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How to stop robocalls

A menace is now creeping almost 50 hundred million Americans daily. The number of robocalls ringing on our phones has become a perpetual problem. It’s either a prerecorded message trying to get a vote or even worse a one-ring call that tricks you in calling back and accumulate huge charges on your bill. 

Robocalls are the same as spam emails. It’s a prerecorded and unsolicited message that is sent to thousands of recipients every second. They differ in nature. It could be a presidential candidate or a call from a scammer from far away from trying to get your social security number or internet banking credentials. 

Even though they are awfully annoying, not all robocalls are really illegal. If a political candidate would have a prerecorded message played to you in a call or a debt collector, they are protected by law. Charities asking for donations are also allowed to approach you in this fashion. What is illegal is what you already might think it is - robo callers that try to trick you in sharing personal information by faking their identity. 

The FTC has published a guideline to help you protect yourself from this type of spam and even stop robocalls for good. Also, there’s even a chance that you might get to make some money back from them. 

  • Never return calls from numbers you don’t already have on your contact list
  • Do not answer calls that seem out of your area
  • If you picked a call that appears to have prerecorded message immediately hang up and got the FTC website and report it. 
  • If you answer a call and you hear a message like “I can’t hear you well” or “Can you hear me?” be sure that it is mostly made-up. Close the call and report it to the FTC.
  • Whenever you hear a message asking to you to press a number to get in contact with someone you should immediately hang-up. 

The FTC’s recommendations are based on over 10 million complaints they received only in 2019 and are meant to stop robo callers from knowing that your number is real. If you interact with them in any way they will resell it and increase the number of calls.

Also, you should always research for any missed call. The database is updated every second from data from both the FTC and FCC reported robo callers.