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Who Is Calling From 0: Is It a Scam?

Last Updated Nov 28, 2022
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Nobody likes scam calls. If you’ve ever gotten a call from 0, you may have wondered: is this just another scam?

The answer is yes, in most cases, a call from 0 is a scam call. However, it may also just mean the number is hidden or from an international number in a few select cases. When in doubt, a call from 0 is likely a scam. 

So why are you getting these calls, and how can you stop them? In this article, we’ll talk a bit more about what a call from 0 means and how you can stop them from happening in the future. Read on to learn more!

What Does It Mean When Someone Calls From 0?

There are a few different potential reasons a call comes in from the number 0. 

These reasons include:

Because a call from 0 normally means bad news, we recommend not picking up when you get a call from 0. Below, we’ll talk more about each of these situations in detail. 

A Spam Call

Spam calls are our least favorite calls. They’re also dangerous, since scammers can try to get your personal information by calling you repeatedly or claiming they’re someone reputable. 

Many scam calls show up as a 0 number because they are using this to prevent their real number from being traced. For some cellular service providers, it could also mean they’re trying to use your own phone number to call you!

A Hidden Call

A call from 0 may also mean the caller is trying to hide their personal number from you. This usually also indicates a scam, though not always. It could be someone who regularly has their number hidden or something as simple as children making a prank call. Because you can never be completely sure, you shouldn’t pick up anyways. 

An International Call

In some select cases, international calls can sometimes show up with the number 0. This is often because some international numbers start with the number 0, and longer numbers may be shortened depending on the phone you have. You should only plan to answer this call if you know for sure you’re supposed to hear from someone outside the country soon!

How Can I Tell If My Call Is a Scam?

There are a few ways you can tell if a call from 0 is a scam.

They include:

  • The call is an automated message or recording
  • The caller claims to be from technical support (i.e. Microsoft, Apple, etc.)
  • The caller is claiming to be an officer or agent demanding personal information
  • The caller is requesting money for a charity or similar program

In most cases, scam calls will not leave a voicemail. If they do, listen carefully to the details of the message to determine if it is a scam or not. There are lots of fraudulent callers out there, so do some research and ask questions if you aren’t completely sure. Never give anyone you don’t know your personal information or money over the phone!

How to Stop Calls From 0

Tired of all those calls from 0? Luckily, there are a few ways to stop them. If you aren’t sure how to do this on your phone, visit your local cellular service provider store and they can help you with this process.

Block Specific Numbers

On your cell phone, you can block specific numbers. If you are frequently getting calls from the number 0, you can try to block that number specifically. If that doesn’t work, you may have to use the second option on this list: blocking calls from callers with no caller ID. 

Block Calls From No Caller ID

Blocking calls from anyone with no caller ID is a great way to avoid scam calls from any number. 

There are two different options to do this successfully:

  • Activate “Silence Unknown Callers”
  • Block 000-000-0000

The first option is to go to your settings and go to your phone options. Under there, you’ll find the option to turn on “Silence Unknown Callers.” This will prevent your phone from ringing when someone with a hidden caller ID calls you and will send them straight to voicemail. You can then go to your recent calls to block their number. 

If you have an older phone that does not have this option, you can block hidden caller IDs manually. Make a new contact with the number 000-000-0000, save it, and block it. This will manually prevent any calls from hidden caller IDs from reaching your phone. 

Conclusion

Getting a call from 0 isn’t the end of the world, but you still need to take precautions to protect yourself from scammers. If you get a call from 0 or another number you don’t recognize, let the call go to voicemail. Most scammers won’t leave a voicemail, so you can plan to block the number after that. Once you block, you should have no more issues with getting calls from 0.