Getting Spam Calls? Fight Back..
The number of Robocalls has increased sharply. In 2017 the FTC received 4.5 Million complaints about Robocalls, however there are far more Robocalls than complaints and it’s only getting worse. There are estimates of 1,400 robocalls made every second.
As Robocalls become more prevalent, serious measures need to be taken to stop them ruining our valuable time and sanity.
I have found 2 ways to fight back: (let me know if you have more)
- Use Technology: Just like Robocalls use technology to make the calls you can use technology to “Block” them. The services of apps like Hiya, Call Blocker, Call control, Should I Answer, etc. can be applied to your cell phones to stop Robocalls. You can ask your home phone service provider for this type of service to be applied to your home phone.
- Never let them know you are human: When a robocall asks you to press a number to be removed from a call list, that too is part of the scam. By interacting with the robocall you are in fact allowing their system to flag your phone number as an active line. Now you will be a target for even more Robocalls and spam calls. Its better to let it go to voicemail or just hang up.
Not just annoying, Robocalls prey on the elderly and the unprepared to scam them to think the call is from a trusted source like a bank or hospital and ask all the seemingly right questions to appear genuine (they get it from publicly available information). If you provide them any personal information it can have devastating financial consequences.
It’s better to just hang up and call them with the trusted phone number you have on your file. Any legitimate business will not mind if you call them back.
Be Aware and Safe…and Sane..
As always your comments and views are appreciated.