Problem Solvers: Stop Calling Me

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A FOX 4 viewer posted a message on Facebook asking for help in stopping repeated phone calls to her home from this number: 503-468-5526.

The number belongs to a telemarketer peddling some type of healthcare coverage, but when our viewer informed the caller to stop bothering her because she is on the No-Call List, the calls persisted.

FOX 4 Problem Solvers googled the number and discovered numerous complaints from other people who had received calls from it.

We found the complaints on websites such as CallerCenter.com and Whocallsme.com.

The phone number appears to track back to a business in Astoria, Ore., but when we called the number we just got a busy signal.

So what do you do if this happens to you?

For starters, you report the number to both the Federal Trade Commission and your state's attorney general. Those are the government entities in charge of enforcing the No-Call Law. There are penalties for companies who violate it.

You can also contact your phone carrier and ask them to block certain numbers. Some carriers provide this service for free, others charge a fee.

If that doesn't work, buy an answering machine and then stop picking up the phone unless you know who's on the other end of the line.

What you should never do is follow the instructions given by these telemarketers, such as pressing "1" to let them know you are on the No-Call List. These bozos don't care whether you are on that list and by pressing "1" you are making them aware their their robo call has reached a live person. Now they'll really bother you.

It can also be nearly impossible to figure out where some of these calls are coming from.

Even though the number showing up on your caller ID is from Oregon, the caller could actually be overseas. That's because technology exists that allows people to disguise their actual phone number and replace it with a fake one. It's called spoofing.

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