How to Stop Robocalls from Flooding Your Phone
No one likes robocalls. They always seem to come in when you are in the middle of something important. Then, they just keep coming. These spam phone calls come in many forms. The most common one is automated messages about debt reduction. You will also find robocalls from timeshare companies, donation centers, political organizations, energy companies, etc. Sometimes you receive the same phone call twenty times a day, usually from a different number. It can reach a point where you want to shut off your phone, just to stop the incessant ringing.
You are not alone. While robocalls have been around for a long time, they have become more common in recent years. In fact, the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) reported they receive around 375,000 complaints about robocalls each month. Reporting issues with the FTC might help in a roundabout way by adding information to their data stores, but you cannot expect any kind of immediate help from them. The number of complaints is just too high. The good news is that there are several effective ways that you can avoid these annoying calls, and most of them you can do right from your phone.
Reach Out To Your Carrier
One option is to rely on your carrier to protect you. The majority of cell phone providers have call protection services that will automatically block numbers considered fraudulent or spam. Most of these services are available for free and only require that you install the proper software. Some carriers charge you a small fee for this service. Still, it is entirely more practical than blocking spam numbers one by one.
Sprint – Premium Caller ID
T-Mobile – Automatic Scam Protection
Verizon – Caller Name ID
Get Yourself a Samsung or a Google Phone
Another option is to buy a phone that can automatically detect and block spam calls. The newest versions of Samsung’s Galaxy S and Google Pixel have this convenient feature built in. Google recently updated its Android phone app to include spam detection. The new feature will let users report and block spam numbers. This allows Google to gather data that will reveal to them the source of robocalls.
Meanwhile, Samsung’s Smart Call function has protection built right into the caller idea. When a call comes in that is not in your contacts, the caller ID will tell you whether they suspect the number is spam. If it is suspected of being spam, you can easily block and report the number.
Get Protected Through Apps
You can also purchase a third-party application from your phone’s app store.
These are a few of the apps out there that offer protection against spam calls. Robokiller, for instance, will automatically block thousands of telemarketers and robocalls from calling you, even when the spammers change their numbers.
Add Your Phone to Do Not Call Registry
Another step you can take is to add yourself to the National Do Not Call Registry. This will protect you from sales calls. However, it does not cover debt collectors, political organizations, surveys, etc. One of the major benefits of the registry is that you never have to renew or re-add your name to the registry.
The most extreme option is to set your phone so that it only allows incoming calls from people on your contact list. This is more of last resort.
Many of these phone calls come from overseas call centers, but they may appear as local numbers on your caller ID. The call centers use this deceptive technique to trick you into answering. The last thing you want to do is engage with the spammers. Let the call go to voicemail. If you accidentally answer a robocall, do not speak. Instead, hang up right away and block the number. Most importantly, never give them any kind of personal information. You cannot trust these entities at all.