TYLER, TX (KLTV) - We have all received them, the random calls from automated systems saying they’re from the IRS, or even calls about paying back student loans you don’t have.
“It’s usually like 5-10 almost every single day," Mindy Van Andel said. "My kids get them on their cell phones, we get them on our landline at home, I get them on my cell phone; it’s ridiculous.”
You probably get them every day and multiple times a day. We’re talking about spam phone calls.
“It’s like the IRS, [...] I’ve gotten that one multiple times and that person actually gets really rude," she said.
The Better Business Bureau in Tyler said they get calls every day from people asking how to make these phone calls stop.
“There’s not a foolproof way to make everything stop, but there are a couple things you can do to at least lessen the amount of phone calls that you get," Coleman Swierc with the BBB said. "Number one, register online with the do not call registry, that’s the easiest thing to do.”
The BBB also recommends if you don’t recognize the call just don’t answer the phone. If it’s a legitimate phone call more than likely they’ll leave a message. You can also contact your service provider to learn how to sign up for their free service that screens your phone calls.
“[AT&T] created an app that I have put on our phones and that does do some good," Van Andel said. "I’ve noticed and you can actually open the app and see which phone calls they have actually blocked, your phone doesn’t even ring.”
The BBB said the two most common spam calls people get are allegedly from the IRS and people calling about sweepstakes.