SpoofKiller

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SpoofKiller

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Joined: 24 Nov 2017, 23:36

24 Nov 2017, 23:40 #1

Been getting a lot of “Spoof” calls lately from non contacts but the number looks  similar to mine – same area code(first 3 digits) same specific exchange code (second 3 digits). If I answer I get the recorder saying something like “this is your credit card company calling”…NOT. When I attempt to call the number back I get  “We’re sorry the number you have dialed…”

So I installed Macrodroid and did a little reading. The programming was very easy. I first put in Macro1, the spoof killer, and it worked great…until I realized that my ringer was set to “Silent” after every spoof call. So Macro2, Spoof end, resets to my default ringer of choice. If some outside caller (Non-Contact) really wants to get through they can still leave a voicemail.

You could also do this by changing the volume instead of the ringer.

Your macro could look like this
Macro1 : SpoofKiller (name of macro )
Trigger: Call IncomingSelect ContactNon Contact
Action: Ringtone Configure → Select from drop down - silent or none
Constraints: None ( Macro runs always )

Macro2 : SpoofEnd (name of macro )
Trigger: Call ended Select ContactNon Contact
Action: Ringtone Configure → Select from “media” then dropdown to your default ringer
Constraints: None ( Macro runs always )
 
Hope this helps someone else.  

*From Wikipedia “Caller ID spoofing is the practice of causing the telephone network to indicate to the receiver of a call that the originator of the call is a station other than the true…”
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Joined: 18 Jan 2017, 03:48

25 Nov 2017, 21:58 #2

This is a good use of macrodroid. Personally I do this using Hiya which allows you to block certain area codes and prefixes. It makes sense to allow a caller ID app to do this since its already screening incoming calls and identifying unknown numbers.

When a spoof call comes in based on my area code and prefix criteria it blocks the call and sends me a notification that the call was blocked. I then immediately dismiss the notification using macrodroid since I don't care to know that a spam number called me and was blocked. Out of sight, out of mind!

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Joined: 24 Nov 2017, 23:36

26 Nov 2017, 12:35 #3

I had Hiya/whitepages on my last phone and it was pretty effective on blocking known robo/sales calls. I also kept my own record of  the blocked calls in special users that I created. I was on my 5th user (alphabetically filed under Z) with the maximum number of phone numbers available per user (20? or so?). I do like to allow the caller access to voicemail in case I happen to utilize craigslist or something where I get a call from a legitimate user or an old buddy who changed his number or something. Since I have just instigated macrodroid it is too early for me to give any long term review on the effectiveness.

I believe the recent increase in spoofing is due to the increase in Nomorobo style lists of known telemarketers/spam numbers. Spoofing is illegal when there is intent to defraud. It is allowed when , for instance, you want your secretary's phone number to come up as the ID when you make outgoing calls to clients.

  For older versions of Android, Hiya/whitepages used to be able to block numbers from going to voicemail. In recent versions of Android, all call management apps (like Hiya) are apparently prevented from hanging up on those blocked calls.
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Joined: 10 Aug 2017, 05:14

20 Dec 2017, 00:00 #4

You can combine the two macros by using the action "wait until next action".

Macro1 : SpoofKiller (name of macro )
Trigger: Call Incoming →Select Contact → Non Contact
Action: Ringtone Configure → Select from drop down - silent or none
Action: Wait until next action → 10s (you may change this to whatever you like)
Action:  Ringtone Configure → Select from “media” then dropdown to your default ringer
Constraints: None ( Macro runs always )
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Joined: 24 Nov 2017, 23:36

12 Jan 2018, 19:01 #5

Yes, nice upgrade asar. Works better.  I'm just a newbie, appreciate the combo, as more people look for a fix for those dang spoof calls!
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Joined: 09 Jan 2018, 08:49

14 Jan 2018, 11:47 #6

Try TRUE CALLER it works really good.
https://www.truecaller.com/ 
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Joined: 24 Nov 2017, 23:36

15 Jan 2018, 01:20 #7

When you install Truecaller application on your phone, it simply uploads each and every contact and information linked to it from your phone’s contact list to its servers. When someone searches for the mobile number or a specific name, Truecaller uses numbers and their information uploaded from your phone to show results for that search. (I hope none of my friends use it! LOL If my enemies call me f*artface...then that is what will come up when I call a stranger who has truecaller.)

Truecaller doesn't know the difference between a spoofed number and the real source of the call so it could easily say IRS or Donald Trump as long as the spoofer used the appropriate number.

Have at it, but not for me!!! YMMV
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Joined: 09 Jan 2018, 08:49

15 Jan 2018, 11:24 #8

KB- wrote:Truecaller doesn't know the difference between a spoofed number and the real source of the call so it could easily say IRS or Donald Trump as long as the spoofer used the appropriate number.

Have at it, but not for me!!! YMMV
This is not completely true: only when there are a number of unwanted number alerts, the number is blocked.
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Joined: 24 Nov 2017, 23:36

15 Jan 2018, 13:00 #9

canfe wrote:
KB- wrote:Truecaller doesn't know the difference between a spoofed number and the real source of the call so it could easily say IRS or Donald Trump as long as the spoofer used the appropriate number.

Have at it, but not for me!!! YMMV
This is not completely true: only when there are a number of unwanted number alerts, the number is blocked.
It is pretty easy for the spoofer to change their caller ID on a daily basis if need be. Professional spoofers do just that. You are welcome to give your data and live phone number to Truecaller for free, but it is not for me. Truecaller has had their data breeched in the past and there is nothing stopping them from selling their complete database. It is all about profit. We live in an age of data collection. When you search ebay for golf clubs have you noticed you suddenly are seeing golf club ads? 

Macrodroid really is free (up to 5 Macros anyway)
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