1. Soreloser's Avatar
    As the title says, I need help blocking an area code + prefix numbers. I get a LOT of solicitation calls, usually a recording, that have the same area code and prefix of my own phone number. For example, if my number is 555-555-1212 the caller id for the number calling me will be 555-555-XXXX.
    Is there a way to block ALL calls to me from 555-555? I don't know anyone with the same area code and prefix as me so I doubt I would miss any important calls but I would imagine I could add an exception if I ever figure out how to blanket block the scam calls.
    11-10-2017 07:48 AM
  2. doogald's Avatar
    I wonder if you could create a contact with all of the other 998 numbers in the 555-555-xxxx range and then block that contact?

    Or, create a series of ten contacts with 100 numbers each (with your phone number obviously excluded) and block each of those contacts?

    See this post for a way to create a .vcf file with a lot of phone numbers generated by a spreadsheet: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5939607?tstart=0

    Ten, import that .vcf file to your contacts?
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    11-10-2017 09:48 AM
  3. Soreloser's Avatar
    Interesting read...next purchase will have to be a Mac so I can try that solution.
    11-10-2017 10:26 PM
  4. doogald's Avatar
    You don't need a Mac to do that. Any computer with a text editor and a spreadsheet app would do it. Just copy the text in that apple discussion to create the file, and save the file with a .vcf extension. You could email it to yourself and open it on the iPhone to get a prompt to add the contact.
    Sherry_B likes this.
    11-11-2017 06:19 AM
  5. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    Just use a call blocking app. I use Hiya and it automatically blocks “neighborhood scam” calls, which are those that mimic your area code and the first the first three digits of your phone number.

    Hiya Caller ID and Block by Hiyahttps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hiya-caller-id-and-block/id986999874?mt=8

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    11-11-2017 08:03 AM
  6. Sherry_B's Avatar
    I think I'd go with the solution that @doogald provided. No ads, no chance of any info being saved to someone else's servers, no chance of your phone number being sold.
    11-11-2017 05:54 PM
  7. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    I think I'd go with the solution that @doogald provided. No ads, no chance of any info being saved to someone else's servers, no chance of your phone number being sold.
    Hiya doesn’t have ads, nor does it save your info on remote servers. It uses CallKit, which is an Apple API. Hiya also keeps a very active database of scammers and telemarketers and puts a badge on incoming calls (or lets you completely block them).
    11-11-2017 06:28 PM
  8. Sherry_B's Avatar
    nor does it save your info on remote servers.

    We can't disprove or prove that either way, so I'd err on the side of caution and not use it at all. None of those crowd-sourced call blockers seem all that safe to me.
    11-11-2017 07:06 PM
  9. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    We can't disprove or prove that either way, so I'd err on the side of caution and not use it at all. None of those crowd-sourced call blockers seem all that safe to me.
    I disagree, but that’s okay.
    11-11-2017 07:14 PM
  10. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Just use a call blocking app. I use Hiya and it automatically blocks “neighborhood scam” calls, which are those that mimic your area code and the first the first three digits of your phone number.

    Hiya Caller ID and Block by Hiyahttps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hiya-caller-id-and-block/id986999874?mt=8

    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...c1ecedc2a4.jpg
    Hiya messed me up when they updated to include the SMS feature only available on iOS 11. I don't need that, but it made other features not work. I get this when I try to toggle Hiya on in settlngs > phone.

    I've discussed the issue with them on Twitter, but they won't fix it. Truecaller works fine, however.
    11-12-2017 09:30 AM
  11. doogald's Avatar
    I get this when I try to toggle Hiya on in settlngs > phone.
    Interesting. Do you get the same message if you turn the VPN off? (Your screenshot is showing that a VPN is active. Maybe the VPN network is somehow blocking HiYa from accessing their own service?)
    11-12-2017 11:53 AM
  12. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Interesting. Do you get the same message if you turn the VPN off? (Your screenshot is showing that a VPN is active. Maybe the VPN network is somehow blocking HiYa from accessing their own service?)
    I tried that. Not it. Truecaller has the same features, including the new SMS feature only on iOS 11. Theirs works ok. There was someone else on Twitter with the same issue.
    11-12-2017 01:27 PM
  13. giancola46's Avatar
    At the moment, I think you can only block individual numbers not just area + prefix numbers, but saying that it is still better than not being able to do either.
    11-13-2017 08:15 AM
  14. Kirstein Gourlay's Avatar
    I tried that. Not it. Truecaller has the same features, including the new SMS feature only on iOS 11. Theirs works ok. There was someone else on Twitter with the same issue.
    Truecaller uploads your number to their database which I have heard gets sold. I know that my mobile that I registered with truecaller gets hundreds of spam calls and the number I never registered with truecaller has never had a spam call even though I have had that number for longer.
    11-15-2017 01:31 AM
  15. vandrusik's Avatar
    As the title says, I need help blocking an area code + prefix numbers. I get a LOT of solicitation calls, usually a recording, that have the same area code and prefix of my own phone number. For example, if my number is 555-555-1212 the caller id for the number calling me will be 555-555-XXXX.
    Is there a way to block ALL calls to me from 555-555? I don't know anyone with the same area code and prefix as me so I doubt I would miss any important calls but I would imagine I could add an exception if I ever figure out how to blanket block the scam calls.
    I believe the app "WideProtect: Block Call SMS MMS" will help you:
    https://itunes.apple.com/app/id11710...mUvbUpU3019254
    It blocks in the way you need.
    11-28-2017 01:00 AM

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