Who’s Actually Calling Your Phone?

Author: PeopleFinders on July 23rd, 2019
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Robocalls are incredibly common, and they’re becoming much more frequent as technology progresses. Putting yourself on the Do Not Call list doesn’t help, either. That list only stops law-abiding companies. If they’re robocalling you to sell you something, they’re already doing something illegal.

These calls keep happening simply because they continue to be successful. As much as you think you won’t fall for a robocall scam, there’s always still the possibility that you could. The best way to avoid these scams is to educate yourself.

Here’s an overview on robocalls, phone scams, and how you can avoid all of them:

What’s a Robocall?

Although you might lump robocalls and telemarketing together when you think about unwanted phone calls, they’re technically different things. Telemarketers are individuals that call people from a predetermined list and engage with them. It’s true that telemarketing calls can be annoying. But they’re not the same as robocalls, which are automated calls that play a pre-recorded message when you pick up.

Robocalls can be legitimate. Public service announcements are generally robocalls, doctor’s appointment reminders may be robocalls, and updates from services you’re subscribed to can be robocalls. However, if they’re trying to sell you something, they have to get explicit permission. Otherwise, they’re breaking the law.

Thus, the majority of robocalls in the United States are illegal, and many of them are scams.

How Do Robocallers Get Your Information?

To call you, a robocaller obviously has to have your phone number. Many of them also have your name and may know a little bit about your spending habits. If they’re selling you something genuine, even if they’re doing it illegally, that’s probably all they know.

However, if they’re trying to scam you, they may have dug much deeper. Scammers are more likely to be willing to get your information illegally, which means they may know non-public information about you.

Sometimes, robocallers may have your information because you input it into a shady website. They could have also bought your information from advertisers who have that information because of your internet or social media habits. In worst-case scenarios, they might have gotten it from the dark web or another shady source.

How Do People Fall for Robocall Scams?

You might wonder how a robot could fool people into buying a scam. After all, while technology is certainly impressive, it’s not usually impressive enough to sound like a real person, right? Although some robocallers use pre-recorded voice snippets to piece together real-sounding responses, it’s also common to use a program that dials thousands of numbers per minute and then routes anyone who picks up to a live operator.

Remember, scammers are very persuasive. To succeed as a scammer, these people build a specific set of skills. They may be able to glean information by having you talk about yourself, using guilt to convince you that you need a service, or creating a false sense of trust between the two of you.

What Can I Do to Protect Myself?

Protecting yourself from robocalls isn’t easy, not in an age when robocalling is easier and cheaper than ever. However, it’s not impossible. You need to check the numbers calling you before they get to you. Find out whether that number is a friend whose number you forgot to put into your contacts, or it’s a robocaller running through the phone book. That’s where PeopleFinders comes in.

With PeopleFinders, it’s easy to perform a reverse phone lookup. You can do it in seconds from any device. So, as soon as you get a call, you can try and identify the person who owns the number and ascertain intent. If you do pick up and get a strange feeling about the person, ask for a name. With it, you can perform a public records search to try and see if the person really exists or is merely a corporate front.

Conclusion

People are still trying to figure out the best way to deal with the ever-growing influx of robocalls. It’s true that robocalls may never stop entirely. As long as scammers can keep making money, they’ll keep doing it, regardless of who they hurt in the process. However, with the right tools, you can avoid it.

Use PeopleFinders to try and keep yourself safe from all types of phone scammers, including robocallers. Check the PeopleFinders blog to get more ideas about how to use the site to stay safe.

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