If you own a smartphone, chances are you’ve received one or more unwanted robocalls from unknown numbers. From illegal robocallers to spoofed ones, Trademore informs you how to block callers in order to help minimize the amount you’re receiving, or stop robocalls altogether.
According to the Federal Communications Commission, it’s possible to block telemarketers when you register your mobile number to the “Do Not Call” list. Simply call 1-888-382-1222 and request to have your number added to their list. Once you’ve done this, you also have the option to block the phone numbers of frequent callers.
You also have the option of reporting numbers to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission), which works to prevent fraudulent marketplace practices. Calls that ask for unwarranted personal information should be reported to the FTC for further investigation. When you receive an illegal robocall, simply hang up. Responding to any of the requested information can lead to more calls. Go to www.donotcall.gov and follow the steps to report the number.
Of course, one of the easiest ways to stop robocalls is simply to not answer. Oftentimes scammers or recordings can ask you to select a number on your keypad or threaten you by demanding time sensitive action take place. Do not trust unknown numbers that pressure you to take action. Simply hang up and block that number on your device.
Carriers such as Verizon offer features that can stop you from receiving robocalls and protect your privacy. Their free Caller ID Blocking service blocks your number from displaying on Caller ID for an extended period of time, or temporarily. Follow steps on the “My Verizon” app for more information on how to block callers.
Carriers such as AT&T allow customers to block unwanted calls from up to 100 numbers by pressing *61 after their most recent unwanted incoming call. They also allow customers to create a block list online through their personal account.
Sprint does not offer a free robocall blocking system, but Premium Caller ID is available for purchase to do so. Some Sprint devices do however automatically screen and block robocalls. Be sure to check in with your carrier if you would like more information on how to stop robocalls as this information may vary depending on your device. For more information on tech topics like this, check out the Trademore blog.
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