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Spoofed Calls

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Spoofed Calls

Since my last question got kicked off for circumventing language filters I will try again. 

 

Why is Comcast not blocking spoofed calls to my house?  I am enrolled in Nomorobo and on the Do Not Call list. Comcast is the one charging me for phone service that is not performing acceptably. They are aware that customers are being harrassed and they have the power to stop it. They choose not to so they are an accomplice to a crime. 

 

Can anyone help me stop these calls?

 

Maybe the language cops should answer more and worry about blank spaces less. 

Official Employee

Re: Spoofed Calls

Hi @Jtrad4

 

Please follow the steps below to set up Nomorobo. You can find this information here.

 

Set up Nomorobo through Xfinity Connect

To set up Nomorobo with your Xfinity Voice service:

  1. Go to https://www.nomorobo.com/signup and follow instructions for signing up.
    • Complete Step 1 by choosing Comcast XFINITY as the Carrier. Complete Step 2 by entering your email address and clicking Next. You will receive an email with a link to activate the Nomorobo service. Click on the link and continue as directed.
      Steps 1 and 2 with dropdown for Carrier and free-form space to enter email.
       
  2. When you reach the Setup Your Carrier step on Nomorobo's website, go to Xfinity Connect.
  3. Sign in using your primary Xfinity username and password, and then select the Voicetab.
  4. Click the settings wheel at top right and select Settings.
  5. Enter the Nomorobo phone number (provided by Nomorobo during setup) into the Advanced Call Forwarding field and select Add.
    • Make sure that the Nomorobo phone number is not the only number listed in this section.
    • Your home phone number should also be listed as a default. Otherwise, callers may get a busy signal when calling your home phone.
    • The number of Rings before voicemail should match the rings for your home number. The service automatically terminates calls after one ring.
      From here, you can adjust how many times the phone rings before terminating.
       
  6. After you have completed those steps, go back to the Nomorobo website. Go to Your Phones and click the Test button next to your number. Then select I'm ready. Call me now to perform a test call.
    • You will receive a call to verify that the service is set up correctly. Wait until the third ring to pick up the phone.

Nomorobo will then screen incoming phone calls to your Xfinity Voice telephone number and automatically hang up if a call is determined to be from an illegal robocaller or telemarketer. Your phone will ring once, letting you know that the robocall has been stopped.


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Re: Spoofed Calls

I am already signed up with Nomorobo. I still get calls.
Official Employee

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After you receive one of these calls can you try the following and let me know if this helps?

 

Lift the receiver and listen for the dial tone.
Press *77 and listen for a confirmation tone that the feature has been activated.

 

Are you given any prompts to block the callers then? 


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My anonymous call rejection is, and has been activated for some time. These calls show a number but the number is a spoofed number belonging to someone else. 

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I have more information that I gathered from the Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the prosecution of a large call spoofer, Adrian Abramovich. He said, “Clearly regulation needs to address the carriers and providers and require the major carriers to detect robocalls activity,” Abramovich said in testimony submitted in advance to the Senate Commerce Committee. Even the criminals acknowledge that Comcast and other serive providers are not doing their jobs to block robocalls and spoofed number calls. 

 

What say you Comcast?  Are you lying to your customers?

Official Employee

Re: Spoofed Calls

Hello, Jtrad4 - 

 

For this issue, please contact our Comcast Security Assurance (CSA) team at 1.888.565.4329. 


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Thank you for the reply. I have already contacted them and I was told that there was nothing they could do. I told them that I didn’t believe it but nonetheless the representative told me it was true. I appreciate you trying to help me though.
Official Employee

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Thank you for trying that. Because you're already on the Do Not Call List, there is not much more we could do in terms of blocking those specific calls. If you don't already do this, please make sure to follow these steps if you receive another Robocall: 

 

  • Do not answer the phone
  • If you do answer the phone, do not answer any questions
  • Do not give out any personal information
  • Do not press any buttons while on the phone call - just hang up
  • Use caution if you feel pressured 
  • Use a password for your voicemail box 

If you have any additional questions, please let me know. 


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Thank you for the reply. I appreciate your help but that is why I posted the illegal caller’s quote. He says that the providers need to do more to stop it but the providers are saying they can’t. Someone is not being transparent and truthful.
Contributor

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Good Afternoon ComcastAlly,

 

Today I received a call from a local number and was asked questions about my credit cards. When I asked who was calling the woman on the other end began asking more quesitons. When I failed to answer she said "That's why your d--- little", and hung up. Why do I have to endure personal insults now? Comcast needs to do more to stop these.

 

 

Regular Visitor

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Dear Comcast,

I believe your response to the last person's question is now outdated. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai stated during his video conference call in response to the FCC Proposed Rules to Combat Illegal Spoofed Text Messages & International Calls (transcripts available via FCC) "We've allowed phone companies to block many robocalls they suspect to be illegal...".  The written statement (released on Feb 14, 2019) from Chairman Ajit Pai reads "In the past year-and-a-half, we've adopted rules allowing phone companies to stop spoofed calls before they even reach consumers' phones... We've urged the phone industry to help "traceback" illegal spoofed calls to their original source."

 

What specifically is Comcast doing to stop spoofed calls?

