Robocalls and Telemarketing calls are not only annoying, they, most often, originate from scammers. However, there are things we can do to help reduce the number of calls we receive.

It seems the best protection, currently, are call blocker apps. These applications help identify calls from telemarketers and scammers and display a warning on our caller ID before we answer the call. Some will even block the calls completely. The best ones will help identify the most annoying (in my opinion) – those that seem to come from a local number. Do I answer it or not??? The app helps make that decision much easier.

Below are screenshots from my phone. The image on the left shows the options available in the app. The image on the right is my “recent calls” log with “Telemarketer” and “Suspected Spam” accurately identified. Some still get through, but it has definitely reduced the amount of wasted time previously spent answering these calls.

To learn more about what you can do to block these annoying calls, read this article. For more information on robocalls and what the FCC is doing about them, read this article and this article. You can see this and all previous tips on our IT portal, http://it.ohiochristian.edu/tips. If you have an idea for a future tech tip, let me know here.