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How to Stop Spam Robocalls Right Now?

How to Stop Spam Robocalls Right Now?

Let's talk about how to block robocalls. Obviously, over the past few years, they are getting crazier and crazier. So we're going to talk about how you can mitigate it. Probably not remove 100% of the robocalls you get obviously but hopefully like 99% of them will be gone at the end of this article that's we're going to talk about different ways to do it. Now I'm going to be specifically mentioning stuff having to do with the USA and US carriers but a lot of this will also carry over into other countries as well so it should work.

1. Do Not Call registry

So it Donotcall.gov this is for the USA. And obviously, this is only going to remove spam calls from companies that are following the rules in the first place. So any fraud or anything is clearly not going to be affected by this Do Not Call list. But you can go on there and then any companies that are actually following the law hopefully will not be calling you. But even still this list doesn't apply to several other legal companies like political groups, charities surveys.

A lot of this stuff is super annoying. And for some reason that Do Not Call list does not apply to them legally. So it's something worth putting on because it's so quick but just know that it's not going to obviously do much but it's still better than nothing. Of course, that's just for the USA your country might also have an equivalent of the Do Not Call registry.

2. Telephone Preference service - tpsonline.org.uk/tps

So for example in the UK I believe it's called the telephone Preference service. I think you go on there and put in your phone number and maybe that will mitigate it. So you might just be able to go on Google and search of your country Do Not Call list and then see what comes up.

Use your cell phone spam blocking service

The next layer of protection is going to be whatever spam blocking service your particular cell phone carrier offers. So a lot of carriers now have some proprietary app that they use.

3. AT&T

AT&T Call Protect which is basically just rebranded version of Hiya. That's a third-party service. They kind of use the same list I guess. But with the AT&T Call Protect, there is a free and paid version. The free version is pretty much gonna do anything you need like auto fraud and spam blocking. And then the paid version just gives you a little bit more for a 3.99 month. It's like enhanced caller ID, reverse number lookup, and then custom call controls which just lets you kind of categorize differently. I guess Categories of spam-like if you want certain types. But really the free versions are going to do 99%.

4. Verizon

For Verizon, They also have an app called Verizon Call Filter. And this again has a free and paid version the free version of spam detection and a filter. So again that's pretty much all you need. But the paid version which is like 3 Bucks a month also has like a personal blocklist a risk meter. I don't think much of this is necessary.

5. TMobile

Probably just go with the free thing for TMobile. They have something called Scam block which is not really an app. It's just something you enable in your account settings. And I believe this is free for pretty much all plans as long as it's post-paid. So it just kind of happens to the background after you enable it in your account settings. So you might have to download the T Mobile Account Settings app first.

6. Sprint

And then Sprint has what's called their premium Caller ID app which is 3 dollars a month. But this team is really basic and doesn't seem to even do as much as a lot of the free things do. So I wouldn't even bother getting this. Maybe just get one of the third party asks for Rat to talk about. And then of course if you have a different carrier especially if it's one outside the United States you can probably just go on Google and search the name of your carrier and then call the Spam Filter app or something like that. And it should come up with something if there is one.

7. Independent call spam blocking app

There are a lot of these and we can go over some of those popular ones. Talk about the differences.

8. Hiya

The first of these which is really popular it's called Hiya and it has a both free and paid version. But the free version is going to do pretty much everything you need. So this is going to be able to block fraud and nuisance calls. Obviously, that's the whole point. And it also allows you to report fraud calls if it's not blocked. So you can kind of search for it and then write a report and possibly see what other people have written about a phone number. So this is also good if it's not marked as spam and you're just kind of wondering what the phone number is. And then a lot of people might be reporting Oh they call it asking for a survey or some nonsense like that.

It also has another feature which is pretty standard called Neighbor spoof protection. So what this basically does is when a scammer a lot of times they will spoof the first 6 digits of your phone number so that it looks like Oh this kind of looks like my phone number. And then you're interested in it and you might answer it. So it'll just block any phone numbers that have the first same 6 digits as yours. And of course, if you have a contact in your contact list that has that it'll whitelist those but 99% of the time if you get a phone call that's like almost the same as yours it's just a spam number.

However, this does not always protect against certain trickier spoofers and we will get to another app. They will be able to cover that in a minute. And then for the premium version of Hiya, it doesn't seem to really have that much more protection. It's 3 Bucks a month and really the only extra thing is you get faster updates like 3 times as often and then premium caller ID lookup or something like that. So I don't know if it's really worth 3 bucks a month.

9. Mr. Number

As a side note, there is another app called Mr. Number that I've talked about in the past and they seem to have merged Hiya and Mr. Number so I don't think they're different at all. Mr. Number is basically just the equivalent of the premium It's paid only but they're exactly the same so you don't need both.

