Robotic calls are a daily annoyance that unfortunately must be managed.
Some bot calls may be legitimate, but the majority of those received are fraudulent calls. If you receive a robot call, don’t say anything or press any buttons on your phone.
The Calhoun Police Department wants citizens to be educated about these scams, both on how to handle them and how to stop receiving these calls in the first place.
By simply saying “yes”, “no”, or pressing 1 or 2, you could allow access to your bank accounts or other financial records, or order items that you will be billed for but never receive. .
Tips for consumers on stopping unwanted robocalls and avoiding the phone
Keep in mind that many of these calls are not from the United States, and law enforcement is limited in the enforcement of applicable laws. There are a few steps you can take to better protect yourself and your loved ones from potential phone scams.
Do not answer calls from unknown numbers. If you answer such a call, hang up immediately.
You may not be able to immediately know if an incoming call is tampered with. Please note: the caller ID indicating a “local” number does not necessarily mean that it is a local caller.
If you answer the phone and the caller – or a recording – asks you to press a button to stop receiving calls, you just need to hang up. Scammers often use this trick to identify potential targets. Do not answer any questions, especially those that can be answered with “Yes”.
Never give out personal information such as account numbers, social security numbers, mother’s maiden names, passwords or other identifying information in response to unexpected calls or if you have suspicions. If you receive a request from someone claiming to represent a business or government agency, hang up and call the phone number listed on your account statement, in the phone book, or on the business or corporate website. government agency to verify the authenticity of the request. You will usually receive a written statement in the mail before you receive a phone call from a legitimate source, especially if the caller requests payment.
Be careful if you are pressured to get information immediately. If you have a voicemail account with your phone service, be sure to set a password for it. Some voicemail services are preset to allow access if you are calling from your own phone number. A hacker could spoof your home phone number and access your voicemail if you don’t set a password.
How to stop robotic calls?
Talk to your phone company about the call blocking tools they have and check which apps you can download to your mobile device to block unwanted calls. If you’re already using robocall blocking technology, it’s often helpful to let that company know which numbers are producing unwanted calls so they can help block those calls for you and others.
To block telemarketing calls, register your number on the do not call list. Legitimate telemarketers use the list to avoid calling both landline and wireless numbers on the list. The National Do Not Call List protects landline and wireless numbers. You can put your numbers on the national do not call list toll-free by dialing 1-888-382-1222 (voice) or 1-866-290-4236 (TTY). You must call from the phone number you want to register. You can also register at donotcall.gov.
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