Are you sick and tired of nuisance calls from unknown numbers? Do you find yourself constantly bombarded with telemarketing calls and automated messages? If so, you’re not alone. Nuisance calls are a growing problem in the United States and around the world, and it can be incredibly frustrating to deal with.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect yourself from these unwanted calls. Here’s a guide to blocking phone numbers and saying “no” to nuisance calls.
1. Use the National Do Not Call Registry
The National Do Not Call Registry is a free service that allows you to register your phone number and opt out of receiving telemarketing calls. Once you’ve registered your number, telemarketers are legally required to stop calling you. You can register your number online or by calling 1-888-382-1222 from the phone number you want to register.
2. Block Specific Numbers
Most phone carriers allow you to block specific numbers from calling or texting you. If you’re getting nuisance calls from the same number, you can block it and prevent it from calling you in the future. Depending on your phone carrier, you may need to contact customer service to set up a block.
3. Use Call-Blocking Apps
If your phone doesn’t have a built-in call-blocking feature, you can download a call-blocking app to your smartphone. These apps allow you to block specific numbers, as well as entire area codes or countries. Some apps even allow you to create a blacklist of numbers that you want to block.
4. Report Nuisance Calls
If you’re getting nuisance calls from the same number, you can report it to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC will investigate the caller and take action if necessary. You can file a complaint online or by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP.
5. Change Your Phone Number
If all else fails, you can always change your phone number. This may be a hassle, but it’s a surefire way to get rid of nuisance calls. Just make sure to inform your friends and family of your new number.
Saying “no” to nuisance calls doesn’t have to be a hassle. With the right tools and strategies, you can protect yourself from unwanted calls and take back control of your phone.