that I can use to block a limited number of numbers. This is not appealing to me, I do not want to spend money on this problem. I have filed FCC complaints. I also wrote a letter complaining to the CEO of AT&T, and I plan to copy this letter to my legislators. I also complained to my wireless provider's twitter account, and they are just as useless as the phone support reps.
What else can I do to make these calls go away? Are there any regulatory avenues that I'm missing? Caller ID spoofing is illegal, who is tasked with enforcing this law?
I have an iPhone 4S, but there seems to be no way to reject calls by number or contact on the iPhone 4S like I could on my android device. I do not plan to jailbreak my phone, so please do not offer solutions that require that.