icon-ban Indy Business: Unwanted Spam Calls
With the growing problem of unwanted and fraudulent spam calls, more and more people are asking if anything can be done about it. There are apps and services available for cell phones, but what can you do about spam business and residential calls? In this post, we’d like to highlight some of the ways to decrease or eliminate telemarketing calls.
Talk to your provider.
Not all providers will let you block unwanted calls, but it’s worth finding out. For example, we will block calls for both our business phone service and our home phone service. Not only can we block a number or a whole area code, but the way we block it makes spammers believe your number has been disconnected even though everyone else can call you normally. It’s a great tool for removing your number from spam call lists.
Also, if your provider says they don’t block unwanted calls, consider porting your number to one that will.
Let your phone do the talking.
Because so many of the spam calls are automated, why not automate your answer to them? With modern phone systems, it’s extremely simple to create an answering service that screens your calls. Just requiring the caller to press a single button is enough to stop most telemarketers. And you can combine this method with call blocking to virtually eliminate unwanted calls.
As a last resort, you can choose to only allow calls from a list of trusted numbers. Instead of blocking bad callers when they contact you, you start by assuming every call is bad until you say otherwise. This is guaranteed to eliminate unwanted calls, though you may miss some legitimate calls from people whose number hasn’t been whitelisted.
Whatever you choose to do, it’s important for all of us to make it as hard as possible for spammers to succeed. The moment their activities are no longer profitable, they will stop engaging in them.