10. Nomorobo

It is a paid-only version. It's about 2 Bucks a month and this works a little bit differently instead of just having a broad spam list. I don't know how the other apps work exactly but how this one works at least is basically it kind of crowdsources the spam list. So it takes a look at everyone use the app and if a whole bunch of people starts getting spam calls at the same time from a group of numbers or a certain number then it will detect okay this is probably just a spam network calling people and then it will pretty much automatically add those numbers to the list so that when it starts calling even more people it'll be blocked by anyone using that app.

So it's a little bit different as far as I can tell. Because it is paid only, I'd recommend maybe just getting this. If the free version of Hiya doesn't work and then you can go and this might be another step up or at least in conjunction you can probably use both. So hopefully this one will work in addition to the other one if it doesn't alone. And if those don't work there is yet another app that works on an even different principle.

11. RoboKiller

Again this is a paid-only app and it's about 4 dollars a month or 30 dollars a year depending on the plan you pick. And how this one works is instead of doing the filtering on the device basically you have it forward all your calls to their service. So basically force the calls to the service and then they kind of do the filtering on their side.

One advantage of this is that if it is confirmed to be a spam call it will not even go to voicemail a lot of the other apps what happens is just the way that iOS works and maybe on Android is that even if it blocks an app it'll still forward that called a voicemail but with this, it won't happen at all.

And also another interesting unique feature of this is because it's handled in their service side they actually have what's called Answer bots. So if it's confirmed to be a spam caller you can kind of choose a robot to talk back to the other robot. And if it's a telemarketer I'll annoy them and stuff like that and you get a recording. So a little bit more features but it does happen off your phone. So if you don't like the idea of that then you might not want to use it.

So as far as the regular blocklist apps go those seem to be the most popular ones there's. Hiya again Nomorobo and Robo Killer. But again we did talk about how there are spoof neighbor numbers and those are a little bit harder to block because they aren't going to necessarily show up on any spam list because they're blocking your number and your numbers are obviously probably not gonna be on a spam list.

And while I believe all of those apps do have a feature where blocks numbers if it's the first 6 digits equal a lot of these new scammers have gotten wise to that. And I've actually gotten several Spoofed spam calls that have only copied the first 5 digits of my phone number.

So say my phone number is 555-123-7777  then they will start their phone number with 555- 12 and then whatever and then that won't get caught in the neighbor Spoof filters and still get through.

12. Wide Protect

But there is an app that can block that. So on iOS, this app is called Wide Protect. It is a paid app but it's only 3 dollars time fee. So it's not a subscription which is nice. And what this app does it's really simple. It just creates a filter with a wild card of any phone number starting with whatever numbers you want. So in my example, if your number is 555-123 whatever you can simply add a filter for any number that starts with 555-12, and then all those other numbers will get blocked even if it doesn't show up in one of those other paid apps filters.

13. Calls Blacklist

Now Wide Protect is only available on iOS but there is another app on Android they can also do starting with filters and that is called Calls Blacklist so that seems to be able to do the same thing. And I think it is free. So if you have Android that should work as well.

Now here is one side note if you're using iOS something you might notice and I can explain and that is whenever you use one these apps you have to go into the call settings in your settings and then allow these apps to manage your block list. And you'll notice that a lot of these apps have multiple lists. It'll be like 123 And even with wide protect there's like 25 of them. And you're like why are there so many? Why do I have to enable all of this?

And basically, it's because iOS only allows lists of 2M numbers per extension They're called So if an app wants to block more than 2M numbers that are more than one of these entries. So for wide Protect, for example, depending on how many numbers you filter out with this wild card, it'll tell you how many of these you need to enable So if you block the first 5 digits, I think it blocks like 200k possibilities And it tells you only need to enable the number one entry and then I guess this start blocking 50M numbers, I think you don't need to enable every signal at least for the wide protector app, for the others one I think you need to enable.

Last words

So hopefully if you're using one of these apps or several of them and you combine several of these techniques, then you should be able to block pretty much 99% of Robocalls coming in the future As far as I know, at least with iOS, there's no real way to block them from going into voicemail, you might get be able to do that with Android Ios just has restrictions on these But again, what I would recommend is just kind of start going down the list as you realize this is working 100% of the time or add on this new layer and so on. And just kind of keep tacking on the apps as much as you're willing to pay for until kind of one of the nets catches all of them.

If you have other suggestions for cool tricks, you might realize that I did not talk about let us know down in the comments, and also be sure to check down there because someone might have left a suggestion that is actually useful, and you might want to see that.

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