Robocalls are nothing new; however, people are tired of them. Most of the calls come from scammers who pretend to be either a salesperson, tax collector or a charity. Besides getting rid of your phone, there’s practically no way of completely avoiding the calls. However, there are tools available through wireless providers that can help filter out the tiresome calls.
Now, keep in mind, not all robocalls are fake. Some come from pharmacies or companies trying to contact their customers. Though you register with the federal “Do Not Call” list to ban some of the robocalls, it won’t stop everyone. Many fake telemarketers and scammers know how to get around spam filters with ease. There are apps and spam filters available that can help in the meantime.
How To End Robocalls
Verizon offers a Call Filter app that is free for download on iPhone and Android devices. On Thursday, the company made an announcement that the app will provide features that are free and some customers will have to pay to use. For free, customers can use the app for auto-blocking calls from scammers as well as showing a banner for suspicious calls. However, for $2.99 a month per line, the Call Filter App will use a phonebook feature that will look up the names of calls with no names.
Those at AT&T offer AT&T Call Protect which offers similar free features. They also offer add-ons for $3.99 per month. T-Mobile phones now come with a feature that goes by the moniker Scam ID. The function warns it’s customers if a number is suspicious. Customers can also activate Scam Block, which will automatically reject any call from those suspicious callers.
Sprint offers Premium Caller ID in all of their devices. The feature looks up any unfamiliar numbers and will block and filter out robocalls for $2.99 per line.
Unfortunately, when it comes to landlines that are pre-1990s, experts say there isn’t much one can do. However, there are options for phones that are more modern.
Those who have home phone plans through companies such as Comcast’s Xfinity, Verizon Fios, AT&T U-Verse, you can sign up for a free service by the name of Nomorobo. The program automatically screens for telemarketers and robocallers.