Spam calls and robocalls can not only annoy you but can also make you the victim of a fraud. Many fraudsters spoof their caller id and inmate a legal authority in order to flush out your personal information and commit financial crimes. Matthew Davies believes that you should never pick up calls from an unknown number. Even if you do answer the call, hang up immediately if you suspect a scammer.
It is also a wise idea to not provide any personal or banking information over the telephone. The best way to stay safe is to use services that help you to avoid or prevent robocalls and spam calls.
Here are some ways you can block robocalls and spam calls –
- Register on the FTC’s do not call list – Registering on the national Do Not Call list will prevent telemarketers from calling your registered landline or mobile numbers. Once you register your number on the Do Not Call list, telemarketers must remove your number from their list within 31 days. The service is completely free of charge and will continue unless you cancel it manually.
In order to register your number, just visit their official site – donotcall.gov. If you wish to register by phone, you must dial 1-888-382-1222 (voice) or 1-866-290-4236 (TTY) from the number you wish to register. If a telemarketer still calls you after you have put your name on the Do Not Call list, note down their number and file an official complaint with the FCC.
- Use your mobile’s built-in call blocker – Every smartphone has a built-in call blocker that allows you to block calls that come from unwanted numbers. All you need to do is select the numbers you want to block and tap on the block icon. Even if you block a certain number, robocallers can call from other numbers with the same prefix. So, you have to manually add these numbers again when they call you.
- Utilize the call blocking feature of your wireless carriers – Major wireless carriers like AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, all have their own call blocking feature that you can utilize to prevent spam calls. They are listed as follows –
- AT&T Call Protect
- Verizon Call Filter
- T-Mobile Scam ID
- Sprint Premium Caller ID
The free version of these apps detects spam with their spam filter, labels telemarketers and blocks numbers from likely fraudsters. It also lets you manually add a number that you want to block. The paid version of these apps allows you to identify unknown numbers, look up spam numbers and block robocalls.
- Use third-party call blocking apps – Third-party apps like HIya, Nomorobo, Truecaller, etc are a cheaper alternative to using the apps of wireless carriers. You can also use them if your service provider doesn’t offer you a call blocker app or service. The free versions of these apps offer plenty of features and work just as well as the apps provided by service providers. They just have to be compatible with your device or android version.
According to Matthew Davies, you should install a call blocker app as soon as possible for your safety and security. People who don’t use any call blocking app or service are more likely to become the victim of fraudsters and scammers.