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How to avoid robocalls

A company called YouMail estimates there were 3.4-billion robocalls last month alone.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Charles Schumer wants to stop annoying robocalls.

Schumer says the technology exists to block these annoying calls from getting through to your landline or your cell phone. The Senator wants to mandate that phone companies use that technology.

There are a few steps you can take right now to avoid robocalls.

The first thing you should do is register for the Do No Call List. Even if you've been on it for years, you're probably still getting annoying calls.

The FCC suggests you also ask your phone company if it offers robocall-blocking technology. The FCC also says you should report those unwanted calls to your phone company so it can help you block them.

The Better Business Bureau tracks scams including scam phone calls. It says you should avoid answering calls from numbers you don't recognize. Legitimate contacts will leave a message. It also says you should be cautious of automated messages asking you to "Press 9" to be taken off of their call list. If you do that, you're letting the scammer know you have an active number. And, if you think a scammer is impersonating a legit charity, the BBB says the best thing you can do is hang up, find the charity's correct number, and talk with them.

You can also file a complaint with the FCC to report illegal calls or texts. The FCC can fine companies that violate the Do Not Call List, but it doesn't award individual damages, so you won't get any money out of it.

You can also file a report with the BBB Scam Tracker.

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