Are you receiving unwanted calls? Calls asking for information or claiming to represent a company or group you may have heard of? Do you think you've been the target of a scam?
Here are a few tips and tricks to help stop unwanted calls!
Block them! Scammers use information on the internet to make calls from all over the world. A National Do Not Call Registry will not stop them. Blocking their number is the best reaction after you receive an unwanted call.
Use Caller ID! If you do not recognize the number, or if the number is blocked, don't answer. Anyone who has a legitimate reason to contact you can easily leave a message, putting the control back in your hands. If you have friends, family members, or business associates that might call you from various lines ask them which ones they'd like to have included in their contact profile.
Use the National Do Not Call Registry! While it won't stop a scammer from calling you, it is a useful tool to prevent repeated calls from legitimate businesses you may be receiving.
Be mindful of the information you give out over the phone and on the internet. If someone calls claiming to be your bank, your phone or internet company, your utility company, or even a member of law enforcement, ask them for a valid callback number and check that contact information against what is listed on their website. If you feel you've given out too much information, contact the institution(s) that might have been affected. They will have a policy and procedure in place to assist you in protecting your assets.
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FTC-How To Stop Unwanted Calls