Apps to stop robocalls

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Are you getting hounded by robocalls and wondering what you can do about them? Reporting illegal robocalls helps the FTC and other law enforcement agencies go after the scammers behind them. But what can you do to stop those calls now? One option is a robocall-blocking app for your mobile phone.

Robocall blocking apps can give you the ability to do things like:

  • prescreen your calls before the phone rings
  • block certain types of calls, including calls that others have flagged as fraudulent or unwanted calls
  • block anonymous calls that show up as “Unknown” callers
  • use reverse lookup to detect fake caller ID information from call spoofing

Which app works for you might depend on your phone’s operating system. Before you consider downloading any app, think about the call protection that you need and do your research. CTIA, a trade association representing manufacturers and providers of wireless products and services, has a comprehensive list of call blocking apps.

Read Blocking Unwanted Calls for other ideas on stopping robocalls. You also can find out more about what the FTC is doing to fight illegal robocalls at ftc.gov/robocalls, including several initiatives to develop technology-based solutions.

If your mobile number isn’t already on the National Do Not Call Registry, it’s also a good idea to add it. If you continue to get sales calls, at least you’ll know the callers don’t respect the law. If you continue to get illegal robocalls or other unwanted calls, report them to the FTC. Your complaints not only help us target scammers, but also help telecommunications carriers and other industry partners that are working on call blocking solutions.

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I hope you can put an end to these calls. I'm on the Do Not Call list and still get 15 to 20 calls a day from sales people and scammers. I screen, but when the number seems to be local, I feel like I need to answer. But they do get a quick Hang-Up.

I have been getting "local" calls with my local prefix and begining numbers also.You can't even answer your phone when you think it is OK because it is a "safe,local call".There is no such thing anymore,I can't believe it!!!

The FTC must do way more regarding telecommunications carriers. For example, Verizon charges money if you want to block more than 5 phone numbers and the blocking must be renewed after only a short period of time. You know that way more than 5 numbers are needed, perhaps 5 million? Why can't you work with all telecommunications companies to have them accepting blocking done for free and for an unlimited time (until the user decides to unblock)?

GOOD POST!!!

I have reported these scam calls in the past. Reporting it is more annoying and time consuming than the scam calls. You have tons of tech out there, find a way to make reporting available the moment (or at least within the minute) the bad call happens.

I agree--more must be done. Is there a directory, in numerical order, of all phone numbers in the FCC database?

This is a good service. These calls are killing us. Thank you

called today from 507-251-5680
I hung up after she said Racheal at Card Holder services

It's already simple to block numbers on our cell phones.
Now help us block calls on our land lines!!!

You'll find more ideas in this article about blocking unwanted calls.

What not do what Canada does. The government has made it illegal to do such thing as well as spam.
It would be nice if our government did their job and did the same thing here.

Do you realize what a robo call is?

There all ready is a great product for "landlines". It's called "nomorobo" and it's FREE. Works great.

Where are the phone companies? They have ways to identify these scammers but do not. I guess they pay their phone bill and money talks.

Do not have a mobile fone. Will these suggestions work as well on my landline? Thank you. antie Em

You'll find some ideas in this article about blocking unwanted calls.

please et me know how

No matter how many ways there are to claim to stop such calls, they still keep coming no matter what. This is mainly because the scammers will eventually find ways around such systems. Also, even if you can block one number they use, they can always use a different number or in some cases even hide it altogether. Unfortunately, there isn't any sure fire way to block those who don't show their caller ID even when spoofed. It feels that if anything is available to prevent or block such calls that include the National Do Not Call List, it will only work on those who do follow the rules, not on those who don't. The only thing scammers care about is getting caught for their actions, and they know that as long as nobody can catch them, they can continue doing this to us and feel unhindered in the process. I really do hope that the FTC can actually find ways to stop them from ever calling again in the near future, because I'm getting tired of these calls.

Sign up nine months ago and in 2017! Calls coming in hundred miles an hour. Signing up is not doing good at all!

Our main number is for our home phone. We screen all incoming calls with an answering machine with the following message, which has cut down on a lot of calls.

"Please put us on your "Do Not Call" list if you are a telemarketer, scammer, or spammer. Friends identify yourself and we'll answer if available..."

Help the FTC restore the home/cell phone system to a more useful communication system without fraudsters and annoying callers.

Iagree with dweddig! Ive given up reporting the calls. I NEVER had this many until I signed-up for the DO NOT CALL LIST! Did you SELL the list to the telemarketers?

Yes all these calls ring to numbers that are listed on the do not call list. My phone that i didnt list on the do not call list doesnt get any calls. Interesting how that works.

I received a unidentifiable call. They stated they were checking my wi-fi speed and found some problems. I quickly hung up.

Just gave FTC all numbers from calls and texts, Guess what? They can do nothing about it. Looked at the apps to stop this, all chased down from India who stopped SMS in "their" country so here they are in the USA and ours is doing nothing

I clicked on "list of call blocking apps." and I didn't see any apps.

This is excellent information. Am really glad to receive this information - Thank you!

I get numerous calls from numbers that appear on my cell as local numbers. I get so many now that I have stopped answering calls from any number I don't recognize. I figure if it's something legitimate, they'll leave a voice message, and I can call them back. It's just a shame that it has gotten so far out of control. I'm on the Do Not Call list, so all of these unwanted calls are from people who are breaking the law.

Has anyone tried any of the apps. Which ones do you recommend?

Thanks for all the comments. Kept me from actually wasting my time. I currently reject all unknown numbers or just ignore them. It seems my calls have decreased in number overtime.

