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3 apps to block annoying callers

3 apps to block annoying callers
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Kim Komando fans have spoken and we've heard your calls. You want apps to block annoying callers, specifically from telemarketers and scammers looking to reel you into a big phishing scam.

Sure, you could ignore the calls, or you could fight back like this person, or like the Jolly Roger service, but the best solution is just to block these calls outright. Click here for specific instructions on how to block spam calls for Apple, Android and Windows phones.

But sometimes, that's easier said than done. There's such a thing as Caller ID spoofing that can complicate things, and then there's the dreaded "Unknown caller" that pops up on the Caller ID. What can you do?

We've got you covered. Without further ado, here are three apps that you can use to keep these annoying telemarketers off your line and out of your hair.

Truecaller

Usually with caller ID, if a phone number is already in your contacts, you'll see the person's name and number, and it might include a profile picture, too. But what about the numbers you don't recognize? How can you tell if it's someone you need to call back or not?

Check out the Truecaller app. It's free and lets you find out who's behind that unknown number. Just copy and paste the number then throw it in the search bar embedded in the app.

Truecaller will then search the unknown number to find out who it is. There are more than 1.6 billion numbers in the database, so Truecaller should have no problem identifying the caller for you.

Another great feature of Truecaller is its ability to block spam calls. When a pesky telemarketer calls, there will be a big warning in red, telling you that it's a spam call.

Watch the video below to learn more:

Hiya

Stop the calls before they start with the Hiya app. This app for both Apple and Android devices has been downloaded by 25 million people, identifies an average of 400 million calls and has detected a billion spam threats. Right off the bat, it has a good track record.

Hiya features auto-spam detection, reverse phone lookup, a spam check dialer, lets you create a personal list of numbers to blacklist and tools you need to report spam and build the list of blocked numbers so these callers don't bother you or anyone else again.

Click here to get the Hiya app for Apple and click here to get the Hiya app for Android.

Watch the video below to learn more:

Call Control

Call Control automatically blocks spam calls and calls from other numbers you don't want to hear from. You can also block entire area codes like 888 if you're getting a lot of calls you don't want from that particular location.

Worried about missing out on important calls? Call Control gives you your own personal Whitelist and Contacts Protection to make sure people you know get through.

The app's users actively report their spammers so its catalog is always up to date. That means it provides you the best protection possible from these fake callers. It even works for spam texts, too!

Call Control will automatically block active spammers, and the reverse lookup allows you to track them to their source. You can even add numbers to the Community Blacklist and choose to block specific numbers that won't leave you alone.

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