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How to Deal With Those Annoying Robocalls

October 12, 2016

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You’d think that today’s businesses had replaced telemarketing strategies with more contemporary ones like email and social media marketing. But many people still get unsolicited phone calls from individuals and organizations.

Worse yet, these calls are moving from landlines to mobile phones, making them even more of a disruption to your daily life. Knowing how to deal with annoying robocalls can be easy if you understand how they work and what tools are available to block them.

Robocalls on the Rise

Robocalls are automated calls that are made by companies, political organizations, scammers, and other groups. Unsuspecting recipients receive calls that offer debt-relief programs, free prizes, or business opportunities.

There are more than 10 billion robocalls made in the United States this year alone. More people are reporting these calls through complaints to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the hopes of putting a stop to them.

Scammers use robocalls to swindle millions of dollars from the public, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has reported an increase in tax-related scams that are made possible through the use of robocalls.

What’s Being Done About Robocalls?

Unfortunately, lawmakers and telecom companies aren’t making enough of an effort to put an end to robocalls. This puts the responsibility on you to protect you and your family from their potential risks.

Recently, the FTC and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gave network carriers the right to block robocalls and automated text messages. But customers must request that these calls be blocked in order to prevent them from occurring in the future.

In addition, network carriers such as Verizon and T-Mobile have stated that new technologies are in the works to provide greater protection from robocalls.

How to Beat Robocalls

There are key steps you can take to deal with annoying robocalls. The FCC and FTC recommend ignoring these calls. In many cases, answering the phone can indicate to robocall systems that your number is connected to a live recipient.

This may cause your number to be placed on other lists and result in more frequent calls. If you’re unable to screen the incoming call’s number, just hang up once you’ve determined that it’s an unwanted solicitation.

Use an app like Hiya to perform a reverse lookup of the numbers associated with a robocall. Hiya is a mobile app that’s available for both Android and iOS devices and allows numbers to be blacklisted.

It’s also important to file a complaint with the FTC, which helps them investigate robocall sources.

. Nomorobo monitors numbers that are placed to a large percentage of its users in order to ban them.

Your phone should also be updated frequently. New features are being put in place for both Android and iOS devices that allow you to block certain calls.

As these features are put in place, you’ll have more power in keeping robocalls at bay and eliminating them for good.

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