How to Stop Unwanted Calls

How to stop unwanted calls

Unwanted calls won’t necessarily cost you much time if your notifications are off. But if you keep your notifications turned on, and you check your phone every time it rings, buzzes or vibrates, receiving unwanted calls could add up to many lost minutes per day. During a big election year, the amount of time you lose could multiply exponentially.

So, how can you stop unwanted calls? Unfortunately, it’s impossible to 100% stop them. Charities, political organizations and surveys are exempt from “do not call” rules. Scammers and spammers don’t follow rules at all. But there are some steps you can take to cut back on them.

*Register on – Registered telemarketing companies that follow laws and regulations won’t call you on your landline or mobile phone.

*Report violators of your Do Not Call request here.

*Utilize call-labeling and call-blocking apps – CTIA provides a list of resources here.

*Utilize call-blocking features on a land line – get FTC resources here as well as step-by-step instructions from Community Phone here.


The FTC has an FAQ page that answers many questions you might have about nuisance calls. You can also find additional ideas here from Hello Leads CRM.


I take advantage of Verizon’s spam auto-block feature on my mobile phone. It automatically sends spammy texts to a spam folder. I stopped replying “STOP” to texts I didn’t want because the unscrupulous texters get verification that your number is “good” and send even more and/or sell your contact information to others.

Verizon also identifies calls as “Potential Spam” so if I happen to see someone calling, I can let it go to voicemail if that label appears on my cell phone screen. I would love to be able to use the feature in my phone settings to only allow my contacts to ring through, but that would eliminate prospective clients and new business relationships I’m getting contacted by for the first time.

Our landline is a bit more difficult to deal with since our telephone provider doesn’t allow the call-blocking feature. After four straight days of the same number calling 10 times per day, I filed a complaint with the FTC. Additionally, I turned my answering machine off in the weeks leading up to both the primary and run-off elections. After 10 days of that same number calling, they stopped. I guess I won. For now.


Hopefully this gives you some ideas for how to stop unwanted calls. Good luck!



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About Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO®

As The Inefficiency Assassin™, Time Management Fixer Helene Segura empowers professionals on the go with the tools to slay lost time. Personal inefficiency at work leads to increased stress levels, lower morale, higher absenteeism, more turnover – and rising spending on employee health care and hiring. Why not improve productivity, decrease stress levels, and increase profits instead?The author of four books – two of which were Amazon best-sellers – Helene Segura has been the featured organization expert in more than 200 media interviews. She has coached hundreds of clients to productivity success and performance improvement by applying neuroscience and behavioral modification techniques to wipe out destructive, time-wasting habits.Helene turns time management on its head by sharing both client case studies and pop culture examples to teach her mind-bending framework for decreasing interruptions, distractions and procrastination so that companies can spend more time generating revenue.

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