Scam calls, spam calls, robo calls – all these annoying callers are being a problem, and can be potentially dangerous if you’re not careful!
Just last year, the American people received over 58 billion scam calls, a huge increase of over 22% from 2018 data. And with over 3 billion scam calls in just July 2020 alone, unfortunately things won’t be improving for the last 4 months of 2020.
But that shouldn’t stop you from protecting yourself, your loved ones, and your data. Keep reading below for ways to stop those pesky scams calls and take control of your phone once and for all!
Scam Calls: What Are They?
They’re often associated with telemarketers or even worse, scammers. Scam calls are just what they are – calls made by scammers. But the main culprit are robot calls. Robot or Robo Calls are autodialed phone calls that deliver prerecorded phone messages to everyday consumers like us.
Though, some robocalls are legal. When it comes to donations, political calls, etc. these are totally acceptable. But the reality is that these calls are significantly less than scam robocalls.
But What’s the Big Deal?
First and foremost, we know that they’re incredibly annoying. We get these same call numbers frequently, even every day, and we just want it to stop.
But it’s a little more than incredibly annoying.
Scam calls can block you from reaching people who actually need you. What if you miss a call from a friend or an important and unexpected call from your boss because you accidentally answered the robocall? Even worse, some medical professionals have claimed that it’s getting harder to reach their patients due to robocalls.
This nuisance has unfortunately changed the way we use our phone for the worse.
The Dreaded Scam Call
Robocalls can even dangerously progress to a scam call if you’re not too careful. Scammers use robocalls to trick potential victims by pretending to be actual institutions like banks or cable providers. They then ask for personal information or financial information from the victim to help “resolve the issue.”
Scammers can then use that information for their own personal gain. And what’s even worse is that Americans have lost over $9.5 billions dollars falling for scams every year. This has caused disastrous consequences for people who are deceived easily.
But it’s not hard to prevent falling for scam calls either!
How Do I Stop Scam Calls Once and for All?
There are some simple ways to stop getting scam calls, robocalls and other annoying callers trying to waste your time.
There are certain apps, like YouMail which helps identify unanswered calls and if they spot scams and robocalls, YouMail will flag the number and block them so that the number can’t call anymore. Even better, if a suspicious number comes up calling, YouMail will forward the “out-of-service” tone so scammers will assume the number isn’t working anymore.
But if that is a little too tech-savvy for you and you want to go more simpler, some phone providers and carriers have added features to identify scam calls and robocalls so you don’t have to answer them. Some are free that come with your wireless phone plan, and others are a small fee that’s totally worth it.
At Allvoi Wireless, some of our unlimited phone plans like the Unlimited Starter and Unlimited Performance come with a feature that allows you to control fraudulent and unwanted phone calls. Best of all, it’s free so you don’t pay an extra charge for trying to rid of those pesky scam callers. It’s an added bonus to a great wireless phone plan!
Don’t wait to ignore those scam calls that keep harassing you and your phone – do something about it! Whether you download an app or get a phone plan that comes with a scam call feature, know that you’re keeping you and your data safe and sound!