Silence Unknown Callers in iOS 13

For a few days now, I’m receiving calls from all around the world. The vast majority of them coming from Africa and some from Central America. The only time I answered, nobody was talking. I know of many people, including me, get phone calls with recorded message in Chinese. These calls are different.

I don’t know how they got my phone number and what are they trying to do with my phone number? Is this some automated service using fake caller IDs? Should I worry about my many online accounts?

With data breaches happening all the time, I shouldn’t be surprised. Just this past summer, one of the most important banks here was the victim of a data breach of more than half of its members which is a few million accounts. Mine was on the list of those included in the leak. Bummer.

Silence Unknown Callers
I get more than a dozen of unknown callers each day

Thanks to iOS 13’s new feature, I can silence those unknown callers. As shown in the previous screenshot, with the tap of a button, I’m no longer bothered by my phone ringing all the time. Turning this feature on has a consequence though: my contacts need to be up to date and inclusive of all the people I get in touch with. Otherwise, some real people trying to reach me will fall on my voicemail.

Have you been a victim of such calls? What did you do besides turning on this iOS 13 feature? I’m curious.

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