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Tired of Dealing with Spam Phone Calls?

Tired of Dealing with Spam Phone Calls?

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Tired of Dealing with Spam Phone Calls?

Phones and cellphones are pretty great they give a person access to everyone important to them. Unfortunately, phones also give everyone access to that person. Spammers and scammers can get in touch with anyone thanks to phones, and that can be incredibly annoying. No one likes to be interrupted, especially for something that isn’t important.

Spammers are typically either telemarketers who want to sell a product or service or survey takers looking to ask some question. Scammers want to trick a person in to doing something for them. Neither group is fun to talk to on the phone.

Luckily, caller ID has enabled people to recognize who is calling before answering the phone. This saves everyone from having to talk to spam/scam phone call, but they still make the phone ring and leave annoying messages. With how frequently these calls come in, many people assume there is no escape, but that is not the case. There are things that people can do to save themselves from these obnoxious calls.

How Do They Get the Numbers?

Spammers and scammers can get a person’s telephone number through a number of means. They can get it online from public social media accounts, however this is less common with today’s privacy settings.

More often than not, these people get the phone numbers from online registries. Basically every time a person puts their phone number into a form online, they’ve given it to someone who will misuse it. This is true even if the site is a credible one, which is why it is recommended that if a person doesn’t want to receive spam calls, they should never give out phone number anywhere online.

How to Deal with the Calls

If a person is like most people, then they have already put their phone number out there a couple of times and are receiving scam/spam phone calls on a regular basis. There are a few different things that a person can do to help themselves avoid being bothered by these calls.

Most spam phone calls are either from telemarketers or surveyors. They either want to sell you something, or ask you some questions. They never call at a good time, and typically call when a person is about to sit down for a meal. Simply ignoring the calls doesn’t work, because they just keep calling back, so what to do? Well, try one of the following:

Report the number. If a number is being extra annoying, it can be reported to Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Simply fill out a 1088G form, which can easily be done online. It is supposed to be a very effective way to stop the phone calls from occurring.
Register your number. The FCC also has another way to protect consumers from annoying phone calls. A person can place their phone number on the DoNotCall list. After about a month, all calls should stop. If any spam call comes in after that month, the person can report the call to the FCC and the caller will face some heavy fines. It is worth noting that the FCC does not call and offer to put a number on the DoNotCall list. Any call claiming to do this is a scam and should be ignored.
Create a Spam Contact. This method doesn’t prevent all scam and spam calls, but it can protect from known bad numbers. A person simply creates a contact on their phone for Spam, and anytime they receive a scam/spam phone call, they add that number to the spam contact. This way, when the number calls again, it will pop up as Spam. A person can even set a silent, personal ringtone for the contact so that it doesn’t actually ring.
Forward to SPAM. When it comes to receiving spam/scam texts, a person can typically report the numbers to their service provider. Simply forward the message to 7726, which is the phone key combo for spam. The service provider will respond with a text asking for the guilty number, just send the number back and they will block that number from sending out anymore spam.

Keep Your Phone Quiet

No one like to be bothered, especially not repeatedly. Sadly, scammers and spammers love to use a person’s precious cellphone to get in touch with them whenever they want. Thankfully, there are steps a person can take to keep their phone safe from spammers and scammers. Taking any of the actions above can help a person keep their phone nice and quiet.

What’s the most annoying spam or scam phone call(s) that you have ever dealt with? Tell everyone how you dealt with the problem.

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Are Your Grandkids Asking for Bail Money?

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Are Your Grandkids Asking for Bail Money?

Grandparents will do anything for their grandkids. It’s not a rule, or a law, it is just fact. When a parent becomes a grandparent, it is as if their own child doesn’t compare anymore. Grandparents usually love to shower their grandkids with love and believe that they can do no wrong.

There are people out there that want to take advantage of this relationship. Grandparents are typically older and generally more trusting in certain situations. This unfortunately makes them a great target for scammers. There is a scam going around where people pray on grandparents. The scammer’s goal is to get money out of the grandparent by claiming to be their grandchild and that they are in trouble.

The caller will pretend to be the grandkid and say that they’re in trouble. The trouble can vary, but most of the time they say that they’re in jail and need bail money. They will then ask for credit card information. The conversation usually ends with a plea to keep the family from finding out about this. By asking the grandparent to keep this incident a secret, the scammers have more time to take advantage of the person. If the grandparent tells, or talks about it with other family members, they will discover that it’s a fake story.

Another version of this scam is a bit harder to tell. Some scammers will pose as fake bail agents or officers. They claim that the grandkid has been arrested and needs bail money. The scammer will pressure the grandparent by giving them a time limit to help their grandchild. In order to protect yourself from this scam, the best solution is to ask them questions about your grandkid. You can even ask them what is their personal address, or other relevant questions. A bail agent will know the person’s full name, address, and other personal information. They should also provide proof that they are a real agent, such as a valid license number.

Scams ruin lives. They destroy people’s credit scores and drain bank accounts. Often times, scammers pray on naïve and trusting individuals. If you are a grandparent, it’s good to be aware of these scams and question random demands of money over the phone. If you’re not a grandparent, but have some, or know of some, it’s a good idea to warn them about potential scams. Don’t let people take advantage of a beautiful relationship between a grandparent and their grandbaby.

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Scams Targeting Concerned Grandparents

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Scams Targeting Concerned Grandparents

Unfortunately for every single good person out there, thousands of horrible people lie in wait to take advantage of someone. A popular scam that is going around lately targets the grandparents of people who spend a lot of time on social media sites. These scammers will use the information of the people they find on Social media sites to pretend to be that person.

Once the scammer has gathered enough information, they will contact the grandparent and tell him or her that they were arrested and need bail money. They will ask that the grandparent not mention this problem to anyone else in the family, for fear of being embarrassed. If the grandparents give the caller money, the scammer will disappear with money, never to be seen again.

Luckily, this scam can be avoided by following these two tips:
Ask the caller a lot of questions. Ask why the person’s voice sounds different, and they may reply with their nose was broken during or before the arrest. Ask as many questions as possible to try and trip them up. They may have some of the answers, but they probably won’t have all of them.
Talk to the family. If they do not want the rest of the family to know, then that should raise some red flags. The best thing to do is to talk to the rest of the family. You might discover that the grandkid that “called” is actually safe at home.

Scammers prey off of their victims panic and fear, and one of the best ways to scare someone is to cut them off from the people they trust. This is why scammers never want a person to think things through, or talk to loved ones. If you are ever put into a situation where some is requesting money, but doesn’t want to give you the time to think about the situation, it is likely a scam, and should be avoided.