This research comes from a question, one of my
friends had about harassing cell phone calls with obscene pictures attached
How to Stop Cell Phone Harassment
harassment is illegal in all 50 U.S. states. Not only is it annoying, but unwanted
calls also burn up the minutes available in a cell phone plan, resulting in
lost calling time and wasted money. Most states define telephone harassment as
an obscene communication or any verbal or text message threatening physical
harm. Intent is also necessary to establish a criminal complaint of harassment,
either by repeated calling or specific threats in a single call. Fortunately,
there are several options for stopping harassing cell phone calls, up to and
including legal action
How to Stop
Cell Phone Harassment
unwanted incoming calls by entering the caller's phone number, including area
code, in your cell phone's call-block feature. The procedure varies with cell
phone models, but typically involves scrolling to "selective call
block" and pressing the "enter" button.
2. Report threatening and obscene
calls or text messages to the police, so the calls can be traced if the
harasser is using a caller ID blocking feature.
3. Save any harassing voice mail or text
messages for use as evidence.
4. File a written report with the police to initiate a criminal
investigation and secure a subpoena for the telephone company, which may
require formal legal service to release information about a caller's identity.
5. Stop annoying sales calls by registering your phone number with
the National Do Not Call Registry (https://www.donotcall.gov/default.aspx),
which will reduce and possibly even eliminate telemarketing calls. Registration
is free, does not expire, and can be done for every phone number you have.
6. File a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission by
email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or online at www.fcc.gov/cgb/complaints.html.