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How to avoid Cybercriminal Hotline Scams

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Most people know exactly what we mean with this title and some people believe they are immune to robocalls and attempts by telephone to scam them. You may not be on their exact target list, nor do they have an abundance of personal information on you, yet. However, if they are calling you then you’re on their list and getting them to stop can be very difficult and is not always as easy as opting out.

Here are some suggestions on how to try and avoid, block, and ignore such calls as well as try and get them to lose interest in contacting you any longer. Sometimes, if the caller feels that it is more hassle than benefit in making contact, you might get lucky and get removed from their call list, at least for now, or until they sell your numbers to someone else.

Our first suggestion is to identify what numbers they are calling from and block them either with a mobile application or added service to your home or business lines. This is a form of spam protection but with voice calls instead of emails. This can be semi-effective if their outgoing call numbers do not change. However, in a lot of cases such scammers use VOIP and randomly generated numbers, sometimes in your own area code, to call you from, numbers that rapidly change and in many cases aren’t traceable. It takes other technology to try and trace them, such as the FCC, FTC, the phone company or law enforcement agencies, or highly trained IT professionals.

Our second suggestion would be to file a complaint with the FTC, reporting them for their unsolicited calls and hope they have success at tracing them back and taking the appropriate legal action against them. If successful, sometimes the calls will stop. When doing this everyone must understand how much volume the FTC has to police involving these scammers and realistically what the odds are of them catching them and halting the activity. Don’t get me wrong, they are very good at what they do and without them there would be more mayhem occurring. They are successful at shutting some of the scammers down. Sometimes this involves big organizations that make millions, if not more, calling  consumers daily.

Finally, talking to them and wasting their time in return can result in the scammers losing interest in contacting you any longer. Call it reverse psychology. For example, if a pay off your student loan scam company contacts you, returning their correspondence to discuss their service and then letting them know at the end it was a hoax and you just called to waste their time, can work. The more time you waste of theirs, and the more calls you make, the more their resources are tied up. This may frustrate them enough to want to remove your number from their database. 

We hope these suggestions help you get some relief from the increasingly annoying contact from these bogus robocall scammers that are plaguing our country and world. If you like our articles, please like our Authority IT page to receive more in the future. We appreciate your support.

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