Remember back in the day when your phone rang, and you would answer it? Robocallers have ruined that. Now we stare suspiciously at every call and send unknown numbers, even when it looks local, straight to voicemail. And for good reason!
So far, in 2021, scammers have made 22 billion calls nationwide. That’s roughly 67 calls to every man, woman, and child in America. Answering calls from an unknown number invites a scammer – and in many cases, actual criminals – into your life.
Here are the five most straightforward ways to block robocalls and eventually get them to – mostly, hopefully, fingers crossed – stop calling us for good.
The FTC says robocalling – which it defines as calls meant to sell your something without your express permission – is illegal, period. Full stop.
1. Don’t answer. Ever.
Every time you engage with a scam caller, you’re encouraging a criminal industry to continue harassing us all.
I know it’s tempting to “try to…