Are you getting pestered by robocalls and questioning what you can do about them? Reporting illegal robocalls aids
the FTC and other law enforcement agencies pursue the scammers behind them. But we know what you are wondering: what can you do to put an end to these calls ASAP? One choice is a robocall-blocking app for your cell phone.
Robocall blocking apps can give you the capability to do things such as:
- Prescreen your calls before the phone rings
- Block certain types of calls, like calls that others have flagged as unwanted, fraudulent, or spam calls
- Block anonymous calls that show up on your caller ID as “Unknown” callers
- Use reverse lookup to detect fake caller ID information from call spoofing (call spoofing has increased tremendously in recent years!)
Which app works for you might be contingent on your cell’s operating system. Before you think about downloading any app, take a minute and think about the call protection that you need and conduct some research. CTIA, a trade association representing providers and manufacturers of wireless services and products, has a comprehensive complete list of call blocking apps.
Google “Blocking Unwanted Calls” for other ideas on stopping robocalls. Also, you can find out more about what the FTC is doing to battle illegal robocalls at ftc.gov/robocalls, including many plans to create technology-based resolutions.
If your mobile number isn’t currently on the national Do Not Call Registry, it’s also a good thing to add it. If you keep getting sales calls, at least you’ll realize the callers don’t obey the law. If you continue to get illegal robocalls or other unwelcome calls, report them to the FTC. Your grievances not only aid us in targeting scammers, but also aid telecommunications carriers and other industry partners that are coming up with new call blocking solutions.