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Scam Alerts

Are There Any “Good” Robocalls?

Now that about half of all phone calls are robocalls, you’ve probably begun to lose hope. Many people have resorted to keeping their phone on silent mode.

Robocalls have taken over American phone lines, barraging consumers with thousands upon thousands of unwanted calls.

But are any of those robocalls “good”?

Are any of them actually helpful in some way?

The answer is yes. There are a few different types of robocalls that aren’t scams and are actually helpful to consumers. They’re one of the reasons why we can’t just turn off our phones forever.

“Good” Robocalls? One example of a “good” robocall is the kind sent out by honest debt collectors. Yes, there are plenty of dishonest collectors that even hound people who owe nothing at all. But there are some honest institutions that are just using robocalls to do their job.

Robocalls are much less expensive for sending out payment reminders than having a person dial the calls. However, 78 percent of debt collectors who belong to ACA International said that many of their calls were blocked in 2018. They argue that in the end, blocking these calls will only cause consumers to fall further into debt and risk being taken to court.

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly argued on behalf of these “good” robocalls at a recent conference. “Repeat after me,” he said. “‘Robocall’ is not a bad word.”

A Bad Name It may not be a “bad word”, but robocalls have certainly gotten themselves a bad name. Unfortunately, a huge amount of robocalls sent out annually are still linked to bad actors. Because of this, Americans sometimes block all robocalls, or simply ignore calls they don’t recognize.

Doing that can be detrimental, according to O’Reilly. “[C]onsumers generally don’t want to miss out on debt collection notices,” he claimed. “They want to receive information that would help them prevent delinquency and default, having their utilities cut, or their credit scores plummet. But many businesses have stopped making these crucial calls because the risk is too great.”

The “risk” that O’Reilly was speaking about is the risk of being hit with penalties due to new legislation against robocalls. He claims that some new laws may ruin things for “the good guys”.

Good vs. Bad Ultimately, “good” vs “bad” calls create a delicate predicament for American consumers. Luckily, Call Control’s call blocking app allows for selective blocking. You can actually block calls by type! That way, only the “good” ones get through. Download Call Control today and try it out for yourself!

FCC: Don’t Recognize the Number? Don’t Answer Your Phone!

It’s a sad day in history when consumers can no longer answer the phone just because they don’t recognize the number.

Unfortunately, that day is now— and the Federal Communications Commission is actually urging people to stop answering their phones.

Trust is gone. Thanks to spoofing, a technique used by telemarketers and scammers to hide their real number and make it appear as if they are calling you from nearby, it’s impossible to tell whether you can trust an unrecognized number or not just by looking at it.

In recent posts on social media, the FCC urged consumers to “hang up” instead of “hanging on”.

In other words, if you answer the phone and it’s not who you were expecting, you should hang up right away. However, another facebook post from the FCC went as far as to say, “Don’t pick up if you don’t recognize an incoming number.”

A video attached to the post warned that once you pick up, the caller (or the computer system) will know that they’ve found a “live line”. Now that they know that there’s a real person attached to your number, they’ll target you later.

This obviously creates a terrible dilemma: do we simply ignore every single call that’s not from a known contact? Or do we answer “just in case” and risk getting scammed, or, at best, having to deal with an annoying 30 minute survey or sales pitch?

The FCC suggests the former solution, but there has to be a better way. If everyone stopped answering their phones, local schools, businesses, and neighbors would be unable to contact their clients and friends. They would be forced to leave voice messages, which could go unchecked for days.

Luckily, there is a better way. With Call Control’s Community IQ technology, you can automatically block scammers that have been reported by agencies and consumers all over the world. In addition, you can protect yourself from spoofing technology by blocking numbers that are near copies of your own (this is one of the most popular spoofing tactics.)

Download Call Control for iPhone or Android for free today, or purchase Call Control Home for landlines at CallControl.com or amazon.com.

FCC Warns of “One Ring” Scam

The Federal Communications Commission released a consumer alert today, warning citizens about a new surge of “one ring” phone calls. The scam, which uses the area code “222” from West Africa, has been targeting entire area codes at once, sending calls in bursts and often late at night.

The scam most likely aims to confuse consumers into calling back, since the phone rings just once before the caller hangs up. When the receiver calls back, they incur expensive per minute toll charges. A large part of this toll may go to the scammer.

News reports have stated that there have been surges of these calls in Arizona and New York. The FCC recommends that consumers do not call these numbers back. The one ring scam is fairly common, and has involved other numbers in the past, besides the recent West African ones.

In addition, scammers now have the technology to be able to “spoof” their numbers. In other words, they can hide their true location by essentially tricking your Caller ID into showing another number. Often, it is a number with the same area code as yours.

The FCC recommends that you never call another number back, unless you recognize the caller. If you do, you risk being connected to a caller in another country and incurring unwanted charges. If you are billed for such a call, first try to resolve the matter with your telephone company. Then, file a complaint online at the FCC consumer complaint center.

The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from these types of phone scams is by using a call blocker like Call Control. With Call Control, you have the option of blocking spoofed numbers that copy your area code. You can also block other types of unwanted calls, such as political calls or surveys.