Private number calls, how to stop them?


#1

I get on average 6 private number calls a day. If I answer them, there is a 2 second delay then it disconnects. If I leave it, it rings for 20 seconds and stops.

I cannot block them because there is no number to block.

Is there anything I can do to stop this?

I have tried screaming at them, using a compressed air bullhorn. Nothing works. I suspect it is automated so those solutions are ineffectual.


#2

I don’t think you can.

I use Truecaller and if the number is unknown to even them I just ignore the call.


#3

I have my phone set to block all incoming private/unknown calls.

On my phone (android), in the call history theres a “call settings” menu option, “call reject”, and “call reject from” menu options to get to the setting.

I dont really get phonecalls from family friends and its not a business phone so not a problem for me to blanket block private numbers.


#4

My android phone only has Settings and then following options: Call forwarding, Reject calls with SMS. Then there is Call Barring but that only bars either all outgoing or all incoming.

No caller blocking ;-(

Only way I can block a number is to add it manually with a number to the black list or to add it from the call log and the private number entry does not show there.

Thanks for the info though


#5

Go to “Phone” like you would dial a number, press the three …'s -> Settings -> Block Numbers


#6

Screenshot from my call settings screens: Android 8, any help trying to find the block settings would be great!


#7

In true aller I have this option



#8

Was about to share the same screenshot, albeit not in that terrible blue!

I haven’t had a call from a private number in ages, and spam calls are also decreasing. I don’t block top spammers by default, as some of them are legit companies that need to talk to me.

Edit: Added beautiful Pitch Black theme


#9

Hehehe i like the blue :stuck_out_tongue:


#10

I wish I could ignore "Private Number"s on my phone, but my one client’s “policy” is to have all identities from their PABX blocked. So I have to answer. True caller does help a lot.


#11

Call barring?


#12

if people are hiding their numbers I automatically assume they are dicks. So I don’t answer and wait for a voicemail.
99% of the time there is no voicemail which = dick / time waster.

my tip: when you accidentally answer a telesales call, hangup immediately then block number immediately.


#13

Option 1: Chuck your phone. Start writing letters again. Find nature. Find peace. Be one with the world.

Option 2: idk I guess you can get Truecaller or something like that, and block the numbers as they come. It’s not ideal, but I’ve seen a sharp decrease in these kinds of calls since I started using it.

You can also sign up to the national opt-out list (https://www.nationaloptout.org/), but you’ll have to never ever give your number out ever again after - and even then it will likely still be sold out by someone to someone.

It sucks, but this is sadly just a part of being in a connected world the way we are.


#14

I use true caller and block all unknown/private numbers . Hardly ever get spammers anymore since I started using it.