Robocalls – Aggravation at Its Best

I don’t think there is a single person out there who at some point has not been affected by Robocalls. I used to work as a telemarketer in what feels like a hundred years ago. Back then, telemarketers were considered annoying but also a necessary evil when it came to companies wanting to increase their business. Over time, people became more perceptive to the tools that companies were using, so many companies switched over to Robocalls.

On average, I get anywhere from five to fifteen robocalls a day. This is why I invested in an app called Robokiller. There are several different variations of apps that help block many of these calls but I became increasingly agitated with how many were going through. The downside is that when you receive a call from a legitimate unknown caller, the app still thinks that it’s a scam. Here is a word to the wise. You may want to let others know that you use a call blocker so that they can make the appropriate provisions. I was grateful I had this app during the election.

Another downside to robocalls is so many of them are scams. It’s difficult to ascertain which ones are legit versus a scam. If you do consider getting an app to assist you with this process, make sure you need it. If you are only getting a few calls a week, consider yourself fortunate. Most folks are getting numerous calls a day and not only does it get annoying but those calls can make you want to throw your phone away. No bot is worth getting that agitated over. Here are a few apps that you can check out. I’ve mentioned Robokiller. I love this app. It has cut my calls down tremendously. Robokiller takes over and fingerprints your voice mails but adds a clever twist — “answer bots.” They’re voice-mail messages that try to keep robots and human telemarketers on the line listening to nonsense. However, as I mentioned previously, it can get confusing when it’s a legit caller. Nomorobo is another app that some of my friends are using. Nomorobo one of the first robocall blockers on the market with a popular service for home lines. Nomorobo doesn’t sell your data or monkey around with your voice mail or calling apps, and it’s smart about blocking spoofed calls that appear to be from neighbors. Each app has benefits but both apps are inexpensive and get the job done.

You can also check with your provider. They may include blocking for free up to a certain point. That’s great if you don’t get a lot of these types of calls. My phone number is used a lot for professional reasons. That is one of the reasons I get so many calls. Third-party marketing is alive and well. If you don’t want your number out there, then don’t list it. Even unlisted numbers find ways of getting bombarded with bot calls. You Mail sees a scam rotating through many spoofed numbers, it knows not to block the numbers that belong to legitimate callers for all its users. Truecaller, which replaces your phone’s main call app and crowdsources spam numbers from about 300 million users worldwide (including 10 million in the United States). Make sure you are also on the Do Not Call Registry. It is not as helpful as it once was but anything you do to safeguard yourself is a step in the right direction.

It doesn’t matter what type of job you may have. The fact is that robocalls or bots can frustrate all of us from time to time. I can guarantee you that their timing isn’t always wonderful. But you can take charge of the infiltrations to your phones. Check out the services available through your provider. If any of the apps I’ve mentioned are not appealing to you, research your options. Don’t let the robocalls aggravate you. Get revenge by getting rid of them. I hope you all have a great weekend and can get the annoying robocalls out of your way.

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