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A Community of Over 12 Million

A Community of Over 12 Million

You’d have to enter thousands of numbers into other call blocker apps to match the power of Call Control! Call Control comes pre-loaded with the “CommunityIQ” feature, which is generated from Community reports and Do Not Call complaints. CommunityIQ blocks thousands of spam and unwanted calls / text messages right out of the box!

Only Get Important Calls

Only Get Important Calls

Keep your phone free for the important moments. Call Control helps reduce unwanted calls and text messages, ensuring that when your phone rings it’ll be someone you’re wanting to hear from.

Keep Your Family Protected

Keep Your Family Protected

Call Control not only stops the disruption of unwanted calls but also blocks thousands of common scams, protecting your family from fraud and malicious scammers.

Introducing Call Control for Landlines

Get Call Control on your landline, regardless of your service provider or location. It’s a powerful device that connects to your phone and stops unwanted calls permanently. Includes CommunityIQ, a feature that automatically blocks numbers that have been reported by other users.

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Enjoy dinner in peace. Get rid of those pesky telemarketing calls that ring right when you sit down for dinner.

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Increase availability for your customers and help avoid costly business targeted scams.

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Integrate Call Control Into Your Network

If you’re a phone carrier in search of tools to help your customers eliminate robocalls and other unwanted spam calls and text message, look no further than Call Control.

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Scam Alerts

Call Control to Participate in “Stop Illegal Robocalls” Expo

The Federal Trade Commission has just announced that they are co-hosting the “Stop Illegal Robocalls” expo with the Federal Communications Commission on April 23rd, 2018. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 702 Eighth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20068. It is completely free and open to the public.

In an effort to combat the growing numbers of call scams and robocalls and to protect consumers, the FTC and FCC have been vamping up their recent efforts and partnering with prominent software and telephone companies to find a “cure” for phone spam. In 2017 alone, the FTC received 4.5 million robocall complaints and 2.5 million complaints about human spammers. The “Stop Illegal Robocalls” event is to be held just one month after the two federal agencies co-hosted a joint policy forum to discuss actions taken in regard to illegal robocalls.

Monday’s expo will feature brief remarks by FTC Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. The following companies, many of them makers or providers of call-blocking technology, will be giving demonstrations:

AT&T

Call Control

Comcast Corporation

Digitone Communications

First Orion Corp.

Hiya

Neustar Communications

Nomorobo

Reverd LLC

Scammer Jammer

South Coast Telecom Inc.

TelTech Systems

T-Mobile

TNS

Verizon

VTech Communications, Inc.

YouMail

The purpose of the event is to increase consumer awareness as to the solutions now available to them for reducing nuisance calls, and to give vendors and inventors a platform on which to share important anti-robocall tools with the public. The latest technology and products such as call-blocking apps and devices for eliminating robocalls will be showcased at the event. Innovators will also display solutions for newer plagues such as illegal texts and caller ID spoofing.

As a leader in the call-blocking device industry, Call Control is excited to be part of the expo, and will demonstrate the use of innovative technology, such as their application’s unique Community IQ feature, during the event.

Have questions about the Expo, or thinking about attending? Find contact information and more here.

The Crazy New “Phone Bill” Scam

These phone scams just keep on coming! This one involves scamming you into paying your “phone bill”. Read about it below and protect yourself!

The Phone Bill Call Scam

A scammer calls your landline and poses as someone from Verizon, AT&T or whatever phone company you use. He’ll tell you that you’ve got an overdue bill, and that your line will be disconnected if you don’t pay now. Perhaps that bill is $90, but if you pay later, you’ll be charged reconnection fees and will have to pay extra!

Now, you weren’t born yesterday, and you know all about phone scams. There’s no way you’d fall for this one. So you ask for proof.

“Certainly,” the scammer replies. “I will shut down your phone service for two minutes. During that time you will not be able to make any calls. You can try, but they will not go through.”

You roll your eyes and hang up the phone. You pick it up again, but there’s no dial tone. Out of curiosity you try to dial a number. Nothing.Your line is dead!

After two minutes have passed, the scammer calls back. “Do you see what I mean?” he says. “Now, would you like to pay your bill? Or risk paying extra fees?”

You give him your credit card information and seemingly pay the bill. However, the only thing you did was line a scammer’s pockets. He got away with it by using an incredibly easy trick!

How It Works

It’s actually much simpler than it seems. Here’s what the scammer did: after you hung up, he stayed on the line, and pressed the mute button. Since he was the one who initiated the call, he has to be the one to terminate it, so he can keep you on the line and even hear what you’re doing. You can’t make any calls because your line is tied up!

Finally, the scammer simply hung up after two minutes and called you back. You won’t believe you’ve been duped in this way.

Protect Your Landline

This trick only works on landlines, so watch out! It’s a good idea to invest in a call blocking system for landlines so that you don’t answer these types of calls in the first place. Make sure you choose one with user database technology that blocks not only known spammers, but also numbers reported daily by other users.

This Tax Season, Protect Yourself from “IRS” Scams

It’s that time of the year again— tax season! Unfortunately, tax season presents another opportunity for scammers to scare consumers into thinking that the IRS is coming to audit them. Many people have undoubtedly fallen for the lies of IRS impersonators, giving up their hard-earned cash to the scammers, duped into paying “debts” and avoiding jail time.

However, if you get a phone call from the “IRS”, you have every reason to be skeptical— there’s a good chance that it’s a scam. Here are the facts:

According to its website, the IRS will NOT contact you by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. Therefore, if you get such a message asking for information, it is NOT the IRS.
The IRS almost always contacts taxpayers through the United States Postal Service, in the form of letters or notices.
The IRS may call, or even visit your home or business, in the following circumstances: you have an overdue tax bill, there is a need to audit, or there is an ongoing criminal investigation. However, they almost always send notices in the mail before calling.
Yes, in some circumstances, the IRS may call you. However, they will NEVER do any of the following:

Demand immediate payment
Demand payment through gift cards, prepaid debit cards, or wire transfers.
Threaten you with jail time, a police visit, or by revoking your immigration status or driver’s license.
Refuse to allow you to question or appeal what you supposedly owe.
If the person calling you asks you to do any of the above, you can be sure that it is a scammer, and not the actual IRS.

At times, private debt collectors may take on the task of getting citizens to pay tax debt. Scammers have been known to pose as private debt collectors as well, so keep the following in mind:

The IRS will notify any person or business if their tax debt has been transferred to a private collector.
Collection agencies have to abide by the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and must be courteous and respect taxpayer rights. If the person calling you on the phone is extremely rude, threatening, and demanding, that is a tell-tale sign of a scam.
Payments are to be made only to the U.S. Treasury, even when collected by a private collection agency. If the person calling you demands payment to any other entity, it is a scam.
At this time, there are known numbers corresponding to IRS scammers, thanks to citizens who have taken the time to report them. However, many scammers use a tactic called “spoofing” to hide their numbers. The only way to protect yourself from these calls is to use a call blocker equipped with technology for rejecting these types of calls. In case you do accidentally answer this type of call, hang up as soon as possible. Do not carry on a conversation with the scammer.

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