Stopping Robocalls

You’re probably all too familiar those irritating sales calls that come just as you’re sitting down to dinner. Robocalls — with their annoying pre-recorded messages — have been limited by law in recent years, but unscrupulous telemarketers are continuing the onslaught.

Consumer Reports has advice on how to get rid of these unwanted phone solicitations.

Richard Berman says he has tried to stop phone solicitations like these for years.

The Robocall said, “Our warranty specialists are standing by and will take just a few minutes to quote you coverage and give you the peace of mind you deserve.”

“We were getting about three or four calls a week on our landline. We called the Do Not Call registry, and that has cut it down to almost none. However, I’m still getting two or three a week on my cell phone. It’s really very annoying.” said frustrated consumer, Richard Berman.

So after entering his home phone on the National Do Not Call Registry, Richard is going to add his cell phone. It’s easy at DoNotCall-dot-gov. But be aware that charities and political candidates are still allowed to call. And some brazen telemarketers may still contact you.

“The problem is that enforcing the rules on unwanted marketing calls is tough. Some unethical companies go ahead and call you anyway, even if you are on the Do Not Call Registry.” said Margot Gillman of Consumer Reports.

To help limit robocalls, hang up and don’t press any buttons. If you do, the autodialer registers that a real person answered and may keep calling.

If you have caller ID on your phone, report the robocaller’s number via the DoNotCall-dot-gov website to the Federal Trade Commission.

“There’s also a new free service called Nomorobo, which identifies and hangs up on robocalls. Check with to see if your carrier has the simultaneous ring feature that enables the service.” said Gilman.

While charitable calls still will get through, it may be worth asking the charities to mail their request and not to call you. They might just comply.

If you do manage to block most robocalls, don’t worry, essential alerts such as school closings and flight changes will not be blocked.

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