Easy Ways to Stop Unwanted Emails, Spam, and Telemarketers

Author: PeopleFinders on October 8th, 2018
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Whether you accidentally entered your phone or email on a disreputable website, or someone just got your contact information by taking a lucky guess, it can be extremely annoying to be suddenly inundated with calls, emails, and other spam communication. You may be tempted to stop using your phone altogether; or, you could start letting every call you get go to voicemail just so you can be sure you won’t pick up a telemarketer! However, there are much more effective ways to get through the junk email and the telemarketing spam. Here are the top four ways to make sure your phone and email stay clean and clear.

Don’t respond to telemarketers, robocallers, or spam emails

If a robocaller tells you to press a button to be removed from the call list, just hang up. If you’re told to click a link to unsubscribe from a spam email list, just mark the email as spam. If a caller is asking questions, especially ones that require “yes” answers or those asking for identifying information, stay on the safe side and don’t give any responses unless you know the call is from a reputable source. These are all easy ways you can make sure you aren’t accidentally playing into a spam caller’s hands. If you interact with spam emails and phone calls, the people calling or emailing you will know that there’s a real person on the other side who’ll interact with them in some way, and will continue sending emails, calling your number, and so on. It just sets you up for more spam in the future.

Mark spam whenever you see it

If you’re using any sort of reputable email client, a built-in spam identifier can block a large majority of spam emails sent to you. However, if you do find spam that made its way to your inbox, you should mark it directly as spam, so the email client can learn what is and isn’t spam. Similarly, if you get a call from a telemarketer or spam caller, especially if your phone number is already on the Do Not Call list, then file a complaint with the FCC about the spam number. You can help the FCC determine more about telemarketers and robocallers, which can help with taking preventative measures.

Keep an eye out for scams

The easiest way to avoid robocallers, telemarketers, and email spam is to avoid giving your phone number or email address to disreputable sites. If you see a shady website asking for your email or phone number in order to send you prizes, don’t respond. If you’re looking for jobs and applying on job sites, be sure to look each one up before inputting your information, so you’re not just playing into scams unwittingly. Every time you give your information out, you’re potentially setting yourself up for unwanted calls and emails in the future. Though most people know not to give out sensitive information over the phone, such as social security numbers and online passwords, some people don’t realize that it extends even to online sites that they assume are reputable.

Look up the people trying to contact you

Sure, that call may be from a telemarketer, but it could also be from a distant relative you haven’t talked with in a while, whose name you never put into your phone. To help prevent you from hanging up on someone you’d love to talk to while putting telemarketers through, try PeopleFinders. With the PeopleFinders reverse phone search, you can find out who’s calling you just by inputting the number. It’s a quick and easy way to decide whom you should and shouldn’t answer or call back.

Conclusion

Spam, email scams, and telemarketers are all things people will have to deal with if they have a phone number or email address; it’s just part of living in the digital age. However, with just a few tips and tricks, you can drastically reduce the impact it has on your daily life. On top of reporting spam emails and phone calls, ignoring them as frequently as possible, and being proactive about looking for scams, you can try PeopleFinders to keep your email and phone history squeaky-clean.

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