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In 2017, the FTC reported receiving over 7 million complaints
related to robocalls and spam calls. See report here.
These calls are not only annoying and time-wasting, but
scammers can steal private information from unknowing
users. With the rising number of spam calls and robocalls
each year, what can you do to stop these calls and keep
your information safe?
Ways you can protect yourself
Here are a few recommendations for you to help stop Robo Calls and Spam Calls.
Carrier Solutions - Most carriers provide or offer services to help report and reduce
robocalls and spam calls. Depending on your carrier, these services may be free or
available for a small monthly fee. Many carriers also allow you to block specific
numbers for a period of time. We’ve listed the four major providers in the US
Third Party Apps - Third party apps such as Nomorobo and Robokiller are available
both on iOS and Android. Many of these apps can warn you if a call may be a spam
call before answering. Other apps will allow you to report a number if you do receive
a spam call or robocall. This information will be passed on to other users and help
contribute to stopping these calls.
Do Not Call List - You can sign up for the FCC's "Do Not Call" list which telemarketers
reference before making calls. While this does not stop robocalls, it should help
reduce the number of calls received from telemarketers.
More Tips - The FCC has a list of tips regarding spam calls and what to do if you do
find yourself on the other end of the line with one