Spam calls are increasingly common in Canada.
Scams come in all forms, from people pretending to be government-owned, to people pretending to be your telecom provider – or even pretending to be Nigerian princes (just wire them the money up front. And everything will go just fine).
Scammers and spam callers often use a variety of numbers in order to confuse their victims. However, we have noticed that they often reuse the same area codes. This type of fraudulent call is called “Wangiri fraud”. This type of fraud aims to keep victims online in order to accumulate long distance charges.
Since numbers are unique outside of the area code, it would be useful to be able to block specific numbers.
Unfortunately, Google and Apple don’t offer this seemingly simple feature.
Google said MobileSirop read: “We do not support area code based blocking at this time with our Phone app on Android, but we do have the ability to block and unblock numbers and we also have additional features of caller ID and spam detection. “
Stock Android / iOS
Although the problem is not easy to fix on Android or iOS, there are many apps that help you.
- Mr. Number is one of the most popular call blocking and managing apps.
- First download the app from the Play Store.
- After accepting a few permissions, tap the ‘block’ symbol at the bottom right of the app, then tap the plus sign to add a new number.
- This then gives the user four options, the bottom of which is “Numbers starting with”.
- Access this option, which allows you to choose a country code and area code.
There are also apps like call blacklist and call control that perform the same function, but they are not as easy to use.
As for Apple, the App Store also offers a number of ways to block unwanted area codes.
Android devices not stored
There are also some Android manufacturers, such as LG, which allow the user to block area codes and country codes with the manufacturer’s native dialing app.
In the case of LG, users can access the settings of the dialer app. Then press the menu button on the top right and navigate to “Call blocking and rejection with message options” and press “Digit filter” which will allow users to block phone numbers starting or ending. ending with certain numbers.
Meanwhile, Samsung allows users to block unknown numbers. However, it can be a bit too aggressive depending on your situation. In this case, Samsung users may also want to download the Mr. Number app.
For other non-stored Android devices, check the dialer app settings or your security settings as they may hold the key to block area codes.