The COMPLETE GUIDE to spam calls for 2020

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The COMPLETE GUIDE to spam calls for 2020

Do you hate these unwanted spam calls, too?
You are having an important business meeting.
Suddenly you get a phone call from an unknown number.
It may be an emergency call from your kids' school ...
… or it can be an annoying spam call.

You excuse yourself as you pick up the phone …
… only to find out it is a telemarketer who wants to ask “a few questions”.

This could have been avoided.

Protect yourself from spam callers

In this article, you will learn

  • What is a spam call and why are they an issue
  • How can you block spam calls (there is an app for that)
  • How can you report a spam number so he won’t bother anyone else

What is a spam call

To put it simply, a spam call is any unwanted, irrelevant and annoying call. They come mostly from companies trying to sell you something or get some kind of information from you.

Spam callers are a serious issue

According to the Federal Communications Commission, Americans receive 2.4 billion unwanted spam calls each month.

Charles Kennedy, a senior adjunct fellow at TechFreedom, said to The Washington Post the problem of spam calls is difficult to solve. Legal action may not be so effective.

The best way to protect yourself is to just block these calls using an app, for example.

Why are spam calls on the rise

“Almost anybody with a little bit of technical ability can become a robocaller overnight,” said Barlow, the Do Not Call Program Coordinator at the FTC, to the USA Today. Spam callers use a software instead of a traditional telephone line, making them completely automated. This kind of software is also cheaper than ever and very simple to use. A robocaller would also need voice-over recording and a phone number database all of which can be found or made today.

Chart: Top spammers in US

How to identify a spam caller

Identifying a spam caller means you know that number is not trustworthy and you shouldn't pick it up. There are 2 ways that can help you identify spam callers.

The first is through a call blocking app. When you install a call blocking app an alert will appear on your phone while it is ringing. This will tell you if the number is safe to pick up or if it is a spam.

The second option you have is through an on-line reverse phone lookup. You can type any number in the search bar.

You can get more information in our full article on identifying spam calls.

The next step to get rid of spam calls is to block them.

How to block spam calls

It is one thing to know the number calling you is a spam, it is another thing to stop that caller from bothering you for good.

You may think the government should deal with them. The truth is there are so many spam callers and they are really hard to catch. That is why it is better to have a way of protecting yourself from annoying and unwanted calls.

You can either use a call blocking app or use the native option on your phone to block a certain phone number.

However, keep in mind that an app can protect you from 20 000 000+ phone numbers. While the latter option only protects you from those numbers that already called you. Spam callers use many different numbers and it is impossible for you to block them all on your own.

Use a spam call blocker app

A call blocker app will notify you whenever a suspicious number is calling you. It is designed to protect you from those annoying unwanted calls. Whenever an unknown number is calling you, you will know instantly if it is safe to pick up or if it is just some robocall or telemarketing.

You can find a large amount of call blocking apps on either App Store or Google Play.

We recommend our very own apps to block spam calls. Our database has over 4 000 000 reported spam numbers from all over the world - making it the largest database in this field.

  • Numbo for iOS (iPhone)
  • OctoCaller for Android (Samsung, Xiaomi, Sony, ...)

We have the largest spam numbers database

How to block calls on iPhone

There are 2 ways you can block unwanted calls on your iPhone. Directly from the contact information or from the list of blocked numbers in settings. Blocking a number means you won’t even know this number called you. The caller won’t be able to reach you at all.

From the contact information:

  • go to the detail of the phone number you want to block (it can be saved or not)
  • click on “block this caller”
  • this number won’t be bothering you anymore
How to block calls on iPhone

From settings:

  • save the number you wish to block
  • go to “settings”
  • go to “phone”
  • go to “blocked”
  • click on “add new contact”
  • select the number from your contact list
  • this number won’t be bothering you anymore
How to block calls on iPhone in iOS 7

How to block calls on android

Blocking a number means you won’t even know this number called you. The caller won’t be able to reach you at all. The interface will look a bit different on every Android device (Samsung, Xiaomi, Sony, ...) but the principle remains the same:

  • save the contact you want to block
  • go to that contact
  • click on the 3 dots ...
  • choose the option to block number
  • this number won't be bothering you anymore
How to block calls on Android phone

How to report a spam call

Well, you can always fill a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission or the Federal Trade Commission but they don't resolve individual unwanted call complaints.

There is a better, more effective way.

We have created an international spam numbers database.

You can use it to look up numbers that have called you. You will see if they are spam, telemarketing, suspicious or safe to pick up.

And if you download one of our call blocking apps you don’t even need to look up every single number. The app will notify you if the unknown number calling you is spam or safe.

Use our largest international spam numbers database

Ho to add someone to spam call list

If you get a robocall or any annoying call you might want to report the caller to the spam call list. This way other people will get alerted when this number calls and the spam caller won’t be able to bother anyone else.

To report a spam caller and add him to the database:

  • go to the main page
  • type in the number (don't forget to select the country)
  • hit enter or click on the search button
  • answer few questions about the caller bellow
  • the number is now reported
Ho to add someone to spam call