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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.

For Homes

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

For Businesses

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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Yes, we speak REST and JSON. Checkout the Call Control APIs and integrate our powerful technology into your products and services.

Scam Alerts

Most Apps Share Your Data. Call Control Never Will!

The issue of privacy and data usage has popped up frequently in the news lately, owing a large part to the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the recently adopted European GDPR regulations (you can read more about the scandal here). It’s become clear that an ever-increasing selection of apps and programs designed to make our lives easier comes at a significant cost: user data is used for purposes which are vastly different than the user intended. According to the Haystack Project, an academic initiative led by independent academic researchers at UC Berkeley and IMDEA Networks, found that 7 out of 10 smartphone apps share user information with third parties (source). We want to make it clear that Call Control will never share user information with third parties and only uses your data to provide privacy controls for each individual user.

You Share Much More Information Than You Think Some people (unwittingly) give up far more than what’s truly needed, and conniving companies take advantage of potentially vast amounts of data on your smartphone by selling them to advertisers and other third parties. Some apps (like Facebook) are notorious for tracking user activity and collecting personal information in order to tailor ads to each user’s assumed preferences. Although apps available in stores like Google Play and Apple’s App Store are required to state how they use personal information, not everybody reads privacy policies and fine print, and more often the true intention of an app is difficult to ascertain. Apps like this which invasively harvest data from your phone could lead to unwanted phone calls—information has been strewn across the worldwide web, sold to third party harvesters, and perhaps sold a few more times until it reaches the grubby hands of some scam artist in Nigeria.

Choose Your Apps Carefully So what’s an app user to do? Stop using apps? That’s out of the question, especially when so many of us rely on them for keeping ourselves informed, organized, and entertained. Your best bet is to read those privacy policies, even if they bore you to tears, and download only apps that promise not to sell or share your information. Better yet, choose apps that are completely transparent about why they need you to provide certain information and what they are going to do with it. You wouldn’t want to use a call-blocking app that actually adds to the problem by selling your number to third parties— which could eventually send more scam calls your way!

Avoid Call Blocking Apps that Collect and Sell Your Data Some of the most popular call blocking apps collect much more information from users than necessary. Apart from your name and the numbers in your phone’s contact list, these apps actually harvest your friends’ names and numbers from social media accounts, plus your profile photo, gender, birthday, and email address from that same account, among other things. And not only do these apps obtain this info from you, but they also sell it and share it with other app users and third parties. Truecaller is one such app. In fact, it could be considered the king of all call-blocking data scavengers, since it uses all the phone numbers stored in every user’s phone to create a universal Caller-ID database. As soon as you download Truecaller, or a friend who has you as a contact does so, your name, number and email are shared not only with all other Truecaller users, but with third parties as well. Surprised? Truecaller actually mentions just how much data it collects in its privacy policy. (But who ever reads those anyway?)

Here’s a non-exhaustive list of what Truecaller collects:

Your first and last name
Your phone number
Your photo
Your gender
Your street address and zip code
Your country of residence
Your email address
Your professional website and Facebook page
Your Twitter address
Names, numbers, Google ID’s and email addresses contained in your address book (when the app is downloaded from a source other than Apple or Google Play)
In addition, Truecaller employs third parties to dig up even more data about you, according to this statement in their privacy policy:

Third party services may automatically provide us with access to certain personal information retained by them about You (e.g., your payment handle, unique identification information, content viewed by You, content liked by You and information about the advertisements You have been shown or may have clicked on).

Need we say more?

Call Control Is the Data Privacy Friendly Answer The team at Call Control knows exactly how it feels to get hammered by excessive robocalls and get duped by scammers, which is why we built the Call Control app in the first place. We don’t share your data with anyone, nor do we sell it, harvest it or use it unnecessarily. However, in order to identify your contacts and make sure that calls from people you actually know aren’t blocked, Call Control does require access to your phone’s contact list. Nevertheless, those phone numbers are not harvested by Call Control or used/sold in any way. They are strictly used to determine which calls should be allowed through on your own personal phone – nowhere else!

Call Control maintains extremely high ethical standards surrounding the permissions our users grant to us, and is committed to using this information only to make Call Control function in the manner that you specifically determine. In fact, you can actually control exactly which permissions to grant. Read the Call Control App Permission Overview for a detailed explanation of each permission that the app will request, when it will be requested, and for what reason. You can also read the complete terms of service and privacy policy here.

Help Stop Robocalls in Under 5 Minutes

2017 was the worst year ever for unwanted calls, and things are not getting any better. Some people have gotten to the point where they won’t even pick up the phone anymore, if they’re not sure it’s someone they know. The bottom line is, our government isn’t doing enough to stop robocalls, and neither are we, the ordinary citizens who have to deal with those annoying calls on a daily basis.

But what can I do to help? You may think that there isn’t really anything you can do to help the cause. You’re not an app developer or a technology guru, so it’s impossible for you to invent a new call blocking tool. You don’t work for the FCC or FTC, so you can’t change the rules about what telemarketers can and can’t do. However, you can join the movement to petition government agencies to provide better protection to consumers.

Here’s the thing—if we’re going to fight the battle against robocalls, we’re going to have to fight together. The FCC is considering changing the rules about how and why unwanted callers can contact you. There’s a chance that they may actually lessen our protection against robocalls instead of strengthening it, and we’ve got to stop them!

