Do you ever get unsolicited calls about your car warranty expiring? How about a vacation you’ve won? What about the call that threatens your arrest for unpaid taxes? If you’re like most people, you’ve received one of these calls or some other version of it. Not only are robocalls annoying and intrusive, but they can also be dangerous. Because these calls are so prolific, some people get them multiple times a day or week. Always try to avoid engaging with callers who mean you harm. This blog will explain how you can best protect yourself.
If you find yourself engaged in a conversation with someone and you suddenly realize they’re a scammer, do not argue with the caller. Avoid confronting them. Instead, immediately end the call. Phone scammers can be persistent, so giving them any further details can bring you further grief.
If your caller ID shows that the number is unknown or blocked, it’s best not to pick up. Unless you are expecting a call, it’s generally advisable to ignore all unexpected and unidentified phone calls. This is because once you answer a call from a scammer, even if you don’t fall for the scam, your number gets flagged as a valid number. Once scammers identify your number as viable, you can expect the number of scam calls to increase.
If phone scam calls are particularly problematic, consider activating the call blocking features available to you. These features are routinely available on your mobile phone or through your phone carrier. If neither of these options is available to you, consider the call blocking features available through a third-party app.
Of course, it’s wise to be cautious with whom you share your telephone number. Discretion will save wasted time and the stress of dealing with bad actors and annoying unsolicited phone calls. However, contact your local consumer protection agency or police department if you have fallen for a phone scam. Likewise, if you’ve given out financial details that you later realize you shouldn’t have, be sure to contact your bank or credit card company without delay.
Commit these common phone scam red flags to memory:
To avoid a phone scam, put these practices into action:
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