Who’s Actually Calling Your Phone?
More so than ever, robocalls are a frustrating part of living in the modern age. If you’ve ever given your phone number to someone outside a circle of friends, you’re at risk for robocalls. In an era where you need your number for things such as social media accounts and job applications, there’s essentially no way to avoid robocalls entirely. What can you do to keep them from taking over your life? The first step is to learn a bit more about them.
What’s a Robocall?
“Robocall” is a blanket term that refers to any call that uses an automatic dialing system and a prerecorded message rather than an actual person. Some robocalls can be beneficial. For example, a doctor’s office can use automatic recorded messages to remind people about upcoming appointments, or a politician can use recorded messages to kickstart a campaign.
However, the majority of robocalls aren’t helpful. Out of the estimated 47.8 billion robocalls in the United States in 2018, 56% were either telemarketers or outright scammers. Only 21% were alerts and reminders, and the remaining 23% were specifically payment reminders, which can be obnoxious and repetitive anyway. No matter how you see it, most people get over 100 robocalls per year, and most of them are frustrating to receive.
How Can Robocallers Get My Number?
In general, whenever you give your phone number out, there’s the possibility that your number could end up on a robocall list. That even includes giving your phone number to potential employers and other seemingly safe individuals. If those companies suffer a data leak, your number could suddenly be available to scammers and shady advertisers.
That doesn’t mean you should never give your number out. It’s true that you should be thoughtful when it comes to the people you give your phone number to. However, it’s much more important that you make sure robocallers don’t end up scamming you if they do get in touch.
How Do Robocallers Fool People?
Most people wonder how robocallers make any money. Well, technology is increasing at a very fast rate. It’s incredibly cheap for robocallers to make their calls, which means that they only have to scam a few people to make a profit. Even with a success rate that’s only a small fraction of a percent, robocallers can still make a decent amount of money.
Remember, too, that as phone calling technology increases, so do other styles of technology. You may think of yourself as a very tech-savvy person who’d never fall for a scammer or robocaller, but you’re at risk just like everyone else. Scammers rely upon all sorts of methods, including intimidation and surprise, to reel you in. Especially if they’re only trying to scam you for a nominal amount, you can forget to think critically for just a second and give them what they’re looking for.
How Can I Protect Myself from Robocalls?
When it comes to robocalls, the answer really isn’t completely avoiding them. Lawmakers are trying, but the bills that are trying to stop robocallers haven’t come to fruition yet. Instead, you need to be able to tell whether something is a robocall before you even pick up. That way, you can pick up on reputable unknown callers while hanging up on scammers. PeopleFinders gives you that ability.
By using PeopleFinders, you can screen calls as they come in. Just perform a reverse phone lookup on the phone number in question. Once you receive the information regarding that number, you can see whether it’s someone you recognize, a number connected to scams, or a spoofed number that doesn’t actually exist. Then, you can make an informed decision regarding whether to pick up.
Robocalls are a menace, and it doesn’t seem like they’re going anywhere anytime soon. Unfortunately, they may just be a byproduct of living in the 21st century. However just because you may get a robocall every so often, that doesn’t mean you have to be constantly on high alert for anyone who may scam you on the phone.
Instead, use PeopleFinders to check all the calls that come in on your phone. That way, you’ll avoid bad calls and pick up the good ones. Robocalls aren’t the only thing that PeopleFinders is helpful for, either. Check the PeopleFinders blog for more information about how to use all the tools available in your daily life.
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