Are these callers familiar?
- Hello Seniors…
- This is Rachel from Credit Card Services…
These calls are from criminals; don’t be fooled. Even if caller ID shows a local number, such calls probably originate in a foreign country. Here is what the FTC has to say:
Consumers are getting more robocalls than ever. Technology is the reason: Companies are using autodialers that can send out thousands of phone calls every minute for an incredibly low cost.
Using its enforcement authority, the FTC has stopped companies responsible for billions of illegal robocalls that have offered fraudulent credit card services, so-called auto warranty protection plans, medical discount cards, and grant procurement programs.
Telemarketing sales calls with recorded messages are generally illegal unless you have given the company written permission to call you.
You didn’t give them permission, did you? Here is the FTC’s advice:
- On Do Not Call list & getting robocalls you don’t want? Hang up. Pressing any number can lead to more calls.
Never give a caller your SS number, credit card number, bank account number or birthdate; any of these can be used to rob you.
© William Hungerford – January 2015