Receiving unsolicited phone calls from scammers can be frustrating and even alarming. While it can be difficult to completely prevent scammers from contacting you, there are several steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of receiving these calls:
- Register with the National Do Not Call Registry: In India, the National Do Not Call Registry allows you to register your phone number to opt-out of telemarketing calls. You can register your phone number by visiting the National Do Not Call Registry website and following the instructions.
- Do not share personal information: Scammers often try to obtain personal information from their targets, such as bank account or credit card details. Do not provide any personal information to anyone who contacts you over the phone, especially if you were not expecting their call.
- Block the caller: If you receive a call from a suspicious number, block the caller from your phone. Most smartphones have built-in features to block calls from specific numbers.
- Use a call blocker app: There are several call blocker apps available for smartphones that can help to filter out unwanted calls, including those from scammers.
- Be cautious when using public Wi-Fi: Scammers often use public Wi-Fi networks to place calls, so be careful when using public Wi-Fi and avoid making any financial transactions or providing personal information while connected to an unsecured network.
- Report the scam: If you receive a call from a scammer, report the incident to the local authorities, your mobile service provider or the Cyber Crime Cell in your city. Reporting these incidents can help prevent others from falling victim to the scam.
While these steps may not completely eliminate unwanted calls from scammers, they can help to reduce the number of calls you receive and make it more difficult for scammers to contact you.