Our partners at KTNV in Las Vegas report on the 28 billion robocalls that have been made in the US so far this year.  Robocallers are getting more sophisticated, frequently “spoofing” or disguising their calls to appear to be coming a phone number in your area code, making the call appear to be legitimate.  There are a number of means to avoid robocalls, but the perpetrators keep adapting to get around them.  Keeping up with the latest trends can help you cut down on unwanted calls, even if you can’t eliminate them entirely.

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Here are some tips from KTNV on how to avoid robocalls:
  1. Limit who gets your phone number.  The more places you give out your phone number, the more likely it ends up in the hands of scammers.
  2. Sign up for the FTC’s Do Not Call Registry. It isn’t completely effective because criminals ignore it, but it should deter at least some robocalls.
  3. Check with your cell phone company.  Many carriers offer tools and services to deal with robocalls.
  4. Research apps.  There are a number of phone apps, some free and some paid, that help you deal with robocalls.
  5. Don’t answer calls from unknown numbers.  When other options fail, the safest way to avoid robocalls is to just ignore calls from numbers you don’t recognize, or numbers that are unlisted.

The FCC has also provided a consumer guide to avoid unwanted robocalls and texts.  You can check it out here.

The CTIA has a consumer guide as well.  You can check it out here.