MILWAUKEE -- Are you tired of the amount of robo and scam calls that you receive? Although you may not be able to stop all of them, there are a few things that you might be able to do to lessen their frequency.
Most importantly, do not pick up the phone if you do not know who is calling. Use answering machines and caller ID to screen calls before picking up.
Do not always trust what appears on your caller ID or what is announced on your answering machine as being legitimate.
If the caller says they are from IRS, Social Security, Microsoft, or some other business, remember they will not call unless you specifically asked them to.
If you get tricked and accidentally pick up a call, hang-up without engaging further or providing any information.
If you pick up the phone, this can increase the number of calls you receive. If you recognize a number as being suspicious, contact your service provider to see if they can block the number from calling you in the future.
Keep in mind that scammers often find ways around being blocked. There are also programs and aps like Nomorobo.com that are specifically geared toward blocking calls, but these programs may not work on all phones.
Robo and scam calls can be a real nuisance and dangerous for those who are vulnerable to scams. If you avoid picking up your phone when you do not know who is calling, this can cut down on the number of scam calls you receive and protect you from falling victim to a scam.