The following incidents have been documented by the Fairfield Glade Police Department 

for the period Jan. 26–Feb. 1, 2020:  

 

01/26 Tremont Drive

Arrest. Six subjects, over 18 but under 21 years of age, were cited at a residence for underage consumption.

 

Why are you getting so many calls? Often, it's scammers calling. Here's what you need to know about unwanted calls and how to stop them. Scammers can use the internet to make calls from all over the world. They don't care if you're on the National Do Not Call Registry. That's why your best defense against unwanted calls is call blocking. Which type of call-blocking or call-labeling technology you use will depend on the phone whether it's a mobile, traditional landline, or a home phone that makes calls over the internet (VoIP).

When we talk about call blocking, we're talking about technologies or devices that can stop a lot of the unwanted calls you get– like scam calls and illegal robocalls– before they reach you. Mobile phones, landlines and home phones that use the internet (VoIP) each have their own call-blocking options. Just know that call-blocking services could block some legitimate calls. Some companies also offer call labeling. Call-labeling services show categories like "spam" or "scam likely" on your phone's display for incoming calls. Then you can decide whether to answer the call.

One of the best ways to block unwanted calls on a mobile phone is to download a call-blocking app. A call-blocking app acts like a filter. The company behind the app uses call data or reports from users to predict which calls are illegal or likely scams. The app then intercepts those calls before they reach you. Some apps are free, but others you have to pay for.

To get a call-blocking app:

• Go to the online app store for your phone's operating system (iOS, Android, etc.) and look at ratings for different apps. Look online for expert reviews on call-blocking apps.

• You also can find a list of call-blocking apps for mobile phones at ctia.org, a website for the U.S. wireless communications industry. The site lists apps specific to AndroidBlackBerryiOS (Apple) or Windows devices.

Apps typically let you choose how to respond to calls flagged as scams. Calls might be stopped, ring silently or go straight to voicemail. Apps also can let you do things like block calls based on the geographic location or area code of the incoming call, let you create blacklists of numbers to block or whitelists of numbers to let through, send a prewritten text message to the caller and file a complaint with the FTC (which you also can do at ftc.gov/complaint).

Some apps access your contacts list, so know whether that's important to you. The app's privacy policy should explain how it gets and uses your information. Check your phone carrier's website or call customer service to find out what call-blocking services it offers or recommends. 

If your home phone is a traditional landline that doesn't use the internet (VoIP), you can buy and install a call-blocking device. Call-blocking devices are typically small boxes you attach to your phone. Some devices use blacklist databases of known scam numbers but let you add numbers you want blocked. Other devices rely on you to create and update your own blacklist of numbers to block. Some use blacklists to stop unwanted calls, divert calls to voicemail, show a blinking light when an unwanted call comes in or connect callers to a recording with options so a real caller can still get through. Some devices also use whitelists of approved numbers that helps you limit which calls get through, or lets you to set up "do not disturb" hours during which calls go straight to voicemail. There are also devices that try to weed out robocalls by playing a prerecorded message prompting callers to press a number to continue the call. See what services your carrier offers. Remember: some services are free, but some charge a fee or might be a monthly subscription.

Call blocking technology can sometimes stop calls from scammers who can make fake names or numbers show up on your caller ID. Scammers often use these "spoofed" names and numbers in government imposter scams to make you think it's Social Security or law enforcement calling. Then they try to convince you to wire money or pay them with gift cards, which is always a scam.

It's possible you have VoIP service on your home phone and don't know it. VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol, and it simply means that your phone makes calls over the internet, not over phone lines. If you're not sure what you have, check with your carrier. But if you get your phone service through a cable company, or use a phone/internet/cable bundle, you probably have VoIP service. If you find out you don't have internet-based phone service, skip down to the advice on blocking calls on a traditional landline.

Internet-based call-blocking services can block unwanted calls on phones that use the internet. Your carrier might be able to recommend a specific service. But you also can search online for expert reviews. Some internet-based services and mobile apps require all calls to be routed through their service, where they are instantly analyzed. You may have choices about how unwanted calls are handled and might be stopped, ring silently, and go straight to a separate voicemail or spam folder.