Why won’t it stop? Do you, like millions of other Americans, and that includes me, get bombarded with robocalls? I’ve experienced ones in English, Spanish, and recently, Chinese. And the tricks keep evolving. The latest trick is spoofing the calling number with your area code, so you think it is a local person calling you.

The Do Not Call registry is useless and frankly ignored by the Robocallers. Telling them not to call again is also ignored. While there is no perfect solution, there are some things you can do to reduce the number of robocalls.

What is a robocall and what do they want?

  • Verify the number they called works and a real person is on the other end. By answering the phone and saying something, like Hello, the robocaller knows the number is valid and a real person is on the other end. They can then try this number again or re-sell it to other robocallers.
  • Get you to buy something. This is the less nefarious route, where they are merely trying to sell you something like vitamins.
  • More dastardly, the robocall is trying to steal your personal information. For example, some will say you need to verify your Social Security number or your payments will stop. Or they are from the IRS and need to verify your information. Never give our personal information on the phone.

What can you do?

If you have a mobile phone there are two suggestions:

Manually Block Calls

  • On iOS, go to your recent calls, click on the ⓘ, and at the bottom of the screen is “Block this Caller”.
  • On Android, you need to do “Call Rejection” and it requires a few more steps. Watch this YouTube video for instructions.

Automatically Block Calls

photo courtesy of talkroute.com

Article originally appeared at Retirety.

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