It’s not just you that are receiving those pesky calls from unknown numbers. We have been hearing from our clients, and seeing first hand, how annoying these scam and spam artists can be. Before Caller ID, you had two options. You either answered every phone call or you ignored every phone call. If you ignored, they would hopefully leave a detailed message including their phone number. With Caller ID and the ability to save your contacts, it’s very easy to identify incoming callers as known or unknown.
The modern day telemarketers (remember we dreaded to talk to them) are no longer the threat. Today, people are concerned about answering their phone and being talked into a scam of compromised information. This fear is crippling and causes massive amounts of anxiety, which is understandable if you don’t know how to handle these calls and callers.
What To Do and What Not To Do
- Do not answer your phone for any unknown numbers, especially those that start with a +1 and your area code and the first 3 digits of your own phone number. Most likely this is person who is “caller ID spoofing” your number because it is proven that people are more likely to answer the phone if they are familiar with the number. Don’t be a statistic. Ignore, deny, or simply don’t answer. If it’s important they will leave a message.
- If you have to answer the phone because you may be expecting a call from someone whose number you do not know, answer with “Hello, who is this?” If you immediately don’t recognize their name, hang up.
- Block the phone numbers. After you have ignored the call, you can easily block the number from your call log on any smartphone. If you are using an iPhone, click on the information icon, the “I,” and then clicking on the “Block this Caller” at the very bottom. This number will be blocked moving forward. Most spammers do not use the same number twice, for this exact reason.
- There are call blocking apps available that will help you screen incoming phone calls. One example is TrueCaller, a very popular app around the world. As other subscribers of the app report callers as “Spam,” they are added to a database. TrueCaller has a record of over 2 billion numbers in their database. Here are some other apps as reported in Lifewire.com.
The best thing you can do is to simply ignore any phone calls from unknown numbers. If it’s important, they will either leave a message or call you back and leave a message. Your time, identity, and other personal information is not worth the risk.
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