Don’t Answer That Phone

My weekend and I would like to pass on a FYI piece for my readers.

I remember the days when there was no caller ID and we had to answer the phone whenever it rang….then ID showed and we could screen our calls and make the decision on whether to answer or not….

Now we all have a smartphone and we are always getting some number appear that we do not recognize, right?  Do you answer even those calls?

Me?  I ignore anything I do not recognize.

I realize that we are depending on our smart phones more and more these day……but……You might better re-think answering those calls….why?

If you get a phone call from an unfamiliar number and someone asks whether you can hear them, you may want to just hang up. The Better Business Bureau is warning people about the “Can You Hear Me?” scam, in which people are recorded answering “yes,” WDTN reports. That recording can be used to sign victims up for a product or service, and the scammers then demand to be paid, using the recorded “yes” as supposed confirmation of an agreement. “I know that people think it’s impolite to hang up, but it’s a good strategy,” a consumer protection expert tells CBS. Another option? Don’t answer the phone for unfamiliar numbers at all—scammers don’t often leave voicemails.

The BBB’s official recommendation: If you get any unsolicited robocalls, hang up. If you’re on the Do Not Call list and you still end up on the phone with a company asking any questions (other examples: “Are you the homeowner?” or “Do you pay the household telephone bill?”), don’t say “yes,” “sure,” or “OK,” and don’t press any buttons—even if a recorded message is telling you to press a button to be placed on the Do Not Call list. If in fact it is a scammer on the line, any sort of response, whether verbal or a button press, will just confirm your phone number is indeed active. If you think you’ve been targeted, write down the phone number and file a scam report with the BBB’s Scam Tracker and the FTC’s Do Not Call list—and check your credit card and other accounts for unwanted charges.

Fore warned is fore armed…..

Be safe and be well…..chuq

11 thoughts on “Don’t Answer That Phone

  1. Good post; always a good thing to warn people BEFORE they act stupid. These days, when I bother to answer a call from an unrecognized #, it is with the specific intent to give a ration of shit to whomever is calling, with my favorite way to answer, before they speak, “Who the fuck is this, and why are you calling me?” Depending on the response, I’ll either play with their head a while, or call them filthy names until they gag… Fun for me, & a complete waste of their time. Works for me….

    Stay strange, I always say….It confuses the mundanes….But, then, confusion is their natural state….

    gigoid, the dubious

  2. Phone scams over here are out of control. As well as the type you mention, we are plagued with the ‘callback scams’ too. You get a missed call. The number is identified, but not familiar. You ring back to see who it was, and you are unaware that you are dialling a premium rate number in some island somewhere (like Belize) and your bill is immediately charged £300, more if you stay on the line.
    Fraudsters and scammers seem to be one step ahead of the game, so thanks for the extra advice.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. It was my pleasure if it helps….we have phising scams all over also….there is even one i you click on holds your PC for ransom…mostly hits businesses but only a matter of time before us mere mortals are hit also….enjoy your Sunday….,chuq

      1. ‘Ransomware’ is indeed a good reason to make sure that everything is backed up on a different hard drive. A reasonable PC is relatively cheap now, so as long as my stuff is backed up, I will never pay a ransom.

  3. I personally have been using the TrueCaller app for over a year. It helps identify callers reported as spam from other TrueCaller users before you even pick up. I wish it just dropped the call rather than sending to voicemail, but I changed my voicemail to “(name) is not available, please leave a message.” 90% of the time they don’t ever leave a message. The ones that do, and are legit, I just add to my contacts listing and TrueCaller uses your contact entry to verify it’s okay to pick up. Best of all, it’s free with non-invasive ads within the application.

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