Strategies for Stopping Annoying Automated Sales Calls
Your phone rings and displays a number you don’t recognize, but you’re expecting a call, so you pick up. “You can lower your interest rate by,” says the electronic voice. It’s another annoying robocall. If these calls came only once in a while, they would be a minor nuisance; however, reportedly, nearly 50% of the calls people receive are automated sales calls. In addition to the marketers, illegitimate groups are using this model to collect personal information on consumers. If you believe you have answered a fraudulent call, it is recommended that you don’t engage with the caller or push any phone keys while on the call.
A combination of new and classic tools is available to help you minimize all kinds of unwanted cell phone calls. Maybe you have looked into call blocker apps for iphone or checked with your phone carrier about protections. Whatever your situation, using multiple approaches may be the best way to reduce the incidences of unwanted, disruptive calls.
The Do Not Call Registry
A classic solution for eliminating a portion of these calls is putting your name on the National Do Not Call Registry. Marketers cannot legally call you if your number appears on the list. The simple process can be set up online. If you continue to receive unusual or automated calls, it’s quite possible they are from illegal scammers. Other categories that will not be blocked by this option include calls from political groups, charitable organizations, debt collectors and survey groups. Despite the need to place your number on this registry, it’s important to know that any type of marketing calls made to cellular phones are illegal. Whether a marketer or a scammer is calling, they are not calling you legally.
Cellular phones are generally equipped with ways to help block unwanted sales calls. Most phones have a manual blocking feature as well as a “Do Not Disturb” setting, which blocks all calls except for a short list of specified allowable numbers.
Your phone service carrier is another good resource for minimizing unwanted calls. Major carriers will likely all have a combination of helpful tools. Most require the customer to have caller ID, which may involve an additional fee. The services offered by your carrier may include automatic detection, warning banners, filtering, and blocking of suspicious calls. It helps to make a practice of entering all legitimate phone numbers in your address book right away, so you will recognize them on caller ID.
Call Blocking Applications
There is a new generation of spam-blocking options that can be downloaded from wherever you get your phone apps. Some may be free, and some may require a small fee. Generally, the apps can detect numbers that appear on central robocall lists and block them. Many of the apps distinguish between two levels of protection. Calls that are identified as spam won’t get through. Calls that you specify as unwanted may display a banner, so you can answer if you choose. Most apps will include a “whitelist” of numbers you specify not to be blocked. These apps may not be able to detect calls from fraudulent groups. If you suspect the call to be a scam, you can find numerous helpful online resources.
Despite the tools available to reduce or eliminate automated sales calls, some will still get through. Once you realize you’ve picked up an unwanted call, you may want to hang up right away and refrain from answering any of the caller’s questions. This helps protect you from unintentionally providing personal information. You may not find that one particular method solves your robocall problem. Nothing is foolproof, but employing a combination of tools may provide the best strategy for minimizing most categories of disruptive cell phone calls.