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.
Hiya - Caller ID & Block
The Hiya - Caller ID & Block app is perfect for identifying calls that you want to accept and blocking calls and texts you want to avoid. The app is free, with no ads, and is extremely simple to use.
It allows you to block calls, blacklist unwanted phone numbers and text messages, reverse phone search incoming call information and receive spam alerts. The app is powered by a database of hundreds of millions of phone numbers confirmed to be spam by other users.
The app identifies and blocks robocalls, telemarketers, and fraudulent calls like IRS scams. It can also identify unknown spam callers in real-time so you always know who's calling.
Call Control - Call Blocker
The Call Control - Call Blocker app 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 tons of calls you don't want from a 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.
Bonus: Protect your critical data from robocalls
Cybercriminals are very sophisticated these days. They've even figured out ways to turn what used to simply be annoying robocalls into malicious activity that could infect your gadget with malware or ransomware.
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