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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!

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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.

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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.

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Scam Alerts

When Scams Get Scarier— IRS Impersonator Sends Police to Victim’s House

When a family in Arlington, Texas decided not to do what an IRS scam caller demanded of them, they received a frightening visit from the local police.

Right around dinnertime on April 20th, 2018, an IRS impersonator asked for $5,000, supposedly to pay a tax debt. The family was not convinced, and the conversation apparently turned into a heated yelling match between the scammer and the victim on the other end. Finally, the criminal threatened to send police to the family’s home if they refused to pay up.

A few minutes later, the scammer placed an “emergency call” to Arlington police from a hidden number. He informed them that there had been a shooting at the Arlington residence he had previously attempted to scam and that the shooter was still at large. Police responded immediately by sending 15 squad cars to the home.

The shocked, confused family members were ordered to leave the house with their hands in the air. After speaking with the victims and finding no evidence of a shooting, investigators determined that the whole event occurred because of a hoax known as “swatting”.

According to dictionary.com, “swatting” is the action or practice of making a prank call to emergency services in an attempt to bring about the dispatch of a large number of armed police officers to a particular address.

Although no one was harmed in this particular case, swatting calls have had deadly consequences before. According to a Dallas News report, Police Lt. Christopher Cook said that innocent people have been shot because of swatting calls.

The reason for this is that some prank victims have reacted out of fear and confusion and have ended up refusing police orders. In those cases, police have had to employ forced entry methods, endangering everyone involved.

“Luckily, no one was injured during this incident but it was very traumatic for those involved,” Cook said in a written statement to Dallas News.

Unfortunately, police have not yet found the perpetrator of the swatting call. In the meantime, they are warning everyone not to answer scam calls and to avoid holding conversations with scammers, as it can be quite dangerous. The best way to avoid such situations is to install a call blocker for your landline or install a call-blocking app on your cell phone.

Could Telemarketers Owe You Money? Here’s How to Cash In

Sound too good to be true? Many people don’t believe that they could actually GET PAID for getting spam calls, but if you received a call from Dish Network in 2010 or 2011, you could get awarded $1,200 per call.

A $61 million class action lawsuit

A recent lawsuit against Dish Network found them guilty of placing about 51,000 calls in violation of the Do Not Call Registry. The punishment for that crime? Dish Network was required to shell out $400 per call. However, that number became $1,200 per call when a judge later found that the TV company had “willfully and knowingly violated” the law.

How did Dish Network respond? They refuted all claims, of course, placing blame on an outside contractor, which has been shut down since the class action lawsuit began. A representative for the company told CBS News, “these calls violated Dish’s express instructions to the contractor.” They are now appealing the suit.

Not a Scam

Now, here’s the strangest part of all: since so many people are used to getting frequent spam calls, most have assumed that the $1,200 settlement was just another scam! John W. Barrett, an attorney who worked on the suit, made plenty of calls to people who could be eligible for a payout, but the large majority were extremely skeptical. "Talking to them firsthand, I learned that they thought that we were, A, telemarketers, or B, trying to scam them,” Barrett said.

Deborah Turner, a Chicago banker, got at least 15 calls from Dish Network during 2010 and 2011, pestering her to switch her TV service. When Barrett called Deborah to tell her that she might be eligible to receive $18,000 for those annoying calls, Turner wanted to hang up like she had done so many times before. “‘Yeah, right’ is my first thought. Right,” she said in an interview with CBS.

How to Cash In

Not many people realize that they might be able to cash in on the settlement. Since most people have no record of the calls made to them in 2010 and 2011, they might miss out! A look-up link has been provided for those who want to check their eligibility. If you think you received calls from Dish Network but your number does not show up on the lawsuit registry, you would need to show proof that you received these calls in 2010 and 2011.

After a 120 percent increase in complaints to the FCC about Do Not Call List violators, government agencies are doing everything they can to crack down on spam calls. The lawsuit against Dish Network may be the first we’ve heard about for a while, but it certainly won’t be the last. Want to cash in on the next one? Sign up for the National Do Not Call Registry, and keep track of spam calls with a call blocking app. It’s easy and free, and just might result in some extra cash for you.

How Call Blocking Technology Works

Have you ever wondered how call blocking apps go about preventing unwanted calls from ringing on your phone? The technology behind this isn’t as difficult to understand as you may think!

Every phone number is a unique identifier, like a fingerprint. A number that calls your phone sends information about its identity as a series of beeps at different frequencies. Your Caller ID translates these beeps as numbers. When you decide to block a number, your phone will recognize the corresponding incoming beeps and prevent your phone from ringing.

Do the people I block know when I block them?

Depending on the type of call blocking service you use, the caller may receive a message telling them that their call was blocked. Or, the call may go straight to voice mail. If they sent a text message, it simply will not go through, and they may or may not see a “delivered” receipt, depending on your carrier or call blocking app. A good call blocking app will give you the option of preventing scammers from leaving a voicemail.

How can I block someone when my Caller ID reads: “PRIVATE NUMBER”?

What if you receive an unwanted call from an “unknown” number? This happens very often, because telemarketers and scammers have discovered many ways of hiding their identities. You’ll see “Private Caller” or “Unknown” on your Caller ID and you’ll have no way of selecting that number to be blocked from your phone. Unless, of course, your phone or blocking app allows you to block the latest incoming call. That can turn out to be quite a handy feature, since spammers and scammers these days love to hide their real numbers from us.

How Scammers Outwit Average Blocking Technology

Now we come to the unfortunate part of this article— there’s some bad news when it comes to call blockers. Most call blockers can’t handle some of the newest techniques that scammers use to trick us into answering their calls. Take spoofing, for example. Phone number spoofing alters a caller’s real number to trick your Caller ID into showing something completely different on the screen. This comes in handy especially when a scam artist is calling from Africa or some other far-flung country. Scammers know very well that the average American consumer won’t answer a call from a strange-looking international number unless they actually know someone from that country. Therefore, they opt instead to make your Caller ID show a number with your area code so that you think it’s your neighbor or your son’s school calling.

What to Look For in a Call Blocker

The good news is, call blocking technology now exists that can detect spoofed calls and even block them from your phone. And, although you can now create your own block list on many smartphones, call blocking apps have been created to be able to block numbers that aren’t on your list, but are proven scammers.

Your best bet is to choose a call blocking app that blocks numbers based on community information-sharing technology (your app will block scammy numbers that other users have blocked). It’s also a great idea to choose one that receives information about scammers from the FCC and other government agencies on a regular basis. That way, your call blocker will be able to block even the latest scams that have been reported to those agencies.