Safety & Emergency Preparedness Tip: How to Deal with Spam Phone Calls

Dealing with spam phone calls can be annoying, but there are several steps you can take to reduce their frequency and protect yourself from potential scams. Here’s what you can do:

  1. Don’t answer unknown numbers: If you receive a call from an unfamiliar number, let it go to voicemail. Legitimate callers will leave a message, while spam callers usually won’t bother.
  2. Block spam numbers: If you consistently receive spam calls from the same number, block it on your phone. Most smartphones have built-in blocking features for this purpose.
  3. Use spam call blocking apps: Consider using third-party apps specifically designed to identify and block spam calls. Many of these apps have extensive databases of known spam numbers and can automatically block or warn you about suspicious calls.
  4. Register on the National Do Not Call Registry: In some countries, such as the United States, you can register your phone number on the National Do Not Call Registry. This may not eliminate all spam calls, but it can reduce the number of marketing calls you receive.
  5. Report spam calls: If you receive a spam call, report it to your country’s telecommunications regulatory authority or consumer protection agency. This can help them track down and take action against repeat offenders.
  6. Be cautious with personal information: Never provide personal or financial information over the phone unless you are certain of the caller’s identity. Legitimate organizations will not ask for sensitive information through unsolicited phone calls.
  7. Avoid interacting with spam callers: Sometimes, spam callers use interactive tactics to verify active phone numbers. Avoid pressing any buttons or speaking to them, as this could lead to more spam calls.
  8. Use call filtering features: Some smartphones have built-in call filtering features that allow you to send unknown or spam calls directly to voicemail.
  9. Install system updates: Keep your phone’s operating system and apps up to date. Updates often include improvements to spam call filtering and security features.
  10. Consider call screening services: Some smartphones and carriers offer call screening services that automatically identify potential spam calls and give you the option to answer or block them.

Remember, while these steps can significantly reduce spam calls, it may not eliminate them entirely. Staying vigilant and cautious with unsolicited calls is essential to protect yourself from scams and phishing attempts.