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The best ways to block scam calls

The phone rings, and as soon as you say hello, the other person starts gossiping about saving money on car insurance.

Do not say anything! They may be recording your voice and use it to impersonate you. If you speak, don’t say this word.

When it comes to telemarketing and scam calls, the best thing to do is not answer the phone.

However, it is not always easy to determine if an incoming call is genuine. Especially if your phone doesn’t display fraud or spam warnings.

I would like to stop these calls before they occur. Method is as follows.


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Kim Komando teaches you the best ways to protect yourself from scam calls.
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Block calls from your smartphone

Your phone has built-in security tools to protect you from scammers. You need to understand one of her most basic functions, the block function.

If you receive a call from a number that you know is connected to scammers or telemarketers, block it. You can do this as many times as needed.

Block calls from your iPhone

  • open phone app Tap. information Click the button next to the number you want to block. The info button is a lowercase letter (i) in a circle.
  • scroll down and tap block this caller.

Block calls from your Android phone

  • your phone app.
  • Tap more > call history.
  • Tap the call from the number you want to block.
  • Tap Spam blocking/reporting.

What about unknown numbers? You might prefer to stop them altogether, but be careful.

Silence unknown callers could silence your phone want Receive calls from clinics, hospitals, and other important calls from numbers you don’t have in your contacts. However, for important calls, I usually leave a voicemail.


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Mute unknown numbers from your iPhone

  • go to setting > phone > Silence unknown callers.
  • turn on Silence unknown callers.

Silence unknown numbers from your Android

  • Tap. phone icon Choose. Three-point menu.
  • go to setting > blocked number.
  • turn on Block calls from unidentified callers.

career tools

Your wireless carrier can also help you avoid spam. Some even have advanced caller ID to notify you when you receive potentially spam text. Some carriers offer apps with more powerful tools for blocking unwanted calls and text messages.

This includes T-Mobile’s Scam Shield, AT&T ActiveArmor, and Verizon Call Filter. Check his website for your service provider or call them to find out more about their service.

Beware of unexpected calls from outside the US, scammers can trick you into Thinking they’re calling locally.

third party apps

Nomorobo is a 3rd party app that prevents robocalls, telemarketers, spam texts and phone scammers from calling your iOS or Android smartphone in real time. The phone rings once for him to attempt to identify the caller. If the number is on the app’s robocaller list, it will be automatically blocked.

call rejection registry

It doesn’t stop everything, but if you’ve never registered your number with the National Do Not Call Registry, it’s worth doing. It costs nothing to add your number to the list. Its purpose is to stop sales calls, but we all know scammers don’t care about rules and laws.

Go to donotcall.gov and add your number. You can add multiple numbers to your list, so do a favor and add to older family members.

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