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Article 3 (May 2021): How to curb robocalls

May 26, 2021
Robocalls spiked during the pandemic last year, and scammers made off with a shocking $19.7 billion from scam calls in 2020.  They used COVID-19 to deceive people in texts and phone calls, using treatments, financial relief, free testing and the like as their bait.
Even if you haven't been scammed, these calls are nonetheless annoying.  So here are a handful of ways to curb the incoming phone garbage:
  • Use a call rejection service. Dial *77 and wait to hear three beeps before hanging up. Now any call that hides its number will be rejected.  Be aware that some carriers do charge for the service.
  • Check your carrier for services that help block calls.  They might have a small monthly fee, but it could be worth it.
  • Sign up for the National Do Not Call Registry at  When you add your name to the list, you are taken off the for-profit call list and telemarketers supposedly can't call you.  Of course, scammers don't follow the law, but this should still cut down somewhat on the number of unwanted calls.
  • Seek revenge.  Peaceful revenge, of course. A new app called Robo Revenge, aka Do Not Pay, automatically registers your phone number on a Do Not Call list and gives scammers a fake credit card number.  It also sends a dispute letter on your behalf demanding compensation.  The company's website also advertises help fighting parking tickets, canceling free trials, copyright protection and more.

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