Impossible to block unwanted callers, they just spoof the numbers and call again and again and again. When you don't recognize the call and not answer, they leave a robo-message. There is no way to avoid these calls. I am almost at the point of hanging up my land line for good.
Thank you for reaching out! I will recommend submitting your phone number to the National Do Not Call List here to help reduce the number of unwanted calls from telemarketers. You can also set up Anonymous Call Blocking by activating it on your phone by pressing *77. You can find more details on our phone features here.
Tony | Community Mod.
You assume the poster is not already on the National Do Not Call list, and overseas callers do not care, anyway. Anonymous Call Blocking wouldn't work, either, since the poster pointed out a number (albeit a spoofed one) shows up on caller ID.
Telus has a feature called "call control". You can whitelist ~30 numbers that always get through, anyone else is prompted to push a random digit before being allowed through. Waiting for Shaw to offer something similar!
> You can whitelist ~30 numbers that always get through ...
This morning, the local CBC Radio news reported that scammers are "spoofing" the Caller-ID information of Police, RCMP, and CRA.
So, even after you white-list your Police, a scammer can still can get through to you.
Is 30 numbers enough:
* work (some work-places have multiple phone-numbers: boss, boss's secretary, HR, co-worker)
* 10 to 20 friends from members of your church
* 10 friends from your community choir/orchestra
* call-backs from Shaw
* family (daughter's mobile, son-in-law's mobile, son's mobile)
The 30 free numbers are plenty for us, but you can purchase an upgrade that gives you more (60) if you want. The way it works is that the callers who are not on the 'allowed' list are prompted to enter a number on their keypad, takes 10 seconds, if that. Since we've used it, foreign scam calls have stopped completely (as compared to every other day). It works because it eliminates predictive diallers (robocalls). Any human who wants to get through does so, easily. As for police calls, to "whitelist" them you'd need to know the exact number they'd use o call you. The spoofing you refer to means the caller ID show RCMP, CRA, etc; they're not using the actual agency numbers, I've had callbacks from the police get through without any trouble at all. The bottom line is that Call Control works. If Shaw could offer something similar to its customers that would be terrific.