Have you gotten any strange phone calls that sound like this?
“Hello, I have important information regarding your cars insurance. We have been trying to get a hold of you. This is the final notice to take advantage of this opportunity.”
Or maybe the fast-talking message on the line says.
“You have been selected to go on a seven-day trip to Orlando with you and four friends, please stay on the line to give our operator your information.”
Be assured you are not the only one.
A Hertel woman called the Sentinel last week to explain her story with these calls. She says she has been getting phone calls multiple times a day.
The oddest thing about the phone calls is they are coming from their home phone number.
She explained that she has received a phone call from her own phone number as much as three times a day. Her friend in Spooner has gotten as many as 10 phone calls in a single day.
She is not alone with dealing with these pesky phone calls or as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) calls them robocalls. The FTC has gotten millions of reports from people about these phone calls. Consumer companies estimate that billions of the scam calls can be made in a single month.
Why are there so many of these phone calls being made? Well the FTC says it’s because, “It’s cheap and easy for scammers and telemarketers to make robocalls over the internet from anywhere in the world.”
Another question you may have is why do I receive these calls if I’m on the no-call list.
“The National Do Not Call Registry is designed to stop sales calls from real companies that follow the law. The Registry is a list that tells telemarketers what numbers not to call. The FTC does not and cannot block calls. Scammers don’t care if you’re on the Registry,” according to the FTC.
To register by telephone, call 1-888-382-1222 (TTY: 1-866-290-4236). You must call from the phone number that you want to register. To register online (donotcall.gov), you will have to respond to a confirmation email.
“Even though the Registry can’t stop all of the unwanted calls you’re getting, being on the Registry could make it easier for you to spot scam calls. If a caller is ignoring the Registry or making an illegal robocall, hang up. There’s a good chance it’s a scam.”
If you continue receiving robocalls the FTC suggests simply hanging up or staying on the line and report the call.
Learn more about unwanted calls at ftc.gov/calls.