When you get a call from an unfamiliar number, call it back and there’s no answer, what do you do? Here is what I do. First, I go to a few websites where you can enter the number that’s bothering you and see if other people know who it is or what they want:
Stopping unwanted calls isn’t easy, but legitimate businesses should put you on their internal do not call list if asked. You can also try using a call blocker. According to the Who Called Us website:
- Uniden DECT1288 blocks up to 20 numbers, plus Private and Unknown, with the reject tone, without ringing the phone.
- Panasonic KX-TG106 blocks up to 30 numbers, plus all unidentified callers, with a busy tone, after the phone rings once.
- JF Teck Caller ID with Ring Controller blocks up to 70 numbers, and can be set to always allow up to 100 to ring through.
If the pests won’t quit calling, you can contact your telephone company and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, which runs the National Do Not Call Registry. You can also complain at the Federal Communications Commission website or by calling 888-225-5322.
Personally, I have found that signing up with the Do Not Call list and switching to an unlisted phone number have drastically reduced the number of nuisance calls made to my family. (Be aware that your status on the Do Not Call list doesn’t prevent all telemarketing calls—there are exceptions for groups like charities.)