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Why are you getting so many calls? Often, it’s scammers calling. Here’s what to know about blocking unwanted calls, dealing with robocalls, avoiding phone scams, and signing up for the National Do Not Call Registry.

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Blocking Unwanted Calls

Scammers can use the internet to make calls from all over the world. They don’t care if you’re on the National Do Not Call Registry. That’s why your best defense against unwanted calls is call blocking. Which type of call-blocking or call-labeling technology you use will depend on the phone — whether it’s a mobile, traditional landline, or a home phone that makes calls over the internet (VoIP).

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If you answer the phone and hear a recorded message instead of a live person, it's a robocall. If you’re getting a lot of robocalls trying to sell you something, odds are the calls are illegal. Many are also probably scams.

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Phone Scams

Any scam can happen over the phone. But phone scammers often use common stories. Knowing their tricks will help you spot and avoid the scam. Hang up on phone scammers and hang on to your money.

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Listen to real robocall scams: Robocall Scam Examples 

National Do Not Call Registry

The National Do Not Call Registry was created to stop sales calls from real companies. It’s free to register your home or mobile phone number.

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Register for the National Do Not Call Registry

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FTC at Work:

  • Press releases: You can read about recent FTC cases and other robocall-related actions on our Media Resources page.