Tips For Blocking Those Stupid Robocalls

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Nothing is more frustrating than when you are about to sit down and eat a freshly cooked Totinos pizza covered in Sriracha sauce and watch Netflix on the couch with your cat when suddenly you receive a call. Who could it be? Mom? Dad? Nope, it’s a stupid robocall! You have wasted 30 seconds of your life that you will never get back, and your cat has now taken your spot on the couch. That sly little cat bastard!

You're tired of getting these stupid calls, and you are ready to do something about it. You wonder if Robocalls are just a fact of life that you just have to accept, or if you should try and FIGHT BACK and rage against the machines!

You shout at your cat “Is there anything I can do about these stupid robocalls?” He just stares back at you with unconcerned indifference and blinks those creepy alien-like eyelids of his at you as he claws your leather couch out of sheer spitefulness.

The answer to your question is YES! There are a few things you can do to help cut down on those annoying robocalls.

Here Are a Few Tips For Cutting Down on The Amount of Robocalls You Receive:

1. Get Yourself (And Your Phones) on The Do Not Call Registry

The National Do Not Call Registry (for U.S. residents) should be your first stop on your quest to fight back against robocallers.

The Do Not Call Registry allows you to register all of your phone numbers and helps prevent telemarketers and other unwanted solicitors from calling these numbers.

You can register both landlines as well as cell phones, Registering with this service should significantly cut down on the number of “SPAM calls” that you receive. Registration is completely free.

You can check to see if your number is on the list by using the “Verify My Registration” feature of the Do Not Call website.

If you aren’t a U.S. resident, check to see if your country offers a similar service. For example, if you’re in the UK you can register with the Telephone Preference Service which has an opt-out program that is similar to the U.S. Do Not Call Registry.

2. Use Nomorobo’s Free Robocall Blocking Service

If you’re wanting to cut down on Robocalls and your home phone service uses Voice Over IP (VoIP) technology to deliver your phone calls (and is on the list of supported providers), consider using Nomorobo (as in No More Robocalls). This free service is supposed to drastically reduce the number of robocalls you receive by answering the robocalls for you and then checking to see if they are on a list of blacklisted robocallers (or on a whitelist of legitimate services).

Check Nomorobo's website for an explanation of how it works as well as a list of supported carriers to see if you can take advantage of this innovative service.

3. Get a Google Voice Number and Use it With Nomorobo

Even if you don't have one of the providers listed, you may be able to port your phone number to a Google Voice number and then use it with Nomorobo or another call blocking / screening service. Check out the Google Voice Page to learn more about what a free Google Voice number can do for you.

Also check out our article on How to Use Google Voice as a Personal Privacy Firewall.

4. Use Anonymous Call Rejection and Call Screening Features  (If Your Phone Company Offers Them).

Even if you don't have a provider that supports Nomorobo, you can use your phone company's call screening and anonymous call rejection features to help prevent robocalls from getting through to your phone. Check your providers website to see if they offer these features.

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