How to Defend Against Unwanted Calls and Phone Scams

A complete and intuitive guide to block unwanted calls for ever on both your home phone number and your smartphone

For lunch, dinner and even at work. Our day is marked by phone calls. Both the home and the smartphone. In most cases they are not good news but the usual call centers that try to sell us everything. Let us see then, with this complete guide, how to defend ourselves from unwanted calls.

There are a number of ways to defend yourself on the fixed line from unwanted call center calls, but also and especially to avoid unpleasant phone scams. To stop the continuous promotional calls we can decide to subscribe to the public register of the opposition. But it’s not the only way to defend ourselves from the insistent calls of telemarketing. In fact, now even smartphones have become a target of promotional calls, and you need to install the right applications to be able to block unwanted phone calls.

How to register for the opposition

It is a service made available to the citizens that allows you to exclude your number from those available to the various call centers. To register the first thing to do is go online to the site registrodelleopposizioni.it. Here we select the Subscriber Area that we find in green on the top left of our monitor.

Once entered the Subscriber Area we will notice a series of icons, five for accuracy. We have to click on the one with the word “Web”, which is also the first on the list. This way we’ll open a pop-up menu, and select the entry. Below we will read the words: “Dear subscriber, to subscribe via web your number in the public register of the opposition, you will have to fill out and send the electronic form at the following Link”. Clicking on the link we will be transported on a new page where we will fill in the necessary form. To complete the operation we will need our phone number, the VAT in case of company phone, our birth and residence data and an e-mail address. Once you have filled out the form click on the Send entry, in the lower left. At the end of the inscription display a summary page, remember to print it because it might come in handy in the future. If, in fact, after our registration continue to receive calls from the call center we can contact the guarantor for the protection of personal data and denounce the fact. To do so we download, always from the site of the register of oppositions, the file with the words “signalling receiving unwanted advertising calls – for private telephone users”. Fill it in and send it by registered mail to the address on the top right hand side of the form. Let us remember that the activation of the registration in the register of oppositions takes about 15 days.

Limitations of the Opposition Register

Registration to the register of oppositions will avoid us having to respond to different promotional and unwanted calls. But it may not solve the solution in a definitive way. Legally, in fact, even if we are enrolled in the opposition register, the companies that we have enabled to receive promotional communications can still call us. This is something that happens often when you sign up for an Internet site, participate in an online contest or subscribe to services of various kinds. We are always careful so when we release our number on the net and when we click “I agree” at the time of registration to sites, forums or social networks of various kinds.

How to block unwanted calls on smartphones

As we said the promotional calls, the unwanted and the attempts to scam now are no longer an exclusive phenomenon of landlines, but are also recurring on smartphones. To do this, especially on Android devices we can decide whether to use the default settings on our devices or whether to rely on third-party applications. In most cases, apps provide more protection from pressing business calls.

Smartphone Samsung

Let’s see how to block unwanted calls on some Android smartphones. If, for example, we have a Samsung phone with Android Lollipop, or a Galaxy S5 or S6 or a Note 4, we can adopt a simple method to block incoming calls. This is a default phone option very easy to set up. To do this we go to the call log, in the upper right we will find the icon for advanced settings. We enter and select the item add number to Automatic reject list. A drastic but still effective choice could also be to select the word “Block all unknown numbers”.

HTC Smartphone

How about Samsung even HTC made it easy to block calls to its users, thanks to a default setting. To do this, on the various one M7, one M8 and one M9, we will simply open the call history and then touch the search icon, the one with the magnifying glass, to find the number that we want to stop. We press on the unwanted number and a popup menu will appear, then we option the add to call barring entry. We can also manage blocked contacts because HTC smartphones create a folder with all the numbers blacklisted.

LG Smartphone

Some LG smartphones, especially those that are still running with Lollipop, adopt quick and ingenious solutions to avoid commercial calls. Setting it is easy, indeed to tell the truth you should not set anything, we will decide at the time of the call whether to add the number to the black list or not. To do this, when we receive the unwanted call, instead of swiping the finger from the center towards the red handset to the left to close, we bring the red handset to the center. This operation will automatically send the number between the blocked contacts. Or we can set automatic rejection for all unknown or private numbers.

Should I answer?

If our smartphone does not have effective settings present by default and you are wondering how to block unwanted calls you can ask for help from third party applications. One of the best is: Should I answer? The name is explanatory and allows you to understand immediately the main purpose of the application. Should I answer? It allows you to block incoming calls of any number and to preview the judgement of the users on that contact. For example, if you receive a call from a call center, the application will allow you to find out in advance and you may not respond while saving valuable time. The app uses a constantly updated internal database from other users. It also works offline.

Calls Blacklist

Another very useful application to block the calls of the nuisances on Android is called Blacklist that allows you to create a personal list with all the contacts to be rejected. The user can add a number to the blacklist or add it directly to one of the following categories: “Private Numbers”, “Unknown Numbers” or “all calls”. In addition to the possibility of blocking calls, the user will have the option to put a block even when receiving the SMS. Blacklist is a very complete application: on the Google Play Store is available both a free version and a fee without advertising.

Google Dialer

Google offers a service to block commercial calls and in general all unwanted ones. It’s called Google Dialer. Obviously to make it work you have to install the relevant application that is in the Play Store. Just a few minutes to do that. Downloaded the app, we need to start it. Once done we go to the menu and click on the icon with three dots on the top right. We then go to Settings and select the item blocked numbers. At this point we choose the Word add a number and insert all the contacts we intend to block.

True Caller

If you are looking for free apps to block incoming calls True caller is one of the most used applications by Android users. This is because it offers two different services: on the one hand you can block calls from people who are not welcome, on the other you can reject the call centers. In order to make the most of the features offered by True caller, you need to sign up for the platform and you can start using the database, how should I respond?, with all call center numbers reported by the community. Each user can add new contacts and put in their personal black list those who will not want to hear.

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