Blocking Scammers and Creepers Online and On Your Phone

There comes a point in some relationships where you just have to cut ties with another person. Maybe it was a terrible breakup, and the other person just won’t leave you alone. Perhaps you never even had a relationship with a person but in their mind you did, or maybe this person is a straight up scammer and you have just had it with their repeated calls and harassment.

Whatever the case may be, you have decided that it’s time to block this person. This may seem like a trivial step for some, but others may have a harder time with it. Perhaps you tried to Safely Unfriend a Creeper, but your strategy just didn’t work or maybe you tried other methods first and now it’s come to this.

Regardless of why you ended up at this point, always be safe. Consider telling a trusted third party that you have reached a point where you feel the need to block a specific person and tell the trusted person why.

Here are some methods of blocking people on various devices and Internet services:

Blocking Someone From Calling or Texting Your Phone:

Blocking on an Android Phone:

  1. Open your Phone app from the home screen
  2. From the call log screen, choose the number of the person you want to block.
  3. Tap the 3 dot menu icon from the top right-hand corner of the screen.
  4. Select “Add to Auto Reject List”

Blocking on an iPhone:

  1. Open your Phone calling app from the home screen.
  2. Choose the “Recent”icon  from the bottom of the screen.
  3. Find the number you want to reject from the “All” or “Missed” call logs and tap the “i” (information) icon on the right side of the screen by the number.
  4. After the call info screen opens, scroll down to the bottom of the screen and select “Block This Caller”
  5. Confirm “Block Contact” from the pop-up screen that opens.

On Facebook:

Facebook features the ability to block someone to where they cant see anything you post or see your profile in search results.  It won’t stop them from using a mutual friend’s account to see what your up to, so I wouldn’t recommend using a block and then expect something you say to not get back to that person because they probably will still here about it via a mutual friend.

To Block Someone on Facebook:

  1. Click the padlock icon at the top-right hand corner of any page on Facebook.
  2. Select “How do I stop someone from bothering me?”
  3. Enter a name or email address of the person you want blocked.
  4. Select the person you want to block from the search list.

On Twitter:

If you have someone harassing you on Twitter you can remove them as a follower, but they could set up another account and still harass you. That is going to require a little more effort on their part, and you can just block that account as well.

To Block Someone on Twitter:

  1. Open the Twitter profile page of the account you want to block.
  2. Click on the gear (settings icon) on the person’s profile page.
  3. Choose “Block” from the menu that appears.
  4. Select “Block” to confirm that you want to block them.

On Instagram:

Instagram will let you change your mode from public to private where you can better control who sees your pictures. You might not be as popular, but it should cut down on the amount of harassment you receive. Check out our article: Instagram Safety Tips for more information on how to use this feature:

To Block Someone on Instagram:

  1. Select the username of the person you want to block to open their profile.
  2. Choose (iPhone/iPad), (Android), or (Windows).
  3. Select “Block User”.

On Dating Sites

Most dating sites such as POF, OKCupid, etc, feature fairly straightforward blocking mechanisms and normally you just have to click on either "hide this user", "block messages from a user", or if things get really ugly you can report them to the moderators or administrators.