Submitted by engineer2 06-10-2018 | 9 Comments
Why not allow wildcards in the blocking test? That way all calls from certain areas (such as non specific) could be rejected.
Example - 01281*
Blocks all calls starting with 01281.
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@engineer2 Thanks for the suggestion. This is not something that we would be looking to deliver. Is there any reason why you would want to block a specific area code?
Scammers are using area codes not allocated to make their scam calls. They will change the telephone number to avoid being blocked but can't change the area code so easily. So blocking an unalloctaed area code would stop them dead.
@engineer2 Thanks for the clarification. Scammers can spoof any numbers legimate or otherwise. If you're getting a lot of Scam Calls then our CallSafe service can help with this. You can also report any numbers via our Check and Report service. The numbers are then investigated by our Security Team and blocked when neccessary on our Network.
Wildcards could also be useful in other ways (not just blocking)... (1) Allowing all calls from your local area code. That might save a lot of typing of individual numbers. Friends and family are often local. (2) Allowing calls from a company switchboard. Sometimes the company gives out a generic CallerID but sometimes individual extensions release a specific number. You cannot always predict what that extension number might be.
Thanks for the suggestion 🙂
From the calls we are getting lately, it seems the scammers' preferred spoof numbers all begin with 0209, which if you try dialling result in "number not recognised" - which is correct, as these numbers are not registered. No use barring today's number, as tomorrow they will try again with another one starting with 0209. That's the main reason for the original enquiry, and it's worth ISP technical departments bearing this in mind as - for the time being at any rate - the scammers can get through.The first ISP to offer this service will getmuc good publicity and much new custom.
Damn. "getmuc" should read "get much".
Is it possible to block calls from any specific area? I want to do it on my samsung J7. Please guide me,.
@sanctempdyra no it is not as the site now shows it as Status: Unable to Deliver
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