How to Stop Unwanted Calls

How to Stop Unwanted Calls

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Why are you getting so many calls? Odds are, many of the calls you’re getting are from scammers. Here’s how to stop unwanted calls. Share these with your friends, family, and followers. For more resources from the FCC on robocalls, go here.

Mobile Device

How to stop unwanted calls ON A MOBILE PHONE Report unwanted calls at ftc.gov/complaint FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION  ftc.gov/calls See what built-in features your phone has. See what services your carrier oers. Download a call-blocking app. • Some apps are free, but others charge a monthly fee. • Some apps will access your contacts. • Calls might be stopped, ring silently, or go straight to voicemail.

Related Resources

You can find a list of some call-blocking apps for mobile phones at ctia.org, a website for the U.S. wireless communications industry. Your options will depend on the type of device you have:

Landline

How to stop unwanted calls ON A LANDLINE Report unwanted calls at ftc.gov/complaint FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION  ftc.gov/calls See what services your carrier oers. Some services are free, but others charge a monthly fee. DRAFT  3/19/18 Install a call-blocking device. Some use blacklists to • stop unwanted calls • divert calls to voicemail Some use whitelists of approved numbers.

Related Resources

For company-specific information about blocking calls on landlines and phones that use the internet, go to fcc.gov.

VoIP

How to stop unwanted calls IF YOU USE VOIP . Look into internet-based services. Your carrier might be able to help. Some services are free, but others charge a monthly fee. Not sure if your home phone uses the internet (VOIP)? Check with your carrier. FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION  ftc.gov/calls Report unwanted calls at ftc.gov/complaint With blocking services, calls might be stopped, ring silently, or go straight to voicemail.

Related Resources

For company-specific information about blocking calls on landlines and phones that use the internet, go to fcc.gov.

Blocking Unwanted Calls

Here are a few options for blocking robocalls and other unwanted calls.