Do you recall the time when you were at home eating dinner and a random cell phone number buzzed on your screen? Have you ever wondered who that could potentially be? Have you ever answered these phone calls? Having random phone numbers calling you is nothing new and continues to happen to many people worldwide.
So you may ask, how is it that people get my number in the first place? Well, there is a multitude of reasons numbers could be calling you. It could be from entering your number in an online raffle to the caller just constructing a random assortment of ten digits that happened to be yours. Either way, once it is out there in certain systems, it is very difficult to stop. Typically, they’re either telemarketers or scammers. People don’t usually stay and talk regardless of who it is because it’s almost always a waste of time. If the caller stays silent, be very aware because they’re looking for someone they could potentially steal from you. (www.npr.org) Once they see that you’re a viable human being, (and not a robot) they’ll then proceed to attempt to pry out your credit card information in the same manner as if a bank would.
Robocalls have occurred at a very high rate over the past couple of years. In June 2018, there were over 4.5 BILLION robocalls made. (www.robokiller.com) These are when people have automatic/pre-recorded messages that scam you out of your money. Believe it or not, they make large amounts of money annually while not having to pay much to actually get through the illegal barriers to make the calls. With the way today’s technology is set up, it is very easy to access one’s phone number.
All in all, if you see a strange number calling your phone, you probably shouldn’t pick up. In the case that you do, just make sure you don’t agree to anything they ask you and clarify who exactly is calling you. If you feel the call is sketchy, just hang up immediately and block the number.