Here’s The Reason why you’re getting So Many Spam Phone Calls
Spam phone calls are righteously one of the most annoying and time-consuming things ever created. If you are sick and tired of the endless spam calls, here is what you can do to avoid them:
Do Not Call Lists
If you have not already done this, then you need to register your phone, and your landline numbers with FTC’s Do Not Call Registry. You will have to go onto to their website and verify your registration, add your information and finalize the verification of your number. Once you are done with this, you can easily report unwanted phone calls. This agency will not act on your complaints specifically, but it will suggest for you the steps that you can take to block of those annoying telemarketers.
Use your carrier to block spam calls
A couple of major carriers have a system that includes steps and several apps that can block unwanted calls. For instance, AT&T has its own support page that guides users on how to blocks robocalls and spam calls on their respective devices. The company also has an app known as Call Protect that is available on both Android and iOS.
Another well-known carrier, Verizon Wireless lets its subscribers block 5 numbers for up to 90 days free of charge, and you can block 20 numbers for $10 a month.
Straight to Voicemail
If you’re sick and tired of the endless spam calls, then another patience enduring step that you can take is never to attend unknown calls. Whenever you get an unsolicited call from an unrecognizable number, leave it and let it go straight to voicemail. Also, do not ever say ‘yes’ to anything the fake callers ask you.
If you do answer the suspicious calls, remember never to give out any personal information. Always inquire the caller about the reason they are calling you for and where they are calling you from. The sooner you hang up, the less information will slip on your side.
The IRS, DMV and Social Security Agencies are not calling you!
Always remember to immediately hang up if a caller claims to be from DMV, IRS or any Social Security agency. You should know that government agencies like these will never call you, especially during the tax season. The main chain through which they contact you is by mail and will never call you unless you call them first.
Moreover, many spam callers claim that they are from agencies and companies that cater to loans and debts, especially for students. If you really need to avail such services, then you should not fall for the famous trap and contact your bank, credit card company or your loan office to secure anything you want.
If you do not have a phone that automatically provides you with an option to block unknown calls, then you can turn to apps like Hiya and Truecaller that will alert you about fraudulent calls.
Every year the spam call epidemic disrupts the lives of millions of cellphone users. In August 2018 alone, 4,2 billion robocalls were received. The reason why this number is staggering is because modern and updated technology is making spam calls cheaper and more accessible.
As more and more scanners are entering the market, it’s hard for law enforcement to go after every single caller this way. Estimates show that another reason why these calls are increasing daily is because it only costs $0.01 for a spammer to place a spoofed call.
Furthermore, clever spammers catch your attention by talking about sensitive subjects such as a national tragedy or asking for donations. During the tax season especially, these calls become more frequent, and you may lose your personal information to these callers.
The FCC has now created a Robocall Strike Force that targets and hangs up con artists, mainly spammers. Their teams are trying to develop updated technology that will easily pinpoint where these calls are coming from so, they can target each call and shut them down. The FCC also began to implement new rules this year that allowed different phone companies to block calls that seem fraudulent for example from areas with codes that do not exist. This agency also began exploring ways to secure a reliable system that verifies whether the call that you might get is actually coming from the phone number that it claims to be coming from.
Always remember never to give out personal information such as your private social security number, credit card number, home address or your date of birth. Numbers that seem suspicious and ask you for your unnecessary information should always be hanged up the moment they begin to sound unsolicited. Contact your provider so block these spam calls and stay safe.