There are effective ways you can use to stop getting annoying robocalls. These calls are annoying, disruptive, and the majority of them are scams and frauds.
Indeed, robocalls are the number one complaint to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), with about 500,000 complaints coming in every month.month.
However, help may be on the way, including current legislation in the U.S. Senate to pass the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act.
This legislation would require service providers to adopt smart call authentication technology. In addition, the FTC will be able to levy civil penalties against robo-callers. The bill also would authorize inter-agency cooperation to address the robocall problem.
Also, the Federal Communications Commission will vote in June on allowing phone companies to block annoying robocalls and by default — instead of waiting for consumers to opt in for the service.
In the meantime, here are a few tips you can use to reduce your chances of being hounded by robocallers.
Effective Ways: How To Robocallers.
Hang up the phone.
The best thing you can do is simply hang up on any unwanted call. As a matter of fact, if you don’t recognize the number, don’t even answer the call.
If you engage, it also confirms they’ve called a good, working number. The more you engage, the more you’re likely to get calls.
If your phone says “Unknown Caller” or you don’t recognize the call, don’t even pick up.
Effective Ways: Use Call-Blocking Services
There are a variety of services you can use to effectively block rob-callers. For example:
- Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint each offers opt-in solutions: Verizon Call Filter (for iPhone and Android) labels suspected robocalls before you answer. The service is free, and for $3 per month you can get caller ID, too.
- AT&T Call Protect is free to block suspected fraudsters, and there’s an optional second tier to the service that lets you block legitimate telemarketers and political calls (for $4 per month).
- T-Mobile’s Scam ID and Scam Block services can be enabled, and it doesn’t require an app like the Sprint and AT&T solutions. For $4 per month, you’ll have additional options, as well as caller ID.
- Similarly, Sprint offers Premium Caller ID ($3 per month), which displays the caller’s name if he or she is not already in your contacts, and blocks suspected robocallers, fraudulent calls and potential spammers.
There are also smartphone apps, such as the easy-to-use Nomorobo (which works with landlines, too), RoboKiller, Trucaller, TNS and the popular and free YouMail.
Know Who’s Not A Robocaller
You should be aware that legitimate businesses will never ask you to pay them by buying gift cards. That’s a scam. According to the FTC’s Data Spotlight, this type of scam is up 270 percent from 2015 to 2018.
The Internal Revenue Service and Department of Homeland Security will not call you to confirm personal information. The same goes for your Medicare account, bank, or credit card company. If you aren’t sure — then call them to confirm.