How do you prevent telemarketers from calling

How to block robocalls and telemarketers

Modern robocalls don't just try to telemarketing to sell you something. They are often scammers trying to trick you into parting with your money or identity information. How do you keep them from coming in?

Get on the list don't call

In the United States, you cannot register your number on the National Register. Telemarketers are not allowed to call numbers on the list. Some other countries have their own "do not call" tabs. So, if you don't live in the US, check to see if your country has similar deals.

Just go to the government website and register with all the phone numbers you use to avoid telemarketing calls. If you are not sure if you have already registered your number, you can check to see if the phone number is on the list.

Telemarketer calls should be discontinued within 31 days of you adding your number to the list. Originally, the numbers on the list expired after five years, forcing people to re-register their numbers. However, this requirement has been removed. Your phone number will now never expire from the list.

Unfortunately, the "do not call" list is not exiting from all robocalls. Legitimate telemarketing calls will no longer be made, but phone scammers, who are generally outside of the US anyway, won't care about following the rules. This also only applies to telemarketing. As a result, you can continue to receive calls from political campaigns, charities, and surveys.

Ask legitimate callers to stop

Callers with whom you have an “existing business relationship” can call you even if you are in the “Do not call” list. However, if you ask the caller not to call you again, they will be expected to drop the call or face a $ 40,000 fine.

If you've asked the company to stop calling you and the company continues, write down the date and time of your request. You can then report the company to the FTC.

This doesn't help when you are dealing with a scammer. However, if you receive a call from a reputable company, it is a good idea to follow the rules when asking the company to stop the call.

Lock a database of numbers on your smartphone

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The Don't Call list is a good first step. Unfortunately, there are many phone scammers out there who don't want to follow the rules. Also, you may not want to receive calls from political campaigns, polling companies, charities, and other organizations that are excluded from the Do Not Call list.

To block these robocalls, you can download a third-party app for your smartphone that blocks a “crowdsourced” list of phone numbers that other people have reported.

There are a few apps for this, including Mr. Number, available for Android and iPhone. When a robocall dials your phone number, they'll see a warning that the caller is a suspected telemarketer or scam. The app can also completely block these calls so you won't even know these numbers are calling you. If you are an iPhone user, you will need iOS 10 to use this app.

Block individual phone numbers

Lastly, you'll keep getting robocalls from a specific phone number - or some specific phone number - you can block that number right on your smartphone. Both Android and iPhone have built-in ways to block certain phone numbers so you never get calls from there again. You can do this directly from the call list in your dialer app.

Unfortunately, there is no foolproof solution for blocking all robocalls. Apps that do the dirty work for you are the best option, but that doesn't help if you're using a landline phone. In 2015, the FTC was able to offer call barring tools to its customers. Hopefully, phone companies will provide better call monitoring tools for all customers in the future. For now, these solutions should help reduce, if not eliminate, the problem.

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