This article has been created to help explain more about how you as a user can block scam calls effectively from calling you on your iPhone or your Android phone effectively.
According to latest data at Better Business Bureau, there have been 136,037 new call scams reported from 2015 to this day to attack victims in North America alone and these are just the reported cases on their tracker. As more and more scams have started to pop-up on the radar, the users have begin searching for different methods on how to block scammers. But since it is not easy to identify which number is from a scam type, it is also not an easy task to decide how to block them. In this article we have created instructions that will help you to learn how you can block and report a scam call, provided that you encounter such a phone number calling you. But first, let us go over the different types of popular scams that are currently in circulation.
Types of Scams Currently Active
Loan Fee Scams
These types of scams are characterized by the fact that calls are received from fake companies, who deal with financial services. The essence of the call types is to convince users that they need to pay in advance in order to apply to get a loan. In addition to this, the scammers want the victim to send money usually via gift cards or any other type of methods for online transfers.
Business E-mail Compromise Scams
These types of scams often call people or send e-mails with phone numbers that they have a vacant job spot available. The e-mails leave behind phone numbers of managers who ask victims for their credit card details.
Tech Support Scam
These types of scams are the most widespread ones since they are also related to websites that aim to immediately lock you out of your web browser and display messages like the example underneath:
These messages aim to convince victims that they have a security problem and they should call the number provided on the web page. Calling the number results in the scammers pretending to be official Microsoft or Apple support or as a matter of fact any other support related to big companies (depending on the scam). Calling the scammers results In them asking the victim for hundreds of dollars in order to fix a problem and in addition to this they may request financial data and access.
Besides these main scams, the crooks have also though of other types of scams which are also quite effective, but we have chosen to not go into detail about them:
- Counterfeit product scams.
- Credit card scams.
- Debt relief scams.
- CryptoCurrency scams.
- Debt collection scams.
- Employment scams.
- Fake Check/Money Order scams.
- Fake Invoice scams.
- Family/Friend emergency scams.
- Government scams.
- Healthcare scams.
- Home Improvement scams.
- Identity theft scams.
- Investment scams.
- Moving scams.
- Nigerian or foreign exchange scams.
- Online purchase scams.
- Phishing scams.
- Rental scams.
- Scholarship scams.
- Tax collection scams.
- Travel scams.
- Utility scams.
- Yellow Pages scams.
How Do I Stop (Block) a Scam Call Without Picking Up?
Since some scams can become dangerous for you as soon as you pick up, because they may also subscribe you to various types of SMS services or generate impulses that make your phone bill to rise up quite fast, we have decided to provide you with insight on how you can use several simple applications that will certainly prevent scammers from even calling you. Let’s begin!
If you are using a smartphone, then the most automated solution is to use conventional call blocker. But traditional call blockers do require you to add numbers to your blacklist which does not do the job. This is why, we recommend using smart apps, such as Hiya Caller ID and Block. The application can block robotized calls and scam calls automatically, since it keeps an updated database of scammers. Here is how to set it up:
Step 1: Open the Hiya app in PlayStore by tapping on the button below:
Step 2: Install the application and Run It:
Step 3: Accept the terms and tap on “GET STARTED”.
Step 4: Enter your phone number and tap on Next:
Step 5: You will receive a code. Enter it and tap to continue:
Step 6: Login with your Facebook or Google account to begin:
Step 7: The app is now set up and you can now use it to call numbers via It. It will automatically remain active and hidden in the background so that once you receive a call, it will block it. The app also has settings to block private numbers as well:
Even though many security experts and developers struggle to catch scam calls and block them, one thing is clear. The scams and the numbers are constantly changing and are increasing. This is why users are urged to add the scammers to blocklist and definitely report their scam numbers to organizations, like the Federal Trade Commission’s Do Not Call Registry the scammers will surely be investigated and something will be done to shut them down for good.
- Guide 1: How to Remove from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove
Step 2: Uninstall and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the will be removed.
Eliminate from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.