In today’s digital age, unwanted robocalls and texts have become a pervasive nuisance for many individuals. These automated calls and messages, often promoting scams or telemarketing, can disrupt our daily lives, invade our privacy, and potentially lead to financial loss or identity theft. Fortunately, you can take steps to regain control and minimize the impact of these unwanted communications.
This comprehensive guide will explore effective strategies to stop robocalls and texts.
Register Your Number
Register your phone number with the National Do Not Call Registry to reduce unwanted robocalls and texts. It’s a centralized platform where you can opt out of telemarketing calls. It works for both landlines and mobile phones. However, not all unwanted calls will stop after registering. Some calls, like those from political organizations or charities, are exempt.
Take Advantage of Call-Blocking Tools
Most smartphones offer call-blocking features that filter and block unwanted calls. You can access this feature through your phone’s settings or by contacting your mobile service provider. You can create a list of numbers to block or automatically block calls from unknown numbers by enabling call blocking. Numerous third-party apps for iOS and Android devices can automatically identify and block spam calls using advanced algorithms and databases of known spam numbers.
Be Wary of Sharing Your Number
Avoid unnecessarily providing your number, especially when signing up for online services or purchasing. Read privacy policies carefully, and opt out of sharing your information whenever possible. Limiting your phone number’s exposure can significantly reduce the likelihood of receiving unwanted robocalls and texts.
Report Unwanted Calls and Texts
Make a habit of reporting unwanted calls and texts to the appropriate authorities. Your reports contribute to a database that helps law enforcement track down and take action against violators. Additionally, you can report unwanted calls to your mobile service provider, who may be able to take action against the offending numbers or provide further guidance.
Use Caller ID and Do Not Disturb
Take advantage of your phone’s caller ID feature to screen incoming calls. If you don’t recognize the number, let it go to voicemail. If it’s important, the caller will leave a message. Additionally, consider enabling the “Do Not Disturb” mode during specific hours or when you expect essential calls. This will silence all calls except for contacts on your allowed list.
Consult With Your Service Provider
Contact your mobile service provider and inquire about additional tools or services they offer to combat unwanted robocalls and texts. Some providers provide advanced call-blocking features or premium services that can further enhance your protection. Depending on their network infrastructure and technological capabilities, they may also have specific recommendations or guidance on handling unwanted calls and texts.
Consider Robocall-Blocking Services
If you still receive many unwanted calls and texts despite implementing the above measures, consider exploring robocall-blocking services. These services filter and block robocalls, using sophisticated algorithms and databases to identify and block known spam numbers. Some popular services include Nomorobo, Hiya, and YouMail. Research the options available for your specific mobile device and choose a reputable service that best fits your needs.
If you have persistent unwanted calls and texts or need legal guidance regarding consumer protection, contact us at Heidarpour Law Firm. Our team of experienced attorneys specializes in consumer rights and will provide you with personalized assistance.