How to Block Nuisance Phone Calls

By Candice Abrams

Sometimes, you may receive nuisance phone calls throughout the day, or throughout the night. The calls could come from telemarketers, bill collectors or meddling teenagers. Fortunately, you can put a stop to those annoying incoming calls. By following a few suggestions from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, you can take the appropriate steps to blocking such phone calls. You will have peace of mind as you answer your phone to only those you know.

Step 1

Order call block from your telephone company. You will have to pay a fee on top of your monthly bill, depending on the phone company you have. Also, depending on where you live, you can block between six and 15 phone numbers.

Step 2

Enter star (*) 60 on your phone's keypad, to activate the call block. If you do not know the person's phone number, dial *60 immediately after the phone call. Answer the phone, hang up and dial *60. It will then block that number from calling you in the future.

Step 3

Place your phone number on the Do Not Call Registry. You can register up to three phone numbers to prevent telemarketers from calling you. Once you enter the information, check your email and confirm your decision.

Step 4

Ask your telephone company about privacy manager. It works with your caller ID to inform you of unidentified incoming phone calls. The caller receives a message on the other end to unblock the call, leave a message or enter a code. Once your phone rings, you have the option to reject or accept the call. Depending on your telephone company, you may also have the option to put yourself on a "do not call" list.

Tips & Warnings

  • Your state may also have its own "Do Not Call List."
  • If you receive harassing phone calls, immediately file a report with your local police department.
  • Always screen incoming calls with caller ID.