Dealing With A RoboCall

Fabiola Ortega

Robo calls are very common and often can get annoying. A robocall is when you answer a phone call and you hear a recorded message instead of a live person. Most of the robocalls you receive are illegal and are trying to sell you something. Also, many robocalls are in different languages so the person can’t understand what they are saying. Many of the robocalls are scams. These calls are businesses and individual people trying to take your money and know your personal information according to Consumer Reports.

You may ask, how can I stop these robocalls? You can’t necessarily stop these calls, but you can lessen the amount that you get. According to Federal Trade Commission, looking into call-blocking solutions will lessen the amount of illegal robocalls. It all depends on what you are getting a phone call on, a home phone, mobile phone, or a traditional landline. Most cell phone services like T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint include call blocking solutions and it lets you know when the call is scam likely. If your plan chargers for call blocking solutions, you may want to reconsider and get something cheaper. For instance, you can download a call blocking app rather than paying extra on your phone plan. One of the apps that you could download for free is called RoboKiller. However, the app may not work as well as the services provided by your phone carrier.

“I don’t answer calls, if I don’t recognize the number.” Emely Chavez said. This is the case for many people.

If you do get an illegal robocall, immediately hang up. Do not listen to any instructions that the machine is telling you to do. It may ask you to press numbers on the keypad to let you speak to a live person, but this might just lead to more robocalls.

“I get about three robocalls a day,” Emily Morales said. Robocalls may be irritating, but there are some things that you can do to have fewer calls. First, when you get a call don’t answer, but copy the number and report the call to the FTC This tracks down the scammers who are calling, and it helps law enforcement find who they are.

There is a new Robocall Bill that the House has voted 429-3 protecting consumers against the annoying robocalls. The House Bill states that call-blocking must be provided to consumers with no additional cost. Carriers including, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T, are using more powerful steps to block robocalls and protect their customers.

Robocalls are irritating and disruptive. Although people are trying to pass bills to protect consumers from these scam calls, it might take a long time for this bill to pass through and take effect. The best thing to do if you do get a robocall is to not answer