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Are you sick of robocalls?  Do you want to block them?  Here’s some information to allow you to do that.

If you answer the phone and hear a recorded message instead of a live person, it’s a robocall.  We’ve seen a significant increase in the number of illegal robocalls because internet-powered phone systems have made it cheap and easy for scammers to make illegal calls from anywhere in the world, and to hide from law enforcement by displaying fake caller ID information.  To date, the FTC has brought more than a hundred lawsuits against over 600 companies and individuals responsible for billions of illegal robocalls and other Do Not Call violations.  The FTC also is leading several initiatives to develop technology-based solutions. Those initiatives include a series of robocall contests that challenge tech gurus to design tools that block robocalls and help investigators track down and stop robocallers. We’re also encouraging industry efforts to combat caller ID spoofing.

To find out more about this Visit the FTC website https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0025-robocalls

You can also visit this article by CNBC on how to block these annoying RoboCalls.  How to block the annoying robocalls that you keep getting.

There are numerous apps for both the Android and Apple phones to help you with this.  CNBC recommends the app “Mr. Number” as one of the best apps that stop almost all the calls.  You can download the Android app here or you can download the iPhone app here.  Some wireless carriers also have their own.  AT&T calls their app “Call Protect app” so look for it if you have AT&T and if you have T-Mobile they have a “scam block tool”.