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Monday, January 16, 2017

1776. Block Robocalls and Telemarketers

On my cell phone, I get far too many junk calls. Robocalls, telemarketers, and random sales calls (I hear from someone selling carpet cleaning a lot. I mean, a lot!) Is there some way I can block these jerks from calling me?

One thing's for sure - Spam callers like this are super irritating and getting yourself on the federal do not call list at FTC.gov can help a little but not really. All that does is block legitimate callers from calling your phone. You can yell at the spammers when they call you. But that really doesn't do any good either.

First of all my policy is if I don't recognize the caller ID I don't answer the call End of Story. You can subscribe to the same thing if you like.

But we actually came across an application that seems to work called Mr Number - I love that name. It's available for both IOS and Android. The IOS version requires at least IOS 10 or the most current version to work. Once you've installed the app. You'll at least be warned before answering a call from a spammer as long as Mr Number has information about the particular spam caller.

What Mr Number does is maintain a database of all of the known spammy phone numbers that people call from -it's not perfect. It doesn't work in every case but I have definitely seen my phone mark incoming call as spam because Mr Number has done his job.

Therefore the short answer is there's nothing you can do that will definitively keep you from getting robo calls and telemarketer calls. On the other hand there are tools you can use - Mr Number the application available in the App Store or the Google Play store can get you a start at least screening calls that you shouldn't be answering.

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