How many times have you rushed to pick a phone call only to discover that it is a robocall? This articles provides you with some ideas on how to stop or deal with those annoying calls. Sometimes these recorded messages offer legitimate offers. At other times, they are downright illegal or fraudulent.
To be on the same page, a robocall is generally refers to as a phone call that uses a computerized autodialer to deliver a pre-recorded message, as if from a robot. If you answer the phone and hear a recorded message instead of a live person, it’s a robocall. Robocalls are often associated with political and telemarketing phone campaigns, but can also be used for public-service or emergency announcements.
First, why do you receive robocalls?
There are many ways that your phone number can become a target of robocalls, but it is also very likely that your number was auto-dialed at random. A good way to check if your phone numbers are publicly available is to search for them in Google or other search engines. You may find that your phone number is associated with social media profiles that are accessible to the public and easily scraped by call list collection companies.
Below are few ideas on how to avoid or deal with these robocall issues.
1. Rule No. One: Do not answer the call or interact with the robot
Experts says this is the most simple and effective remedy. According them, just interacting with these calls is just generally a mistake. Peradventure you do answer, don’t respond to the invitation to press a number to opt out. That will merely verify that yours is a working number and make you a target for more calls, experts said.
2. Contact your GSM service provider
Call your GSM service provider and report the call. Find out if they have any solution. However, do note that for many of these providers, there is little incentive to provide good robocall blocking solutions to customers. Why you may ask? The answers are pretty obvious. 1. They make money from the calls especially when you pick them. 2. We have a weak regulatory system in place to curb these kinds of issues.
3. Use Call Blocking
Your phone probably have an inbuilt call blocking function. Most phones do. Use it to block these callers.
On most Androids, there are two easy ways to block numbers. If you’re on the standard version of Android 6.0 you can go into your call log and long-press on the number you want to block, then select “Block number” from the pop-up menu. If you’re using a version of Android other than the stock version (or if you don’t know which version you’re actually using) you can select “Settings” and then “Call blocking,” then tap “Add number” and type in the number you want to block.
It is also possible that your phone manufacturer have their own advance call blocking app pre-installed on the phone. Use it.
4. Bring in the top guns
There are now a number of phone apps for smartphones that can be used to deal with robocall problems. However, the most popular and suitable in this part of the world is Truecaller – largely because many Nigerians are signed up to the service. This app relies on information from users to filter out the scams. So when many of its Nigerian users report a number as SPAM, the app identifies these specific phone numbers as robocall or scam, and lets its users know with an alert on the call screen.
Other alternatives to Truecaller include RoboKiller, Mr. Number, Nomorobo and Hiya, Please note that some of these apps are not available on all mobile OS and are not free. Some of them may provide service only in specific regions or countries.
Feel free to browse the app store of your mobile OS for the options you have.
5. Report to the NCC (Nigeria Communication Commission)
Wait! Don’t laugh or hiss! Nigerians need to get used to doing this or else nothing will change. Yes, regulation may be lax and there are certainly reasons to think it will not make any difference. Notwithstanding, the NCC has made provision to entertain complaints from users. We should not give them an excuse for doing nothing or claiming ignorance of robocall issues.
For more information on how to do this, please visit this link – submit a complaint.