 

Thank you

Sharon

Regular Visitor

Re: Spoofed Calls

Hello,

 

Tony Werner is Comcast's President of Technology and Product and his letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai regarding spoofed calls can be found here - https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-356187A6.pdf.

 

I think it is important for phone companies to communicate effectively that the Robo calls and spoofed calls are different.  Yes, they are all nuisances, but they are handled differently. Nomorobo can't help with spoofed calls.  

 

Thanks!

Sharon

 

 

Frequent Visitor

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I am getting spoofed calles supposedly from Comcast.com, from legitimate Comcast numbers. Some claiming that they need to talk to me about upgrading my internet home security, some about upgrading my automated home (I don't have any). I don't want to block these numbers because when I do, any return call from your tech support gets blocked. Isn't there something you can do to stop people from spoofing your number? BTW I know that they are illigetimate because I am a retired Comcast employee and I know how you work.

Frequent Visitor

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And here is the problem. ANYONE for a couple of bucks can spoof a phone number, even you.

Official Employee

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rjpatton52, thanks for letting us know about these spoofed calls. At this time, the best option/next course of action is to report these calls to the FCC: www.fcc.gov/complaints.

 

Please note the phone number, date, and time so that can be reported as well. 

 

Ken


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These calls stink no doubt. I personally like picking up and even messing with them or see how long I can keep them on the phone for. But the spoofers will usually stay one step ahead. And with voip being what it is. It will be a never ending battle.. basically that canned response from the Comcast employee is saying. We care. (Or probably not). But we aren’t going to do anything. Contact the fcc. Which is where it all ends because the point of that essentially Is Phone providers ain’t gonna do anything until the fcc gets fed up with things and writes new rules forcing providers to start taking action. I’m talking about spoofers as that’s a different animal then ahhh “legit” robocalls. Since a spoofer can spoof any number and change their ip / carrier as well. Sadly. Spoofers will probably be around for a long while. Until forced to take action by the government. Not it’s customers. Customers have no power to do anything with behemoths like Comcast. Time warner etc. And the couple other cable companies that dominate the territory they have. These companies are legal monopolies. By their own design. Sorry for the rant. But it’s just to say. Don’t hold your breath on ever getting rid of spoofed calls. The sad part is unless it’s a master criminal. They can pretty much trace every call spoofed or not, and see where it is originating from. If someone says otherwise. They are flat out lying or don’t know how telecomm works nowadays. They for whatever reason choose not to. I’ll be just a little surprised if this post stays up. Just got lost in my rant.
Regular Visitor

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November 5, 2018 the FCC sent a letter to Brian Roberts CEO of Comcast asking for a detailed response to what Comcast steps to implement the SHAKEN/STIR framework which would the calls to Comcast customers were properly signed. I can’t find the response online, but will keep looking.
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Media Contact:
Will Wiquist, (202) 418-0509
mailto:will.wiquist@fcc.gov

For Immediate Release

CHAIRMAN PAI STATEMENT ON PROGRESS BY MAJOR PHONE COMPANIES IN IMPLEMENTING CALLER ID AUTHENTICATION
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WASHINGTON, August 14, 2019—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai issued the following statement in reaction to news that AT&T and T-Mobile are beginning to roll out the exchange of call authentication information between their two networks based on the SHAKEN/STIR framework.  This follows similar arrangements between these companies and Comcast:

“Simply put: this is great news for American consumers.  Putting into practice the SHAKEN/STIR framework means more reliable caller ID information for consumers, better insight for industry into which robocalls might be scams and should be blocked, and a stronger ability for the FCC to go after bad actors and help stop robocalls—our top consumer protection priority.

“I’m pleased with the progress being made to implement SHAKEN/STIR, and I thank the technical teams at AT&T, T-Mobile, and Comcast for helping to advance this important consumer protection effort.  I have made clear that, by the end of this year, the FCC expects major voice service providers to meet our goal of ‘signing’ calls between carriers.  Implementation of SHAKEN/STIR is a crucial step in improving the accuracy of the caller ID information that consumers receive.  Recent announcements indicate that all of the largest voice service providers can meet our deadline—and we will be monitoring them closely to ensure that they do so.”

To learn more about caller ID authentication and the SHAKEN/STIR standards, visit: https://www.fcc.gov/call-authentication.

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Frequent Visitor

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Fortunately there is NoMoRobo. However there is a serious downside to NoMoRobo. Spammers have spoofed Microsoft's (and Comcast's) numbers so much that you can't get a call returned from their tech support, NoMoRobo deep-sixes the call before you can answer.

Contributor

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Thank you for the reply but reporting these calls to the FCC is almost useless. I have reported hundreds of call over the course of 6 months and I get no reduction in calls and also no real acknowledgement from them on helping me with my issue. I have been forced to cancel my home phone service due to harassing call interrupting my sleep. Comcast lost those dollars due to their inaction.
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I receive numerous spoofed calls ever day. Very annoying to say the least. Turned on very block under the sun and still I receive numerous calls daily. Even had one from Vietnam. What is up with that ??? I disconnected my phone cable but the calls keep coming to the system.  And the limit of only being able to block only 25 numbers at a time? It should be unlimited. I only use my number as a fax number of which I have turned on. So when some one calls my number, it will be answered as a fax. Still does not stop the calls however. Also have changed my number three times in the last month to try and solve this issue but it is worse then ever.

 

Very disappointed user.