I'm getting many spam calls from numbers like 201-340-1009, but the right-ward numbers keep changing.
I'm told this is someone mis-using (or just using) PINGER. I'd like to just block all
calls from 201 area code (New Jersey, not waiting for Snookie call). Can I do this?
If not, any other recommendations?
I don't know if this will work, but it's worth a try. On your computer, not your phone, go to "My Verizon" then to block numbers. Type in 201-***-****. I don't know if the astriks will not work. I should mention, blocking a number is only good for a few months and you have to re-block it every so often. These unsolicited calls, which cost us money, are a pain, I know. You can also block unsolicited messages. I've had to block several spam messages (at twenty cents a message since I don't have a message plan) it adds up.
You can also list your cell number(s) on the U.S. government's Do Not Call registry by going to https://www.donotcall.gov/default.aspx. I believe this helps, as I haven't been getting spam calls or texts (though I never got very many) after giving my registration there 31 days to become effective. If they do persist in calling, this gives you a mechanism to report them. This way you only have to register your number, not all the numbers that might be trying to call you.
And (of course) when we go to that site we learn that "Scammers have been making phone calls claiming to represent the National Do Not Call Registry. The calls claim to provide an opportunity to sign up for the Registry." D'oh!
Unfortunately, the no-call register is not a 100% method. Charities, and business you have done business with can still call you with no penalities.
Thanks for all the replies. I'm definitely on the do not call list.
Re "wildcarding" phone numbers, like using Verizon to block 201-***-****, that would solve
most or even all of my problem. The doc seems to imply you get 5 or so distinct full phone
numbers. Does anyone actually know for sure if this wildcard thing will work? Don't
feel like experimenting, I just would like to be told (by a Verizon person preferably) what is
actually supported by V.