Unwanted telephone calls are the Federal Communication Commission's (aka, the FCC) largest compliant. Junk phone calls, like junk emails, are just a fact of life.
If you or someone you know has a landline or cell phone, there are people and organizations who want to reach out and put the touch on you. Some for good. Some for ill.
Once upon a time, people actually looked forward to the telephone ringing. Today many are filled with dread every time the phone jingles with all these silly ring tones. You do have a silly ring tone don't you?
Of course back when dinosaurs roamed the earth during your parents or grandparent's day there was no such thing as caller id. Which allows you to see who is calling you. This great technological advance now allows you to ignore all the whiney complainy folks you supposedly love most of the time. Except when they are being a pain in the you know what and where.
Telemarketers, people who want to sell you stuff, now have to follow certain rules that the Feds make them comply. Scammers and schemers do not.
Check the caller ID of the incoming phone call. If it is Mom, Dad, Buddy, Sis, Kitty or Rover (your cats and dogs should have smart phones in these modern times), feel free to pick up the line.
Should the call come from a city or state you have never heard of much less know anyone...Do Not Answer The Call.
Let us make this simple for the hard of seeing:
DO NOT ANSWER THE CALL
If you answer the phone and the caller - or a recording - asks you to hit a button to stop getting the calls, you should just hang up. Scammers often use this trick to identify potential targets.
If you get an inquiry from someone who says they represent a company or a government agency, hang up and call the phone number on your account statement, in the phone book, or on the company's or government agency's website to verify the authenticity of the request.
Caller ID Spoofing gives scammers and con artists the ability to disguise their identity. In order to trick the unsuspecting to give up valuable information. Telephone numbers on your caller ID appear to be what they are not. If you get calls from people saying your number is showing up on their caller ID, it's likely that your number has been spoofed. Contact your local telephone provider and tell them of the situation.
The Federal government offers consumers protection with the National Do Not Call Registry.
Visit their website:
Follow the simple instructions.
And if you have elderly parents or relatives do them a favor and enroll them now !!!
You will be doing them a great service.