Unsolicited robocalls have become a bit of an epidemic lately. A recent study shows that the number of spam calls has been rising across the country at an extremely rapid pace. People in the U.S. receive an average of just under 19 spam calls every month. Yikes!
Whether it's just an annoying telemarketer calling, or a scammer looking to rip you off, these calls are getting to be out of control. Which is why the government came up with a new tool to try and stop them, click here to learn about it.
Another way to try and stop these intrusive calls is with robocall blocking apps. Let's look at three of the best options available.
Seeing an unknown number pop up on caller ID might be enough to keep you from answering. But what if you're waiting on an important call and the number isn't in your contact list?
Answering these calls can be like playing Russian roulette. The caller might be the person you've been waiting for, or it could be a dreaded scammer. You need a way to know before answering.
That's where the Truecaller app can help.
It's free and lets you find out who's behind that unknown number. Just copy and paste the number into the search bar embedded in the app.
(Note: The Truecaller app is free to both download and use. However, there is a professional version that can be bought as an in-app purchase and it costs $1.99 per month to use.)
Truecaller will then search the unknown number to find out who it is. With a community-based spam list from over 250 million users, it's a great resource to avoid answering an unwanted robocall.
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. Simply swipe up when this happens to automatically block that caller and add them to the spam list.