According to the Washington Post, more than 50% of the phone calls you receive in 2019 will be some sort of scam. Robo calls also known as robot calls can reach thousands of consumers each day and depending on the technology it could be millions.
There are ways to combat these fraudulent calls by doing the following;
- If you don’t recognize the phone number, don’t answer
- You can block these calls, but scammers use a database of disconnected phone numbers that they use to initiate these robo calls from. If you dial the number, you will hear that “the number you called is no longer in service”
- Answer the call, but don’t speak as many robo calls are voice activated
To learn how to block calls for Android or iPhone, read this article by PC Magazine “How to Block Robocalls and Spam Calls”
In short, there’s no stopping these robo calls. The FCC (Federal Communication Commission” is trying to restrict robo calls.
The best action the FCC should do is take control of the millions of disconnect phone numbers that are being used to make calls from. This will force scammers into using real live phone numbers. It won’t stop robo calls, it will reduce these calls immensely.
Many robo calls are scammers trying to get you to apply for student loans, Health insurance enrollment, Extended Auto Warranty and Cash Loans. You can read the full list of phone scams from a recent article we published “FCC to Restrict Robo Calls”.
Be smart and always protect your personal information. You should never give personal identifiable information to anyone over the phone or in an email!
Registering with the FTC’s Do Not Call List will do little good as I stated earlier in this article, scammers use disconnected phone numbers to dial from.
Be smart. Stay safe.