Have you had it up to here with robocalls? Does it feel like you’re getting them more often than before?
If the answer to these questions is yes, you’re not alone. As John Oliver discussed on an episode of Last Week Tonight, robocalls are up of late, due in part to the ease with which they can be placed. They’re a low-risk, high-reward proposition for those who don’t mind spamming and scamming people out of their private information and money.
You don’t want to find yourself in such a position, which means you need to find an effective method of combating robocalls.
Ignore the Call
One of the best ways of beating the spate of robocalls is simply to ignore them. Annoying as that is, the fact remains that robocalls rely on responses to be effective. There’s no point in calling a number that they think is unresponsive or inactive. As a result, simply ignoring the robocalls can help scam the scammers into thinking that your number is inactive, thus leading to them cease their calls.
Silence Unknown Callers
If you own an iPhone with iOS 13, you can activate a special setting in the Settings menu to put unknown calls on silent. That may not stop the calls themselves, but at least that can stop those unwarranted calls from interrupting your next meeting, date, or get-together via your ringtone.
If the calls persist, you’ll want to think about blocking them outright. Open your phone app, look at your recent calls, select the call in question, and select “block this caller” from the list of options.
The National “Do Not Call” Registry
Of course, blocking calls only works with the caller in question. It doesn’t mean that you can’t be robocalled by other scams out there, and you almost certainly will. That’s why you’ll want to give some consideration to putting your name on the National “Do Not Call” Registry.
This registry is just what it sounds like: a collection of registered phone numbers that cannot be called by businesses. While spammers will still likely ignore this, adding your name to this registry can at least cut down on the number of companies sending you robocalls.
Stop the flow of unwanted robocalls by utilizing one or more of these tips.