Remember the good ol’ days when your cell phone was safe from robocalls?
Technology has enabled the bad guys to overwhelm cell phones, just like they did landlines.
But common sense and technology provide irritated cell-phone users with the means to strike back against the robo-dialing bad guys.
Three cheers for that.
Here are some of the recommendations made by the experts cited in the story:
1. Don’t Answer Calls From Unknown Numbers
If you do answer the call, don’t double up on the mistake by responding to the invitation to press a number to opt out. Doing so confirms to the robocallers that your number is working and makes you a target for more unwanted calls.
2. Check Out Call-Blocking Apps
In addition, YouMail stops your phone from ringing with calls from suspected robocallers and delivers a message to the caller that your number is out of service.
You can also contact your service provider. They track suspected robocallers and block them if enough people complain.
3. Revenge Is Sweet
The Jolly Roger Telephone Company turns the tables on telemarketers. This program allows a customer to put the phone on mute and patch telemarketing calls to a robot, which understands speech patterns and inflections and strings the robocaller along. Some even ask the marketer to repeat the sales pitch from the beginning.
4. The Say ‘Yes’ Scam
When the caller asks, “Can you hear me?” and the consumer answers “yes,” the caller can gain a voice signature that can later be used to authorize fraudulent charges by telephone.
5. Why Do Robocalls Persist?
Technology makes robocalls cheap. The schemers need only a few victims for their trickery to pay off.