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How to stop ‘Anonymous’ phone calls on your landline

Last year, I did a post on “Why the FTC’s Do Not Call registry doesn’t stop those annoying robo-calls — and how you can stop them”.

After I signed on to a service called Nomorobo, which blocks robo-calls free for landline phones but costs $1.99 a month for mobile phones, most of the robo-calls I get indeed are blocked. How I know is when a call comes in, the phone only rings once, then the call is referred to Nomorobo.

But Nomorobo (to which I donated) still does not block all nuisance calls. I’ve noticed that some calls still get through, which my landline phone’s Caller ID identifies as “Anonymous”.

Well, there is a way to block “Anonymous” calls as well! Alas, it works only with some landline phones Xfinity, AT&T and Verizon, but not T-Mobile and Sprint.  

Craig Johnson of clark.com tells us how:

If your landline phone service is with Xfinity:

  • On your home phone, lift the receiver and listen for the dial tone.
  • Press *77 and listen for a confirmation tone. That’s how you know that the feature is working.
  • The “anonymous” caller who is blocking the display of their name and number will hear an automated recording that you’re not accepting blocked calls, and that to call again they must to unblock their Caller ID.
  • To turn off the Anonymous Call Rejection feature, press *87 and listen for a confirmation tone. When you hear it, the feature has been deactivated.

If your landline phone service is with AT&T:

  • Open the Customer Portal online and click the Inbound Features tab.
  • If Anonymous Call Rejection is enabled, to the right of it, under Action, click the Edit icon. Click yes or no and save.

If your landline phone service is with Verizon:

Even after you’ve activated the Anonymous Call Rejection feature on your landline phone, there are at least three kinds of calls that you’ll still receive:

  • Operator-assisted calls.
  • Calls that come up as Unknown or Unavailable.
  • Calls that are listed as Out-of-Area.

Note that the *77 feature won’t stop anonymous calls on your cell phone. Depending on the cell phone carrier, pressing *77 will either result in a “call could not be completed” prompt or in some areas of the United States, pressing *77 on your mobile phone will connect you to either the police or public safety officials.

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H/t CSM

~Eowyn

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Beware of ‘Can you hear me’ phone scam

There is a phone scam that you need to know.

As the video below explains, phone calls are made from people you don’t know. When you answer, a voice may ask: “This is (name). Can you hear me?”

If you answer, “Yes,” your voice is secretly recorded.

Then you’ll get another phone call demanding payment for the purchase of some goods or service, using your voice saying “yes” as proof that you had made that purchase.

As I had posted before, registering your phone calls with the federal government’s Do Not Call registry means very little these days because robo-callers are ignoring and circumventing the registry, and the federal government does not have the personnel to actually administer and police the Do Not Call registry. The registry is really an honor system that depends on merchants honoring your “do not call” requests, but countless and increasing numbers of unscrupulous merchants simply ignore our requests.

What can you do?

  1. Phones are now equipped with caller ID. When you get a call from someone you don’t recognize, don’t answer the call. Do not be fooled by the caller ID identifying the caller as having your area code — robocallers have found a way to fake area codes.
  2. Get Nomorobo, a free online service that will block robocalls to your phone. I did many months ago, and it works! Whenever my phone rings once and then stops, that’s Nomorobo blocking a robocall. To sign up, go here. Nomorobo for landline phones is free, but there is a fee for cell phones.
  3. NEVER ever give out personal information on the phone, such as your credit card number, social security number, or bank account number.

H/t John Molloy

~Eowyn

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