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ROBOCALLS

 

 

To block robocalls on some landlines, for free, register on nomorobo.com.  Also available on cells for a monthly fee. 

To activate “anonymous call rejection service,” dial *77 on your phone.  Check with your phone provider to confirm they offer this feature.


To list your phones on the National Do Not Call Registry - donotcall.gov/

 
TIPS for dealing with robocalls:

 

•If you answer a robocall that invites you to press a number to opt out, don’t do it!  That will verify that yours is a working number and can leave you vulnerable to receiving more calls.


•If a caller asks, “Can you hear me?”, do NOT answer “Yes.”  The caller can record your voice signature and use it to authorize fraudulent charges by telephone.


•If a caller claims to be from the IRS and says you owe money, do NOT respond.


For more info see:

Robocalls, and Their Scams, Are Surging" by Tara Siegel Barnard, New York Times, May 6, 2018.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/06/your-money/robocalls-rise-illegal.html


“Robocalls Flooding Your Cellphone? Here’s How to Stop Them” by Christopher Mele, New York Times, May 11, 2017.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/11/smarter-living/stop-robocalls.html