How to block automated phone messages

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How to block automated phone messages
Automated phone messages get very frustrating when received in excess. (Business woman expresses her anger while on her cell phone. image by Andy Dean from

You can easily block those annoying automated telemarketing messages that you often receive at inopportune times. Several products exist that block known spam calls. The National Do Not Call Registry also provides an official registration process where you can request that telemarketers do not call your phone number. After you register, you can file complaints against those organisations that continue to call you anyway.

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    Use an answering machine that provides call screening or call blocking. Many telemarketers call from an anonymous blocked number. Most answering machines allow you to block unidentified callers on a multiple number of levels. Unwanted calls can be sent directly to voice mail or ignored completely without ringing the phone.

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    Install a call blocker on your phone. Products such as ColdCallBlocker or Caller ID Manager can block known telemarketing callers. Numbers that have specifically been reported and are found to be associated with automated telemarketing messages are automatically blacklisted. When a spam message is received, the call will be blocked and ignored.

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    Visit or call 1-888-382-1222 and register your landline and cell phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry.

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    Provide your name and personal information as required to add your number to the National Do Not Call Registry. Telemarketers should stop calling your number after 31 days.

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    File a complaint if you continue to receive unwanted telemarketing calls. Note that some organisations may still be allowed to call you if you have previously given them permission. Other calls that are allowed may come from non-profit, political campaign organisations or companies conducting surveys.

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