Yes, I block numbers everyday and scammers still get through...

The phone companies know how to bill a call so they know who's placing the call. Why don't they just force the true caller-ID to come across. They can allow legitimate companies or government to insert their names for a fee.

This comment is sensible. At least US phone companies can deny service to customers who use automatic dialers to spoof caller ID numbers. Because phones are a public utility Congress can regulate them. It's time for action.

The FTC chooses to do nothing about this. How many prosecutions? How many convictions for abusive scam companies?

You may be interested in the Robocalls Feature page. It has a list of robocall related cases. Here are two recent ones: 

You can find more information about FTC cases at FTC.gov, or subscribe to FTC press releases and scam alerts.

I can't see any reason for ANY robocalls whatsoever. Number spoofing has rendered our phones useless for incoming calls, so we end up answering none, and I would advise everyone to do exactly that. I would guess 90% of calls are unwanted. That doesn't seem right, that the use of the device has been pretty much hijacked. For most of the calls that actually do get recorded, the call is a scam of some type, so the do not call violation is secondary to the illegal fleecing operation that it represents. That this continues means that sadly they fleece a lot of people out of money. More education of the public needs to go on, so that the profit goes out of this.

How does the app know the caller is a scammer? If the app knows the caller is a scammer then why isn't the government stopping this? Why is there always a money grab for me ($$ for apps) or a 'do it yourself' task, but the scammers get the numbers from the government?

If you have sued these companies for over a billion dollars (as you state) were is this money going because it isn't coming to the pickets of us who are being harassed by these calls.

Tired of all these calls. Everyday nine to ten times and I am on no call list!,!!!!!!!!

On do not call list--both LL and cell. After repeated scam calls, that are NOT 800 variety, I used caller ID to call phone# and find that most are disconnected, changed or no longer in service #s that are used as voip internet calls from foreign scammers. (some even ID carrier provider) Really would like FCC, FTC or anyone else to stop this madness!!!! It's obviously a lucrative market out there for the proliferation of calls and complaints.

I keep getting these calls about extended auto warranties I've had hundreds of them and I keep asking to take me off the Do Not Call List and they continue to call it's the same industry local numbers but they're in different states when they when I talk to I tell them if I had bought every policy that they had called about I would have a thousand extended warranty policies for my new vehicle while that's a lot of coverage for a new car this is ridiculous

I actually SAVE as contacts the spammers who call my cell number (don't have a landline). I create a contact labeled as spam. Like "spammer selling life insurance Oct 4 2017." That way when they call again -- and they do -- I know to ignore, delete, whatever.

I also know that I have asked them to remove my number from their call list, so I know they ignore that request and the federal do not call list.

Doesn't stop the calls, but it stops me from answering known spammers.

I had signed up on the "Do Not Call List" and would get 30 to 40 calls a day, then the texts started. They sell those lists and let the nightmares begin. I finally changed my number after having my number for 15 years, then had the hassle of having to change it on all my personal stuff. So far pretty quiet, definitely will never put it on that list again.

I used to block all these numbers, until I went to the "Do not call" site to file a complaint. I read the information there, then realized that blocking was useless, because they are not using their real numbers. The same voice recording will show California, then New York, then Florida, all in the same day. None of which are their real phone numbers. So, blocking them is useless. At least I understood why it is so hard for the FTC to actually catch them. So, I just hang up at the first hint of a scam call. Keeps me from being as annoyed, by just understanding the problem.

My phone has been ringing constantly since it was put on the Do Not Call List. I have answered a couple of calls from local numbers with a (904) Area Code and am asked for money to support State Troopers and Fraternal Order of Police. When I told them I was on the Do Not Call List - they responded that that does not apply to none profits. Is that true? I still asked to be removed from their list and was told my number was being removed. BUT within a week I received calls from a different (904) Area Code number.
Should I report these numbers???

The Do Not Call Registry prohibits sales calls. You still may get political calls, charitable calls, debt collection calls, informational calls, and telephone survey calls.

A company may still call if you’ve done business with the company recently, or if you gave the company written permission to call you.

However, if you ask a company to not call you again, it must honor your request. Record the date of your request.

I registered my home phone in 2003 and my cell phone in 2010. The telemarketers still call every day!!! They are even using my home phone number to call me!!!I complained to FTC and I even wrote a letter to the Attorney General of NC. Nothing stops these people! I find it hard to believe that the US gov or the telephone co. cannot stop this!!!!!!!!!!

I agree with everything that has been said. It's getting worse every day-many calls and texts daily. I need to get unsolicited calls for my work, so can't just block those not in my contact lists. This is ridiculous. Infuriating. Reporting them does NO good.
There MUST be a way to stop this.

Go after the people that sell the spoofing technology to the spammers. A while back, I actually got a call from my own cell number.

I am so glad to hear about robocall call blocking apps. Nothing is more annoying than getting 15 calls a day from the same number.

notification to Caller, that I am on a No Call List and will not accept marketing calls.

The the do not call registry is useless i'm on it and get robocals 2-3 times PER DAY EVERY DAY. Like many the calls come from local numbers so it is difficult to know if you should answer or not. Also, i've had people call me saying "I just got a missed call from this number" indicating my number was hijacked for use. It is shocking to me that these robocallers think this works (I guess it must work since it is getting more prevalent. I've blocked numbers and even the 'unknowns' can leave a voicemail. I've made the mistake of talking to some of these people trying to get off their call list and they are typically foreign companies and they are DEFINITELY TRYING TO SCAM YOU.

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