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Does your phone ring constantly? And if it does, how often is the caller someone you actually know? Unwanted phone calls plague mobile and landline users alike and put you at risk for falling for a scam. Here are a few tips on how to spot unwanted calls, what to do if you accidentally answer them, and how to block them.
Unfortunately fraudsters and bad actors are always working to get through to consumers. While you may not be able to block robocalls completely, these practices are good steps toward minimizing unwanted calls.
Depending on your phone type and service provider, your caller ID might signal that an incoming call is one you don’t want to take. If the call is labeled “telemarketer,” “spam,” or “unknown,” let voicemail take it. Don’t be tricked by a local area code — many robocalls or fraudulent calls are practicing neighbor “spoofing,” where they use someone else’s local number to try to hide their identity.
If you do accidentally answer an unwanted call, hang up as soon as you realize the error. Clues include a robotic voice or a delay in a response to your voice. Be wary of any special promotions, announcements that you’ve won a prize, or threatening behavior. Do not respond to any prompts or answer any questions, even if the voice promises that doing so will stop unwanted calls, and never give out your personal information. Don’t be fooled by the caller using the name of a familiar organization. If you are at all unsure about the legitimacy of the call, hang up, then look up the organization’s phone number from an official source, such as a bill, receipt, or official website.
While you may not be able to completely block robocalls and other unwanted calls, consider the following options to help minimize them:
You don’t have to take unwanted phone calls lying down. Fight back with these tips, and enjoy knowing that a ring tone means the phone call is actually for you.
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