How to block international calls

Most phone plans include an option to make or receive international calls. Although this is a convenient feature for folks who do a bit of travelling or speak to family and friends who live abroad, many users don't use the plan and prefer not to have the option available.

Depending on your phone service or calling plan, you may be getting a charge on your bill for accepting unwanted international calls. Scammers are smart, but there are options for blocking incoming international calls before they are even put through to your phone line, protecting you from having to be charged for the calls in the first place. Simply answering a scam call can result in several hundred dollars being tacked onto your phone bill. There also are a number of scams going on that dupe people into making long-distance international calls, which can easily run up your phone bill.

Check your landline phone bill to see if you have international incoming and outgoing call blocking as part of your provider's services. If it's not on your bill, contact its customer service department to subscribe to this service, or order a domestic-only calling plan.

Contact your cellular service provider to activate the international call block service if it is not already part of your phone plan.

Be wary of any callback number with the following area codes---"809" (Dominican Republic), "876" (Jamaica), "758" (St. Lucia), or "664" (Montserrat). Scammers have been calling consumers and leaving callback numbers with these area codes.

Report suspected international scam calls to your telephone service provider.

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