How to Stop Unwanted Calls
Why are you getting so many calls? Often, it’s scammers calling. Here’s what you need to know about unwanted calls and how to stop them. Share these articles, infographics, and videos with your friends, family, and followers.
Blocking Unwanted Calls
Scammers can use the internet to make calls from all over the world. They don’t care if you’re on the National Do Not Call Registry. That’s why your best defense against unwanted calls is call blocking. Which type of call-blocking or call-labeling technology you use will depend on the phone — whether it’s a mobile, traditional landline, or a home phone that makes calls over the internet (VoIP).
Read this article: How to Block Unwanted Calls
If you answer the phone and hear a recorded message instead of a live person, it's a robocall. If you’re getting a lot of robocalls trying to sell you something, odds are the calls are illegal. Many are also probably scams.
Read this article: Robocalls
National Do Not Call Registry
The National Do Not Call Registry was created to stop sales calls from real companies. It’s free to register your home or mobile phone number.
Read this article: National Do Not Call Registry
Call-blocking information resources:
CTIA: You can find a list of call-blocking apps for mobile phones at ctia.org, a website for the U.S. wireless communications industry. The site lists apps specific to Android, BlackBerry, iOS (Apple), or Windows devices.
FCC: For links to company-specific information about blocking calls, go to the FCC’s Call Blocking Resources.
FTC at Work:
Press releases: You can read about recent FTC cases and other robocall-related actions on our Media Resources page.