Robot Calls at best annoying disturbances and at worst costly financial scams — are getting worse. Though automated calls have long plagued consumers, the volume has skyrocketed in recent years, reaching an estimated 3.4 billion in April.
Lawmakers are working on legislation to curb abuses, and federal regulators have issued new rules allowing phone companies to block calls. But it’s difficult to trace the calls, let alone stop them.
In the meantime, take heart that you’re not the only one being targeted. Here are some steps you can take to try to keep the calls at bay.
- Robocalls Flooding Your Cellphone? Here’s How to Stop Them
An unfamiliar number appears on your cell phone. It’s from your area code, so you answer it, thinking it might be important.