Receiving unsolicited spam phone calls, including robocalls and texts with fake (or “spoof”) caller IDs, is one of the most common complaints filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Small businesses — including those using both landline and mobile devices — can use the following resources to file complaints and learn more about what you can do to combat spam calls and texts. (Source: FCC)
FCC Information on Common Types of Spam Calls and Texts
Here are links to FCC information regarding common types unsolicited (and illegal) calls and texts, including ways to file a complaint with the FCC, your carrier or relevant trade associations.
Industry Resources on Typical Spam Calls and Texts
These resources are provided to help small business users of specific wireless, traditional landline, and VoIP voice services. The links are to companies that provide such services. (The links take you to information that is not on SmallBusiness.com.)
Information from mobile (cellular) providers.
- AT&T Here are ways we can all prevent, stop, and protect one another from fraud.
- CTIA (CTIA is the wireless industry trade association) Blocking robocalls resources page.
- CTIA Step-by-step instructions on how to block individual numbers based on Android, Blackberry, iOS, and Windows operating systems; and list of third party apps to block unwanted calls.
- Google Play | Update for phone app for Android Marshmallow device.
- Google Project Fi | Call blocking help page for Project Fi wireless service.
- T-Mobile | Name ID app for identifying and blocking dangerous calls and texts.
- U.S. Cellular | Consumer information and tips for stopping robocalls.
- US Telecom | Trade association’s consumer education, tools and resources for stopping robocalls
- Verizon | Customer support page for stopping robocalls (includes wireline resources).
Information from landline (fixed) providers.
- AT&T | Call Protect service is now available to wireline VoIP customers.
- CenturyLink | Customer tips and links to block unwanted calls from home.
- Charter | Nomorobo: Block Telemarketers and Robo-Callers.
- Charter (Brighthouse) | Can I block calls from specific numbers on my Home Phone?
- Charter (TimeWarner) | Get detailed instructions for managing your Phone features.
- Comcast | XFINITY customer support on how to set up blocking service for unsolicited robocalls to home.
- Comcast | Customer support: call types that can be blocked with XFINITY Voice.
- Frontier Communications | Consumer guides on call block and priority calling features.
- NCTA | The Internet & TV Association’s consumer education resources for preventing robocalls.
- US Telecom | Trade association’s consumer education, tools and resources for stopping robocalls.
- Verizon | Customer support page for stopping robocalls (includes wireless resources).
- West Telecom Services | Customer tips for blocking calls and suggestions for reporting “nuisance” calls.
- | Federal Trade Commission | Consumer information on robocalls from consumer protection agency.
- | Federal Trade Commission | Limiting unwanted calls and emails.
- Federal Trade Commission | What is a Robocall?
- Federal Trade Commission | Blocking Unwanted Calls.
- Internal Revenue Service | IRS warning on automated phone scam calls; requests for fake tax payments using iTunes gift cards.
- National Do Not Call Registry | Registered personal numbers must be removed from telemarketers calls lists.
- National Do Not Call Registry | You may file a complaint if you received an unwanted call after your number was on the National Registry for 31 days and you may also file a complaint if you received a call that used a recorded message instead of a live person.
Updated, August 23, 2018 | A helpful article from NYTimes.com: “How to Block and Report Spam Calls and Text Messages.”