Anyone else notice increase in spam calls after porting number?

 

I wonder if this is just me, but I ported my number from Verizon to Ting, and ever since then I've had a high increase in spam calls. When I was on Verizon I would get maybe one spam call a month, but since switching to Ting, I get one or two spam calls a day.

Why would porting my number have increased spam calls, considering it's the same number? How were the spammers alerted? Anyone else have this happen to them?

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  • As to why this happened, I can't say for certain, but I can say that we definitely do not sell phone numbers.

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  • By "spam calls" I assume you mean telemarketing calls and not spam text messages?

    Porting wouldn't do that unless the company sold the number - and wireless companies usually don't do that because it tends to piss off customers (in fact, I believe it's actually illegal for them to do that).

    I get almost no telemarketing calls on my cell phone - maybe 2-4 a year that come directly to my cell number (a number which I've had for about 10 years ported around to about 4 companies), and those I figure are just auto-dialers that randomly call any numbers they can make up and just happen to hit mine (usually they're recorded calls, which are also illegal).  I do however get a few a month that come through my Google Voice number which is forwarded to my cell phone, which I use as my "Home Phone" number whenever someone asks for it, so that number has got out there a bit by that way.

    More than likely it's from somewhere you gave someone your cell number in when you purchased something - maybe on the web?

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  • The timing correlation with the port is a bit concerning. I wonder if Verizon makes it part of their protocol to sell the ported out numbers to spam companies as a parting gift for the lost account. After all, that's a number that is not likely to return to them. I know this is just wild speculation, but given how disgusting Verizon is, It frankly wouldn't surprise me in the least bit.

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  • The wife and I had the same thing happen, I didn't blame Ting at all.   We just chalked it up to somebody being able to detect our old carrier releasing the number.  We went to 

    https://www.donotcall.gov/

    and re-registered the number, they stopped the next day 

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  • That sounds like a more plausible story. Maybe the donotcall registry entries get wiped after a transfer?

    Still, I like my interpretation better, it aligns more closely with my world view.

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  • Ryan, your scenario is certainly plausible also, since I can see AT&T doing the same thing

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  • @Andrew: It never in a million years occured to me you might think I was blaming you guys! On the contrary, I took that Ting was innocent as a given, and in my mind was trying to figure out if Verizon did this, or if it was something I did.

    @Chuck: Yes, I mean telemarketing calls. Mostly robocalls, actually. I may or may not be getting spam text messages as well; no way to tell, as I have texting blocked on my phone.

    Since I got my phone, I have purchased something with my cell number (I list the home # for such things) but you know what, this IS my first smartphone, and I HAVE downloaded apps from the Google Play store. Do you think maybe one of those apps that has permission to read my phone number gave it out to spammers? I tried to stick to reputable apps and only downloaded straight from the Google Play store itself but *sigh*... T_T But then again, I didn't port my number immediately, and the first couple weeks when I had a number given to me from Ting, I downloaded pretty much the same apps from the Google Play store and didn't get a single spam call to that number. So... who knows!!!

    @chepe: Thanks for the link to the Do Not Call Registry! I just went and registered all three numbers on my plan on the registry. I'll see if that helps or not. It said it could take up to a month, so I won't know for sure until after the new year.

    @Ryan: I honestly wouldn't put it past Verizon either. I am so sick of them, and glad to finally be rid of their service. Including me, I've now moved three of the five members of our Verizon family plan over to Ting, and now it's just time to slowly try to convince the remaining two to switch over. *evil grin*

    As a sidenote, the Do Not Call Registry may or may not get wiped after a number transfer, but I was never on the Do Not Call Registry before, so this would not apply to my situation.

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  • *"have not purchased anything with my cell number" is what I meant to say! Darn typos.

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  • The Do Not Call registry entry for a number is released when the number is (in case it goes to a new owner), but I don't know how porting interacts with it.

    I've had varying levels of spam on various numbers; some are completely quiet (including the number I received from Ting), others get a variety of calls. A number I got from the Sprint pool (not through Ting) earlier this year was getting several marketing calls, which stopped 30 days after I put it in the Do Not Call registry. Now it gets political spam instead. Sigh.

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  • I have the exact same problem as Megan - ported my number to Ting from Verizon and I'm suddenly getting all sorts of spam calls (never had ANY when I was on verizon and therefore had no need to register it on the "do not call" list). I only switched a month ago and I've already received 3 or 4 this month! I've had this number since 2005... *sigh*. Not necessarily blaming Ting either, but it is rather obnoxious that my phone number has been released somehow and it seems to be correlated with my switch...

    @Megan, have you had any luck since registering on the do not call list? I just barely put my number on there today. *fingers crossed*

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  • I just checked my two numbers I ported over from Sprint with the donotcall.gov site.

    My wifes line was ported from Verizon back to Sprint in 2006 still shows as registered since July,  2004.   Guess porting doesn't remove your number from do not call list. 

    My number shows registered since Dec 2006 original Sprint number.

    Moved both my Sprint phones and numbers on the 15th and 17th of March to Ting. 

     

     

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  • @Katrina: It's definitely helped. I went from getting one or two spam calls a day, to maybe three or four spam calls a month. It's still annoying, but way less than before.

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  • I wouldn't say I've noticed an increase but I do get them. What I am now doing is not answering any calls where I don't recognize the number and googling said number to see if it's spam. If it is, I put the number under a contact called spam, which I've also set to silent. I've got something like 7 numbers in there and the phone is hardly ringing at all. Which is my aim really - this is a land line number that I've ported and most people now call my cell.

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  • Same thing happened to me. I switched from Verizon to Ting and now im receiving about 4 to 5 spam calls a day. Weird things, the numbers come from all over the country and if i answer, theres no one there. I suppose the best thing to do is just not answer them, but its annoying none the less.

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  • I had Sprint while my Girlfriend had Verizon.  Neither of us ever got spam phone calls.

    After switching to Ting, I still do not get spam phone calls but now my girlfriend is getting them like crazy.

    Something tells me it's related to Verizon based on the other comments of ex-verizon customers saying the same thing.

    Crooks!

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  • Ported my number from Verizon two months ago. Have had no problem with telemarketing calls before or after the port.

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  • Hey Christian!

    There's no real reason why this would happen. If the number is the same and was previously not being called by telemarketers etc there's no reason why this shouldn't be the same. I imagine that some website that asked for this detail could have sold the number, the same way in which email addresses can be sold.

    If this is causing an issue I'd recommend adding her number to the Do Not Call Registry, give it a week or 2 and voila. The calls should slow down or stop completely. I had to do it myself and I've never been happier. I get *maybe* 2 calls a month that I don't want.

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