Phone harassment is a crime. You can put a stop to phone harassment, but unfortunately it may not always be a quick or easy process. If a person continues to call you after you have asked them not to, such as a bill collector, this is considered phone harassment. Any call that is threatening, obscene, Nickel city group or even silence, heavy breathing, or repeated hang ups is also phone harassment.
The easiest way to stop phone harassment is to get a new phone number that is unlisted and unpublished, and only give that telephone number to people who you want to have it. If this is not a desirable option for you there are a number of other options to try.
The first thing you may want to do is screen your calls for a time by letting all your calls go to a recording system or voice mail. This way you will have physical evidence for the police. Next you will want to make a police report and then call your telephone provider to report the problem. If you don’t know the identity of the person harassing you, the telephone provider can help you stop phone harassment by placing a “trap” on your phone. With this service the phone company can determine from where these threatening or harassing phone calls are originating from. You will need to keep a detailed log of the time and date of these calls. Once the information is compiled it is given to the police, not to the person being harassed. This technique is not always effective, especially if the harasser is using multiple public phones to call, so other tactics may need to be employed to get the phone harassment to stop.
One recommendation is to leave the phone line set to go directly to voice mail and never answer it, and then set up a new unlisted and unpublished number for use. This way the harasser may think he or she is getting through when they are not, and in the mean time physical evidence is being collected for the police if this situation turns from simple phone harassment into a stalking or dangerous situation.
Harassment may not simply be of the obscene or threatening type, you may feel you are being harassed by repeated calls from bill collectors or telephone solicitors. You can ask bill collectors not to call you and state the law. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act requires that bill collectors stop calling you at home and at work once you ask them to. You must then follow up your request in writing to the company with a certified letter and send it return receipt requested.
To stop telephone solicitors in the United States, you can list your phone on the National Do Not Call List. Non-profit charitable organizations, police and fire services and companies to which you are all ready a customer can still legally call you with solicitations even after you have registered, however most of these companies will honor your request if you verbally ask them to put you on their do not call list when they call you.