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Scam of the Day - april 25, 2018

Stopping Robocalls

Automated prerecorded robocalls which, for commercial purposes are always illegal, are the number one consumer complaint reported by the public to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and are used to perpetrate a wide variety of frauds at a cost of approximately 9.5 billion dollars annually. The ease by which illegal robocalls may be made by computers accounts for much of the problem.

The FTC recently sponsored the Stop Illegal Robocalls Expo in which they showcased various techniques and technologies for avoiding robocalls.

TIPS

There are a number of options for preventing robocalls including a number of apps that for free or a small fee will prevent robocalls.

Samsung's SmartCall informs you if the call you are receiving is from a known robocaller. This feature is available with newer Samsung Galaxy phones. Here is a link to information about SmartCall and instructions as to how to activate this app.

http://www.samsung.com/levant/apps/smart-call/

Google also has a spam blocker that will warn you when you are receiving a robocall and your screen will turn red. Here is a link to information about the app and how to install it.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.dialer&hl=en

AT&T also offers free apps to block robocalls on iPhones and Android phones. Here is a link to information about these apps.

https://www.att.com/features/security-apps.html?partner=LinkShare&siteId=TnL5HPStwNw-yrUS1uDw9WGvN._xt67yew&source=ECay0000000CEL00O

Verizon's CallerName ID is a free service for iPhones and Android phones that will alert you to suspected robocallers. Here is a link to Verizon's app.

https://www.verizonwireless.com/solutions-and-services/caller-name-id/

T-Mobile offers a free scam blocker of known robocallers for Android phones which you can activate by merely dialing #662#

Sprint offers a paid service to protect your iPhone or Android phone from robocalls. For more information, use this link

http://explore.t-mobile.com/callprotection

For landlines as well as smartphones there are a number of apps such as Nomorobo, Truecaller, Hiya, RoboKiller and YouMail that offer robocall blocking for free or for small monthly charges.  Here is a link to those apps. I have used Nomorobo for years and find it to be tremendously useful

https://www.nomorobo.com/

https://www.truecaller.com/

https://hiya.com/

https://www.robokiller.com/

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.youmail.android.vvm&hl=en_US

Finally, you can just choose to ignore any calls that come from numbers you do not recognize.  If they are legitimate calls, they will leave a message and you can call them back.

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