Fighting spam phone calls

SPOKANE, Wash. – A new survey from AARP shows that about half of the phone calls made to cell phones are spam, and the average American gets about seven to ten robocalls each week.

Robocalls appear to be getting more advanced too, with the ability to replicate phone numbers. 

“They’re able to clone cell phone numbers quite easily. They can go and find a program out there and be able to duplicate any phone number that’s out there. So, be very, very careful,” said Tyler Russell with the Better Business Bureau. 

That has led to many people not even answering their phones anymore. 

“Most of the time now I actually don’t answer it, cause it’s like the first six digits are always the same first six digits of my phone number, so I know it’s the robocalls. I just don’t answer,” said Tom Enquist. Enquist said he receives a few spam calls a week.

So, what can you do about it? The Better Business Bureau offers a few pieces of advice. 

First, you can register with the National Do Not Call Registry. You can do that here.

You can also download a robocall blocking app. Many are available for free, or at a small cost. Be sure to research the apps first, and decide which will be the best fit for you. 

Finally, the BBB says if you don’t know the number, just don’t answer. But, if you do answer and realize it’s spam, hang up right away. And the BBB says it is best not to press any buttons while on these calls. 


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