Telemarketers are very persistent and can be good at lying. They often use clever tricks to hook you when they talk to you on the phone. They’re nice and friendly at first, but when you start asking questions in an attempt to find out who called,many of them will become defensive and even aggressive.
Some telemarketers will send certificates, coupons, or postcards as additional information after the call. Then, the scam becomes even more difficult to detect. Ultimately, you might send them money and start waiting for their excellent offer to manifest. It might be a free gift, a check, or a prize. However, it either won’t arrive at all, or you might get something that’s much cheaper than what you paid. Knowing how to stop telemarketers from calling you is the best way to prevent any of this from happening to you.
Don’t Give out Personal Data
They already have your number. They shouldn’t get any more information, and this especially includes any sensitive data, such as your Social Security number. This is because a scammer can open a line of credit in your name with that number. It’s possible to rack up huge bills with a credit account, and recovering from this financial hit would be difficult, to put it mildly.
Protect Your Credit Card
Never provide your credit card number or any other credit card information. Not only will a con artist charge you for whatever they’re offering, but they’ll also create additional charges. Treat your checking account as you would your credit or debit card. If you don’t know and trust the person, you should not give out your account number.
Most Common Telemarketing Lies
· Fraudulent telemarketers will want to confirm you hold a credit card by asking for your credit card number and the date the card expires. This is the information they need to incur charges.
· They might talk about a “one-time opportunity” to make a profit.
· They will ask for your Social Security number, your bank account number, or other personal financial data.
· They will ask you to donate to an organization that sounds legitimate, but when you look it up, there’s no information about it online.
What to do if You’ve Been Scammed
If you’ve already been scammed, contact the National Fraud Information Center or the Federal Trade Commission. Other options include contacting the consumer affairs agency or district attorney in your jurisdiction, as well as your state’s attorney general’s office.
Block Telemarketing Calls
Both Android and iPhones have built-in features for blocking unwanted calls. Telecommunication companies also have reliable blocking tools. Third-party apps such as Truecaller and RoboKiller can do the job, too. You can also register your landline and mobile with the Do Not Call Registry of the FTC. Reputable companies don’t call numbers on this list.
On Android phones, the steps to block unwanted numbers vary depending on the OS version and the device. When you open the phone app, choose “Call History” or “Recent Calls.” Press the unwanted number and look for the command “Spam” or “Block.” If you want to block the number, you’ll be asked to confirm your action.
On some devices, it’s possible to block all calls from an unknown number. This is typically done through the settings menu. You need to activate the number blocking option. Simply toggle “Unknown” to block all of these calls automatically. You can also add numbers you wish to block manually.
On iPhone, open the Phone app and go to “Recent.” There is an info icon next to each number. Tap “Block” and go to “Block Contact.” This way, you won’t get any more calls from that telemarketer.