What you Need to Know About Robocalls

Are you getting a dozen calls a day from random numbers? Chances are they are from robocallers. Robocallers are skilled in the art of impersonating companies to extract private information from their victims with the intention of defrauding them. Robocallers scrape the dark web for information about their targets, and using this data and a conversational tone, they try to sound legitimate over the phone. To establish familiarity, they use telephone numbers that are similar to their targets. To build credibility, they associate themselves with company names people may easily recognize. Their goal is to sound convincing enough to build trust with their victims, so they can gather more relevant information.

How to avoid being scammed by robocallers?

  • Do not give out any private information to callers over the telephone.
  • Do not share your telephone number publicly on social media.
  • Beware of text messages that seem suspicious.
  • Do not click links in text messages from senders you do not know.
  • Do not be swayed by numbers similar to yours.
  • Avoid answering calls from numbers you do not know.

Can robocalls be stopped?

Recently President Trump passed a measure to reduce robocalls. Phone companies will start blocking these calls at no charge before they are received by customers. Like antivirus software on a computer that is meant to block harmful malware, telephone companies will attempt to do the same. However, similar to how malware can find a way to get past protective barriers, not all robocalls can be blocked from getting through to customers. For now, robocalls cannot entirely be stopped because of cheap software that makes it possible to call people on a mass scale.

Protect yourself from robocall scams by keeping personal information private and not picking up unknown numbers.

 

 

 

References

Trump signs law to reduce robocalls, though they won’t end. (2019, December 30). Retrieved from https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-12-30/trump-signs-law-to-reduce-robocalls-though-they-wont-end