We have all been a victim of them at one time or another—those pesky irritating most ill-timed robocalls.
After years of everyone from Congress to the Federal Communications Commission, to the telecommunications industry itself, assuring the American people they are working hard on resolving the issue, our phones keep ringing, ringing, and ringing. Even the once thought solution of a “no-call” list has pretty much ended up ineffective and has gone down in flames.
Information releases by YouMail, which offers an app for mobile phones that is touted to block those very same robocalls:
-Thirty-seven percent of robocalls today have officially been classified as spam. Just last year, an estimated 48 billion Americans were inundated by robocalls just last year—up in number a massive 57 percent from the year before.
-An estimated 20 billion robocalls have been made this year alone-between January and April—with at least half of them being scam-related.
YouMail’s CEO, Alex Quilici, equated the situation to that of email 15 years ago, where at least half of all our inbox contained spam messages, pretty much rendering your inbox useless.
So, where does this leave the consumer, and is there anything they can do themselves? Although we are not able to stop all robocalls, there are a few measures you can take to lessen them. Major wireless companies have apps available, either free or to purchase, that will alert you, or even block them when a call is a possible robocall.
Some of the free ones that you can take advantage of are:
-AT&T: Call Protect
-T-Mobile: Scam ID and Scam Block
-Sprint: My Sprint
-Verizon: Caller Name ID
You can always register or re-register on the National Do Not Call Registry, adding both your home and cell numbers. Admittedly, it won’t stop all the calls from scammers, but it will be proactive in letting them know you are not interested in their irritating phone calls.