I just received a phone call from 1-855-870-1717. The recorded call said they were looking for a relative of mine and if this was me press “1” if I knew their where abouts….blah blah blah
Unfortunately these scams go on all the time. The Federal Trade Commission take thousand of complaints a year. The same person called a relative of mine scaring her. That is the purpose of these calls to induce fear and cause you to act irrationally, so that you will give them what they are looking for. They either want personal information to be used for identity theft or they want money. More than often it is the money they want.
If you get a call from someone you don’t know who is trying to sell you something you hadn’t planned to buy, say “No thanks.” And, if they pressure you about giving up personal information — like your credit card or Social Security number — it’s likely a scam. Hang up and report it to the Federal Trade Commission.
If someone claims that you owe a bill, by Federal law they must provide proof. (see Fair Debt Collection Practices Act). Tell them that once they provide you verifiable proof you can provide a payment. But not before.
If the caller threatens you with legal action, like a warrant for your arrest, or the like. Tell them there is a police officer right outside, do you want to speak to him. Let’s see how fast they back pedal.
Learn the law, so that you can recite it. Scammers will try anything. If you feel uneasy. HANG UP!
If you get a robocall:
- Hang up the phone. Don’t press 1 to speak to a live operator or any other key to take your number off the list. If you respond by pressing any number, it will probably just lead to more robocalls.
- Consider asking your phone company whether they charge for blocking phone numbers. Remember that telemarketers change Caller ID information easily and often, so it might not be worth paying a fee to block a number that will change.
- Report your experience to the FTC online or by calling 1-888-382-1222.
If you get phone service through internet or cable, you might want to look into services that screen and block robocalls. Try doing an online search for “block robocalls.”
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