How to stop pesky robocalls and texts


If it feels as if you're getting more robocalls, you’re right. A call from an unrecognized number, calls about a free cruise, calls from the IRS, Sally from card services, all fake... should you pick up or not?

Don’t pick up

Do not to pick up the phone if you do not know the number. If you so happen to answer, hang up right away. Some robocalls can appear as a call in your area code.

Do not answer any questions

If you so happen to pick up the phone, do not answer any questions, “especially those that can be answered with ‘Yes,’” according to the FCC.

Never give out personal information

If asked for your social security number, mother’s maiden name or account numbers, hang up immediately.

What you can do to avoid robocalls altogether

There are apps available for Android phones and iPhones that attempt to block robocalls. Those apps are Hiya Caller ID, RoboKiller and Nomorobo.

A consumer can also register on the Federal Trade Commission’s “Do Not Call Registry." It is free to register. The agency’s website noted that a person may still receive calls from charities and debt collectors after registering.