How to Stop Unwanted Phone Calls on Landlines
How to stop unwanted phone calls on a landline is one of the biggest questions consumers ask. In fact, according to the FCC, unwanted phone calls are the top consumer complaint. But what constitutes an unwanted phone call? And how can you stop unwanted calls from reaching your landline?
Types of Unwanted Phone Calls Made to Landlines
Robocalls make use of technology that places calls using an autodialer. You can recognize a robocall by the message, as it is a prerecorded or artificial voice.
Being a technology-based nuisance means that these robocalls can be made from any in the world. And they are easy and cheap to do. Also adding to the difficulty is that some robocalls are actually legal - for example, your city might allow them as a means to share an important local update or notification.
Learn more on why imp is so much more (and better) than a robocall blocker for landlines.
Caller ID Spoofing
Caller ID spoofing has proven to be especially deceptive when it comes to receiving unwanted phone calls on a landline. This strategy disguises a caller’s identity by deliberately falsifying the information that is shared with your caller ID.
Callers using this spoofing technique have only one goal: to trick you into sharing personal information. Collecting valuable information from unsuspecting consumers allows these scammers to either directly use the information for their own gain or to turn around and illegally sell it for someone else to use nefariously.
Political Campaign Robocalls
As you have most likely experienced, there is a huge increase in calls during election seasons. The reason is that political campaign calls are actually exempt from the Do Not Call List. However, there are rules that these campaigns must follow, including:
- The identity of the business, individual, or other entity initiating the call must be clearly stated at the beginning of the prerecorded message.
- If the calling party is a business or corporate entity, the entity's official business name must be stated clearly at the beginning of the message.
- The telephone number of the calling party must be provided, either during or after the message.
The FCC’s Tips to Stop Unwanted Phones Calls on Landlines
Despite acknowledging that stopping unwanted phone calls on a landline is the most requested ask from consumers, there is little support given to actually making these calls go away. Instead the FCC offers some tips to consider, with the hopes that you can protect yourself.
The FCC’s tips include:
- Don't answer calls from unknown numbers. If you answer such a call, hang up immediately.
- You may not be able to tell right away if an incoming call is spoofed. Be aware: Caller ID showing a "local" number does not necessarily mean it is a local caller.
- If you answer the phone and the caller - or a recording - asks you to hit a button to stop getting the calls, you should just hang up. Scammers often use this trick to identify potential targets.
- Do not respond to any questions, especially those that can be answered with "Yes."
- Never give out personal information such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, mother's maiden names, passwords or other identifying information in response to unexpected calls or if you are at all suspicious.
- If you get an inquiry from someone who says they represent a company or a government agency, hang up and call the phone number on your account statement, in the phone book, or on the company's or government agency's website to verify the authenticity of the request. You will usually get a written statement in the mail before you get a phone call from a legitimate source, particularly if the caller is asking for a payment.
- Use caution if you are being pressured for information immediately.
- If you have a voice mail account with your phone service, be sure to set a password for it. Some voicemail services are preset to allow access if you call in from your own phone number. A hacker could spoof your home phone number and gain access to your voice mail if you do not set a password.
- Talk to your phone company about call blocking tools they may have and check into apps that you can download to your mobile device to block unwanted calls.
- If you use robocall-blocking technology already, it often helps to let that company know which numbers are producing unwanted calls so they can help block those calls for you and others.
- To block telemarketing calls, register your number on the Do Not Call List. Legitimate telemarketers consult the list to avoid calling both landline and wireless phone numbers on the list.
How imp Stops Unwanted Phone Calls on a Landline
All of the tips above were not enough to stop unwanted phone calls from hitting our landline. And none of “call blocker devices” available on the market did what we needed done. So we created imp with the simple mission of saving the world from the scourge of unwanted callers.
How imp works
imp is made up of three parts that work together to deliver a spam-free landline: our imp box, imp app, and Greenlist Technology. The imp box plugs into the wall and then your landline phone plugs into the box. The imp app syncs your smartphone contacts with your imp box. And our Greenlist Technology makes everything work together.
The Only Calls You Get are the Calls You Want
At setup, the imp app syncs with your smartphone contacts. From there, the app and the imp box work together to ensure that the only calls that make your landline ring are the calls you actually want. All other calls are silently handled by imp, either being sent to voicemail or - as in the case of unwanted landline calls like robocalls and spam calls - simply hung up on. This all happens thanks to our Greenlist Technology.
imp Stops Unwanted Landline Calls and Much More
Again, our mission here at imp is simple: to save the world from the scourge of unwanted callers. But in addition to stopping unwanted calls, imp also enables your landline to do so much more.
When you connect imp, you immediately upgrade your landline into a smart phone. With on the go voicemail capabilities, imp doubles as the world’s first smart home answering machine. This means you no longer have to be standing right next to your answering machine to get your messages.
You can also put your landline into “Do Not Disturb” mode for those times you want to ensure peace and quiet. Or you can turn on “Urgent Caller” functionality so that your phone will ring in an emergency, no matter what other settings you have set your imp to. All of these add up to provide you with a new and improved landline experience.