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how to stop ghost calls from non working numbers

I get ghost calls from randomly changing numbers about once a day, typically in the middle of the night.  They also usually leave a message, blank but takes up message space and indicates I have a message.  I call the numbers back sometimes and they are always not a working number.  I can block each time but they always come from a new number.  Any ideas on what to do to stop this madness?

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The best way to block these calls on a landline is to use a portable device costing about $20 called ProCall Blocker, it stores up to 1500 numbers which you can add to your blacklist of numbers.  The phone will ring once then go dead.  It is 100% effective.  Best of luck, John.

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I was told never to say "yes" or "ok" or anything like that because they can use the recorded response to say that you agreed to something, like something that could be charged to an account you have every month or however often they please.  I never use those words.  Sometimes they ask if I can hear them or something, but I never say anything.

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The only way that I have found to work is to use the blocking device on your iPhone for numbers you don't want to answer! It's temporary but they give up sooner than later !<br>I've also found that trying to talk to them during the call is fruitless it's a robocall so good luck with that tactic. As far as I'm concerned it's a pain in the rear one has to put up with till someone comes up with a better idea.😱
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 I've been having this problem despite being on the do not call list. I don't recall this with my other phone service-- are people experiencing this as a result of AT&T service? I'm curious, as the only suggestion from AT&T for solutions was to turn off my phone and keep blocking the numbers. But that interrupts my day and I see all my missed calls and have to phone them back (if no message) to see if they were clients. UGH! I'm thinking of switching carriers to see if that stops all this nonsense, as I've never had an issue in the past, and I'm thinking it might be because I'm with AT&T now. Tired of all the recorded message calls!

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How come this has YET to be answered??  there is no solution to this issue??

 

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ACE - Expert

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@gypsyqueen13 No, there is no solution. There is no way to stop spammers and scammers from number spoofing. If you have postpaid service, you can try the Call Protect app, it will cut down on those calls but still won't block them all. 

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ACE - Professor

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Just wait, telemarketers are trying to get congress to allow calls to go directly to voicemail without ringing your phone. They think they will have the right to do this if they donate enough money to the campaign funds of congress. 

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Its not just at&t its all carriers wireless or landline

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Ghost calls are usually the result of a neglected autodialer, either due to mismangement of the device or a company forgetting to turn it off before they shutdown (hence the out of service numbers if you try calling back).  This latter scenario can sometimes result in years of ghost calls before the device is detected & finally taken out of service.  So, how does this contraption work?

 

An autodialer makes hundreds of calls per minute & utilizes AI to detect when someone (or your VM) answers the call.  It then directs the call to a telemarketer waiting to tell you all about that "all-inclusive cruise to the Bahamas that you won just for being awesome!"  If the device isn't managed properly and far more calls are picked up than they have available telemarketers, no one is there to give their spiel & you (or your VM) hear nothing but dead air.  Now, if you have the patience of the Dalai Lama & don't hang up immediately, the call will eventually hang up on you.  How rude!  This is due to FCC regulations on how long a telemarketing company can tie up a phone line (~2 seconds) without interacting with the "customer" before they have to move onto the next "lucky" phone owner.

 

"But I registered my number on the Do Not Call List!  Why are they still calling me!?!"  Unfortunately, telemarketers have learned sneaky ways of getting around this piece of legislation.  Because of the wording of the bill, if the telemarketer says something to the affect of "...because you expressed interest in...", they are no longer in violation of the law.  The reason they can do this is because you probably used your phone number when filling out a giveaway entry somewhere at sometime or didn't check off an appropriate box at some point & your number is now on an endless loop of phone numbers being sold between telemarketing companies.  Changing your phone number might work, but then again, phone numbers are recycled & you'll probably still end up receiving calls because the previous owner of your new phone number had the same idea of dumping a tainted number, and now you're receiving the calls he or she was receiving before they switched numbers to get away from the telemarketing calls.  Kinda like a case of herpes making it's way through a college campus, doncha think?  The real trick here is being able to say, "remove me from your list" before they so rudely hang up on you!

 

Now for the slightly less bad news.  Telemarketers aren't going away anytime soon, and because they have learned tricky ways of getting around the DNCL, you'll never be able to get rid of them entirely.  However, we can work together to eliminate those machines that are associated with disconnected numbers and lessen the frequency of these calls!  Whocalled.us and 800notes.com (and possibly others) collect notes from anyone who received a call and wants to know a bit more about the number on the caller ID screen.  Personally, I think 800notes.com looks more legit, and it clearly states it's objectives at the top of the website, which makes me feel more confident that my efforts are being put to good use.

 

I hope this bit of information was as informative as it was entertaining.  Now, I'm off to report yet another ghost call...

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Hurricane Katrina was blamed on Bush, now, robocalls are blamed on Trump. I have seen it all...

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These people are driving me insane. I get on upwards of 8 to 10 a day and because I have grown children who travel alot I am afraid not to answer the call but it is always these callers you spoke of. I have blocked more numbers than I can count but I am still relentlessly harassed. Changing my phone number is not an option as it is associated with work. I too have called countless numbers and Verizon says it's a non-working number. Well if that were true they couldn't continue to call me. Desperately need help. You should see my phone log, it's inundated with tons of different numbers from different states. Somebody please help!!!!
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I have sprint and it is happening with me too.
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It doesn't matter what carrier you have, it is happening all over and the government needs to get involved.

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ACE - Sage

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The FCC is involved.

ATT has Call Protect, which is free.

verizon has a paid subscription service.

all current smartphones have do not disturb, which has settings to allow numbers in contacts only.

 

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So I have had the same issue. I keep getting calls from my same area code with the same first 3 digits. Today, however, I decided to call a couple back. The first one answered and her name was Ruth. She said she didn't call me and she had been at work all morning. The second one answered and his name was John. He said he didn't call me either. If they didn't call me, then why do I have their numbers on my missed call list?? I have been getting 3-4 of these random calls a day. I am so annoyed. When I do answer these calls, it's an immediate hang up. Why is this happening?

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