You’ve probably been getting more spam calls and texts lately. It seems like every other call or text is a spammer trying to sell you something you don’t want. Sadly, there’s not much you can do to stop them from calling or texting you, but there are a few things you can do to make it a little less annoying.
How to Reduce Spam Calls?
Register your phone with the National Do Not Call List or dial 1-888-382-1222 or 1-866-290-4236 from that phone number to register. Telemarketing companies are required to stop spam telemarketing on the registered phone number after 30 days of registration.
In addition to the National Do Not Call List, some states also provide Do Not Call List services for residents, such as Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, etc. You can contact the public service office or consumer protection office of your state to see if there is any provide this service.
Use call-blocking services provided by telecommunications companies.
Write down the spam phone numbers you receive and report them to the FCC to expand the database of spam phone numbers to reduce the chances of others receiving them.
Pick up these tips to protect yourself:
- Hang up directly. If you answer the phone, please remember the following points to protect yourself!
- If you don’t know the caller’s number, don’t answer or call back, so as not to receive more spam calls.
- If the caller asks you to press a key to stop receiving calls, please don’t do it, just hang up.
- Never give out any personal information or banking information.
- Report spam phone numbers and fraudulent phone numbers received to the FCC.
- Ask the telecommunications company to block spam calls.
Spam Calls and Spam Message Blocking Services
AT&T Call Protect: Provide an app to help block spam calls, text messages, or scams.
T-Mobile Scam Shield: Filter spam calls directly for you. If you call from a common spam number, it will automatically display Scam Likely to remind users. This free service has been automatically activated for customers, but for postpaid users please Dial #ONI# or #664# to activate this service. Consumers can also dial #ONB# (or #662#) directly from their mobile phones to enable the Scam Shield feature. You can also turn on the Caller ID feature for an additional $4 per month. It can directly identify the name and location of the calling number and allows users to block any number, even those not stored in the phonebook.
Nomorobo: It provides a spam call-blocking function, updates the database of spam phone numbers every day, and does not block important non-advertising robocalls, such as doctor appointments, pharmacies, flight information, School closure notices, etc.
RealCall: It can detect spam calls and texts and automatically block them based on its spam call database, AI-based modeling, and your backlist. Its database is updated daily. It also provides a phone number lookup service which can help you find who is calling you.
Follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to stopping spam calls and texts for good!