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Weekly Worst: 620-860-1573, 619-565-1692, 210-215-6445

Last week 620-860-1573, 619-565-1692, and 210-215-6445 made it to the top of our unwanted call lists. If you received calls from one of these numbers, you’re probably wondering why they called you. Before you call back, read on to find out why each one of these numbers is calling consumers and what you can do […]

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Facebook Giveaways Asking for Your Number?

You’ve decided to enter a giveaway on Facebook and the survey you’re answering asks for your phone number. Should you give it to them? Surely they’ll use it to call you to inform you about winning, right? Wrong. These online social media scams are harvesting phone numbers and selling them to scammers and telemarketers. A […]

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Posted in: Scammers, Telemarketers

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Weekly Worst: 800-823-2318, 234-312-4900, 253-292-6557

Missed a call from 800-823-2318, 234-312-4900, or 253-292-6557? Last week, these three numbers were at the top of our most unwanted call lists. Before you call back to find out what these callers wanted, save yourself the trouble. We found out from our users why 800-823-2318, 619-565-1692, and 253-292-6557 called for you. Top Debt Collector: […]

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Protecting Elderly Family Members from Scam Phone Calls

Early last month Joseph Nkunzi plead guilty to charges associated with targeting elderly in a grand prize scam with a fake company he created. Nkunzi’s “North American Prize Pool” scam is one of hundreds that target the elderly population. Instead of becoming a potential target for scammers, learning about tactics they use can help elderly […]

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Stop Unwanted Political Calls

Did you know that political campaigners cannot make robocalls or automated calls to cellphones? It’s a common misconception during a campaign season leading up to an election. If you are receiving these types of calls to your cell phone without your express consent, it’s likely against the law. Although there aren’t many rules regulating campaign […]

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Weekly Worst: 205-588-7042, 800-266-2278, 800-483-8314

Last week’s top trending unwanted calls saw three new numbers working their way up the lists. Did you receive calls from 205-588-7042, 800-266-2278, or 800-483-8314? PrivacyStar users reported a high number of unwanted calls from these three numbers last week. If you received calls from one of these numbers, you might need to be careful […]

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Interview with Diana Mey, Consumer Telemarketing Rights Advocate

One of the best tools at consumers’ disposal to stop unwanted calls is sending a certified letter. Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, debt collectors must comply with requests to stop calling made by alleged debtors. Unfortunately, these letters don’t always work. Diana Mey is one of the most well-known consumer telemarketing and debt […]

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Weekly Worst: 757-663-7884, 305-507-4369, 909-340-2134

Did 757-663-7884, 305-507-4369, or 909-340-2134 call you? Each one of these numbers is in the top ten of their category for unwanted calls. In the last week, each of these numbers has been blocked or reported by users on our PrivacyStar unwanted and call blocking app. If you received calls from 757-663-7884, 305-507-4369, or 909-340-2134, […]

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