Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Screened Calls

For the past several weeks I have been getting calls from two different numbers with the area code of 213.  Since I don't know anyone in Los Angeles who might need to call me, I have just been ignoring the calls.

The result of that has been an increase in the number of calls.

Three, four, even five calls every day.

I finally smartened up and learned how to block numbers.

There is never a message left from either of these numbers.  That would suggest more urgency to me than the frequency of calls.

Telemarketers must just hate the new phone technologies.


  1. So how do you block their calls? Do you submit the numbering calling? I get so many repeat calls these days.

    1. I have phone through Comcast. I dial #60 and follow prompts to enter the numbers. I don't know if that is how it always works. And I hope it does work although I am sure I will have to keep entering numbers.

  2. I have given up on the Do Not Call Registry as the telemarketers just seem to ignore it. Reporting them doesn't seem to do much good either. They just change phone numbers. I've been getting a lot of calls from 213, too. Probably the same ones. Anyone who really wants to get a hold of us will leave a message!

  3. I get all kinds of weird calls, too. I just press "Talk" and then "End" without ever speaking.

  4. Good for you! Creepy people out there!

  5. Just today got an unidentified phone call (presumably a marketing call) from a 909 area code, which it says is from Calif. What's going on out there?!?

  6. I did not know about call blocking but will find out if I can use that on USCellular. Meanwhile I just ignore the calls. If I don't know the number and they don't leave a message it's of no concern to me. Sometimes you can google the phone number and you will find it is a often used telemarketing phone number.

  7. I must not be in anyone's demographic for I get very few marketing calls and I immediately hang up on those few I get. Pretty sure my reputation as an ill-mannered witch has spread.

  8. My toe learned once that running to answer the phone hurts.

  9. This is why we gave up our landline about 5 years ago and haven't missed it.

  10. Well I won't have to worry about telemarketers soon. I have been notified that Federal Marshals are on their way to pick me up for IRS infractions. I have been patiently waiting my arrest now for over a month. I guess there must be a lot of cases.

    My experience is that if you answer these calls, that sets up a flurry more. I have read that some of these strange calls are robo calls just to seek out who does answer their phone. Those lists are then sold to telemarketers. I do not answer the phone any longer unless I recognize the number.

    What I don't understand is how can this be profitable. Who buys anything from a telemarketer? Why are they not starving?


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