Armed with computers, able to spoof phone numbers, and hiding offshore from law enforcement, robocallers are on the loose again. Robocallers are a huge annoyance when they call your cell phone because they chew up your minutes. Here are two things I’m doing about them.
Still worth doing, I think; get your phone numbers on the FCC’s Do Not Call list. If you get a robocall, complain. Even if nothing happens, complaints may at least build statistics that could justify some kind of preventive action.
Block the calling number
On the iPhone, with a couple of taps you can block the number that originated a robocall. Caveats:
- You’ll need to leave the entry for the originating number in your Recents list, to have a place to store the “Do Not Call” instruction.
- I’ve read that it’s possible for a caller to “spoof” that they called from a different number than they actually were at. So they could get around your block by spoofing a different originating number.
What to do:
In the Phone app, in the bottom tool bar, touch Recent. The log of recent calls displays. Find the number that called you. At its right end, click i (information).
Flip to the bottom of the information display. Click Block this caller.
Click to confirm you want to block the contact, or cancel.