In August 2019, more than 5.3 billion robocalls were made. To break that statistic down further, that’s almost 22 spam calls per person. These scam artists call for a various number of reasons pretending to be someone from the police, bill collecting agency or even insurance.
Robocalls have continued to become more sophisticated even disguising their real numbers with local area codes and going as far as pretending to be a friend or family member. So, what can you do to help lessen the frequency of these annoying calls?
- As of June 6th, 2019 a new law was passed by the FCC that allows your phone carrier to automatically “block non pre-approved illegal and unwanted calls before they hit your handset.”
- Don’t Answer. It’s as simple as is can be, don’t pick up. Most automated calls do not leave a voicemail. Aka, if you see a missed call from an unsaved, unrecognizable number, delete it.
- Having issues with the same robocall over, and over? Block their number.
- Call your phone service carrier and use their resources. AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint all have services in place to help with robocalls. However, there is a small monthly fee included.
- Lastly, join the national do not call registry. This won’t guarantee you will never receive another robocall again, but it does take you off business call lists. You can register at: donotcall.gov
Source: Digital Trends