Obscene & Annoying Phone Calls

  • Hang up as soon as you realize the nature of the call. Do not try to find out who the caller is, even if you think it is a friend playing a joke.
  • Use your answering machine to screen calls. You can also record an obscene phone call with the memo feature on some answering machines.
  • If the calls occur frequently, keep a log of exactly when the call was received and what both parties said. Describe the type of voice and note any background noises.
  • Consider changing your phone number and depersonalizing your answering machine message.
  • Consider purchasing a machine that requires an access code before your phone will ring.
  • If the calls continue, contact the Police.