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By: Ben 2018-07-05 09:14:52 Comment: Rating:

Phone scammer calling? How to protect yourself

Your phone rings. You don’t recognize the number, but you pick up the phone anyway. It could be someone on the other end telling you a good news that you have won a free vacation, or you are eligible for a desirable grant, or your new medicare card is on the way...It could also be a frightening news that you would be arrested for some frauds you have committed...

A recent survey shows that an estimated 24.9 million Americans lost $8.9 billion in phone scams over a 12-month period, with the average victim in the hole for $357. No one is immune. If you are a college graduate, a parent with children under 18 or a male 18-34; you are most likely to fall for a phone scam.

The United States is the second largest spammed country in the world, just behind India. Americans receive 23 spam calls a month. That’s a huge increase.

How to protect yourself?

Recognize the scams

Any call that requests for payment or sensitive information could be a scam, no matter whom the caller claims to be.

Watch what you share

Social networking has changed the way we communicate with each other. Whether it’s news, experiences or photos on sites such as Facebook, Google or Twitter; we are sharing a lot of information online. Some experts say it’s too much information. The less you share online, the less chance your information will get into the wrong hands.

Don’t pick up the phone

What should you do if you see a number you don’t recognize? The safest advice is to do nothing. Once you answer the phone, a red flag will be put over your head. Scammers will see your number as active and will keep calling. What if you see an unknown a number which appears to come from your area? Just because the number looks like a local one, it doesn’t mean you are safe. Scammers have become so sophisticated, they can spoof a number so it looks like it’s a local call.

Block it

If you haven’t registered your phone number on the Do Not Call Registry, you should do so. But the list only helps with regular telemarketers who follow laws and regulations. Scammers don’t follow any rules. So block it anyway.

Report it

If you receive a call from a scammer, report it to the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.org or local police.
One of the most important things is to not suffer in silence. If you get one of these calls, report it to authorities so you protect other consumers.

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  • Tirpurari   2018-07-10 08:11:50
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  • MJ   2018-07-09 16:01:40
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    Called Twice Saying if I don't call them back about this case I could not understand what is was about they said if I don't call them back that their would be a law suit against me by the government I work for the Federal government and the phone that they are calling is a government phone it's a scam if government was calling they would say right away or sent you certified letter. the number they are calling me fro is646-368-0874it will be reported.

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    Madame7   2018-07-09 19:15:11
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    if you could bother to use punctuation in your report, it might actually be helpful to someone. I have no idea what you are trying to say here.

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  • Anonymous   2018-07-09 15:39:03
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    They made multiple attempts but I failed to respond. They are now going to garnish my wages for a credit card debt I do not have.

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    2018-07-18 10:35:00
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    Claimed to be from Canada Revenue Agency, said that there is a lawsuit filed under my name. Asked to call back. When I dialed, there was some strange distorted sound, nothing audible. I hang up.

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    Got a call saying I had tax Fraud case. Called the scammers and they hung up

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    Its National Credit

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    2018-07-18 10:20:33
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    Called stating I had an issue with my windows computer and that they were calling to fix it. I informed them I had an apple computer and they hung up.

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    2018-07-18 10:15:16
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    Telling me that Iam sleeping with his girlfriend. Then says he likes me. Hahahah! what the F**k is wrong people.

  • D Christian
    2018-07-18 10:11:35
    Call type: scam
    Rating: -5

    Left bogus voicemail about taking legal action.

  • Sofia
    2018-07-18 10:09:24
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    Rating: -5

    This phone number called me saying i have a law suit with the government!! I already had an experience with a number from Alberta, Canada!! DO NOT ANSWER AND DON'T GIVE IT IMPORTANCE, what makes me upset is that they cannot get them. I hope they can get them.

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