How to stop scammers and robocalls from attacking your phone

If robocalls and scammers are constantly bombarding your phone, fortunately, there are ways to prevent them from blowing up your mobile phone.

On average, about 2.4 billion ‘robocalls’ are made every month, according to the Federal Communications Commission. 

But the important question is how you receive multiple calls a month. Companies such as Nuwber collect information, like phone numbers, from “Social Network Information and Public Records.” Due to the power of today’s technology, finding this information is a piece of cake.

The first step to prevent scammers and robocalls from bombarding your cell phone is to add your number to the ‘National Do Not Call List.’ Although adding your number to the list doesn’t stop all scammers from calling, at least some companies decide to step away.

Another way to fend off robocalls is to block the calls. For iPhone users, go to recent calls, find the number you want to block and click the ‘i’ symbol and choose “Block this Caller.” Androids also allow you to choose to block callers.

When the calls still keep coming in full force, there is always an even bigger backup plan. There are apps that are designed to completely put a stop to scammers and all those robocalls.

Nomorobo (iOS), is a popular app that won an FTC competition. After downloading the app on your mobile device, you can choose between a free 30-day trial or sign up for $1.99 a month or pay the whole year upfront for $19.99.

When using the Nomorobo app, as soon as a scammer calls, a red dot next to the word “Robocaller” will appear. App users can also choose to block calls “automatically.”

The app doesn’t block important calls such as schools or hospitals because it “analyzes millions of calls made to hundreds of thousands of phone lines every single day.”

Another paid app, Truecaller, has “collected more than 3-billion phone numbers and relies on information from users to filter out the scams.”

Luckily, there are ways to free yourself from scammers and robocalls from taking over your mobile device.

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