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how to block telemarketing texts and phone calls?

How can I block txt or phone call from certain number? Now I get telemarketing texts from certain numbers and telemarketing calls from some private numbers too, How can I block those calls or texts? I do not know how to stop those. If I answer the phone call, it is some machine voice to ask me go to some website. for the texts, if I reply 'STOP', it send me another text with same contents with different numbers, and those text numbers could be easily generated from google voice. Is there a way to set some blacklist to block those telemarketing phone numbers and text numbers? Thanks.
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  • Leo Luke,
    Thank you for choosing PlatinumTel. I apologize for the inconvenience and I do understand your frustration. In order to block telemarketing SMS/Calls you can do the following, Reply 'STOP' to the SMS that is received on your handset. Once you have sent the SMS a confirmation SMS will be sent to your phone or it will simply no longer send you any messages. Regarding telemarketing calls PlatinumTel currently does not offer any call block features, however, we are able to process a number change on your account if requested. Also you may get on the do not call list provided by FTC, see the following:

    To register your phone number: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites...

    For more Information: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2005/04/dnc.shtm

    FTC Do Not Call Registry program:

    # FCC regulations prohibit telemarketers from using automated dialers to call cell phone numbers. Automated dialers are standard in the industry, so most telemarketers are barred from calling consumers on their cell phones without their consent.

    # The federal government does not maintain a national cell phone registry. Personal cell phone users have always been able to add their numbers to the National Do Not Call Registry — the same Registry consumers use to register their land lines — either online at www.donotcall.gov or by calling toll-free 1-888-382-1222 from the telephone number they wish to register. Registrations become effective within 31 days of signing up and are active for five years. There is no cut-off date or deadline for registrations.

    # Business-to-business calls are not covered under the Do Not Call Registry.

    Any further questions/concerns/requests please feel free to contact Customer Care at 1-866-225-5631.
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  • thank you for the answers. My number was registered to DO NOT CALL years ago, even before I ported it to ptel.
    and I used to get telemarketing texts from 5 digits numbers such as 44847, and for those 5 digits numbers, I can reply stop successfully.
    But yesterday, I got the spam text from the 10 digit number (213) 447-9721(american60.com), and when I reply 'stop', it keep sending me same spams of american60.com with a different 315**** number. I tried to call back to those 10 digit numbers, no one answer, no voice mail setup. I guess they can easily register hundreds of free numbers from google voice or some other free voip providers and keep sending me same spams. I googled this (213) 447-9721 which is reported as telemarketing spam by multiple persons, who fake the '2end reply stop' but never stop.
    I saw other people said it was 'CREDIT600.com, Completely unsolicited, not about to text back to their fake stop message.'
    'I have received several text messages from this number. The messages alternate between a cash advance loan to a free gift just for returning the text. www.credit600.­com & www.gift50.com­. Both are text spam and most likely a scam.'
    Sending text messages stating "Great News! Your requested cash advance is now available! Get up to $5000 now! Use approval code: giveme visit: MONEY600.com"
    "Great news! your requested cash advance is now available! GEt up to $1500 now! credit600.com"
    "Great news! Your requested cash advance is now available! Get up to $5000 now! Use approval code: giveme Visit: CREDIT600.com 2end reply stop "
    blah blah...

    How can stop this except changing my number? I know that Verizon wireless user can block any number as wish. Can Ptel do something?
    • That's exactly what's been happening to me for the last 2 weeks. I have not applied for any loan yet i keep getting this calls/text about being approved. I replied stop but no different. I just woke-up today and i got a text saying "my credit score has changed...", so I finally decided to register my number on the National do not call site, I just wonder if this will stop the texts
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    http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/0...

    "As it turns out, Verizon Wireless offers these features, too. Sprint and T-Mobile don’t go quite as far, but they do offer some text-spam filtering options. Here’s how you find the controls for each company:

    * AT&T: Log in at mymessages.wireless.att.com. Under Preferences, you’ll see the text-blocking and alias options. Here’s also where you can block messages from specific e-mail addresses or Web sites.

    * Verizon Wireless: Log in at vtext.com. Under Text Messaging, click Preferences. Click Text Blocking. You’re offered choices to block text messages from e-mail or from the Web. Here again, you can block specific addresses or Web sites. (Here’s where you set up your aliases, too.)

    * Sprint: No auto-blocking is available at all, but you can block specific phone numbers and addresses. To get started, log in at www.sprint.com. On the top navigation bar, click My Online Tools. Under Communication Tools, click Text Messaging. On the Compose a Text Message page, under Text Messaging Options, click Settings & Preferences. In the text box, you can enter a phone number, email address or domain (such as Comcast.net) that you want to block.

    * T-Mobile: T-Mobile doesn’t yet offer a “block text messages from the Internet” option. You can block all messages sent by e-mail, though, or permit only messages sent to your phone’s e-mail address or alias, or create filters that block text messages containing certain phrases. It’s all waiting when you log into www.t-mobile.com and click Communication Tools."

    Can ptel do something like sprint? Thanks.
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  • I've registered my number on the Do Not Call registry but I still receive TONS of spam/telemarketings calls.

    Now that Ptel's on T-Mobile, how can I block unwanted calls?
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  • For me the most effective anti-spam measure has been hiding the real # behind Google Voice.

    No one knows my actual number and GV allows you to block calls/sms from given numbers before they get to your phone so there are no charges and no voicemails.

    The remaining problem is how to deal with callers that were hammering the number before it was assigned to you. I set my voicemail msg to be a recording of "this number has been disconnected" which throws most of the scumbags.

    If they do leave a VM I blacklist them in android so they get dumped straight to VM without ringing.

    Not perfect, but a start.
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