05-01-2019 06:56 AM
Just a warning there is a scam call going around that looks to come from Caller ID Verizon. The number is from 877 502 2874. The message they leave sound exactly like Verizon's automated caller when you have an appointment for service.
The call claims that your telephone service is being transferred to another provider and that your internet/TV is not going to change. And to call them back if it is a mistake.
It fooled me when I heard the message the first time and logged in to my account to make sure it wasn't actually happening. It really sounds that good. So just be sure not to call them back. I now blocked the number.
You would think the Verizon themselves would block any calls claiming to be from Verzion when the phone number doesn't match one of their own official ones.
This is exactly the information I am looking for, now I can preemtively block phone numbers provided by other Verizon customers in Verizon Digital Voice. We can now block 200 phone numbers which is probably adequate if we can just figure out which 200 to block. Don't know if it was a scammer because I never answer the phone.
If we work together maybe we can fight back. It seems that when they figure out they are being "blocked" they eventually stop calling.
Today as of 3:49 PM I have not received or blocked one (1) phone number. The system seems to be working. If anyone has any better ideas please share them.
08-03-2019 12:24 PM
We can't identify and share phone numbers to block on this forum.
Still doing it the hard way and maintaining a spreadsheet to keep me organized.
The system is working, I am getting significantly fewer phone calls than before.
The Call Logs feature of AOL works great for my blocked phone numbers, my phone doesn't ring and the phone number goes to the Call Log so I can make sure the number stays blocked. A lot of the old phone call numbers never call again so I have plenty of numbers to delete to use the space for new numbers. When I get the date a number was blocked for all of the phone numbers in my list I will be able to intelligently be able to remove old numbers. There doesn't seem to be a lot of enthusiasm for this topic on this forum. So as per usual I muddle along and make up my own solutions, right, wrong or indifferent. At least the Moderator is paying attention which is good, need somebody to keep me out of trouble. I welcome any Moderator comments which will help me resolve my "bothersome phone call problem".
The call blocking system is working really well. Every now and then someone will call from a new phone number and I add them to my blocked call list. The scammers seem to recognize I am blocking their calls so they call from a different phone number. No problem I just block that number also. Since there is absolutly no chatter on this blog I assume everybody is doing their own thing and blocking unwanted phone calls.
Pretty sad when you have to reply to your own posts.
NoMoRobo is doing a good job of blocking calls, get one ring and then I block the phone number.
LibreOffice Calc has a good AutoFilter feature that facilitates analyzing phone calls.
Yesterday I got a Robo call and blocked it. Today I got a call with the same caller ID from a different phone number. The phone rang 4 times so I guess they are still trying to contact me. Now that phone numeber is blocked. Some scamers are slow to give up. What will tomorrow bring? Don't know how malicious any of these calls are and I don't really want to find out.
Since this rant is to myself I am going to change the subject.
Filed a complaint with the FCC for spam emails I was receiving from the a foreign country. Got a Ticket Number. The FCC dealt with Verizon. Verizon seems to have resolved the problem. Spam email is greatly reduced. I am plesantly surprised.
Getting more quiet on the Mid Atlantic front.
Verizon is doing a great job of blocking spam email.
Every now and then I get an email in my spam folder but usually it is not spam,
so I mark it as "not spam" so the system can "learn".
Blocking scam phone calls seems to be improving.
Blocked phone numbers:
August 49, Sept 44, Oct 49, Nov 9 as of 11/12/2019.
Tested "Do Not Disturb" with a schedule and routing incoming calls to Voice Mail.
Tested it by calling myself from my cell phone.
Succeeds in the phone not ringing, but I can still check the Call Logs to view which phone numbers to block. The only problem is that since I can not hear the phone ring I don't know if it was a Robo Call or not.
Scammers rarely call back from their original phone number, usually they call from a different phone number. So call blocking has limited success.
When the Govment decides to "serve" its people maybe these issues will go away.
End of Rant.