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Robocalls just won’t go away. Try as you might to ignore the ring of telemarketers, the spam always seems to return, no matter what you do.
While the Federal Communications Commission has beefed up its own policies around spam and robocalls, it’s still mostly on you to stop these annoyances.
Whether you have an iPhone or Android phone, here’s how you can block spam calls and robocalls for good.
Latest research: An Insider survey in February 2021 found that 46% of Americans say they receive spam calls on their cell phone every single day.
How to stop robocalls and protect against scams
Don’t pick up calls from unknown or unrecognized numbers. Answering robocalls confirms to spammers that your number is real, which may result in more calls. If you pick up accidentally, hang up immediately.
Never give out personal information. Even if the caller says they are from a government agency or trusted institution, don’t ever give out social security numbers, bank accounts, passwords, or any other information.
Block individual numbers on Android
To block a number on Android, tap and hold the number in your recent calls list until a menu appears. Then select whatever variation of “Block/Report Spam” is available.
Any phone with the Android 11 update now has access to expanded robocall identification and prevention that helps call-screening apps more effectively sort out robocalls from real ones.
Block specific numbers on iPhone
To block a phone number on your iPhone, locate the robocall number on your Phone app’s Recent calls list. Next, tap the “i” icon to the right of the number and select “Block Contact” from the options list.
Use Do Not Disturb on iPhone
Beyond blocking numbers, iPhone users have another line of defense: “Do Not Disturb” mode. When enabled, your phone won’t ring …read more
Source:: Business Insider