Unwanted calls commonly refers to telephone calls made using both automated dialing devices and prerecorded voice messages. Below are resources to provide relief from unwanted calls, whether robocalls, text, caller ID spoofing or other kinds of unwanted telemarketing.
What can I do?
You can cut back on the number of robocalls you receive in a variety of ways.
- Registering your home telephone number(s) with the state and federal Do Not Call lists can help reduce drastically all unwanted calls, whether robocalls or other kinds of unwanted telemarketing. Visit donotcall.gov or 1-888-382-1222 from the number you want to register.
- Research apps, services or devices that help block unwanted calls.
- Don’t answer calls from unknown callers. That could verify you have an active line. Never call back an unfamiliar number – it may lead to a scam.
- Spoofed caller ID numbers may trick you into answering. If you answer a spoofed call, hang up immediately. Do not respond to even simple questions or requests.
- Scam callers may pretend to represent an organization, business or even a government agency. Never reveal any personal or financial information unless you can independently verify the caller.
- FCC rules offer protection against unwanted calls and texts. File a complaint with the FCC to help them determine where to take action. Visit consumercomplaints.fcc.gov