Woman looking at phone that has an unknown caller ID


While some robocalls might be helpful, like from your child’s school or your doctor’s office, others are just SPAM. Here are a few helpful tips to stop those intrusive rings.

Download blocking features

Did you know most smartphones have tools to stop spam built into your phone? Check to see if your cell phone or carrier offer blocking tools. Next time you get an unwarranted robocall simply block them using your device. Check out these helpful steps for blocking individual numbers and for robocall blocking apps: AndroidiOS (Apple) and Windows.

Do Not Call

While some spammers are still finding a way to get around it, it’s still worth registering for the Do Not Call list. This is still a good way to stop unwanted sales calls from telemarkers.

File a complaint

Sometimes filing a complaint online with the Federal Trade Commission or the Federal Communications Commission might be the best path forward. They also have help lines: You can call the FTC at 1-877-FTC-HELP or the FCC at 1-888-CALL-FCC.

Do not text?

If your issue is with a text spam message, forward the spam message to 7726 (or SPAM). This free text exchange with your wireless provider will report the offensive number, and you will receive a response thanking you for reporting it.

Call-Blocking Apps

Third party apps may also help block spam calls. Here are a couple of articles that may help:

  • Robocalls are at epidemic levels. Here are some ways to get a handle on them in the new year. And one way to stop them cold. – Forbes
  • It’s time to end those robocalls for good. Luckily, you have a whole arsenal of smartphone tools at your disposal. – USA Today