Consumer Reports sent an email to all their members on June 13th, asking them to take less than 5 minutes to send the FCC a comment in favor of stricter rules against spam and robocalls. You can send a comment as well, using the link provided below:

Take Action and Submit a Comment

The consumer advocator and popular product-comparing website hopes to encourage the FCC to adopt the following changes:

Make sure that all of the equipment currently being used to send autodialed calls today gets classified as an “autodialer.”
Ensure contractors working for the government are covered by the robocall laws.
Issue strong rules reining in the relentless calls from debt collectors who are working on behalf of the federal government.
Ensure that consumers can easily revoke their consent to receiving robocalls at any time.
Set up a reassigned number database to prevent “wrong number” robocalls.
(Source: Consumer Reports)

Be sure to add a personal note to your comment, such as a personal experience you have had with robocalls. Share the petition with your friends so that they can join in the fight, too!

Protect Yourself In the meantime, remember to protect yourself from robocalls. It’s difficult to simply not pick up the phone if you don’t recognize a number. You might miss an important call. In addition, you’d have to be a walking phonebook and know tons of numbers by heart if you don’t have caller ID or it isn’t available for a certain number.

The best way to combat robocalls is to install a call blocker on your cell phone, or connect one to your landline. If you do accidentally pick up an unwanted call, hang up without speaking to the caller.

Protect Others Besides sending your comment to the FCC, you can help protect others by reporting scammers who have called you at EveryCaller.com. Also, you can choose a call blocker that allows users to help other users, such as the Call Control app with Community IQ technology. Community IQ is a feature that automatically blocks bad calls from all users’ phones once it has been reported as spam by other users.

Scariest Scams 2.0: Virtual Kidnapping Phone Scam

“This phone call is going to keep your daughter alive,” the caller said. “If you hang up, she dies. You understand that?”

That was just part of the frightening phone call a Virginia woman received while working at a consignment boutique. Although virtual kidnapping scams are not the most common type of fraudulent call, when they do occur, they are one of the scariest.

This type of scam has been reported nationwide, but it’s difficult to know just how many people it has effected, since not everyone reports it to police. Between 2013 and 2015, the FBI investigated hundreds of calls originating from Mexican prisons. The calls primarily targeted Spanish speakers, but recently kidnapping scheme calls have been made in English as well.

A harrowing phone call The owner of Babies and Bellies consignment shop, Dawn Luepke, answered the strange call one afternoon in Alexandria, Virginia. Other staff members witnessed her pick up the phone and answer.

“When I answered the phone and said hello, the first that happened was a little girl crying, was muffled and said, ‘Mommy, help me. They have kidnapped me. I’m blindfolded,’” she told Fox News. “So the first thing that I thought of was – ‘Where is my daughter?’”

When we’re placed in such stressful situations, fear takes over, and we often can’t think logically. It can be easy to believe that the voice on the other line is one’s daughter, even if it sounds nothing like her. Scammers take advantage of our natural fearful reactions to persuade us to do things we would normally never consider doing.

Real or fake? Nevertheless, Luepke wasn’t entirely convinced that the call was real, and she immediately put the call on speaker so that the entire staff could hear. Angelic Britton, Luepke’s intern, called 911.

“They asked if she called her daughter and I am like how is she supposed to call her daughter when she is on the phone with this guy,” said Britton. “Then they didn’t say anything after that and that is when I went to her and she told me to hang up, to start recording the guy on the phone.”

The scammer soon began to make more threats and give commands. “Let’s just start walking to your car, grab your phone. Let’s drive to the bank, okay? Get in your car,” he said.

Luepke did her best to remain calm. She stalled the scammer by pretending she didn’t have a car. This bought her time to mute the call and dial her daughter’s school on the shop’s landline phone. Officials at the school told her that her daughter was present at school and was perfectly fine. Relieved, she hung up on the scammer.

A fake scheme, but a real threat Luepke acknowledges the fact that the scammer was extremely convincing. “It was a real girl crying,” she told reporters. “She was interacting with me. It wasn’t a recording. And maybe she is part of whatever the scam is, but that little girl is a victim because she is being used in a scheme like this.”

That “scheme” was to get Luepke to hand over thousands of dollars in ransom money, most likely through wire transfers or untraceable gift cards. Luckily, she was with other women and had access to other phones and was able to make sure her daughter was ok, and to be able to call police.

“I was at a space where I could use another phone,” she said. “I could use another phone to call the school, to call 911. Whereas if you were just walking on the street and you didn’t have access to another phone, then you might just go right to a bank. It just felt like there was not a way to get help in this situation.”

Protect yourself Later, Luepke reported the phone call to police, who traced the call to Mexico. Virtual “kidnapping” phone calls are all too common in that country. Unfortunately, these types of scammers are rarely caught.

However, there are many things you can do to protect yourself from this dangerous scam.

First, install a quality call blocker on your phone to avoid receiving these types of calls in the first place. You can also protect your landline.
Avoid answering unknown or suspicious calls, especially when alone.
In case you do accidentally answer a similar call, here’s what the FBI suggests you do to protect yourself:

Don’t say your name
Listen to the alleged victim’s voice carefully
Don’t tell the caller any loved one’s names or personal information
Ask for proof, such as generic questions that only the alleged kidnap victim would know, like a pet’s name
Request to speak to your family member directly. Ask, “How do I know my loved one is okay?”
Try to buy time while you get help and confirm your loved one is okay. Try to place a phone call to them.
Repeat the caller’s request. Tell him you are writing down the demand or that you need time to get things moving.
Don’t agree to pay a ransom.
If you think a real kidnapping is taking place, contact law enforcement immediately.