As I’m sure you can tell, I’m extremely passionate about any and all new forms of technology. While most of them have been invented to enhance the human experience, there are groups out there who use new tech to scam people. One of the most startling new developments has been the evolution of scam calls. There seems to be no end to the annoying spam and telemarketer calls that so many people experience almost every day. One of the easiest ways to weed them out is by doing a reverse phone lookup. However, it’s becoming more difficult to discern which incoming calls are actually scams.
Robocalls Are Becoming More Convincing
It used to be pretty easy to determine if a phone call was prerecorded. Usually used for political matters or public service announcements, robocalls had a very distinguishable, robotic voice. However, scammers have now perfected the robocall to keep you on the line. When you answer the phone, you could hear a pre-recorded message that sounds like an actual, live person. It might say something along the lines of, “Hello, my name’s Carol. Can you hear me?” before trying to scam you. To see if the call is actually legitimate, you can run a reverse phone lookup. It’ll give you the caller’s identity, location, and other information.
Phone Numbers Can Be Spoofed
Scammers are using new technology to mask their phone number when they call, often something with the same area code as your own. This tricks you into thinking that you’re receiving a call from the doctor or someone you might know, so you’re more inclined to pick up. How are scammers able to do this? Most of them use a internet-based caller ID spoofing service, which allows them to randomly generate a phone number or name to show up on your caller ID. But they can also spoof the names of reputable individuals and companies, such as Microsoft and Apple.
How to Protect Yourself
Fortunately, there are a few simple ways you can protect yourself from these convincing scam calls. You can prevent receiving them in the first place by only giving your number out to those you can trust. In a world where almost every retail store asks for your phone number, it’s important to realize that you don’t necessarily have to tell them yours.
In addition, any time you receive a suspicious call, you can do a reverse phone lookup. This can help you determine the actual identity of the person who called you. That is, unless their phone number is spoofed. In that case, you can ask them for their phone number so you can give them a call back. That way, if they give you their actual phone number, you’ll be able to look up any available information on it.