Nuisance calls

Phone scammers steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from Perth families every year.

And here's some ways to dodge those crooked calls;

Block them. Some phone providers recently launched a device that blocks up to a thousand unwanted numbers.

And if the scammers are getting through on your mobile, you can also block numbers through your phone's settings.

Ask your provider for a silent number, this will make it harder for scammers to access.

Use a Smart Ring so you can identify callers from the type of ring.

And most phone companies offer a Call forward option where unwanted calls can be directed to a recorded message saying your number is unavailable.