Have You Stopped Answering Your Phone?
I thought it was just me, but I’ve seen dozens of articles about the increase in scam calls during the pandemic. I still answer my phone, but only if I recognize the number. I figure if the call is important enough for me to answer, it’s important enough for the caller to leave a message, right? Right! And my Android phone (Verizon) now warns me when the call might be spam.
Have you ever wondered why there are so many robocall/scan calls? One of the wonderful things about cell phones these days is that most plans include unlimited calling.
But this has turned out to be a double-edged sword as scammers can make millions of robocalls free. Cell phone providers have made automated, robocalls as easy and free as sending spam email. Over 1500 scam calls are made every second. Get out your calculator and you’ll find that is 90,000 scam calls a minute or 2,160,000 per day.
And why are scammers making so many Robocalls? It’s like throwing out a huge fishing net and waiting to see how many fish can catch in it. Those who get caught end up getting ripped off for hundreds of dollars. So, if only a few hundred poor souls – out of millions – get fleeced for a couple of hundred dollars – that’s a lot of money to be made. The theory is the same as it is with email – cast enough “nets” and you catch enough fish to make it well worth your while.
According to USA Today…“On average, those who fall for scam calls lose $182, with some losing more than $500, according to the survey of more than 2,000 consumers and 300 business professionals conducted Dec. 23-29, 2020, for Hiya by market research firm Censuswide…”
If you’re interested in learning more about the current “pandemic” of robocallers and phone-scams, read the following…
Mike Snider | USA TODAY
Sometimes, they claim Social Security Administration or the Internal Revenue Service is on the line. (They aren’t; neither service will ever threaten you or demand immediate payment on the phone.) Or they call saying your car’s warranty is expiring and that your credit card interest rate could be lowered.
Three out of 4 Americans said they were targeted by phone scammers over the past year, finds a survey done for Hiya, which provides cloud-based phone call performance management services for companies including AT&T and Samsung.
The bombardment of robocalls, many of which come from scammers seeking to bilk you out of money, has led many to simply not answer their phone when the caller is unknown…
Want to learn more about what you can do about the Scam Call Explosion? Then read this…