How to report, stop political robocalls, texts

BBB recommends screening calls, registering with Do Not Call Registry

How to report, stop political robocalls, texts
How to report, stop political robocalls, texts

DETROIT – For some, the phone is ringing so much they just can’t wait until the election is over.

Political robocalls and texts are getting out of control, but there is a way to get them to stop -- for now.



If you feel like you’ve received a political scam call, it’s important you report it to local police and the Better Business Bureau who will track the areas being targeted.

It’s happening now more than ever. You may receive a text message, gauging your support or a call asking you to support a certain candidate.

These text messages and robocalls surged right before the primary and now they’re ticking up again as we approach November.

We’re also seeing robocall scam calls. You may think you’re getting a call from President Donald Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden asking for your support and then later ask for your personal information. Don’t fall for this scam.

If you feel like you’ve received a political scam call it’s important you report it to local police and the Better Business Bureau who will track the areas being targeted.

If you’ve been the victim of a robocall scam, report it on the BBB.org/ScamTracker. By doing so, you can help others protect themselves from falling prey to similar scams. Learn how to avoid them at BBB.org/AvoidScams.


About the Authors:

Hank Winchester is Local 4's Consumer Investigative Reporter and the head of WDIV's "Help Me Hank" Consumer Unit. He works to solve consumer complaints, reveal important recalls and track down thieves who have ripped off metro Detroiters.

Dane is a producer and media enthusiast. He previously worked freelance video production and writing jobs in Michigan, Georgia and Massachusetts. Dane graduated from the Specs Howard School of Media Arts.