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Old 10-17-2018, 09:33 PM   #1
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Blocking Unwanted Texts

We own multiple single family rentals out of state. Many of them for years, even decades. Title companies compile and sell lists of out of state owners to people that take the real estate guru courses as well as legitimate real estate agents trolling for business. We seem to be prime targets for the equity thieves.

All of our telephone numbers are unlisted, although the Comcast mess several years ago made the numbers they control public. The County tax collector requires a valid phone number to pay property taxes on-line. Although our various phone numbers are unlisted, they have somehow ended on the title company lists.

We get numerous calls and texts from the equity thieves every day, in addition to piles of junk mail solicitations. Between these calls and the robo-calls, I don't answer the phone now unless I recognize the number. When I get a persistent caller that leaves the scripted voice mail several times, I block the number.

With texts, I tried being polite and texting back a request to remove our number from the prospect list. That was mostly a waste of time, because, well, thieves.

It's very easy to block the number of a caller. I have not figured out how to block the numbers of texters. Am I missing something obvious or do I just keep deleting the "conversations?"
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Old 10-17-2018, 09:51 PM   #2
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I have a block option & a delete option. Android LG Stylo 3. Upper right there is a 3 button drop down menu. FWD/Delete/schedule send/Block/etc
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I respond with “Stop.” It works for me—give it a try.
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We never get anything unwanted, maybe that’s why I still have the landline. That’s the number I give out the most.
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Old 10-17-2018, 10:01 PM   #5
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There is a delete messages option and a mute conversation option. Is the correct choice mute conversation?

I will try texting back "Stop." It can't hurt to try.

One good thing about a declining real estate market is most of these people go away...
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Old 10-17-2018, 11:12 PM   #6
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If this is an iPhone, click on the "i" symbol, for more details. Within the "Details" box, there is a ">" symbol at the top/right. Click on that and it brings up the box to create a new contact. Down at the bottom of that box is an option for "Block this Caller"
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Old 10-18-2018, 04:26 AM   #7
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I haven't run into this particular issue, much, as of yet. Just wondering, though, do you get charged for incoming junk texts?
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Old 10-18-2018, 04:46 AM   #8
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I haven't run into this particular issue, much, as of yet. Just wondering, though, do you get charged for incoming junk texts?
On my Verizon plan texts are free. It's the annoyance and privacy issues that I would like to resolve. At least with the junk mail I can stop at the recycling bin once on the way into the house.

The phone is a Motorola Z Play Droid about 18 months old. Android OS. Not sure which version.
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Old 10-18-2018, 05:15 AM   #9
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If this is an iPhone, click on the "i" symbol, for more details. Within the "Details" box, there is a ">" symbol at the top/right. Click on that and it brings up the box to create a new contact. Down at the bottom of that box is an option for "Block this Caller"
Yep. This works.
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Besides replying "STOP" I also forward the junk text to 7726 (SPAM) which seems to be some general collection area to report these things. Only one business, USA Credit Repair, keeps sending me their junk texts every month. I have replied "STOP" several times and have called them at their toll-free number and the texting number and have yelled at them to stop with the texts. They sound apologetic. The last text from them was in late July, so maybe they have finally stopped?
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Blocking/screening apps like TrueCaller will also block txt SMS msgs.
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I use Google Hangouts for texting and never get any sort of unsolicited or unwanted messages, although it's pretty simple to block a number if I did. Hangouts is tied to my Google Voice number and, like with Google Voice calls, the spam filters appear to be quite effective. I use Ting and turned off all text and voice calling to my actual phone number using Device Settings on their website. Prior to that I was getting a constant barrage of unwanted texts that came in faster than I could block them.
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OMG. I haven't gotten an unsolicited text (yet), though I get scammer phone calls daily on average. I block those on my iPhone, though that's tiresome and it doesn't seem to slow the scammers down, they seem to have unlimited numbers to call from - it's almost never the same phone #. Now I'm going to have the same problem with text messages too?
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Timely post. I got my first unsolicited text yesterday from a political organization asking me to vote a certain way so I can be part of a wave or something.

I find this very out of line. Texts cost on many plans.

So, I actually replied asking for removal and they replied back saying I'm off their list. I'm still baffled that this is legal!
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Luckily for me, unwanted texts haven't been much of an issue. Though I get them occasionally.

Can't say the same for voice calls if I didn't have a call blocking strategy in place.
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I use Google Hangouts for texting and never get any sort of unsolicited or unwanted messages, although it's pretty simple to block a number if I did. Hangouts is tied to my Google Voice number and, like with Google Voice calls, the spam filters appear to be quite effective. I use Ting and turned off all text and voice calling to my actual phone number using Device Settings on their website. Prior to that I was getting a constant barrage of unwanted texts that came in faster than I could block them.
Exactly. This is why I got a virtual number with GrandCentral ten years ago, before they got bought up by Google and turned into Google Voice. After maybe a year or two of only giving out that number, the only unrecognized numbers calling my home or cell phone are always autodialers, and so I never pick up unless I recognize the number.
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Timely post. I got my first unsolicited text yesterday from a political organization asking me to vote a certain way so I can be part of a wave or something.

I find this very out of line. Texts cost on many plans.

So, I actually replied asking for removal and they replied back saying I'm off their list. I'm still baffled that this is legal!
So annoying.

In this area, I've been receiving political texts for a few years during the run-up to an election.

I respond with a text requesting that they please stop texting me as their texting is not endearing their cause/candidate to me, and may in fact be a turn off.

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I stopped answering the phone years ago...filters out a lot.

I do get texts from marijuana dealers? party's? gatherings? couldn't tell you what they are. I just delete them. I'll try some of your methods. Glad to hear about them
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Maybe the OP could change his phone number and then be extremely cautious about giving out the new number. I can't think of anything else to try.

I have almost never received an unwanted text message in the 18+ years that I have had this cell phone number. Maybe the lack of text spam is due to the fact that I barely text at all, myself - - mostly just to and from Frank now and then. I suppose that we do that in an attempt to stay young and modern.

I do get two text messages each month from Cricket Wireless. One says they are about to take the $30 monthly cell phone fee from my bank account (as authorized), and the second says that they have done it. I could probably ask them not to send these texts, but really they do not bother me at all.

I vote in every single election and get TONS of political snail mail spam. Never got a political text message, though.
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My unwanted texts have all been political for several candidates, from several numbers, and replying simply “stop” has stopped them.
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