Are you tired of the constant barrage of spam calls? Throughout the COVID-19 epidemic, both spam calls and spam texts escalated. Unfortunately, text message spam appears to be rising, as many of us have recently received a barrage of suspicious-looking text messages.
The Federal Communications Commission has attempted to tighten down on such calls or messages, and federal and state politicians have drafted laws to address the issue. Here are the few ways to stop unwanted robocalls and texts.
How can I stop Robocalls and Texts?
You can take specific steps on your own. For example, android devices and iPhones have built-in features for blocking particular mobile phone numbers, while mobile carriers offer blocking tools.
Hiya, RoboKiller, Truecaller, and Call Control are just a few third-party apps that function to stop sales calls. In addition, you can register your phone number with the FTC’s Do Not Call Registry. However, that won’t stop scammers and disreputable telemarketers from calling you.
Let’s check out each option.
Easy Hacks to Stop Unwanted Robocalls and Texts
- Do not respond:
A quick and simple solution is to “not respond” to the message. By clicking a link or attachment in a spam message, you can trigger malware that might infect your phone. Many legitimate robotexts include an option to text “STOP” to tell the company to remove you from their distribution list, but that doesn’t work with scammers.
Reacting to a spam message indicates to the fraudster that your phone number is legit. Your phone number may then be passed on to other fraudsters, increasing your chances of receiving additional spam messages. So you’re better off not replying unless you know the SMS came from a genuine firm that respects such demands.
- Block phone numbers:
You can block a number spamming you with calls and messages. Both iPhone and Android users have an inbuilt option to block phone numbers.
To block them on your iPhone, open the Phone app and tap Recents. Tap the Info icon next to the number you want to block and choose Block this Caller and then Block Contact.
Open the phone app and tap the info icon next to the number on an Android phone. The steps may vary based on your phone and OS version. Select the Block number option, select Details, and tap Block & report spam.
The drawback with this approach is typically spoofing or switching phone numbers. So even if you block the number, you can still receive messages from the same scammer using a different number.
- Report phone numbers:
You can forward a robotext to a specified number to file a report to your cell provider.
On an iPhone, push down on the inappropriate message to do so. Next, press More and the right arrow to forward it as a new text.
On an Android phone, push down the message to do so. Then, select Forward from the three-dot symbol at the top.
The new message, “SPAM,” should be texted to the number 7726. The number is valid for AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and T-Mobile, which will all utilize the data to prevent future spam texts.
- Filter out spammers:
Enable the built-in spam blocking on your phone; top mobile carriers offer their filtering and blocking tools for subscribers. Mostly, they are geared more toward spam phone calls, but they can also block numbers that attempt to deliver spam text messages.
You can deactivate all possible spam from Google’s Messages app on an Android phone. Select Settings > Spam protection and turn on the Enable spam protection. If an incoming message is suspected of being spam, your phone will now notify you.
Messages from unknown senders can be filtered into their folder in the Messages app on an iPhone. Go to Messages > Settings. Filter Unknown Senders should be turned on.
Right Tools and Tricks to Stop Spam
The application includes a significant “CommunityIQ,” which compares thousands of community reports and Do Not Call complaints to determine whether calls are spam.
You can request the app to reject calls from numbers that sound similar to yours, look up numbers to determine whether they are spammers, and even connect a compatible landline to extend spam protection at home.
Call Control, available for iOS and Android, uses crowdsourcing to help stop spam calls and proven quality results.
- AT&T Call Protect:
An AT&T app with improved Caller ID, Mobile Security, and Reverse Number Lookup functions is now available.
Customers of AT&T may go to a support page to learn how to restrict calls on various sorts of phones.
Customers with compatible phones may use a free version of Verizon Wireless’ Call Filter service, but only on postpaid contracts. The free version of the software identifies and filters spam calls.
It warns you when an incoming call is probable spam, allows you to report unwanted numbers, filters out numbers with your first six digits, and blocks robocalls based on your risk level.
Call Filter’s commercial edition adds Caller ID, a personal spam list, and other features. The Call Filter app is available in the App Store for iPhone users. Your Android smartphone should already have the app installed. If not, go to Google Play and get it.
Hiya: Spam Phone Call Blocker, the third-party software for iOS and Android, alerts you about robocalls and scam calls using a database of known fraudsters. The app addresses Phone calls related to fraud, unlawful acts, and telemarketers.
Hiya can detect spoofed calls with the same first four numbers as your number. Hiya will expose the source of a phone number and notify you whether it’s a suspected spam number if you put it into the app. Additionally, the software may accept calls from any of your contacts automatically.
The basic version is available for free. There is also a premium edition with a call screener and other features.
- T-Mobile Scam Shield:
Scam Shield, a free blocking program from T-Mobile, is available to postpaid T-Mobile and Metro subscribers. Scam Shield even provides an additional proxy phone number when you don’t want to provide your usual phone number.
If your normal phone number is being used for spam, you can change it once a year for free. The number of spam calls that have been banned is kept on a spam counter.
The iOS and Android apps can detect phishing calls and block them from reaching you. In addition, an improved Caller ID function gives you more information about a call to figure out if it’s spam. A Number identifies a legal call Verified tag, while a possible spam call is identified with a warning.
Voicemail-to-text, the ability to establish a block list, and the option to send specific sorts of calls directly to voicemail are all included in the Scam Shield Premium edition.
RoboKiller is an app for iOS and Android that filters unknown numbers and tries to annoy spammers. Answer Bots in the app will automatically respond to spam calls with prepared rubbish that irritate and waste users’ time.
You may even program your replies for the bot. The software has a database of known spammers, but you can also add particular phone numbers to be blocked.
You can block, filter, and report any robocalls and texts following any one of the ideas from this article. Unfortunately, there is no permanent fix to stop robocalls and texts.
The scammers reach you one way or the other. However, understanding the facts and following certain steps may help you fight sleazy telemarketers.