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Why Spam/Scam Calls Became So Dominant? How to Do About It?

Ever experienced a sudden call from … well… “Scam Likely” caller when you were in a middle of an important meeting? Even if your phone did not show “scam likely”, you probably just let it through your voice mail and when you had time to check your voice mail you found out most of those calls were scam calls. You would think that technology advanced quite a bit so there should be a way to get rid of all those scam calls, right? However, it’s not as easy as we thought though since those scam calls senders are taking advantages of advanced technology as well.

 

VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) Became Mainstream

What does this mean? It means that it significantly lowered scam calls cost to almost $0. It’s like sending spam emails vs sending spam mails. Sending physical materials costs much more and once it is blocked by any means, the sender will carry some heavy costs on his/her shoulders. However, sending spam/scam emails costs almost nothing compared with sending out mails. This applies to spam/scam calls as well. Smartphone changed everything in this territory. Once upon a time, spam/scam callers needed to be clever about their recipients in order to have positive returns on their investment. After the spam/scam call operations moved to the Internet end of spectrum, the game has been changed entirely. Scam/spam callers don’t need to put “which recipients are more likely to be seduced” into equation anymore. Sure, they can do that but the ROI is too low when the operation cost is lowered to almost zero.

 

Private Information became Public Information

Thanks to the booming Internet activities. The advanced technology gives us a convenient way of living; at the same token, it gives away our personal information as well. We know that every website/app has their own privacy policy. Also, if you stay current on what’s happening in the tech industry, you should notice the recently Facebook woes due to the privacy leaked to 3rd party. But, we need to admit that even GDPR is going to become effect on May 20th 2018, there are lots of gray areas on both sides. We aren’t going to dive too deep into the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) here; however, we would like to point out one thing … which is … “Your private information has already become public information online”. Don’t believe this? Even the “should be & must be” most secure consumer credit reporting agency, Equifax, became a channel which our personal information was leaked to hackers. (Equifax Data Breach Affected 2.4 Million More Consumers).

 

How Can We Do to Get Rid of Scam Calls?

As we all know that there are too many loop holes to have workaround to send scam calls; therefore, it’s extremely difficult to get rid of those annoying pests. So, what do we do about it? There are couple of approaches which you can take to reduce those annoying calls to the minimum.

1) Block calls

Most smartphones has this feature. You can just tap on the option next to the caller ID and block the call. From then on, any calls from that number will be blocked until you unblock it. However, you should know that this won’t be much effective though since most of scam/spam calls are robot calls (or at least initially) so when you block one number most likely the scam/spam calling system will automatically switch to another number and initiate a call to you again.

 

2) The National Do Not Call List

Note:

You can check out the information on FCC (Federal Communications Commission) site here

Basically you can register your phone number to a “Do Not Call List”. After that (31 days from the date you register your phone number), callers are prohibited from making phone call solicitations to you.

* To register via the Internet, go to www.donotcall.gov .

* To register by phone, call 1-888-382-1222 (voice) or 1-866-290-4236 (TTY). You must call from the phone number you wish to register.

 

3) Apps Comes to Rescue

Again, it’s not going to be able to get rid of all the scam/spam calls entirely but it will drastically reduce spam/scam calls. All those apps use phone lookup service to access repositories for numbers reported to be scam/spam/robot calls.

TrueCaller
Android

iOS
Norton Mobile Security
Android

iOS

 

RoboKiller – Stop Spam Calls
iOS
Hiya Caller ID and Block
Android

iOS