Millions of people just like you receive lots of spam calls and the latest stats estimates that every person in the USA is a target of suspicious calls eight times a month, and that covers mobile and also landline numbers. To fix the problem, here is your guide on how to report any phone numbers that keep calling your cell phone or home line, also, I’ll show you how to identify the owner of the number and see his name, location, and even other contact detail. That way, it will be easier for everyone to block these unwanted calls and let the authorities know about them.
Before reporting the phone number, identify it
Before reporting a suspicious phone call, you need to know who the person behind that number, what if you get the person’s details? In this case, you’ll get more data to use when you report them to governments or official authorities in the US or any country.
Ways for reporting nuisance phone calls
The following are the best options that really work, and here, I’m going to show you the best ways to follow and block unwanted calls on your cell phone or the landline. However, keep in mind that identifying the person behind the number is the right thing to do in order to see with whom you’re dealing, and of course, when you have the name and other details about the source of the call, you can block all their other numbers that you don’t know about.
1. Report the caller to the police
The first thing you need to do if someone keeps calling your number is letting to police office be aware of that especially when things become really hard to manage. This is not always the same, as there are many differences in law between countries and states. Depending on your location, you can let the phone carrier know about the case first, or directly report the person to your nearest police bureau.
Make sure you have the right number and the exact times of the calls to help experts do their investigations and stop the problem. It’s also recommended to record the calls, you can install any call recording app for iPhone or Android and use it when it’s the time. That’s especially helpful for harassing phone calls, and if you want to know the person more, you can use the tool, I recommended at the beginning of this article, it works.
2. Reporting scam or calls about the identity thief
You can report the caller using the Federal Trade Commission website, that’s the case if you find a scammer or someone claims to be someone from your family or from a governmental agency or things like that. The federal authority will take that seriously and investigate more in order to take action as soon as possible.
There is a dedicated official website identitytheft.gov for identity theft that you can use, it has all the details and tools you need. If you’re in the UK, and you want to report someone who keeps calling your cell phone, you can use this website to fill a report. When you need to get the random numbers to stop calling you, use these online resources, and save time.
3. Remove your number from robocall lists
This is easy but does not guarantee to stop nuisance phone calls, however, it’s a must-have step in order to decrease the spam that you receive on your mobile phone especially. There is a dedicated website for that, DoNotCall.gov is able to help you remove your landline and wireless phone number from telemarketing and robocalls.
Even if you opted-out from telemarketing lists, that does not mean you can permanently block their phone number because they can find your other contact details, that’s why you need to see all the information about yourself online. You might have old accounts on social media or on other sites, and if your mobile number is there, then, other telemarketing agencies will find it and add it to their future spam call campaigns.
4. Block the number
If nothing happens and the number called again, then, it’s better to stop it from your phone. There are many options and apps for that and depending on your device, blocking a phone call can be done in one minute or two. Check your phone call “settings” and you’ll find the option to add a number to the blacklist and get rid of it completely.
Now, you’ve blocked the number, what to do next?
Even if you successfully stopped the caller from texting or calling you again, you should take action and learn from your own mistakes. The majority of people add their phone numbers on their Facebook accounts, they sign-up with their numbers on different social networks, and so on.
So, from there, a spammer can extract your number and use it, in addition, there are many cases when people lose thousands of dollars because of a credit card number they shared in emails. That’s how spammers got your number or other contact detail and it’s a serious problem that you need to take action against.
So, the simple lesson here is, you should never add or share your phone number online with anyone, and don’t use your number to sign-up for online services, there is always the option to use the email instead. However, if you should use your cell number, make sure it’s not your main one, and of course, remember that you may have created online accounts in the past and your cell number can be found there easily.
For that, take action first by removing all the mobile numbers in your name on different websites that you’ve used, that’s the best way to block spam calls before reaching your smartphone.
Nothing can be better than installing a phone number identification app like TrueCaller or others. These tools show the number owner and his real name when you receive a call. So, even if the number is not in your contact list, the service scans the database for possible related people and shows you the name. That way, you can always know who is calling before answering the call, however, it’s not always accurate.
What if the spam number is from another country?
If you find yourself dealing with an unknown caller from a different country, then, it’s better to start looking from where the caller is located. To do that, just search for the number prefix in Google and you’ll find the exact country, next, search for ways to report the called in that country, as there are different websites and options, if you’re lucky, you’ll find official websites like the one in the USA and the UK that handle the spam calls and suspicious numbers.
Now, to report an international scam call online, use the Econsumer.gov website, and add the details you can find about the source call to help them investigate more. I also found a great website to report scam callers in Australia, it’s called “ScamWatch” and you can use it if you think the targeted called is located in that country. In addition, there are many online scam reporting websites that you can use.
People read online complaints about telemarketing agencies, products, and services before buying or even responding to an unknown call. So, you can take an extra step and add your own complaint about a suspicious phone number you think is being used for scam, phishing, and so on.
By following the above-recommended steps, you’ll be able to report anyone who keeps calling, these unwanted calls can happen at any time, at night, morning and where you go, but if you can find the person behind it with name and address, that can help better especially with online authorities. If you used any other way and you stopped the robocalls, then, share it in the comment section below, that help others in all the cases.