6 Tips for Dealing with Robocalls and How Not to Get Scammed

Did you know that during April in the U.S., 3.4 billion robocalls were placed? The Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee says that means people receive 10 calls per month. At the very least, these calls are a nuisance, but for some they become a costly financial nightmare.

The most recent robocall scam is called neighbor number spoofing. That means that the area code and the first three digits match your own number. Scammers hope that this trick will encourage you to answer the phone.

Here are some tips from the Better Business Bureau to keep you and your money safe:

  • Do not provide financial information. If you did not place the call, never give out bank account credit/debit card or social security numbers over the phone.
  • Do not trust the Caller ID. Scammers can spoof numbers to make it look like the call is coming from a reputable company or even your own number. If you don’t know the number, it is best to not answer the call. 
  • Hang up!  Do not follow directives. When you answer, you are validating that your phone number is active and will probably receive more calls.
  • Consider downloading an app that helps block robocalls. Some carriers like T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, etc. offer free apps.
  • Register your number with the Do Not Call registry which will help stop sales calls. You can register at donotcall.gov or call 1-888-382-1222 with the phone you want to register.
  • Trust your gut feeling. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Offers for you

Support our publication by shopping here

Soltea
Improve Your Heart Health with All-Natural Soltea Daily Supplement – Click Now to Save 25% Off Your First Order
All-Natural Heart Health Supplement – Save 25% Now
CodeMonkey
Coding for kids! Introducing programming games for the next generation. Get your kids coding today.
Start with a free trial.
Brigit
Know your spending habits, anticipate overdrafts, and get up to $250. Only takes 2 minutes. No credit check.
Get your finances on track.
Acorns
Acorns helps you grow your money. Take control with all-in-one investment, retirement, checking and more.
Get a $5 bonus when you sign up.
Gabi
The easiest way to compare and save on home and auto insurance. Match coverage, compare rates and save.
Find hundreds in savings now!
Truebill
Lower your bills and stay on top of your financial life with Truebil, the app that helps you save every day.
Take control & start saving money!
Grow Credit
Grow Credit is a free Mastercard you can use to pay your subscriptions while you build credit.
Start building your credit today!
Tally
Overcome your credit card debt with Tally. Consolidate and save money while you pay it down.
Get started with Tally today.