Reports have started to accumulate, concerning calls coming from +1-800-531-5000. The reports indicate that this may be a scamming number, related to the DirectTV scams. The main idea behind those calls is that the scammers call the victim, asking for victims to pay money to upgrade to a discounted DirectTV offer that is one-time promotion. More information about calls coming from +1-800-531-5000 and how you can block them can be found in the article underneath.
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+1-800-531-5000 DirectTV Scam – More Information
Users have reported receiving calls from +1-800-531-5000, and the callers have asked if they want to upgrade DirectTV, even though the users in question do not seem to have any type of DirecTV service installed in their homes. One report indicates the following:
5 Oct 2018
First time call from this number, but I have all 8xx numbers blocked, anyway. Since AT&T bought DirecTV, it has been going down hill. I’m contemplating dropping them because of their poor programming, and high billing. Spammers could very well be spoofing this number. I’ve had similar spams and scams using other big company numbers. None the less, I don’t answer 8xx numbers.
According to users, the number may belong to the actual DirecTV service (directv.com), but the scammers could be masking a fake number as the real one and this is why we advise you to always check up with DirecTV themselves if you have received this call by visiting their official site.
Furthermore, more reports have arisen about the same number being used as other types of scams, like “Direct Trucking” or thanksgiving type of scams:
Dave replies to anon
13 Nov 2018
Same here. I just got a call from “Direct Trucking,” but didn’t answer because I didn’t know who that is. They did leave a message, however, and I was surprised when AT & T/Direct TV was identified as the caller. Based on earlier posts, it appears that this number has been used in the past by Direct TV, so why did it show on the caller ID as Direct Trucking? Is that a mistake?
22 Nov 2018
The ID reads Spam? Direct TR. Whitepages.com lists Atlas Networks. Today is Thanksgiving. This is spam/scam/fraud.
How Do I Stop (Block) a Scam Call from +1-800-531-5000 Without Picking Up?
Since some scams can become dangerous for you as soon as you pick up, because they may also subscribe you to various types of SMS services or generate impulses that make your phone bill to rise up quite fast, we have decided to provide you with insight on how you can use several simple applications that will certainly prevent scammers from even calling you. Let’s begin!
If you are using a smartphone, then the most automated solution is to use conventional call blocker. But traditional call blockers do require you to add numbers to your blacklist which does not do the job. This is why, we recommend using smart apps, such as Hiya Caller ID and Block. The application can block robotized calls and scam calls automatically, since it keeps an updated database of scammers. Here is how to set it up:
Step 1: Open the Hiya app in PlayStore by tapping on the button below:
Step 2: Install the application and Run It:
Step 3: Accept the terms and tap on “GET STARTED”.
Step 4: Enter your phone number and tap on Next:
Step 5: You will receive a code. Enter it and tap to continue:
Step 6: Login with your Facebook or Google account to begin:
Step 7: The app is now set up and you can now use it to call numbers via It. It will automatically remain active and hidden in the background so that once you receive a call, it will block it. The app also has settings to block private numbers as well:
- Guide 1: How to Remove from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove
Step 2: Uninstall and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as , the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the will be removed.
Eliminate from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.
Remove Push Notifications caused by from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".