How to stop robocalls
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▪ Ignore them. The most effective defense is to not answer calls from numbers you don’t recognize. If you do answer, don’t accept any prerecorded invitation to opt out by pressing a key: “That will merely verify that yours is a working number and make you a target for more calls.”
▪ Use DoNotCall.gov. List your number on the U.S. government’s National Do Not Call Registry, but know that many spammers don’t fear being fined. When unwanted calls do get through, report them.
▪ Get a screening app. Apps like Truecaller, RoboKiller, Mr. Number, and Hiya block robocalls. Some, like YouMail, inform the caller that your number is out of service.
▪ Turn the tables. Subscribe to the Jolly Roger Telephone Co. (jollyrogertelco.com) and you can transfer telemarketing calls to a robot that’ll frustrate the caller by keeping up your end of the conversation indefinitely.
Source: The New York Times ■