There are few things more infuriating than being right in the middle of something important and having a telemarketer phoning you incessantly. They don’t give up easily and sometimes they can be downright pushy. And although you know they are just trying to pay the bills, at the end of the day, it is often difficult not to be rude to them.
But while telemarketers have been around for years and are for the most part quite harmless, they are slowly being replaced by robocalling, a new trend that is not always so innocent.
As the world becomes more digitised, there is no surprise that marketing is taking advantage of modern digital trends. Robocalling is basically an automated phone call which delivers a message on behalf of a telemarketing company, the moment you answer your phone. You might have experienced this before and perhaps felt both annoyed and quite stupid when you answer your phone expecting to talk to someone, but instead, you are greeted by an automated message.
While your initial reaction would likely be to put down the phone, not everyone does this. And this is perhaps partly where the problem comes in.
The Sinister Side to Robocalls
You have to be extra vigilant, even when answering your phone. In the USA, robocalls have become one of the popular ways to scam vulnerable people and rob them of their money. Those committing fraud have been able to scam millions of US dollars from unsuspecting people by posing as either a bank or as the tax man.
Scammers, much like other criminals, are really good at using a legitimate system to their advantage. Criminals use your area code or a number that looks familiar to lure victims into a false sense of security. Scammers can place millions of calls from different countries around the world, making catching them quite difficult.
What can you do to protect yourself from scammers?
Download an app
Just about all of us have smartphones these days, and downloading an app is the best way to completely block suspicious callers. You can download an app that is made specifically for robocalls or you can try out other apps that block spam callers. Numbers are rated and/or reported, which helps to narrow down who is a robocaller and a spammer and who is not!
Some phones have this system built in.
Don’t dish out your phone number
When signing up for things online, and when sending a message through a website, you might be asked for your number. Generally, giving your number is only an option rather than a necessity. To stay safe, rather don’t give away your phone number, as it might end up in the wrong hands!
Drop the call
Should you answer your phone and you find that it is a robocall, drop the call immediately.
Not only do robocalls have the possibility of being dangerous but they are also incredibly annoying. Keep safe and never give away your information via a strange phone call. Neither your bank or the tax man is likely to ever ask for your details on the phone.