Last Updated on January 8, 2023 by Faiza Murtaza
If you made a list of the most annoying things in the world, spam calls would definitely be on it. Automated robocalls and telemarketers call at the worst possible time.
Here are three tried-and-true ways to stop spam callers for good this year, brought to you by a handful of tech experts.
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1. Register for the National Do Not Call Service
You can call the number of the Federal Trade Commission – 1-888-382-1222 – to get on their Do Not Call Registry service. Call from the number you want to be added to the registry. There might be more than one. In this case, register all the numbers you want to be included at DoNotCall.gov. The FTC has filed lawsuits against tens of telemarketing firms and recovered over $100 million in damages. Your entry will become effective in about a month.
2. Limit How Many Calls You get via a Third Party
Some apps can reduce the number of robocalls you receive. Look for an app that offers spam alerts and automatic call blocking, is compatible with your device, and makes reporting a number manageable.
Is this too much to ask? Actually, no. Here are some suggestions.
Information.com is a quick and efficient people search tool. You can find not only phone numbers but also addresses and other contact details via reverse phone look up, ultimately doing away with spam calls. The service has a huge database to choose from. It also offers the additional possibility of performing an impromptu background check on spam callers.
Hiya works on iOS and Android. It is easy to set up, and reporting numbers is pretty straightforward. If you have a Samsung Galaxy phone, you can enable it under Settings > Caller ID.
Alternatively, you can register for Google Voice and use the block feature when robocalls begin coming to that number. As spam callers always spoof different numbers, blocking calls may end up being a lot of work.
Verizon uses Nomorobo for its Fios users. Mobile users pay $2 a month for this service. It’s free for VoIP users. RoboKiller and YouMail are two other services with comparable capabilities.
3. Ask Your Carrier for Call Blocking
Most phone services have some sort of call-blocking feature. There are free and paid services. Android users register for Verizon’s Call Filter app automatically. This service lets you report numbers for free, allow calls from specific numbers only, use a spam filter, maintain a log of spam or blocked calls, detect spam, etc. A spam risk meter, a personal block list, spam lookup, and caller ID are all available for just $3 per month.
Users of AT&T can sign up for ActiveArmor, which is compatible with Android and iOS. The free version comes with a personal block list and warning labels and blocks fraud and spam calls. You can block all unknown numbers.
The advanced version of this option costs $4 per month per number. It also offers public Wi-Fi protection, identity monitoring, reverse lookup, and caller ID.
All clients of T-Mobile have free access to the operator’s Scam Shield. This feature offers scam call blocking, caller ID, spam reporting, and the option to mark numbers as favorites so the system doesn’t mistakenly list them as spam.
No Perfect Solution
While there’s no such thing as the perfect solution to spam calls, the options covered in this article enhance your operator’s integration of tools required to prevent caller ID spoofing. Keeping the number of spam calls down to a minimum takes some effort, but you can achieve it by using a service and being cautious about calls from restricted numbers.
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