Phone app claims to block unwanted calls

PHOENIX - How many annoying sales or robo calls do you get in day? A week? A month?

From the Microsoft support scam, to fake IRS refund calls it seems like our phones are being flooded by people who want our money.

While there's no cure-all to get rid of spam calls, technology is giving us more tools to slow them down.

The app Truecaller claims to do that, by letting you know a call to your cell phone is spam before you even pick it up.

It's free and available on most smartphones.

And depending on what kind of phone you have, Truecaller is supposed to tell you exactly who is calling from a number you don't know.

I tried that feature on my phone, but I wasn't able to get it to work.

Other features let you block spam numbers that constantly call you and lets you use a database to search for numbers that others have reported.

Only time will tell how effective those are.

Keep in mind, before any protection starts, according to the terms and conditions you have to agree that the app "may collect and use technical data such as your IP address, device ID, usage data and related information."

The makers of Truecaller tell me, "it does not share users' contact lists publicly, and no personal information is available to the public unless you agree."

As is the case with many apps, you agree to forfeit a lot of privacy information upon installation.

So make sure you are comfortable with the terms before allowing it on your phone.

If you use this app, let me know how it works for you. I'm also interested in other ways that you go about blocking unwanted calls.

You can let me know about that by email or by going to my "Let Joe Know" Facebook page .    

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