Have you been receiving scam calls from a revenue agency, fake charities, or some other fake group that has been incessantly dialing your phone recently? If so, you’re not alone. Automated scam calls are prevalent in our country nowadays, with some people getting multiple calls from these scammers daily.

Yes, they are annoying. Sometimes, they use the correct area code and look like a normal phone number until you pick up the call and the first few words of an automated robot prove otherwise. This is called “phone spoofing”, a tactic that robocallers use to manipulate their caller ID to look like it’s coming from your area. Phone spoofing allows scammers to place millions of calls each day to millions of people, each with a different or masked phone number.

Often times, telemarketers and scammers will have blocked or unknown numbers to hide and prevent repercussions. In both cases, you may be unsure of whether or not to pick up the call out of suspicion. The prevalence of automated spam calls is eating up our precious times, but it doesn’t seem like they’re going away soon.

It might seem impossible to protect yourself from scammers and telemarketers, given that these calls are randomly and automatically generated. But, there are some ways to lower your odds of getting hit by these calls and trace unknown numbers.

Tracing unknown phone numbers

If you’re constantly getting calls from an unknown number, you could try tracing back to it to get to the root of the problem. Here are some ways to go about that:

Try downloading a phone software app to trace and record incoming calls. Some phone software companies offer multiple services such as revealing blocked and restricted calls, recording incoming calls, and showing the geolocation of the caller. This software is guaranteed to produce results and often have additional features that reveal more information about the targetted phone.

Another way to trace an unknown phone number is to dial *69 to call the number who just called you. Most cellphone providers have this function. When you call back, you can tell the person who picked up that you received the call and didn’t know the identity of the caller or wait to see if it is a scammer or telemarketer.

Tracing unknown numbers may be a bit pointless if you are getting bothered by a scammer, as they have millions of numbers, which are usually fake or generated. However, this might be an effective method for tracing telemarketing agency numbers so that you can block them or inform them that you do not want to anymore.

Add your numbers to the Do Not Call List

Different countries have different versions of a Do Not Call registry which alerts legitimate telemarketers (sadly, not scammers and other malicious callers) that you do not want to be called.

This will definitely help alleviate some of those annoying telemarketing calls but does not combat automated scam calls.

Canada and the U.S both have versions of the list that you can sign up on for free via the government website. Just look up “Do Not Call Registry” to find out how to get on that list.

Block scam numbers immediately

If you pick up a scam call or hear a scammy voice mail on your phone, make sure to block it right away. Although the robocaller may use other numbers to reach you, at least you have protected yourself from one number they can use to call you.

Add your numbers to the Do Not Call List

Different countries have different versions of a Do Not Call registry, which alerts legitimate telemarketers (sadly, not scammers and other malicious callers) that you do not want to be called.

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